Academic program reviews are never easy for anyone involved. They can create an us-versus-them dynamic between faculty, who feel blindsided, and campus leadership, who feel financial realities are being ignored. And the looming uncertainty about their degree path makes students feel anxious and uncertain about their futures.
Program reprioritizations have become an unfortunate, uncomfortable reality for higher education leaders, filled with tough decisions. But like with other challenging situations, a solid communications plan can help. Leadership needs to start early with consistent and clear messaging about program reviews.
In a piece for University Business, Erin reminds us that while the outcomes of higher ed program reviews are never going to make everyone happy, how campus leaders communicate about these processes can make everyone feel respected.
ICYMI, Teresa had a very busy August.