Proposed Reduction of Academic Units-Sen. Doc. No. 91-014B.pdf

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Sen. Doc. No. 91-014BSPECIAL REPORTof theACADEMIC PRIORITIES COUNCILrelating toTHE PROPOSED REDUCTION OF ACADEMIC UNITSPresented at the463rdRegular Meeting of the Faculty SenateMay 23, 1991Council MembershipDavid A. Booth, ChairGlenn BrownRoland ChiltonPat Crosson (E)Natasha DiephuisJeffrey EisemanFrank Hugus (E)Mark KenenArthur KinneyJudith PlacekKandula SastryRobert TuthillAlbert Wrisley
Special Report of the Academic Priorities Council Relating to the Proposed Reduction of AcademicUnits.INTRODUCTIONThis Special Report of the Academic Priorities Council identifies the criteria and the processwhich should be used to identify academic programs that might be reduced.The contents are closelyrelated to, but different from those of two prior Faculty Senate Reports, namely the Final Report ofthe ad hoc Priorities Council, (Senate Document 80-065A, dated May 8, 1990), and the Special Reportof the Academic Priorities Council, (Senate Document 90-064, dated May 17, 1990).Whereas the 1980document focused on the identification of programs “which should (a) receive additional resources, (b)continue at the existing level, or (c) experience a reduction in resources,” and the 1990 document dealtexclusively with the review of academic programs proposed for termination, this report dealsexclusively with the review of academic programs proposed for reduction.PART I:BACKGROUNDFor well over two years, the Commonwealth has faced a continuing and progressively seriousfiscal crisis.It has become increasingly clear to many, if not all members of the University community,that the campus will have to make major cuts in the years ahead in many areas, including theacademic area.The necessity of taking this approach was confirmed at the Senate’s recessed meetingon September 27, 1990, when the Senate adopted a motion endorsing both termination and reductionof academic programs as ways to reduce the University’s budget over the next several years.It was the ongoing fiscal crisis which led the Rules Committee to request the AcademicPriorities Council to develop a set of procedures and criteria for program termination.This motionrecommending the adoption of the policy and procedures was approved by a wide margin.Because last May’s document (Senate Document 90-064) dealt exclusively with termination, theRules Committee recently requested the Academic Priorities Council to develop a parallel set ofprocedures to deal exclusively with program reduction.No one should assume that the Council has taken to this task with much enthusiasm.No onelikes to see the University being dismantled or liquidated.On the other hand the Council takes theposition that faculty involvement in these difficult issues is imperative; that it would be totallyinappropriate to abdicate this important responsibility.The Council also takes the position thatrandom, across-the-board cuts are potentially destructive to morale and quality.

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