Selected critiques of program prioritization:
- Bhattacharyya, Nalinaksha. “Academic prioritization — an attack on tenure“. CAUT Bulletin 61.2 (Feb. 2014)
- Collini, Stefan. “Sold Out.” London Review of Books 35.20 (Oct. 24, 2013): 3-12.
- Ghoussoub, Nassif. “From ‘shared governance’ to ‘shared services’: Lessons from the University of Michigan.” Piece of Mind (Dec. 2, 2013).
- NEW: Groarke, Leo, and Beverley Hamilton. “Doing the PPP: a skeptical perspective.” Academic Matters (June 2014).
- Heron, Craig. “Robert Dickeson: Right for Ontario? An analysis of program prioritization by Craig Heron, York University.” Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (PDF; 2013).
- Howe, Eric.”The Emperor Isn’t Wearing Any Clothes: Intellectually Bankrupt Academic Prioritization.” Vox. University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (Nov. 15/13). [See USFA’s ongoing discussion about programme prioritization at their university.]
- Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. “Frequently Asked Questions: Ontario’s Differentiation Agenda and Program Prioritization” (2013).
- Thomas, Keith. “Universities under Attack.” London Review of Books 33. 24 (Dec. 15, 2011): 9-10.
- Ward, Steven. “A Machiavellian Guide to Destroying Public Universities in 12 Easy Steps.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 2, 2013).
The business of program prioritization:
- Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance. 1999. Robert C. Dickeson. Jossey-Bass, 2010.
- [See Report of the Fiscal Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, Morehead State University, 4 October 2007 for a summery.]
- “Frequently Asked Questions About College Costs.” Robert C. Dickeson, 2006.
- “The Need for Accreditation Reform.” Robert C. Dickeson, 2006.
- CONFERENCE: Prioritizing Academic and Administrative Programs, March 27 – 28, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.
Examples of program prioritization:
- University of Guelph Program Prioritization Process Task Force Report. J. Alan Sullivan and Michelle Fach (Sept. 9/13).
- Ontario’s Differentiation Policy Framework for Post secondary Education (Nov/13)
- Presidential Task Force: Sustaining the Academic Priorities at StFX 2013-2018 (2013).
- TransformUS: Reallocating resources for future success. University of Saskatchewan (Nov/13): see links to reports.
- Program Prioritization Criteria. Minot State University.
Selected responses to program prioritization exercises:
- Bradshaw, James. “No department is safe as universities employ U.S. cost-cutting strategy.” The Globe and Mail (Dec. 25/12).
- Central Student Association (Guelph). “Program Prioritization Process: The CSA speaks.” The Cannon (Oct. 15/13)
Herhalt, Chris. “U of G prioritization report puts low-scoring programs on alert.” GuelphMercury.com (Oct. 4/13):
Very few undergraduate-level degree granting programs ranked in the top 20 per cent of the analysis.
Seven of the university’s school of language and literature major and minor programs ranked in the bottom fifth of the analysis, as well as six programs apiece from mathematics and statistics, sociology and anthropology and the English and theatre departments.
Intercollegiate athletic teams, the school’s food services division, undergraduate residences and the annual giving and alumni relations unit, all scored in the top fifth of the analysis.
- Kiley, Kevin. “First Things First.” Inside Higher Ed (Oct. 2/12).
- Lederman, Doug. “The Pressure to Prioritize.” Inside Higher Ed (Nov. 11/10).
- Lederman, Doug. “Blame It on the Faculty.” Inside Higher Ed (Apr. 6/06).
- Mucciarone, Victoria. “Austerity, neoliberalism and Brock University.” The Brock Press (Sept. 3/13).
- Straumsheim, Carl. “Crisis Management Criticized.” Inside Higher Ed (Apr. 18/13).
- University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA). “Stop the administrative and political intrusion into the arts and sciences! (Part one).” Vox (Jan.30/14).
- Barkawi, Tarak. “The Neoliberal Assault on Academia.” AlterNet (Apr. 25/13).
- Chomsky, Noam. “Public Education Under Massive Corporate Assault — What’s Next?” AlterNet (Aug. 5/11): (partial transcript of a speech delivered by Noam Chomsky at the University of Toronto at Scarborough on the rapid privatization process of public higher education in the United States)
Troop, Don. “Many Colleges ‘Hoard’ Endowments During Rough Economic Times.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Mar. 4/14)