Changing Course: Making the Hard Decisions to Eliminate Academic Programs

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Discontinuing academic programs is a disruptive decision, but potentially one of the most important a campus can make. Leaders struggle to make priorities among departments and programs that are not easily or frequently compared, and because program elimination is rare, most leaders have little experience. Resistance emerges from expected as well as unexpected places. Changing Course focuses on the process of eliminating academic programs and provides advice for leaders seeking to close programs and those seeking...

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Overview

Discontinuing academic programs is a disruptive decision, but potentially one of the most important a campus can make. Leaders struggle to make priorities among departments and programs that are not easily or frequently compared, and because program elimination is rare, most leaders have little experience. Resistance emerges from expected as well as unexpected places. Changing Course focuses on the process of eliminating academic programs and provides advice for leaders seeking to close programs and those seeking to prevent closures. The book gives an in-depth look at the decisions and leadership associated with program closures. It illustrates the processes of closing academic programs at four universities and draws insights across those cases. It highlights the role of shared governance in program closure and examines the criteria campuses use to identify programs. It also highlights points of effective and ineffective resistance. The insights can help leaders examine the need to close academic programs, craft sound processes, and ensure a lasting positive impact on the institution.

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Planning For Higher Education
Those contemplating program termination will benefit from Peter D. Eckel's regorous and insightful research...Changing Course is an excellent resource for university decision makers trying to manage their institutions in an era of declining resources for higher education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607095156
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Eckel is director, Programs and Initiatives in the American Council on Education's Center for Effective Leadership. His portfolio includes programs that focus on leadership, governance and institutional change.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Making hard decisions in a changing environment 1

Ch. 2 The University of Maryland at College Park : making "hard choices" while "preserving enhancement" 21

Ch. 3 Oregon State University : coping with Ballot Measure Five 43

Ch. 4 The University of Rochester : toward a "renaissance" 65

Ch. 5 Kent State University : a matter of circumstances 91

Ch. 6 Leading, governing, and deciding : key elements in program elimination 109

Ch. 7 Making the choices : criteria identifying programs for elimination 133

Ch. 8 Counsel on program elimination 151

App Case study methodology for studying institutional change processes 169

References 183

Index 193

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