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Frequently Asked Questions

What is prioritization?

A transparent and inclusive evaluation process that examines all academic and administrative programs and services, focusing on their efficiency, effectiveness, and centrality to the College’s mission within the framework of shared governance.

What is a program?

Guided by the framework outlined by Robert Dickeson, a program is defined as any activity or collection of activities that require or consume resources (dollars, people, facilities/space, research/scholarship, performances, equipment/instrumentation, and time).

Why is Lehman going through program prioritization?

Lehman College is not exempt from the many changes and challenges facing US higher education institutions today. Some of these challenges include:

  • decreasing or stagnant financial (local, state and federal) support and unsustainable fiscal models,
  • changing student demographics, including declines in high school graduation numbers that will impact current and future freshman and transfer enrollments,
  • educational attainment gaps for previously underserved populations,
  • learning-focused outcomes (with increasing expectations for proficiency, competency-based learning and prior-learning assessment and credentialing),
  • technological changes in learning modalities, including MOOCs, online and distance education,
  • increased accountability requirements and expectations from accrediting agencies, policy makers, and the public, and
  • intense competition for students among public, private and for-profit institutions (local and global).

We must prepare for the changes to come and redefine what a Lehman College education means for the students we serve and for the evolution of our institution.

Is there a connection between program prioritization and Lehman's strategic plan?

Yes. This process is the continuing implementation of Lehman's Strategic Plan: Achieving the Vision. In particular, objective 3.1 underscores the need to "integrate institutional planning and assessment to improve effectiveness through modification of the budget planning and resource allocation process." In addition to helping us establish priorities for planning and decision-making, this effort will have a synergistic relationship with the preparation of both our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) progress report and upcoming self-study, and with the annual CUNY Performance Management Plan (PMP). It will also be used to inform individual academic program accreditation reports and academic program reviews.

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