Graduate Program Prioritization

As Appalachian embarks on its strategic planning process, the University has implemented a program prioritization review to take place during the 2012-13 Academic Year.

The graduate programs have been divided into three tiers, and will each prepare a report for submission to their Academic Dean and also the Assessment & Review Committee of the Graduate Council according to the schedule below.

The reports should answer all questions in the guidelines for the appropriate tier. The recommendations of the Academic Dean, Graduate Dean, and the Assessment & Review Committee will be forwarded to Academic Affairs as data to be used to map a strategic direction for the University, and assist in determining programs to be enhanced or eliminated.

Some helpful links for data:

  • Application numbers can be found on the graduate fact book page. These are summary numbers; if more specific information about different cohorts offered at the same time is needed, please request that info from the Graduate School.
  • UNC System Enrollment and Graduation Data Listed by School (select the CIP code for the major of interest)
  • Official Appalachian Factbook Enrollment and Graduation Data (i.e., snapshot data as officially reported to UNC GA) Note that a further breakdown of enrollment for programs is available from the graduate fact book -- the numbers in the fact book may not exactly match the official numbers because of the timing on pulling the data.
  • Loan Debt for MA students (cumulative at the end of FY 2011-12). Note: We do not have EDS or EDD (because more programming is needed to isolate that debt from other graduate level program debt).
  • Lists of students enrolled in any given term can be pulled from the department dashboard report on graduate enrollment. The report requires entering the desired term (e.g., 2012XX, where XX=10, 20, 30, 40 -- spring, summer 1, summer 2, fall). Questions about running these reports can be sent to the Graduate School.

TIMELINE AND REPORT GUIDELINES

Tier 1 programs have already been through the process, with reviews due at the end of November. Report Guidelines (PDF, 116 KB)

Tier 2 program reports are due on April 26; please submit via email attachment to your academic Dean and to Dr. Huntley. Your academic Dean will forward his/her report by May 3. Report Guidelines (PDF, 94 KB)

Tier 3 program reports are due on August 9. Your academic Dean will forward his/her report by August 23. please submit via email attachment to your academic Dean and to Dr. Huntley. Report Guidelines (PDF, 96 KB)

PROGRAM LISTS

Tier 1: Current enrollment is below the UNC-GA minimum or the enrollment trend is downward with imminent low enrollment.

  • Child Development/BK
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Physics
  • English Education
  • Gerontology
  • History and History Education
  • Mathematics and Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Psychology—General/Experimental and School Psychology
  • Romance Languages

Tier 2: Current enrollment is above UNC-GA minimum but program may have been on review list in the recent past; other concerns may have been identified, including but not limited to time to degree, too many requests for time extensions, too many requests for probationary admission, downward or flat trends in applications, inability to recruit NC resident students, competition from online programs, programmatic or curricular issues, reliance on dual-listed courses, negative student feedback on graduate surveys.

  • Appalachian Studies
  • Biology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Educational Administration (EdS)
  • Educational Leadership (EdD)
  • Educational Media (C&I – Media concentrations)
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Higher Education MA
  • Higher Education EdS
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Special Education

Tier 3: Healthy enrollments; strong programs with identified demand from students and employers; potential for expansion although some may be resource challenged. Programs on this list may exhibit some of the issues identified in Tier Two, including but not limited to time to degree, too many requests for time extensions, downward or flat trends in applications, inability to recruit NC resident students, competition from online programs, programmatic issues, reliance on dual-listed courses, student feedback on graduate surveys. These issues will have to be addressed in the review.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • College Student Development
  • Educational Media (LES - Instructional Technology concentrations)
  • Exercise Science
  • Geography
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Library Science
  • Nutrition
  • Political Science
  • Professional School Counseling
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • School Administration
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Technology

Final Reports of the Graduate Council

The Assessment and Review Committee was tasked with review and report generation for Tier 1 (due in December 2012) and Tiers 2 and 3 (due in September 2013). These reports were submitted to the Deans and Provost for discussion and dissemination.