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Research Report

Rightsizing the Program Portfolio Study

Executive imperatives for balancing revitalization and discontinuance

August 22, 2019

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Download this study for resources to support a more effective review and revitalization of your campus’s academic program portfolio.

A balanced program portfolio advances the institutional mission, responds to market demands, and contributes to the bottom line. But without an effective method to review and realign the portfolio, institutions face an ongoing drain on their financial and reputational resources.

This study offers four imperatives for transforming the program review process—laying the groundwork for either revitalization or discontinuance in the context of shared governance.

Unlike the enthusiasm generated by launching new programs, efforts to reevaluate existing offerings frequently trigger pushback. Absent an effective strategy to review and realign the academic program portfolio, institutions risk the gradual depletion of their financial and reputational resources.

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