Topic: Planning New Programs
As the public, political leaders, and governmental agencies continue place a spotlight on the value of higher education, it is important that data is gathered showing the need for new programs. West Coast University’s multiple phase new program review process focuses on student and employment demand. As part of this process, an initial feasibility study is conducted which includes program applicant to seat ratio data, a competitive analysis, local and national employment statistics, and information from programmatic accreditors and professional societies. This is followed by a due diligence study conducted by an outside content expert designed to provide more details about need as well as a comprehensive view about a proposed program’s structure.
Northcentral University attempted to design and implement a “New Program Process” that supports faculty interest in developing new programs. The process includes vetting by marketing for demand, evaluation of appropriateness for the University mission, identification of resource requirements, validation of student outcomes and operational issues in terms of admissions, financial aid regulatory affairs. Join us for a look at the new program model and the lessons learned.