Academic Affairs Program Review

Academic Program Review


The Strategic Resource Allocation is a continuation of the below 2020/2021 Program Review process. As the university emphasized at the time, program review was just the start of a multi-year process designed to evaluate all of our academic offerings to ensure they align with student demand and workforce needs. The Strategic Resource Allocation is a continuation of that process, although now it expands beyond academics and includes non-academic/support services as well. Information can be found on here on  Strategic Resource Allocation – Eastern Washington University (


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


  • 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)
  • Manufacturing Technology BS moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list because of discovered error in data related to program name change (January 8, 2021)

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

May 14, 2021: Provost’s recommendation to the president on program review and discontinuation: Provost’s PRD Recommendation May 2021

May 19, 2021: President’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees on program review and discontinuation: President’s PRD Recommendation May 2021.

June 24, 2021: The EWU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the administration’s Program Review recommendation.

Program Discontinuation FAQ

College of Arts, Letters & Education:

  • Bachelor of Music-Jazz
  • Bachelor of Arts-Musical Theatre
  • Master of Arts-Music
  • Master of Music-Performance
  • Master of Music-Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts-Journalism
  • Bachelor of Science-Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts-Education-Secondary Art

College of Business:

  • Bachelor of Arts-Business-Supply Chain Management

College of Social Sciences:

  • Master of Science-Communication Studies

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 use 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 (usually two to three years) after the decision to discontinue a program.

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.

Within the EWU Faculty Organization, the PRC is a group of faculty representing each of the university’s colleges that provides 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 send its reviews and recommendations to the Undergraduate or Graduate Affairs Council, as appropriate, and those bodies will forward their recommendations to the Rules committee, which will also make a recommendation and forward all materials to the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate 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 and opportunities for growth. 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 programs, the departments housing the programs and the appropriate deans.

The program review feedback period has now ended. If more feedback options are made available in the future, they will be posted here.

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, the EWU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the administration’s Program Review recommendation. The reduction plan is a mission-driven effort to eliminate certain programs and majors as the university reshapes its focus to serve the needs of students and the community.