Lessons Learned from Institutions Undertaking Program Prioritization

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At Academic Impressions, we recently offered a national snapshot of efforts to prioritize academic programs and administrative services at higher-ed institutions. Our report included commentary from Bob Dickeson (who literally wrote the book on program prioritization) and Larry Goldstein (president of Campus Strategies, LLC), in which these two experts identified the prerequisites for success.

The key takeaway from our report: when program prioritization breaks down, it is usually because of a deeply flawed process (rather than flawed people).

In the past few weeks, we have returned to the institutional leaders we surveyed previously, leaders from both two-year and four-year institutions who have recently undertaken or are in the midst of a program prioritization effort. We asked them to share the most significant obstacles they have faced and any lessons they have learned about managing the prioritization process. We wanted to share their responses and their key takeaways with you.

Lessons from Your Peers

Here's what the leaders we spoke with had to say:

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