Policy on Low Award Producing Academic Programs

Revised from May 1995 Program Review Guidelines; Adopted by the University Academic Planning Council, June 21, 2010; Revisions adopted by the University Academic Planning Council, June 16, 2016

Definition of low award producing:

A low award producing program will be scheduled for review in the academic year following the program’s identification as low award producing.  The provost will request a focused review from the dean and specify a schedule for a status report.  The schedule may be adjusted by mutual agreement.

In general, the expectation is that either a compelling case will be made for continuation, or the low award producing programs will be discontinued or reorganized. For some programs, they may award few degrees because they serve a specialized audience.   For other programs, when few degrees are awarded it may be a signal that the commitment of program faculty has waned or that the program does not serve student or societal needs.

The following possibilities for handling low award producing programs should be considered:

If a low award producing program is important to the program faculty, they should develop a written rationale based on the following criteria and other criteria that may emerge:

The director of APIR, the provost, and the UAPC will review reports on the status of low award producing programs.  If a low award producing program is continued, and remains in low-award status it will be reviewed again after five years.   If student participation increases and the program is no longer low-award status, it will go into the 10-year review cycle.

PDF of the Policy on Low Award Producing Academic Programs

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