This school year, Boise State is undergoing an evaluation of its services and educational programs as mandated by the Idaho State Board of Education.
“The first step is to develop a set of criteria or criterion metrics by which we evaluate all of our programs; this includes not just academic programs but also everything that we do at the university,” Jim Munger, Boise State vice provost of academic planning, said.
Every program the university funds, from the registrar’s office to landscaping, is up for review in an effort to curb irresponsible spending and improve function.
“The ones that end up on the lower end of the spectrum, as far as effectiveness and efficiency, will be given the opportunity to figure out how they want to change things,” Munger said. “So, it won’t be a chopping block kind of thing.”
General criteria has been developed by university officials which will be used to examine Boise State programs.
“The criteria we’ve come up with that will apply broadly are simple ones,” Munger said. “They are: relevance, quality, productivity, efficiency and opportunity analysis.”
Criteria will be shaped by the needs and functions of each program operating on campus.
“The budget office is going to have different measures of efficiency than the bachelor’s degree in biology; the actual specific measures will be particular to the program,” Munger said.
Munger and colleagues plan to use the criteria this year as groundwork to conduct an annual evaluation of the various functions of the university.
Though programs which are deemed ineffective may be given a makeover, not all will be so lucky.
“There are likely to be some programs that are phased out because we no longer need them,” Munger said.