ERIC Number: ED174081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Institutional Research in Program Discontinuance. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Dougherty, Edward A.
Problems relating to program discontinuance and the role of institutional research are discussed, drawing on a study supported by the Exxon Foundation of 10 predominantly large public universities that have either reviewed and closed programs or have gone through recent financial difficulties. Careful analysis is necessary to know that savings are possible in the long or short run as a result of program discontinuance. Program discontinuance requires assessment of the impact of making marginal shifts in the allocation of resources. Program closure is extremely time-consuming, comparable data for the units under review are needed, and there is a lack of accepted standards for measuring research productivity. There is also a lack of clear definition of institutional mission. Four basic questions that must be addressed concerning program review are: who has the authority to review? What programs will be reviewed? What criteria will be used? And, what procedures will be most appropriate to the situation? The role of state agencies, what can be done to avoid discontinuance, and actions that should be taken if closure is desirable and inevitable are discussed. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)