Centrality (5) – The program is central to the mission and future of the University of Idaho as a land-grant, national, research institution. The program is responsive to the vision and strategic plan of the university and to important stakeholders throughout Idaho.
Demand – External (4) – The current and future demand for program graduates, research, scholarship, and outreach is strong; the program plays a unique role in the state and stakeholders seek the expertise of the program faculty.
Demand – Internal (4) – The program is relied upon by other programs outside the department for coursework, scholarly collaborations, grant collaborations, or core services.
Quality (5) – The program contributes to the national and international reputation of the university and the work of the faculty is nationally and internationally recognized as significant. Faculty achievement in teaching, research, professional service, and outreach are nationally recognized for their high quality. The program enables student success through the demonstrated achievement of established UI learning outcomes. It provides students with high quality learning experiences that offer integrated learning opportunities and skill building for addressing complex problems. The program enhances the quality of the learning experience through diversity of students, faculty, and staff.
Size & Scope (3) - The program includes a critical mass of faculty and provides a program to a significant number of students.
Productivity (3) – On a per FTE basis, the program produces significant numbers (when compared to appropriate peers) of graduates, student credit hours, scholarly products or performances, and outreach events and participants.
Cost Effectiveness (4) – The program expenditures relative to the various productivity measures is comparable to similar programs at other national research institutions. Evidence indicates that the funds invested in the program produce a healthy mix of student enrollment, research activity and funding, and other income.
Impact (4) – The outreach work of the program has produced significant changes in the practices or conditions of key stakeholder audiences. The program’s research, teaching, and outreach components contain mutually-beneficial outcomes. The program is responsive to the vision and strategic plan of the university and to relevant stakeholders throughout Idaho.
Synergies (3) – The program is engaged in cooperative interactions across departments or other administrative units both within the University of Idaho and/or with groups outside the UI that enhance quality and/or productivity providing clear benefits to students and/or faculty. Complex problems are addressed with interdisciplinary strength.