This Week In P

The campus community is encouraged to participate in a number of Prioritization and Recovery Initiative events this week.

There will be two student forums and two university-wide forums about the P&R recommendations. This week's events are:

  • Recommendation Forum – Students: Oct. 29 & Oct. 30, noon – 2 p.m. Associated Students, Inc. is organizing two forums this week and two forums next week to gather student input. The forums will be in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major A & B on Oct. 29 and Ursa Major A on Oct. 30.               
  • Recommendation Forum on Support Programs – University-wide: Oct. 30, noon – 2 p.m. Input will be collected at this forum regarding support program recommendations. This meeting will be in Ursa Major B.              
  • Recommendation Forums on Academic Programs – University-wide: Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A forum on the Recommendations 1-5 will be held in the Bronco Student Center, England Evans room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A forum on Recommendations 6-10 will take place in the Centaurus room at the same time.           

Understanding the P&R Initiative

The Prioritization and Recovery Initiative began in April 2005 when President Ortiz identified the need to explore 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 were 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.

Thesupport 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. Members of both committees served as trustees, representing the university, not their respective divisions.

Both committees were 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 P&R steering committee, which includes the executive committee of the Academic Senate, the President's Cabinet, a staff representative 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 initial recommendations to the President by the end of January 2008.

Visit the P&R Web site for more details,