Policy for the Review of Academic Programs, Departments or Colleges for the
Purpose of Possible Curtailment or Discontinuance
- General Statement of Policy
This policy provides the process for evaluation that shall be followed
for the review of academic programs, departments or colleges for the purpose
of possible curtailment or discontinuance.
The process described in this policy should be conducted expeditiously by
all participating, reviewing, recommending, and deciding bodies. Failure
to comply with the time limits may cause a forfeiture of the right to comment,
review or recommend. Time limits shall be calculated in calendar days.
- Process for the Evaluation of Programs, Departments or Colleges
The following process shall be followed in evaluating academic programs,
departments, or colleges for possible curtailment or discontinuance.
The affected unit's program director, chair, academic dean, or
provost and vice president for academic affairs ("initiator")
may initiate the action for possible curtailment or discontinuance. The
initial recommendation, with the approval of the provost and vice president
for academic affairs, if he/she is not the initiator, shall be in written
form and provided simultaneously to the dean(s) of the affected unit(s),
and the affected unit(s). The initial recommendation shall specify the
facts precipitating the need for change, the proposed change and rationale
and preliminary analysis of financial impact. This document shall also
project the possible impact upon affected faculty, staff, and students;
a revised human resource plan for these individuals; and the desired
timetable for implementation.
The initiator shall consult closely with the administrators and faculty
of the affected unit(s).
- Upon receipt of the initial recommendation, and within forty-five (45)
days, the dean(s) and the unit(s) to be affected, including the relevant
college governance unit(s), shall, either jointly or separately, conduct
an appropriate review of the program, department, or college, considering,
among other things, the following criteria. The criteria need not be
evenly weighted, nor should the list be considered exclusive.
The relevancy and relationship of the program to the mission and
objectives of the college and university.
The overall quality of the affected unit presently and potentially.
Cost and revenues associated with the affected unit.
The current and projected relationship to other programs, departments,
Distinctive and unique features in concept, design or implementation.
Impact on women and minorities.
Implications with respect to research.
Impact on student needs.
Placement and employment opportunities for students.
Alternatives to curtailment, discontinuation, consolidation, or
Within fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of the time for review,
the provost and vice president for academic affairs shall notify the
chairs of the Senates that materials will be sent to them for action
pursuant to this policy.
After review at the college level, the academic dean (including the
college's governance unit(s)), and the affected unit will forward
their recommendations, with all supporting documentation, within the
time prescribed, simultaneously to the Faculty Senate, Student Senate
and provost and vice president for academic affairs for review.
Within thirty (30) days of receipt of materials, the Faculty and Student
Senates shall forward their recommendations to the provost and vice president
for academic affairs.
The provost and vice president for academic affairs shall conduct an
independent analysis of the initial recommendation (unless he/she initiated
the process). Within fifteen (15) days of receipt of recommendations
from the Senates, the provost and vice president for academic affairs
shall review the recommendations of the dean(s), affected unit(s), Faculty
Senate and Student Senate and make a recommendation of proposed action
to the president.
Within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the provost and vice president
for academic affairs' recommendations, the president shall review
the recommendation of proposed action, consult any parties which are
deemed appropriate, and make a final decision on whether or not the program,
department or college shall be curtailed or discontinued. Upon completion
of this review, the president shall make a recommendation on the matter
to the Board of Visitors for action. After the Board has made its decision
on the matter, the president shall inform all members of the university
community in an appropriate manner.
To the greatest extent possible, the status quo shall be maintained within
and with respect to the affected unit(s) until such time as a final decision
has been reached by the Board of Visitors and it has directed the president
to take action.
- Approved by the Board of Visitors
March 11, 1991