NAPTF Campus Forum presentation 2013

New Academic
Programs Task Force
April, 2013
Why was the New Academic
Programs Task Force formed?
 State funding continues to decline
 Enrollment growth essential
 UIS is at a competitive disadvantage in
recruitment because it has so few undergraduate
 Task Force formed to make informed collaborative
recommendations for new program priorities
Task Force Structure
 voting members and non-voting support staff
 voting
4 faculty
3 deans
1 student affairs administrator
1 staff member
1 student
 college representation
 governance committee linkages
Tim Barnett
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Beverly Bunch
Professor of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Administration
Chair of the Campus Planning & Budgeting Committee
Patty Byrnes
Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business & Management
Chair of the Committee on the Assessment of Student Learning
Jim Ermatinger
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Rebekah Grosboll
Online Coordinator
Undergraduate General Education Advisor for the College of Public Affairs & Administration
Brian Kahn
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, College of Education & Human Services
Member of Undergraduate Council
Linda McCown
Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Member, Committee on Admissions, Recruitment, & Retention
Ron McNeil
Dean of the College of Business & Management
Will Miller
Interim Dean of the College of Public Affairs & Administration
Jinger Sanders
UIS Student
Support Staff
Cecilia Cornell
Tammy Craig
Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Ray Schroeder
Clinical Assistant Professor, Brookens Library
Director of Collections & Scholarly Communications for the Library
Karen Moranski
Administrative Assistant to the Provost
Stephen McMinn
Interim Director of Admissions
Monica Kroft
Director of Career Services
Lori Giordano
Faculty Associate, Provost’s Office
Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning
Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service
Aaron Shures
Associate Provost and Director of Budget & Financial Analysis
 Call to faculty and academic professionals for ideas
 Focus on prioritizing new programs that require new
 Does not replace governance process for curriculum
 Task Force members encouraged to be innovative and
open to new ideas
 Process both creative and data-driven
Programs Considered
Close to 80 initial submissions
Additional suggestions received
Not all were academic majors
Some already under development
Some didn’t require new resources for start-up
Task Force members could add to list
Task Force Charge
 Develop a prioritized list of viable new academic
programs, at the undergraduate level, that will
contribute to enrollment growth and academic
excellence at the University of Illinois at Springfield
 Ideal academic programs will:
– provide preparation for occupations in demand at local, regional,
and/or national levels for the foreseeable future
– meet high demand from prospective undergraduate students
– fit well with the UIS mission, vision, and location
– contribute to UIS’ reputation as a premier regional university
– generate enrollment growth
Task Force Process
 Identified relevant factors & data needed
 Organized suggested program list
 Separated out program proposals not needing new
 Reviewed relevant data
 Considered program possibilities
 Ranking of programs
 No program ideas discarded
Ratings, Ratings, & More Ratings
 Close to 80 suggestions were received from faculty,
academic professionals, and others
not all suggestions were clear majors or degree programs
 Task Force started with basic rating template
– tool for assessing collective view
– Evolved through five phases based on Task Force discussions and
 Meetings involved review of aggregate ratings, data,
 No ideas discarded
Data Considered
 Admissions data on majors requested (student demand)
 State documents on higher education
 Reports from Springfield Chamber of Commerce on
economic development strategies
 Chicago plan for economic growth & jobs
 Linkages between majors and occupations
 Occupational outlook at state and national levels
 Salaries (by major, by entry-level positions)
 Regional competitors
 Preliminary cost/revenue considerations
 Relation to existing academic departments/majors
Short List: Tier 1
 Digital/New/Interactive Mass Media
 Finance: BBA Concentration
 Exercise Science/Athletic Training B.S.
 Health Services Administration
Short List: Tier 2
 Actuarial Science
 Ag Business: BBA Concentration
 Environmental Public Health
 Nursing R.N.; R.N. to B.S.N.
Some Unanticipated Convergence
 February 2011 Enrollment Expansion Retreat
Blended MBA
Liberal Arts coupled with business curricula
Education (elementary ed/early childhood)
Media/journalism/digital media
Critical analysis (data analytics)
Environmental Studies
Public Health
Public Administration
*Suggestions in color were either independently advanced by an academic department
or also emerged from NAPTF’s work
What’s Next?
 Continue consideration of programs in top
 Consider campus community input
 Formulate recommendations for Year 1
program priorities for implementation
 Review list, consider possibilities, and
formulate recommendations for Year 2 and
Year 3
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