July 19, 2010


The EPC recommends that the following criteria be used, within existing processes, for prioritizing academic programs and for making decisions regarding the reallocation of resources to enhance or initiate new programs as well as for program eliminations.

1.     Alignment with the Mission and Vision of Academic Affairs

  • Intellectual Foundation
  • Active Learning
  • Career Preparation
  • Community Engagement

2.     History, development, and expectations of the program

  • Why was the program established?
  • How has the program evolved over time?
  • How has the program adapted to meet change, including demographic changes?

3.     External demand for the program

  • National
  • Regional

4.     Internal demand for the program

  • Does this program provide essential support for others in the University

5.     Quality of the program inputs and resources

  • Equipment
  • Facilities
  • Faculty
  • Students

6.     Quality of program outcomes

  • Job placement
  • National certification results (pass rate for certifications, etc)
  • Faculty productivity
    • Teaching effectiveness
    • Scholarship
  • Impact on the regional community
  • Learning outcomes assessment

7.     Size, scope, and productivity of the program

  • Program data provided by Institutional Research (see nmu.edu/irarchive)
  • Provide data, preferably time series.  For example
    • Major enrollment
    • SCH
    • Majors/FTETF
    • Number of graduates
    • Class size

8.     Revenue and other resources generated by the program

  • Enrollment/tuition
  • Grants
  • Fund raising (current and potential)

9.     Costs and other expenses associated with the program

  • Instructional costs
  • New support needed
    • Equipment
    • Travel
    • Library resources
    • Instructional software
  • Efficiencies – cost cutting

10.  Impact, justification, and overall essentiality of the program

  • Illustration of program’s impact
  • Connection to mission
  • Centrality to the core values of our curriculum
  • Relation to the success of other programs

11.  Opportunity analysis of the program – what new possibilities will this program present?

  • Articulation of new ideas that have not been considered by the University
  • Re-purposing a program to meet newly identified possibilities
  • Collaborative relationships with internal or external programs
*Note:  With the exception of item #1 above, these criteria have been adopted by the EPC from “Prioritizing Academic Programs; Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance”,  R.C. Dickeson,  2010.

The Educational Policy Committee will review these criteria annually.