Reasons to cut academic programs


In a document sent from Provost DonnaJean Fredeen to Rider’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the administration’s criteria for the annouced cuts included the following:

  • Minimum impact on enrolled students
  • Low market demand for programs in which further investments are unlikely to increase enrollments
  • Increased competition from programs at other institutions offering similar degrees with more flexible modes of delivery
  • Low number of applicants and low yield rates
  • Lack of participation in an external review and/or establishment
  • Assessment of student learning objectives; and potential net saving

Task force

The criteria established by the prioritization task force included these 10 factors from Dickeson’s book:

  • History, development and expectation of the program
  • External demand for the program
  • Internal demand for the program
  • Quality of program inputs and processes
  • Quality of program outcomes
  • Size, scope, and productivity of the program
  • Revenue and other resources generated by the program
  • Costs and other expenses associated with the program
  • Impact, justification and overall essentiality
  • Opportunity analysis of the program
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