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June 9, 2010


Program Prioritization Task Force Update: 

Research Units at Gallaudet: Where Do They Fit in Long-Term Resource Planning? 


Back in the days when PPTF was clarifying the definition of “academic program” we had several discussions about whether or not research units (RU’s) would be reviewed by PPTF. We saw good reasons, pro and con. Ultimately we decided that the indicators did not fit Research Units well and we did not request PPTF templates from RU’s. 

 Since that time, it’s become clear that there is a need to include the four major research units on campus in academic program review. Those four RU’s are: Visual Language & Visual Learning (VL2), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement (RERC), housed in the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department,  the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) on Telecommunications Access (housed in the Communication Studies Department), and the Graduate Research Institute (GRI). RU’s in long term resource planning.  While RU’s don’t neatly fit with other academic programs, they also don’t seem to fit well into APSRC. Rather than create a THIRD committee, the President has requested that PPTF review Research Units NOT with the purpose of prioritizing them with other academic programs, but with the purpose of review Mission-fit, Demands,  Diversity, Quality of Inputs, Quality of Outputs, Revenue, Costs, and Future Opportunities (i.e., Criteria 1-9). 

 The plan for review of Research Units (RU’s) is as follows: 

·         Use same  nine criteria as is being used for all academic programs 

·         Specific  indicators will be developed through a PPTF subcommittee with input and feedback from RU Directors: Goal is July 1 

·         RU Review data will be solicited and reviewed between July 15-Aug 15. 

·         RU recommendations will be send to the Provost and President by August 30th. 

 NOTE: This is not a prioritization process, but a review to understand those programs This will help in proceeding with Goal E, for long term planning re institutionalization of research at GU.  

 Pat Hulsebosch and Khadijat Rashid  - PPTF Co-Chairs







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