Task force to review MU academic programs for investment, consolidation

The University of Missouri in Columbia has created a task force to conduct a “top-to-bottom analysis” of all its academic programs in order to recommend areas of future investment, identify potential consolidations and possibly discontinue programs.

The Task Force on Academic Program Analysis, Enhancement and Opportunities, announced Thursday by provost Garnett Stokes, will be led by Cooper Drury, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, and Matthew Martens, professor and Faculty Fellow for Academic Programs in the Office of the Provost.

Stokes said in a news release that “the current critical challenges related to budget and enrollment provide the University of Missouri with the opportunity to make strategic decisions that will define MU’s overall future direction in the coming years.”

Forming the task force is part of this process, the release stated. Work of the task force will be separated into three phases:

  • The first phase comprises a report due Sept. 1 that will concentrate on “synthesizing relevant data, identifying principles, guidelines and metrics that will inform additional discussions regarding our academic programs, and determining strategies to facilitate engagement with faculty, staff and students across campus.”
  • The second phase will take place during the bulk of the fall semester while task force members gather data, input, feedback and recommendations from the campus-wide community regarding academic programs.
  • The last phase will be a final report due Jan. 15 that will provide more specific recommendations regarding MU’s academic programs.

The task force is made up of 17 faculty and staff members.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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