New P&R; Report Offers Recommendations on Support Programs

A report released Oct. 4, by the Prioritization and Recovery (P&R) steering committee includes various recommendations regarding the 321 identified support programs across campus. The report was finalized by the support programs committee last month.

“I would like to thank the support program committee for its exceptional work in bringing this document forward,” said Steering Committee Chair John Self. “We are committed to keeping the university community informed, enabling everyone to review the recommendations.”

The support programs committee began its P&R evaluation process in fall 2006. Members serve as trustees who represent the entire university, not their respective divisions.

“The recommendations reflect the opinions of the whole committee,” said Support Program Chair Don Straney. “Before arriving at our conclusions, we reviewed each of the university support programs using the same criteria. We have recommended what we feel are the most important changes that should be addressed first. These are opportunities to enhance our learning-centered community and the student experience.”

The report reflects 19 specific recommendations, impacting a number of campus programs. The report does not contain analysis and comment on every program, but those could be included in future recommendations.

This support programs report and a list of all committee members, is available at

Understanding the P&R Initiative

The Prioritization and Recovery Initiative began in April 2005 with the purpose of exploring areas of improvement and efficiency across campus. The process hopes to ultimately empower the campus community to shape a model university for the next generation of students.

To evaluate university programs appropriately, academic programs and support programs are being reviewed by separate committees.

The academic programs process began immediately with the selection of committee members, appointed by a joint committee of the Academic Senate and President's Cabinet. The academic programs committee includes four faculty members, a faculty alternate, two academic administrators, one staff member, one student and one student alternate.

The support programs committee was formed in fall 2006 and includes two senior members from each division, a member of the President's Office and the director of Academic Resources. Committee members serve as trustees, representing the university, not their respective divisions.

Both committees are charged with evaluating respective programs on campus and developing proposals based on common criteria. These include recommendations that may potentially affect funding for the programs, including:

  • Increased support    
  • Decreased support    
  • Restructuring    
  • Discontinuing    

The campus community will have a series of opportunities to provide input on the recommendations of both academic and support programs. These meetings will be announced as soon as the process is determined.

The P&R steering committee  which includes the executive committee of the Academic Senate, the President's Cabinet, a staff member and the ASI vice president  will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the recommendations, ensuring appropriate stakeholders have been consulted in the process.

The steering committee will present its recommendations to the President by the end of January 2008.