TransformUS message from Provost Brett Fairbairn

I am writing regarding an emergent and time sensitive situation and with a request. As I do so, I want all of you to know that I am fully committed to an open and transparent process regarding the TransformUS initiative.

Late Friday afternoon the template submissions for one college’s academic and support service programs were posted on a college’s website. The Academic Programs task force co-chairs contacted me shortly thereafter to request that the templates be taken down. Continue reading

The release of completed templates

From the time it was established, the Academic Programs Prioritization Task Force has stated its commitment to a process that is as transparent and open as possible. To this end, the task force has created vehicles for regular communication with the campus community, and for responding to questions. Early in its deliberations, the task force determined that the templates that are the basis for assessing programs should be released for general review by faculty, staff and students. The task force decided that the best time for this to occur would be in conjunction with the release of the final report, in which the recommendations for categorization of the programs will be made clear. Continue reading

Academic quintile characteristics

In preparing for the work of assessing the program templates submitted by academic units, the task force has engaged in considerable discussion about the characteristics we should attach to each of the quintiles in our classification system. In our original communications about the quintiles, we described them in very basic terms:

1 – Candidate for enhanced resourcing
2 – Maintain with current resourcing
3 – Maintain with reduced resourcing
4 – Reconfigure for efficiency/effectiveness
5 – Candidate for phase out

It became clear to us that we needed to describe more fully the kind of decision we are making when we place a program in a particular quintile. We would like to share the descriptions we are now using. Continue reading

Academic program assessment process

This week, the academic programs task force embarks on an intensive ten-week period during which we will be assessing the completed templates for close to 500 academic programs. We have scheduled two weekly meetings for this purpose, as well as a day-long meeting in mid-November, and we will schedule additional meetings if necessary to ensure that we are able to give each program adequate consideration. Over the past two weeks, we have engaged in testing and calibrating our assessment process, and the task force is now prepared to move forward into the evaluation stage. Continue reading