Self-reviews completed by individual program units as part of the Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP) process are now online at http://academic-prioritization.wsu.edu.

Members of the WSU community are encouraged to read the reports and comment on them. All comments posted by April 3 will be forwarded to the phase II task force which has been charged with making recommendations regarding which programs should be targeted for growth and investment, which should be maintained at current levels and which should be either consolidated or phased out.

The website has links to 135 reports that arrived in a variety of formats including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDFs. Larry James, associate executive vice president and task force co-chair, said the reports took about a week to organize and get online, but the committee wants the process to be as transparent as possible. Ken Casavant, co-chair of the AAPP task force, said, “The quality of the reports from deans and the units is exceptional, reflecting on the good faith effort thus far of the faculty and administrators who the developed the initial reports.”

On March 27 the Faculty Senate will conduct a hearing on the AAPP process. The meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in FSHN T101 on the Pullman campus and will be video streamed to the other campuses. For information on the format of the hearing, go to http://facsen.wsu.edu/aapp/hearing_process.html.

On April 3 the phase II task force also will receive the written report of the Faculty Senate, as well as the website comments, and then it will have until April 15 to formulate a set of recommendations and present them to the Provost.
 This is the second part of a three-phase process. The first phase, which occurred during fall semester, focused on the development of an evaluation framework to be used by each academic program.

During the third phase, the provost will consider the recommendations and formulate a universitywide plan for future growth that will be forwarded to the president and the regents. 

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