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Program Prioritization

December 2, 2013

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Recently, the Board of Regents requested that each CU campus undertake a “program prioritization” process, in which we conduct a thorough review of academic and administrative programs. The process is aimed at eliminating redundancies and determining the relative quality and importance of existing programs.

To comply with this request, we will begin with the review of academic programs on the Denver Campus, followed by review of the administrative units for both campuses. The academic programs at Anschutz Medical Campus have been exempted from the process.

We have developed a proposed plan for the review of Denver Campus academic programs, which the regents’ Program Prioritization Committee approved in concept in late November. Per the plan, we will convene a new committee, charged with developing recommendations to university leadership on program prioritization. The committee will also be expected to review data and communicate with constituents on the process and its progress. School and college leadership will have opportunities to provide input on committee recommendations as well.

The committee will have broad faculty representation, supported by an administrative group who will provide data. We currently are working with the Faculty Assembly and others to obtain nominations of faculty to serve on the committee.

To help guide and inform the process, we have engaged a consultant, Stephen Portch. Dr. Portch has extensive experience in higher education, having served as the head of Georgia's university system and supported other universities with similar prioritization processes. In addition, he is already familiar with the unique attributes of CU Denver │ Anschutz, having assisted in the development of the first strategic plan of the consolidated institution, in 2007.

Once the review of academic programs on the Denver Campus is underway, we will develop the process for prioritization review of administrative programs on both campuses. The regents have asked each campus in the CU system to present them with periodic updates and a report by November 2014.

We will establish a variety of communication methods, including a website, to keep everyone updated on the prioritization initiative.

I appreciate your cooperation, patience and perspective as we undertake this process. 


Best regards,
Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

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