Academic Affairs Program Review

Academic Program Review

Proposals for program discontinuation are reviewed by the EWU Faculty Organization, in keeping with Academic Policy 303-35, Chapter 7.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the report and supplemental documents that EAB delivered to EWU administration on October 1, 2020:

  1. EAB’s written report and analysis (PDF file): Financial Sustainability – EWU Academic Affairs Budget Analysis and Findings – FINAL
  2. EWU majors analysis (Excel file): EWU Undergraduate Majors Analyzed – FINAL
  3. EWU majors, institutional value scores (Excel file): EWU Majors-Institutional Value Scores -FINAL
  4. Faculty workload opportunity/efficiency assessment (Excel file): Faculty Workload Opportunity Assessment-FINAL Anonymized
  5. Course capacity opportunity/efficiency assessment (Excel file): Course Capacity Opportunity Assessment-FINAL
  6. EWU tripwire analysis (Excel file): EWU – Tripwire Analysis – 5.1.20

Below is the provost’s proposal for program review and discontinuation, delivered to the Program Review Committee on October 14, 2020:

Proposal for PRD (PDF file): Proposal for PRD

Updates

  • Music BME moved from II.A. Program Discontinuation list to II.B. Consolidation and Program Revision list because of high credit requirement (October 16, 2020)
  • GWSS BA moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list because of ongoing consideration of program structure (October 16, 2020)
  • Athletic Training MS moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list to allow time for this new program to develop (November 19, 2020)

October 26, 2020: report of fall 2020 declared majors, based on 10th-day census data (Excel file): Fall 2020 Majors

Submit Feedback to the Program Review Committee

Frequently Asked Questions

EWU’s academic program review is a multi-year process designed to evaluate our array of academic offerings to ensure they align with student demand and the regional need for graduates, while also addressing a significant budget shortfall. The process includes examining a number of data points for potential efficiencies, as well as gathering feedback from across campus and the community to inform the analysis. Many programs are also completing similar reviews, including Athletics. All programs will be participating to ensure a fair and equitable process as we adapt to a changing environment. No decisions have been made; the Board of Trustees will make a final decision in June of 2021.

As interim President David May emphasized in his 2020 State of the University Address, this is the time for Eastern Washington University to redefine what role we play as a regional comprehensive university for our community and state while maintaining our core mission to serve our students.

The process for program discontinuation is outlined in Academic Policy 303-35. The process began with the provost’s proposal for program review and discontinuation, delivered to the Program Review Committee (PRC) on Oct. 14, 2020, for further consideration.

The PRC is a group of faculty representing each of the university’s colleges designed to provide constructive feedback to programs for their improvement. The committee is now charged with reviewing programs that might be altered or discontinued as the next step in the program review process. The PRC will then pass on their review to the respective Undergraduate or Graduate Academic Committee, and those bodies will forward considerations for discussion by the full Faculty Senate.  The Faculty Organization will then make a recommendation to the President in May 2021.

The PRC will look at both quantitative and qualitative factors including student demand, whether a program is in alignment with EWU’s mission, opportunities for growth, etc. Under the current criteria, the PRC must also seek broad consultations with groups or persons likely to be affected by a degree program’s discontinuation, including students enrolled in the affected program, the department(s) housing the program and the appropriate dean(s).

As stated in Academic Policy 303-35, “All proposals must specify mechanisms to protect the interests of students currently enrolled in such programs and to allow those students to complete their degrees in a reasonable time period.” The university is also required by its accrediting body to develop a “teach-out” plan for students who might be affected. A teach-out plan describes the strategies that EWU will utilize to ensure any students in a discontinued degree program will have a reasonable opportunity to complete their degrees. Teach-out plans often include standardized schedules of courses to be offered during a specified period (typically two to three years) following the decision to discontinue a program.

The university is committed to conducting program review as a collaborative and transparent process, welcoming input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Feedback, comments and questions can be shared on the Program Review Committee’s feedback form via their website which will be directed to the chair of the PRC for the committee’s review and consideration. To help ensure the PRC has adequate time to review all submissions before their recommendation is due, submissions should be shared no later than Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Submit Feedback to PRC