2.8 Discontinuance of a Program Policy

The Chief Academic Officer will submit to the College President an annual status report making recommendations with respect to the College’s instructional programs. Recommendations to enhance, continue, reduce, restructure or discontinue any program(s) may be based on the results of program review, program consolidation/reorganization, Board staffing decisions or declared financial exigency.

Procedures: (Revised 5-12-2008)

2.8.1 Prior to the development of an annual staffing plan, the Chief Academic Officer (assisted by faculty in related disciplines, division chairs, and the career education administrator) will analyze selected instructional programs with questions similar to the following:

1. What are the employment or transfer opportunities for students enrolled in that area, both immediate and short-range?
2. What is the size of the yearly reservoir of potential students in that area?
3. Is the instructional area necessary to support other instructional areas within the College and/or the College mission?
4. Are there value-added benefits to the student’s career opportunities and income by completing the program of study?
5. What changes in technology have or will likely affect the instructional area?

2.8.2 Upon completion of the analysis, the Chief Academic Officer will submit to the President of the College a status report on the College’s instructional programs, including any recommendations for action.

2.8.3 Upon review of the Chief Academic Officer’s report, the College President will, in concert with the administrative leadership of the College, make an administrative decision regarding the College’s instructional programs.

2.8.4 The President will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees as appropriate.

2.8.5 In cases of retrenchment, affected faculty, including the division chairpersons, may submit a written appeal of such decisions to the Board of Trustees. The decision of the Board will be final.

2.8.6 If the Board accepts retrenchment recommendation(s), the Board will follow procedures as outlined in Full-time Faculty Non-reappointment procedures.

(Adopted 6-4-1979; Revised 5-6-2002)