The Board of Regents today announced more than 450 academic programs at risk of termination due to low-completion rates. This is the third academic program review performed by Regents since 2009 in an effort to streamline degree offerings statewide. This review however, is the most stringent in recent memory identifying approximately 1/3 of the total degree program offer-ings statewide.
Notably, this particular low-completer review relies upon a stricter set of standards than has been used in the past. The increased standards include a closer review based on average completion rates over a period of three years, down from five years in the past, the inclusion of ALL programs with no exclu-sions, as well as analysis of duplication and institutional mission. Additionally, campuses will be required to provide fiscal impact information for any program terminations or consolidations.
As established by the state constitution, the Board of Regents periodically reviews degree programs provided by the state’s postsecondary institutions and recommends those that should be continued, consolidated or eliminated. Low-completer reviews use multiple years of student graduation data to measure productivity. The academic years used for this review are 2007-2010.
The established criteria for programs to meet in order to avoid being labeled as a “low-completer” are:
Undergraduate Programs-an average of 8 completers per year or a minimum of 24 graduates within 3 years.
Masters/Specialist Programs-an average of 5 completers per year or a minimum of 15 graduates within 3 years.
Doctoral Programs-an average of 2 completers per year or a minimum of 6 graduates within 3 years.
The list of programs identified as not meeting the established criteria has been shared with the four system offices as well as the individual campuses. Each campus has until the end of February to agree to terminate the program, recommend consolidation of the program or defend the continuation of each program identified as low-completer. Campuses that choose to defend a program for continua-tion must address duplication and how the program fits within their mission. The Board of Regents will vote on the recommendations of staff concerning low-completer degree programs in April.
The following list represents the number of programs by system and campus that have been identified as “low-completer”:
Low-Completer Review Total 459
LSU System____________________________________________ ________ 122
LSU A&M 34
LSUHSC-New Orleans 24
Southern University System 53
Southern A&M 36
University of Louisiana System 212
Southeastern Louisiana University 22
Nicholls State University 16
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 27
McNeese State University 22
University of Louisiana at Monroe 32
Louisiana Tech 46
Grambling State University 31
Northwestern State University 16
Louisiana Community and Technical College System 72
Bossier Parish Community College 5
Baton Rouge Community College 3
Delgado Community College 14
Fletcher Community College 6
Delta Community College 2
Nunez Community College 5
River Parishes Community College 2
South Louisiana Community College 2
Southwest Louisiana Community College 5
Capital Area 4
South Central 2
Chairman Levy stressed to the Regents and those in attendance that over the next several months, the board will making a set of recommendations focused on performance, preservation of quality and support for increased educational attainment.
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