Some Mesa State programs could be phased out in stages

Some of Mesa State College’s academic programs could be phased out over time under recommendations released Monday to the campus.

A 22-member group of faculty and students, tasked in May by the Mesa State Board of Trustees, held 16 meetings to evaluate program quality, priorities and productivity of the college’s academic programs. The initial recommendations categorize programs into five categories — programs of distinction, programs of promise, programs of achievement, programs of further study and programs to be phased out.

The report was released to department heads across the campus, and faculty have until March 2 to review the recommendations and respond. The group will make its final recommendations after collecting campus feedback for the trustees to review during their April meeting.

The program evaluation sought to answer two questions: How does each academic program fit within the college’s two-year and four-year mission, and where should Mesa State’s resources continue to be allocated?

The programs were measured using 13 criteria that fell under program centrality, student demand, program characteristics, cost and faculty. Some of the 13 measures included whether Mesa State had a competitive advantage in the region in offering the program, individual stories of student and faculty achievement, enrollment, and anonymous evaluations of faculty by students.


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