Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance / Edition 2

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This newly revised best-selling classic Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services continues to offer a proven step-by-step approach to reallocating resources in tough times. This updated text includes templates, available also online, for prioritizing communications plans to ensure more successful campus implementation and to avoid mistakes. Based on the author's extensive consulting experiences including serving several hundred two- and four-year colleges and corporations ranging from hospitals to bank holding companies, this revised edition is necessary and timely for the current economic concerns affecting colleges and universities.

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Editorial Reviews

Provides college and university administrators with a straightforward method for determining which programs and services are the most efficient, effective, and central to institutional mission, with guidance on reallocating resources where needed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Dickeson has no illusions about the difficulty of achieving 'strategic balance,' but his single-minded focus on identifying and eliminating those programs that require resources that could be used by higher priority programs can provide clarity to those about to undertake an institutional review, and his insistence that an institution can make informed and defensible judgments about programs will reassure those who are in the process of institutional review." (Continuing Higher Education Review)

"This book is a 'must read' for higher education leaders or those who aspire to become higher education leaders. Only Bob Dickeson, with his many years of higher education experience, could have incorporated so much information in such a concise and informative manner." (James E. Walker, president, Middle Tennessee State University)

"This is a succinct and understandable guide to the very complex issues surrounding restructuring and prioritization. Every board member, president, and provost will find it essential to their own work." (Jessica S. Kozloff, president, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania)

"Dickeson reverses the death of common sense. He challenges the prevailing assumption that all academic programs are of equal value and then demonstrates how to base resource allocation decisions on the merits of each." (Gary H. Quehl, president, Quehl Associates)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470559680
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 258,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT C. DICKESON is senior vice president for Corporate Advancement of USA Group, Inc. He heads the USA Group Foundation-a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving higher education. He is president emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition ix

Foreword to the First Edition Stanley O. Ikenberry xiii

Preface to the First Edition xvii

About the Author xxv

1 Recognizing the Need for Reform 1

2 Identifying Responsible Leadership 25

3 Reaffirming Institutional Mission 37

4 Defining What Constitutes a Program 53

5 Selecting Appropriate Criteria 65

6 Measuring, Analyzing, Prioritizing 89

7 Anticipating Process Issues 105

8 Implementing Program Decisions 123

9 Achieving Strategic Balance 139

Resource A Outsourcing Practices in Higher Education 151

Resource B Sample Process Agenda Adopted by a Land-Grant University 155

Resource C Criteria for Measuring Administrative Programs 161

Resource D Case Studies: Excerpts from Implementation Plans 165

Resource E Sources of Hidden Costs 183

Resource F Model Communication Plan 187

Resource G Prioritization Process and Implementation 191

Reference 213

Index 221

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