Academic Programs new tools available

The Academic Programs unit has added new tools to the Program Planning pages on its website to help colleges and universities that are reviewing their program offerings for cost efficiency, productivity, or strategic prioritization.

We have assembled tools and information from a number of colleges and universities (MnSCU and others) on how they went about “program prioritization” to reduce program costs, identify poor performing programs, and to improve the quality of their offerings.  There is also a page of research and publications that link to important articles from Inside Higher Ed, Academic Impressions, and Academic Matters that provide a greater understanding of the process.  A comprehensive research article prepared by Hanover Research looks at several approaches to program realignment, including Robert Dickeson’s “Program Prioritization” model, Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” approach, the Kirkpatrick model, the Massey model, and more.

To get to the new pages, start at the Academic Programs home page located at and then follow the link to “Program Planning Resources,” and then to “Strategic Prioritization.”

Send comments and questions to: Jon Dalager, (651-201-1684), Tamara Arnott, (651-201-1685) or Marta Mohr, (651-201-1683). Thank you especially to Gail O’Kane at MCTC and Mike Opp at DCTC.

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