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Task Force on Review of Academic Programs

Final Report

Task Force on Review of Academic Programs Final Report [pdf] - Dated 4/22/13

Supporting documents


This task force has been created to expand on the preliminary work initiated earlier this year (see Toward Greater Effectiveness and Efficiency in Academic Courses and Programs), which led to the provost's recommendation (see Strategic Realignment Recommendations) that the University undertake a more comprehensive review of programs during the 2011-12 academic year.

The primary purpose of this review is to strengthen NC State’s academic programs overall by improving their vitality, effectiveness, and efficiency. The review will also produce metrics that NC State can use in the future to assess programs and to allocate resources equitably and strategically.

The provost has asked the task force to do the following:

  • Recommend the metrics to be used in academic program review, including a wider range of evidence of program effectiveness than those used in spring 2011, which focused largely on enrollment and degree productivity.
  • Once metrics have been established, assemble the data for all degree programs currently offered by NC State and identify areas that would benefit from additional attention.
  • Make recommendations for strengthening academic programs through program consolidation, changes in focus, increasing support, phasing out, or taking no deliberate action.

The task force is expected to provide the campus community with an opportunity to provide input on the selection of metrics. In addition, departments and colleges housing programs identified for additional review will be invited to present program-specific information and to participate in development of strategies and solutions.

Timeline: The task force will deliver a set of recommendations to the provost by the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

MeetingsReference Documents and LinksMembers Log-In

Task Force Members

John Ambrose (co-chair)
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Programs

Duane Larick (co-chair)
Dean, The Graduate School

Steve Allen
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research
Poole College of Management

Bob Beichner
Director, STEM Education Initiative
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Physics
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Stephanie Curtis
Professor and Director of Academic Programs, Genetics
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Myron Floyd
Professor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
College of Natural Resources

Lizette Hardie
Department Head, Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

Jerome Lavelle
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
College of Engineering

Marvin Malecha
Dean, College of Design

Margery Overton
Professor, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering

Sam Pardue
Department Head, Poultry Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Gerald Ponder
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
College of Education

John Rust
Department Head, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
College of Textiles

David Zonderman
Professor and Associate Department Head, History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Support Team Members

Karen Helm (coordinator)
University Planning & Analysis

Lewis Carson
Associate Director, Institutional Research
University Planning & Analysis

Mike Carter
Associate Dean
The Graduate School

Louis Hunt
Vice Provost and University Registrar
Enrollment Management and Services

Steve Keto
Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance and Resource Management
Office of Finance & Business

Barbara Moses
University Budget Officer, Finance and Resource Management
Office of Finance & Business

Vicki Pennington
Assistant Vice Provost
Office of the Provost

Carrie Zelna
Director, Office of Assessment
Undergraduate Academic Program


Location is in the Winslow Hall Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Subcommittees met; see 9/21 minutes for reports.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 3 - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 2 - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Reference Documents and Links

About the Task Force

Strategic Realignment

General Task Force Documents

Examples from Other Institutions

Other Resources