Webinar Recordings

From Academic Program Decisions to Results

Building and Managing a Robust Program Portfolio
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Delivered October 1, 2020
Presented by Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, Deputy Vice President, Educational Outreach & Student Services, ASU University; Design Institute Expert in Residence; Former Dean and Senior Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness (Moderator) | 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
Planning Types: Academic Planning

This is part three of a three-part program series, “Integrated Planning to Build a Thriving Academic Program Portfolio.” These discussions will help you build a strategic and sustainable program portfolio that is mission-centered, data-informed, student-centered, and focused on growth opportunities.

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.

Recorded October 1, 2020.