ERIC Number: ED220020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Impact of Discontinuing a Program. AIR Forum 1982 Paper.
Ruddock, Maryann Steele
The impact of discontinuing an academic program at St. Edward's University, Texas, was assessed by measurement on three levels: first-level effects on students and faculty; second-level effects on auxiliary offices and related courses and majors; and third-level effects on productivity and a profile of majors. Majors with a higher than average cost per student credit hour were studied. Brief summaries of three majors (unidentified) chosen for review are presented. One major had only one faculty member and nine student majors, and the program had a relatively high cost per student credit hour. The second program accounted for 2 percent of the undergraduate population; the third accounted for 5 percent of the undergraduate population. In making the decisions, the educational needs of students, including the potential student pool, and the problem of faculty tenure were considered important. For example, many nonmajors are taking courses in the program; the university may want to retain some faculty members to teach courses in this area although retaining no formal major. If only majors take courses in the program, all courses in the major may be eliminated and all faculty members let go or given alternate teaching assignments. In addition, if the students in a certain program are all from out of state and that program is discontinued, recruitment may be channeled into other areas. The study methodology will enable the administration to identify the amount of money saved or reallocated by program discontinuance. Faculty salaries, room and board costs, and financial aid awarded are examples of resources that can be saved or reallocated. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Saint Edwards University TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (22nd, Denver, CO, May 16-19, 1982).