Program Definition

[Click for PDF]

Defining Academic Programs for Program Prioritization at Gallaudet University Program Prioritization Task Force (PPTF)


"An operational definition of a program is any activity or collection of activities of the institution that consumes resources (dollars, people, space, equipment and time)." Dickeson, R. (2010). Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services; San Francisco; Jossey-Bass.


Gallaudet University Program Prioritization Definition:
Academic Program: an organized and directed accumulation of resources (including courses) to accomplish specific educational objectives.

The following are examples from academic programs that will be reviewed by the PPTF that are directly associated with degree-granting departments:

  • Majors
  • Concentrations within Majors or Graduate programs if the department defines them as a different "program"
  • Minors
  • Certificate Programs
  • Masters degrees, with the exception of masters degrees that are embedded within a Specialist or Ph.D. program
  • Specialist degrees
  • Doctoral degrees
  • Developmental Programs (ASL, English and Math)

The following are examples of academic programs that will be reviewed by the PPTF that are not directly associated with degree-granting departments:

  • General Studies Requirements (GSR)
  • Honors Program
  • First Year Experience (FYE)
  • English Language Institute (CPSO)
  • Burstein Leadership Institute (CPSO)
     o  Association Leadership and Management Program
     o  Early Education Professional Development Leadership Program
     o  Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in Change Leadership in Education
     o  Entrepreneur Leadership Program

The reality of available data, time and resources means that "academic programs" are likely to be assessed at the lowest levels of aggregation for which institutional data can be obtained (departments or programs).

PPTF; March 1, 2010

About Gallaudet
Campus Photos
Clerc Center
Contact Us
Employment Opportunities
Fast Facts
Make an Online Gift
Maps & Directions
Media Inquiries
University Communications
Visitors Center
English Language Institute
Financial Aid
Graduate Admissions
Graduate Orientation
International Admissions
Professional Studies
Test Center
Undergraduate Admissions
Academics & Research
Archives/Deaf Collections
Career Center
Catalog & Course Info
General Studies
Graduate Programs
Honors Program
Office of Academic Quality
Professional Studies
Registrar's Office
Research Support and International Affairs
Undergraduate Majors
Campus Life
Bison Shop (bookstore)
Campus Activities
Food Services
Public Safety
Residence Life and Housing
Washington, D.C.
Tools & Resources
Campus Directory
Help Desk
Gallaudet Alert-subscribe
GU Press
Kellogg Conference Hotel
Maps & Directions
People @ Gallaudet
Shuttle Bus
Gallaudet University | 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Copyright © 2016 Gallaudet University