Restructure your offerings to align your mission with the realities of an increasingly competitive marketplace.
More and more institutions are reducing or reorganizing their program offerings, but many are not being intentional or strategic in their approach. Bob Dickeson's Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services lays out a financially responsible and academically credible process for how institutions should evaluate the importance of each of their programs.
Join Academic Impressions in this archived webcast to learn more about this process and how it might work at your institution. This archived webcast series has been designed to help start or build momentum on your campus toward a more efficient allocation of resources.
This archived webcast is designed for institutions that are in the early stages of academic program prioritization, whether you have begun your prioritization effort or are simply interested in learning more about the process.
The series has been designed for diverse groups of campus leaders. We encourage the entire cabinet to watch together and use the series to initiate or propel a conversation on campus about how to restructure your offerings to align your mission with the realities of an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Learning OutcomeAssess your readiness for prioritization and begin to organize the process.
Learning OutcomeApply the 10 program prioritization criteria in your program evaluation.
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.
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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.
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