After an exhaustive process Boise State emerged stronger and confident in its academic programs, administrative support units and operations. Numerous changes have taken place as a direct result of program prioritization, including, but not limited to, the restructuring of colleges, the consolidation of a number of degree emphases, the discontinuation of degrees and minors that no longer attract and provide relevancy for Boise State students, and the increased investment of strong and emerging programs.
Final Report to Idaho State Board of Education
Post Program Prioritization FAQs
- For minors, emphases, options, undergraduate certificates, and alternative degrees, 35 programs were less than three years old and excluded from further consideration.
- Four programs were deferred to the degree program stage because of minimal differences between the two alternate degrees.
- Seventy-six of the 163 remaining programs were flagged for a low annual number of graduates.
- Forty-three programs will make substantial changes to increase the number of graduates, generally through increased recruiting and/or streamlining of curriculum.
- Seventeen programs gave adequate justification, based on relevance and cost, for being kept as is.
- Sixteen programs will be consolidated or discontinued: (i) four emphases will be discontinued in the BA Special Education, the Master of Health Sciences, and the minor in Spanish; (ii) the minor in Civil Engineering will be discontinued; (iii) nine emphases within the BS Biology will be consolidated into four, and six emphases within the BA Theatre Arts will be consolidated into one.
- Significant changes to organizational structure, in some cases involving cross-divisional shifts of programs and/or responsibilities, to align mission and/or resource utilization.
- A number of strong inter-dependencies among programs that reside within different reporting structures were evident, highlighting the need to ensure collaboration among those programs.
- There are a number of duplicate functions, for example, several facilities maintenance, and IT support operations on campus, indicating the need to research additional opportunities for consolidation.
- Reviewing all programs at the same time provides an opportunity to look across programs for improvements.
- While it took a tremendous amount of effort on the part of many people, we can complete a large project in a short amount of time.
- There are many opportunities to improve how we complete our tasks at Boise State.
- Programs were identified within each division
- Academic process and administrative processes were defined separately
- Criteria used to guide evaluation of programs was defined
- Metrics and evaluation process of programs was defined
- Metrics and templates were provided to programs
- Reports were created
- All units were evaluated by a team using a predetermined rubric, scoring each program with the rubric
- Results were compiled and given to the Dean or Vice President
- Final results were presented to the President for approval
- Action plans were compiled and unit leaders will be reporting on the status of action plans