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Measurement Matters

A task force that’s zeroing in on metrics for a comprehensive review of undergraduate and graduate programs wants your input.

Proposed metrics are online for review on the provost’s website. Faculty and staff are invited to submit feedback to the academic program review task force through an online form. Input about metrics will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 2, said Dr. Duane Larick, task force co-chair and senior vice provost for strategic initiatives.

Recalculating

The metrics chosen will be tested before full data collection begins.

“The next step will be to run a pilot with selected programs to evaluate the viability and feasibility,” said Dr. Mike Carter, task force member and associate dean of the graduate school.

Once data is collected, department heads and program leaders will have the opportunity to comment on the results before any recommendations are made. Each college is represented on the task force.

Final Destination

The group has until the end of the academic year to submit recommendations for improving the “vitality, effectiveness and efficiency” of undergraduate and graduate programs, based on the data.

“The primary purpose will be to help make strategic decisions about resources for academic programs,” Carter said.

The task force may recommend consolidating programs, changing their focus, increasing support, phasing them out or making no changes.

For additional information, including minutes and supporting materials, visit the task force website.

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  • Jonathan Lindsey

    I hope you are able to do benchmarking against “peer” institutions (such as Cornell, UC-Santa Barbara, Purdue, Georgia Tech) and identify comparative funding/staffing issues. My sense (supported over the years by our dept’s external advisory board) is that NCSU is underfunded by ~50% on a per capita basis. The prevalent mantra “we are great” is at odds with the reality: we do the best we can with what we have to work with. I realize that in the south “good is good enough” is a pervasive attitude, yet the funding level is our chief impediment to the aspirational goals of quality and providing a pillar for economic growth. When the guy on the street and our state legislators continually hear that “NCSU is great” I feel like they are being misinformed. They interpret that as “we are rich.” If so we have only ourselves to blame when the budgets are cut.

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