Program Prioritization Criteria
Centrality – 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.
Cost Effectiveness – 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.
Demand – External – The current and future demand for program graduates, scholarship and outreach is strong, the program plays a unique role in the state, stakeholders seek the expertise of the program faculty.
Demand – Internal – The program is relied upon by other programs outside the department for coursework, scholarly collaborations, grant collaborations, or core services.
Impact – The outreach work of the program has produced significant changes in the practices or conditions of key stakeholder audiences, particularly as related to elements of Goal 3 of the Strategic Action Plan.
Productivity – The program produces significant numbers (when compared to appropriate peers) of graduates, student credit hours, scholarly products or performances, and outreach events and participants.
Quality – 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, professional service and outreach are nationally recognized for their high quality. The program provides students with high quality learning experiences as described in the Strategic Action Plan and enhances the quality of the learning experience through diversity of students, faculty and staff.
Size – The program includes a critical mass of faculty and students and provides a program to a significant number of students.
Synergies – 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.