"Dickeson has no illusions about the difficulty of achieving 'strategic balance,' but his single-minded focus on identifying and eliminating those programs that require resources that could be used by higher priority programs can provide clarity to those about to undertake an institutional review, and his insistence that an institution can make informed and defensible judgments about programs will reassure those who are in the process of institutional review." (Continuing Higher Education Review)
"This book is a 'must read' for higher education leaders or those who aspire to become higher education leaders. Only Bob Dickeson, with his many years of higher education experience, could have incorporated so much information in such a concise and informative manner." (James E. Walker, president, Middle Tennessee State University)
"This is a succinct and understandable guide to the very complex issues surrounding restructuring and prioritization. Every board member, president, and provost will find it essential to their own work." (Jessica S. Kozloff, president, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania)
"Dickeson reverses the death of common sense. He challenges the prevailing assumption that all academic programs are of equal value and then demonstrates how to base resource allocation decisions on the merits of each." (Gary H. Quehl, president, Quehl Associates)
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From the Back Cover
Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services
Revised and Updated
Increasing economic concerns make the new edition of this best-selling classic an invaluable resource for those who want and need to implement a proven step-by-step approach to reallocating resources in tough times. Thoroughly revised and updated, Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services includes new recommendations from the field, communication strategies for more successful campus implementation, a new section on the sources of hidden costs, and a Prioritization Process and Implementation workbook designed to help administrators avoid costly mistakes. This book includes access to additional content online, including models for prioritization from a variety of campuses. Based on the author's extensive consulting experience, this necessary and timely resource offers the best advice for addressing the current economic concerns affecting most colleges and universities.
Praise for Prioritizing Academic Programs and ServicesFor more than a decade, higher education leaders have turned to Dickeson's practical guide to academic program assessment. These newly expanded approaches are just in time for today's competitive environment."
Suzanne Shipley, president, Shepherd University
Dickeson provides a compelling rationale for program prioritization as well as a practical planning structure that promotes alignment between programs, resources, and university mission. Presidents and provosts can use his approach to frame campus discussions around the future of the institution and away from legacy programs whose time has passed."
Kyle R. Carter, provost and senior vice chancellor, Western Carolina University
Dickeson's approach ensures that critical decisions regarding academic programs and resource allocation are aligned with strategic goals and institutional mission. As one of the early adopters of the process that he proposes, I am convinced that it is a powerful and practical tool for any college or university committed to remaining focused, resilient, vital, and relevant in a dynamic and increasingly challenging environment."
David Maxwell, president, Drake University
Robert C. Dickeson is a higher education consultant, president emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, and former senior vice president of Lumina Foundation for Education.