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After more than a year and a half of academic program review on campus, recommendations of the Academic Program Review process have been presented to the faculty and to the chancellor. Provost David H. Perrin presented the results April 25 at the General Faculty Meeting.

  • 44 programs are identified as “exceptionally strong in quality and/or function and demand to be considered for possible future investment.” Of those, 12 are undergraduate, 20 are master’s level and 12 are PhD.
  • 16 programs are identified as “having challenges in quality and/or function/demand but necessary to retain due to their importance to UNCG’s vision and mission.” Of those, six are undergraduate, nine are master’s level and one is PhD.
  • 42 are recommended for discontinuation. Of those, 26 are undergraduate, seven are post-baccalaureate or post-master’s certificate, seven are master’s level and two are PhD. His report notes that these 42 were “based on recommendations coming forward largely (although not exclusively) from the academic units.”

In addition, there are about 70 inactive programs that have not been officially discontinued. The necessary paperwork to discontinue these programs will be submitted and acted upon as part of the current program review process, the report notes.

The chancellor is scheduled to present her decisions regarding program review to the Board of Trustees on May 3. (See related story.)

A total of 254 undergraduate and graduate programs were reviewed. Faculty made up a majority of the members on the committees conducting the review.

In addition to using results of the APR committees on the university and unit level, the provost looked at some efficiency data and spent some time in discussion with deans, he explained.

The provost described eight stages of the review that have taken place thus far. “The final steps of the process will include the chancellor’s report to the Board of Governors, that body’s approval of any recommendations that programs be modified or discontinued, notification of substantive changes to and approval of teach-out plans and agreements by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the reassignment of faculty and staff to realign resources strategically,” he notes in his report.

This process will not result in the loss of tenured or tenure-track faculty members at UNCG, the provost said.

In his presentation to the faculty, Perrin noted a number of challenges that arose during the process and the subsequent responses to those challenges and concerns. One of the many benefits of this process is that the UNCG curriculum will be more efficient and focused, he said.

Before taking questions, he thanked the many individuals who had worked hard on this APR process for the university.

The review process will help to position our university to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with its mission, strategic plan, and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education, his report concludes.

The provost’s executive summary report listing his recommendations to the chancellor may be found here.

By Mike Harris

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