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Idaho State University

Program Prioritization

Many institutions and state systems have launched program prioritization plans under the guidance or influence of Robert Dickeson’s model as represented in his book, “Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance” (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Robert Dickeson presented a workshop to the Idaho State Board of Education on May 15, 2013.  

On May 16, 2013, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a motion to direct the four-year Idaho institutions “to institute a prioritization of programs process consistent with Dickeson’s prioritization principles and … to use a quintile prioritization approach and communicate to the Board the criteria and weighting to be used after consultation with their respective campuses” (Office of the Idaho State Board of Education Memo, May 17, 2013).


Academic Affairs has implemented a campus-wide process that will align the Idaho State University Viability Report and the ISU Strategic Plan with a program prioritization model based on the Dickeson framework.

The prioritization plan incorporates variables already included on the ISU Viability Reports. Viability Indicators will be provided to deans, chairs and/or directors on an annual basis. Viability indicators are also congruent with the ISU Strategic Plan.

Follow the Instructions below to access the Academic Program Viability Data:

  1. Log in to BengalWeb
  2. Select Academics
  3. Click on the Institutional Research Internal Website link in the Institutional Research channel


Resources Document

Administrative (Non-Academic) Program Review



See the Program Prioritization Implementation memo from Provost Laura Woodworth-Ney.