Questions and Rumors

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Mid-Week Questions and Rumors *

Program Prioritization Task Force

Snippets of Record for Week # 05
March 31, 2010

* These weekly snippets of communication serve as our convenient updates to the Campus community, and are by nature brief and to the point. They complement the more thorough and detailed announcements appearing on our frequent BlackBoard postings and in our occasional Campus-wide electronic mailings. The PPTF believes that “more is better,” and for that reason we have built into our communication plan this feature of purposeful redundancy. Again, a more complete treatment of these issues can be found on the PPTF site of BlackBoard—e.g., FAQs: Academic Program Prioritization, and

Q: What's new?

A: On a light note, March came in roaring like a lion, and is about to exit within two-shakes of a lamb's tail. This fifth installment of Snippets for the month, may well be a record for communicating transparency on this Campus, and it must be time-stamped for today. No way would we send it out on April 1st - no fooling.

  • On a more serious note, a whole slew of things address: "What's new?" The PPTF is re-sending a corrected copy of the 35%/65% pie-graphic showing the relative weight of the nine Criteria - attached.
  • The living training sessions has been reasonable well attended this week, and the final one remains open for your convenience on Friday, April 2nd @ 12:01 to 1:01 p.m. in MLC B-111. Additionally, one-on-one sessions are available for anyone desiring help with the templates on the "P Drive."
  • The P-Drive has some twists and turns that we all must navigate carefully.

    - The template is 29 pages long and will probably take several days for  entering program narratives into the 54 data indicators listed.

    - You will receive by April 7th your program's relevant quantitative data-23 caches of data indicators - from OIR; and,

    - you will be providing about 1800 words to address the 31 qualitative data  indicators - at the rate of 100 or 150 words per indicator - to supplement  and/or refute the OIR caches.
  • Data entry onto the P-Drive must be SAVED - not downloaded.

    - Downloading from your WP or WORD documents INTO THE TEMPLATE is  allowable; but not the reverse.

- The value of SAVED is to allow a re-review of what you have  written; thereby allowing the opportunity to change it.

- The value of SAVED is that everyone on the P-Drive can see what  each other has composed. This feature of brutal transparency was  not planned - it was an unfortunate glitch in the software.

- Data entry onto the P-Drive must be SENT by 11:59 p.m. on April  30th.- Once you hit the SENT button it is "gone forever from your    control: and is deposited into the public archives of the PPTF.

- The value of the public transparency that is characterizing the  entire process of the PPTF translates to allowing the SENT archival  treasure troves of all programs to be publicly accessible to the  Campus.

Selected Snippets on Questions & Rumors of Past Weeks

Q: What guidance can the PPTF provide to all Graduate Programs that are in the process of committing to new students this fall if they do not know the ultimate fate of those programs?

R: A similar concern was raised Snippets #02—top of second page—and the same general principle applies; namely:

  • Key provisions within the Gallaudet Strategic Plan promoted the establishment of new programs: (a) programs that addressed pressing needs in adult degree completion, and emerging markets in the deaf service professions, including the interpreting field; and, (b) programs that are veritably keeping us alive while the PPTF conducts its business.

This summer the PPTF will be developing an operational plan for implementing the recommendations accepted by the administration and BOT. While the specifics of this process have yet to be worked out and consequently shared with the Campus, suffice it to say that the ethical principle of Do No Harm will guide the direction of this implementation plan—especially as it applies to students. Again: every effort will be made to ensure that students will be provided with options in the event of program closings.

Q: The Call for Program Data announcement was recently released and asks that the data templates for all programs be submitted by April 30th . That is a tall order, considering what has historically been a “short” end-of-the-semester month. What resources will be made available to help with this massive undertaking?

R: The Office of Institutional Research has developed a series of support systems, including.

  • providing summaries of already existing data for the past five years, while at the same time allowing program heads to vouch for the accuracy or inaccuracy of such data caches;
  • providing training and support on accessing the treasure troves within both the DataWarehouse system, and the institutional data within the PeopleSoft system;
  • establishing live training opportunities to help with completing the templates on and at the following dates/times/locations:
    -      Monday....March 29 @ 04:04–05:04......SAC 1011
    -      Tuesday....March 30 @ 08:33–09:33......SAC 1011
    -      Friday.......April 02 @ 12:01–01:01...... MLC B111
  • providing the alumni/alumnae post-graduation survey data; and,
  • encouraging program heads to be supplementing all quantitative indices with appropriately concise qualitative indices of program support
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