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Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio
From Academic Program Decisions to Results: Building and Managing a Robust Program Portfolio

October 1, 2020
Free | 2:00–3:00 PM Eastern

Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio

Watch for the Complete Series

Part One: Aug 27
Academic Program Portfolio Planning: Preparing to Thrive

Part Two: Sept 15
Instructional Economics: Making Finance-Informed Academic Decisions

This three-part program series will help you build a strategic and sustainable program portfolio that is mission-centered, data-informed, student-centered, and focused on growth opportunities. Join one, two, or all three programs in this series.

Part Three: October 1 | 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

From Academic Program Decisions to Results:
Building and Managing a Robust Program Portfolio

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The decision-making process is only the beginning – how do you build a robust program portfolio in a way that ensures educational quality, financial sustainability, and meets the needs of your students? We will provide real-world examples of ways to effectively build quality online programs and courses that improve student access and retention, including performance metrics and faculty engagement. And we’ll discuss examples of how institutions can leverage investments in online learning to meet student demand, create financial sustainability, and generate funds for other mission-related priorities that may otherwise go unfunded. We will conclude by discussing how to build systems and processes to track quality and performance on an ongoing basis, so you can flag and fix small problems before they escalate and identify opportunities for growth before the competition.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the process and resources for building an online course.
  2. See and explain how other institutions have used high-performing online courses and programs to fund the overall institution and its mission.
  3. Evaluate the quality of courses, including faculty engagement and student success.
  4. Address concerns when moving courses online.
  5. Understand accreditation consequences and requirements when planning online courses and programs.
  6. Understand the value of integrated planning that is collaborative, aligns resources, and keeps the institution nimble and change-ready.
  7. Use judgment and data about student demand, competing institutions, employment opportunities, academic performance, and financial performance to manage individual programs and the overall program portfolio.


Antoinette Farmer-Thompson (Moderator)
Deputy Vice President, Educational Outreach & Student Services; ASU University Design Institute Expert in Residence; Former Dean and Senior Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

William Massy
Professor Emeritus and Former CFO, Stanford University; Former President, The Jackson Hole Higher Education Group, Inc.

Steve Probst
Senior Partner, Gray Associates, Inc.

Nicholas Santilli
Senior Director for Learning Strategy, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP); Professor Emeritus of Psychology, John Carroll University