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Strategy Development Process

Strategy Development Process

6-Phase Process

The process for developing the UC2019►: Strategy for Excellence in Doctoral Education was divided into six phases.  At the start of each phase, a template document was completed for each of the 52 doctoral programs and was uploaded to the Blackboard Community Site, where the program's historical resources and all other strategy documents have been maintained throughout the review process.  During each phase, the Graduate School coordinated with the dean and doctoral program to provide an optional opportunity for their response.

For more details on each of the six phases, please click on the following links or scroll down.

Phase 1:  Program Strategy and Position

Phase 2:  College Dean Assessment

Phase 3:  External Peer Assessment

Phase 4:  University Faculty Panel Assessment

Phase 5:  Graduate School Assessment

Phase 6:  Provost Assessment

 

Feedback Opportunities throughout the Multi-Staged Process:

This 6-Phase Process was designed to be a multi-staged process to allow for maximum transparency and feedback from the college dean and doctoral program throughout the process.

The below chart displays the order of each phase and all of the strategy documents that were obtained.  At each phase in this process, the strategy documents and feedback obtained have been stored on the Blackboard Community Site for convenient access by the doctoral program, college dean, and all subsequent reviewers. 

doc excellencePhase TwoPhase ThreePhase 4Phase FivePhase Six

 

Phase 1:  Program Strategy and Position

February 5, 2011 – May 1, 2011

The purpose of this phase was to provide the doctoral programs an opportunity to describe their strategy to support UC2019 through a description of the program’s vision, its current status, and its trajectory. The Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the program faculty, submitted a “Program Strategy and Position” document, which was posted to the Blackboard Community site. 

Links to Documents:

 

Phase 2:  College Dean Assessment

May 1, 2011 – July 15, 2011

The purpose of this phase was to provide the dean of each college  an opportunity to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the program’s strategy to support UC2019 by evaluating the program’s current position and potential trajectory. 

As a part of this assessment, the deans were also asked to provide an overall category assessment of the program’s quality, as well as, an overall percentile ranking of quality for each doctoral program compared to similar doctoral programs in the nation.

The Deans utilized all program resource documents and the prior program strategy and position document in support of the assessment.

Links to Documents:

 

Phase 3:  External Peer Assessment

July 15, 2011 – September 15, 2011

The purpose of this phase is to provide for an external peer review of the program's strengths and weaknesses in support of a nationally competitive model.  The external peer reviewer evaluated the program’s current position and potential trajectory, as defined by the program and assessed by the dean. The external peer reviewer had access on the Blackboard Community Site to utilize all historical program resource documents and the prior strategy documents in support of their evaluation.

After the review was completed by the external peer reviewer, the deans and doctoral programs were given the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the external peer assessmeent. One external peer assessment for each program was secured.

 

 Links to Documents:

 

Phase 4:  University Faculty Panel Assessment

October 1, 2011 – December 1, 2011

The purpose of this phase was for an elected panel of UC faculty members to articulate strengths and weaknesses of the program’s strategy to support UC2019 by evaluating the program’s current position and potential trajectory as defined by the program and assessed by the dean and an external peer. The faculty panels had access on the Blackboard Community Site to utilize all historical program resource documents and the prior strategy documents in support of their evaluation.

The deans and doctoral programs were given the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the Facutly Panel Assessment.

 

 Links to Documents:

 

Phase 5:  Graduate School Assessment

December 1, 2011 – Mid-May 2012

Following a thorough review of all relevant materials, the Interim Dean of the Graduate School and the Interim Vice President of Research sorted each of the 52 research doctoral programs into one of three categories:

1) enhance

2) maintain

3) reorganize 

The New Program Committee, a working group of the Graduate Council and an advisory body to the Graduate School, then reviewed these recommendations and provided input to the Graduate School. The deans and doctoral programs were then given the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the Graduate School Assessment.  This feedback was added to the Blackboard Community Site and was forwarded to the Provost by mid-May.

 

 

Phase 6:  Provost Assessment

Summer 2012

The Provost conducted a comprehensive review of all background materials and data points and made decisions on which doctoral programs will be enhanced, maintained or reorganized. These decisions were comunicated to each program in a formal letter.

The Provost then appointed an Outcome Action Advisory Committee.  This committee, the Graduate School, and Provost Office worked with the dean and program over the summer to develop a customized implementation plan for those programs slated to be reorganized and enhanced.  This committee also met with each program to finalize outcomes and actions.

For questions regarding this process, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Graduate School and Provost Office directly using the following link: Feedback.