Process

Below are the approximate dates for the resource allocation process:

Summer 2017

  • Board of Trustees directed a comprehensive review of all academic and administrative budget lines with the goal of optimizing existing funding, reallocating funding in support of strategic priorities, and building long-term financial sustainability by reviewing the budget of each administrative and academic unit of the College.

Fall 2017

  • President Chapdelaine charged the Planning, Budgeting and Assessment Committee (PBAC) with overseeing the Resource Allocation Review process. 
  • PBAC drafted the goals, steps and timeline for the review process
  • A draft of the review process goals and timeline was shared with department chairs and budget managers to solicit input. 
  • PBAC incorporated feedback and finalized the steps in the review process
  • Six sub-committees of PBAC, made up of three members each, met budget managers across all academic and administrative areas of the College. 

Spring 2018

  • Initial subcommittee reports were submitted to PBAC to reveal general data trends and assess the status review process
  • PBAC subcommittees shared a draft of their recommendations with budget managers and department chairs in order to clarify data interpretation
  • Final recommendations from each subcommittee were submitted to PBAC in early April and were also shared with department chairs and budget managers from all academic and administrative areas. PBAC reviewed all sub-committee recommendations through the end of May and developed a consistent criteria for academic program review (less than five graduates over three years for majors; zero in 2016-17 for minors).

Summer 2018

  • PBAC finalized their report and advanced recommendations to President Chapdelaine
  • The president and senior team reviewed and discussed PBAC’s recommendations 
  • The president completed a final review and advanced to PBAC recommendations for moving decisions forward per existing governance policies. As appropriate, some administrative decisions were implemented immediately.

Fall 2018

  • PBAC chair, provost and subcommittee members met with academic departments impacted by recommendations for elimination to review criteria and next steps
  • President held a campus-wide forum to present highlights of the recommendations resulting from the resource allocation review process
  • Per established governance processes, the Faculty Curriculum Committee was directed to review academic programs recommended for possible restructure or elimination

Spring 2019

  • Curriculum Committee developed evaluative rubric to assess academic majors and minors advanced for elimination. Rubric was developed in consultation with department chairs.
  • Final outcomes of the Curriculum Committee review were shared with academic departments, the provost and president
  • The president, in consultation with the provost, revised her original recommendations (to eliminate all programs) and submitted a recommendation to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees that some programs be retained or retained on a conditional basis
  • At its June board meeting, the Academic Affairs Committee reviewed all relevant data and reports and submitted its own recommendation to the board
  • On June 5, 2019, the board voted unanimously to accept the Academic Affairs Committee’s recommendations to eliminate majors in computational science, religion, German, and Latin American studies (which has been combined with Spanish to create the Spanish and Iberian studies program), and the minors in renaissance studies, medieval studies, African studies and American studies. The African American studies minor was also reviewed, as it had met the PBAC criteria for under-enrollment when the review began; however, enrollment has increased significantly enough since that time such that the board voted to retain this minor. In addition, the board voted to retain on conditional status the music and philosophy majors, as well as the minors in film studies, theatre/drama and writing.