Sensible, Humane Approaches to Program Closures
Slashing recklessly won’t save the money you think it will, but it’s guaranteed to stir up resentment — and maybe lawsuits too. Take a deep breath, level with your faculty, and consider challenges collaboratively.
Easing the Pain of Program ClosingsIt’s a dreaded but familiar exercise at colleges when budgets are tight and enrollment pools shrinking. There are ways, though, to minimize the distress for both faculty members and students.
A College Weighs Its Priorities Before Making CutsMorningside College eased the pain by bringing faculty members aboard to evaluate and rank programs ahead of $2.7 million in spending reductions.
4 Ways to Make Program Closures EasierTo begin with, involve faculty members in the decisions from the start. Top-down mandates are likely to be met with suspicion.
What to Consider When Closing an Academic ProgramPosition your institution for the future, then proceed with caution.