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Academic Program Prioritization

Ithaca College's strategic planning process, which began in fall 2018, set out to embody "bold realism" and to embrace financial sustainability. One of the investments articulated in the resulting plan is to "maintain an appropriate and sustainable size for our programs and structures, and the associated resources, at every level of the institution." This goal reflects the college's response to — and adaptations to — progressively declining enrollment and represents efforts to align Ithaca College with the realities of the changing landscape for higher education. In 2019, the college began to implement this commitment by convening the Academic Program Prioritization Action Group. With the help of many members of the Ithaca College community, the group developed the guiding principles that will direct a holistic, data-driven, and inclusive process of academic program prioritization. This foundational work enables us to position the College for a strong and vibrant future.

(Source: Nathan Grawe, Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education)

APP Process

September 30, 2020

Provost Cornish convened the Academic Program Prioritization Implementation Committee (APPIC) and provided their charge.  That charge includes:

  1. To begin its review of data on our academic programs, College-wide, examining factors which provide insight into student interest, such as enrollments, majors, minors, credit hours taught, applicants' academic interests, number of applications, etc. 
  2. To look, thereafter, at factors which provide insight into faculty capacity, such as enrollments per faculty FTE, majors per faculty FTE, credit hours taught per faculty FTE, etc. 
  3. To consult with the Academic Program Prioritization Implementation Committee (APPAC) as needed, to gain further context, not shown by the data, narrative about department history.
  4. To gather and consider additional feedback provided by faculty and departments through the APPAC.
  5. To create a draft “Shape of the College” document.
  6. To solicit and consider recommendations on “Shape of the College” draft from Deans, Departments and Faculty, and the Academic Policies Committee.
  7. To present a final version of the “Shape of the College” document to Provost and President for final decisions.

Provost Cornish convened the Academic Program Prioritization Advisory Committee (APPAC) and provided their charge.  That charge includes:

  1. To review data to identify patterns within each program around applications, enrollment, majors, and graduates to determine student interest and/or demand.
  2. To engage with faculty to gather their ideas and input for possible changes.
  3. To provide APPIC with narrative to complement its understanding of and offer deeper context and value to the data.
  4. To consult with APPIC when necessary.
  5. To consult with Department Chairs and Program Directors when reviewing their programs.

Provost Cornish charged the Deans with their responsibilities particular to the APP process:

  • To consult with planning units whose staffing plans might be impacted by proposed changes (4.9.8 Ithaca College Policy Manual).
  • To facilitate department consultations with individual faculty who might be impacted by proposed changes (4.9.8, Ithaca College Policy Manual).

Academic Program Prioritization Advisory Committee – APPAC

Sara Haefeli, Associate Professor, Music Theory, History Composition, Co-Chair

Jack Powers, Interim Dean. School of Communications, Co-Chair

Melanie Stein, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences

Linda Petrosino, Dean; School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Alka Bramhandkar, Interim Dean, School of Business

Keith Kaiser, Interim Dean, School of Music

APP Committee Members

Academic Program Prioritization Implementation Committee – APPIC

Brad Hougham, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Co-Chair

Laurie Koehler, Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Strategy, Co-Chair

Melanie Stein, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences

Linda Petrosino, Dean; School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, Associate Provost for Academic Programs

 Marc Israel, Assistant Provost

Claire Borch, Associate Director of Analytics and Institutional Research

 La Jerne Terry Cornish, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs – Ex Officio Member

APP Data Dashboard

Full time faculty may request access to this data by contacting appdashboard@ithaca.edu.

Process Timeline for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

The graph below outlines the timeline for the process.