Many institutions have been operating in a financially unsustainable way for many years. Now that economic conditions are forcing institutions to reduce or restructure their program offerings, critical questions and challenges face campus leaders. Which programs are most important to the institution’s mission, overall financial health, and competitiveness? How do you ensure your institution is stronger as a result of prioritization?
Join Bob Dickeson and Larry Goldstein for an in-depth examination of a proven method for prioritizing academic and administrative programs.
Given the leadership support required to successfully implement such an effort, we have specially designed this program for teams of institutional executives. We strongly encourage both the chief financial officer and chief academic officer―the primary champions for prioritization―to attend the program together.
Because prioritization is a campus-wide effort, we also encourage the following representatives to attend as part of a team:
This program will be highly interactive and discussion based. While the concepts of prioritization have been successfully used in multiple campus settings, there is no one template for successful implementation. A variety of cultural and economic factors will influence an institution’s approach. Accordingly, the program is highly focused on the application of these concepts to your specific campus context. The output from the various group activities will be documented and shared out to each participant after the program, so you can take back a range of ideas and solutions that might work for your campus.
This program is based in large part on Bob Dickeson’s book, Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services. Included in your registration fee is a complimentary copy of this resource-rich book which can be helpful not only as a guide but as a way to build buy-in for this effort.
This pre-conference recording will explore the basic concepts of academic and administrative program prioritization to ensure that an institution’s resources are creating the greatest value. We strongly encourage you to watch this online training with your team prior to attending our conference. This recording is offered to you for free when you register for this conference. Learn more about this online training.
Recommended CPE Credits: 15 Program Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications Delivery Method: Group-Live Prerequisites: None Program Level: Basic
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After participating in this conference, you will be able to determine if and how to implement the Dickeson program prioritization model on your campus.
Faculty are likely to be the greatest source of resistance to program prioritization but their involvement in and ownership of the process is key to its success. In this opening session we’ll tackle the stickiest issue first and explore:
Most prioritization efforts are derailed due to process and people issues. In this session we’ll explore essential elements of inclusive, transparent planning processes including:
Before undertaking prioritization, institutions should look ahead to determine their capacity to manage a change effort of this scale and importance. In this session you’ll assess your readiness in several areas including:
Alignment with institutional mission is a key factor in how you ultimately rank and prioritize programs. At many campuses, the mission statement does not offer a sufficient grid by which to measure a program against. In this session we’ll explore alternative options such as adopting an operational mission or program direction statement for use in prioritization. We’ll also have the opportunity to workshop your mission statement to identify strengths and weaknesses relative to this effort.
Defining programs and allocating costs is key to ensuring fair and accurate results, but there are layers of complexities involved—especially when faculty and other resources are shared across programs. In this session we’ll explore:
While institutions should adopt or adapt criteria that fit their unique culture and context, Bob Dickeson’s research has revealed ten criteria that ensure a comprehensive and balanced analysis of each program. In this session, participants will review:
Just as programs have different value to an institution, so too do criteria. In this session we’ll discuss different and credible approaches for weighting the criteria, and give you an opportunity to create a customized set of weighted criteria for your own institution.
It is strongly advisable to review both academic and administrative programs concurrently, though administrative programs require a different set of criteria and considerations for prioritization. In this session we will explore unique considerations for reviewing administrative programs including:
Data is at the heart of prioritization but as you begin to examine the criteria closely, there are multiple indicators of data that could work for each one. In this interactive session, participants will work together to identify data indicators and sources for each of the 10 criteria. This invaluable resource will be captured and shared back with you following the program.
Because of the importance of the recommendations, it’s critical to think through how you’ll score and ultimately rank each program. Effective prioritization does not rely solely on quantifiable data nor does it blindly follow a formula. In this session we’ll examine different rating systems and categories and explore the role of judgment in decisions.
Successful implementation is key to ensuring that prioritization leaves your institution stronger as a result of decisions that are made and carried out with integrity, care, and respect for all those involved. In this session we’ll explore complex issues involved in implementation including:
In this case study you’ll see how the University of Hartford successfully completed the process, how they tackled critical issues, and ultimately how they made prioritization work for their campus.
In this final session, you will create an action plan that will guide your initial steps when you return to campus. Our program faculty will be available to consult with you one on one as you begin to identify initial steps and actions, goals, partners to engage, and resources required.
Robert C. Dickeson provides counsel from multiple leadership perspectives: chair of the governor’s cabinets in two states, university president, business CEO, and foundation executive. Dickeson served as the director of the department of administration and chair of the cabinet of Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt; and chief of staff, executive director of the office of state planning and budget, and chair of the cabinet of Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. He served in administrative posts at three universities and was president of the University of Northern Colorado from 1981-91. He served as president and CEO of Noel-Levitz Centers Inc., division president of USA Enterprises Inc., and senior vice president of USA Group Inc., heading the USA Group Foundation. From 2000 to 2005, he was co-founder and senior vice president of Lumina Foundation for Education.
While at Lumina Foundation, he led the national initiative on college costs, based on his monograph, Collision Course: Rising College Costs Threaten America’s Future and Require Shared Solutions (Lumina Foundation, 2004). His book, Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999, 2010) was based on his extensive consulting experiences including serving several hundred two- and four-year colleges (private and public) and corporations ranging from hospitals to bank holding companies. During 2006, he served as senior policy adviser to the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Larry serves as the head of Campus Strategies, LLC, a higher education management consulting firm. His consulting interests cover a wide range of topics including higher education budgeting, strategic planning, accounting, and finance. He writes and speaks frequently on these topics. He is the author of A Guide to College and University Budgeting: Foundations for Institutional Effectiveness and has co-authored several publications including Presidential Transitions.
Immediately prior to establishing Campus Strategies, LLC, Goldstein served as senior vice president and treasurer of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). He joined NACUBO after spending 20 years in higher education financial administration. In his last campus position, he served as the University of Louisville’s chief financial officer. Before that, he held administrative appointments with The University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.
Sharon L. Vasquez is in her fourth year as provost of the University of Hartford, a private university of 7000 students. Since her arrival she has successfully lead several major planning initiatives including the university’s NEASC reaccreditation review, a full-time faculty compensation study, the Academic Pathways Strategic Plan, the Libraries Master Planning effort and a comprehensive review and prioritization of academic programs—Foundation of the Future.
Over a decade of serving as dean at two public universities: in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, and earlier in the School of Arts and Performance at SUNY-Brockport, helped her hone her leadership skills and navigate the ever changing landscape of higher education. She counts among her proudest accomplishments exceeding capital campaign goals at two institutions; launching an incubator for creative-sector businesses at Wayne State's high-tech research park; leading the American Democracy Project and a “first year experience” initiative at SUNY-Brockport; championing assessment of learning outcomes before it was popular; and nurturing the interest in academic leadership opportunities of numerous women colleagues.
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