ERIC Number: ED161390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-22
Reference Count: 0
Review of Academic Degree Programs: Striving to Keep Higher Education Viable in a Time of Limited Resources. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Buchanan, W. Wray; And Others
The Tennessee State Board of Regents adopted a resolution at the March, 1977, meeting directing the staff to conduct a study of low producing degree programs in the System. Such a study was initiated using criteria for program review selected by the System's Academic Affairs Sub-Council. Members of this Sub-Council are the chief academic officers of the System institutions. Board staff screened all degree programs using the average annual number of graduates during the four-year period ending Summer, 1976. The 167 programs failing to meet this criterion were screened at the campus level using criteria relating to: faculty load, cost per student credit hour, course utilization, headcount enrollment, and institutional priorities. Study recommendations resulted in the removal of 47 programs from the low producing list, continued monitoring of 49, an in-depth review of 51, consolidation of 10, and the termination of five. By focusing institutional attention on the review of academic programs, high cost programs with low productivity output measures will be assessed to determine the desirability and feasibility of continuing them. In this manner, institutions will better utilize the scarce resources provided to them for the education of the citizens of the State. (Author)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Planning, Community Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Programs, Enrollment Rate, Expenditure per Student, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), Productivity, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Retrenchment, State Boards of Education, State Colleges, State Universities, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Board of Regents, Nashville.
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)