Welcome to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney

Program Prioritization

I. Overview
Many institutions and state systems have launched program prioritization plans under the guidance or influence of Robert Dickeson’s model as represented in his book, Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance (Jossey-Bass, 2010). 

Robert Dickeson presented a workshop to the Idaho State Board of Education on May 15, 2013.  On May 16, 2013, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a motion to direct the four-year Idaho institutions “to institute a prioritization of programs process consistent with Dickeson’s prioritization principles and … to use a quintile prioritization approach and communicate to the Board the criteria and weighting to be used after consultation with their respective campuses” (Office of the Idaho State Board of Education Memo, May 17, 2013).

II. Process
Academic Affairs has implemented a campus-wide process that will align the Idaho State University Viability Report and the ISU Strategic Plan with a program prioritization model based on the Dickeson framework. 

The prioritization plan incorporates variables already included on the ISU Viability Reports. Viability Indicators will be provided to deans, chairs and/or directors on an annual basis. Viability indicators are also congruent with the Idaho State University Strategic Plan.

III. Follow the Instructions below to access the Academic Program Viability Data:

  1. Log into BengalWeb
  2. Select the Academics tab
  3. Click on the Institutional Research Internal Website link in the Institutional Research channel

VI. Timeline
See the Program Prioritization timeline for more project information.

V. Resources
Resources Document
Administrative (Non-Academic) Program Review & timeline

VII. Implementation
See the Program Prioritization Implementation memo from Provost Laura Woodworth-Ney.


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