Dear Faculty Colleagues,
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
Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs