Thursday, October 3, 2013

PP: Ratings and Ranking

I'm hearing quite a bit of concern about the use of numbers (ratings, 1-5) in the prioritization process.  A common question is "how do I want to answer to get the highest rating?"  The answer is, "answer the questions as honestly as possible."  Unlike PP initiatives at other universities, we will not be targeting cuts across the board for programs with certain ratings.  We are using the numbers as a guide to see where the issues may be.  For instance, a program with great quality and starved for resources (or equipment, etc) may have a medium overall rating.  Another program may have a medium overall rating and be average in the categories across the board.  These two programs would have the same rating, but would require very different actions.  It's what's behind the numbers that is key.  The PP is not only about trying to address a budget issue, but will also reallocate some resources to help programs. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Academic (Degree) Program Prioritization

The Program Prioritization website continues to be updated:

The Academic Program Prioritization Committee (PPC) has incorporated many of the excellent comments from their forum into their criteria and that will be posted this week.  The website will start to have more frequent updates, including a page that will hold links to data as we progress.  Please use the website and talk with your PPC representatives about the process.  We need to make changes quickly and this process is needed to get us to a place where we can support our academic programs properly.  The process is not intended to be divisive -- the point of it being campus wide for all programs (not just degree programs) is to open up opportunities to find a way that all units can contribute to stabilizing our academic programs while also looking into efficiency and quality.  The current model with a large portion of the academic budget in "course access" means that this money is not in the baseline budget -- that is not sustainable.

I was glad to see a lot of faculty at the forum I held on Academic (Degree) PP.  I know people are very concerned about the results of the prioritization and I'm trying to be as straight forward as possible in addressing your concerns.  Feel free to post questions to this blog.  In the meantime, I'll start by tackling a few of the FAQs that I've heard lately in my next posts.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Welcome to the start of the semester!

I always enjoy the energy that the start of the semester brings.  I'm excited that I'll be back in the classroom this semester to teach a section of UMD Seminar.  We had someone cancel at the last minute and I took the opportunity to take a deeper look at the course and to also have a chance to keep in touch with our incoming students. 

As you know, we have several major initiatives going on including Program Prioritization and establishment of the new Governance system.  I'm going to use this blog as a way to get communication out to supplement the communications coming out through other means.  Please feel free to post questions and I'll answer as many as possible (focusing on the ones that may be of interest to the broad UMD community). 

I hope you have a great first week of classes,

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

coffee week of 1/21/13

I'll be in Solon Campus Center from 1:30-2:30 on Thursday, January 24.  Anyone is welcome to stop by for discussion.  Welcome back to the first day of classes!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Coffee week of 12/10/12

This week I'll be in Griggs during the faculty hours from 8-9am on Wednesday (12/12/12).  I hope your last week of classes is going well.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Coffee, week of 12/1/12

Sorry that I missed last week!  I'll be in the seating area on the main floor of Swenson Science Building at 11am Friday.  Anyone is welcome to join me for discussion.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Online Delivery: Community of Practice

Online delivery at UMD is a strategic asset that we'd like to further develop for those that are interested.  Increasing faculty are using online as an alternative course delivery model.  To support online delivery, and in concert with an external assessment of UMD's online readiness, we have included this effort as part of the position for the Associate Vice Chancellor For Outreach and Online Delivery.  Kim Riordan, a faculty member in the education department, was appointed as the interim AVC earlier this year.  Her responsibilities include support of the development of further online delivery (particularly programs that are wholly or primarily online) and to develop a comprehensive plan for online delivery at UMD.  She has been working with people across UMD to lay the foundation for moving forward.

Tuesday, November 20th marks the start of UMD's Online Delivery Community of Practice meetings.  This group of faculty and staff involved in online teaching will learn from one another as they explore together "what does good online education look like at UMD?"  If you are interested, or would like further information, please contact Kim Riordan via email ( or phone (726-7251).