Inside Higher Ed's Colleen Flaherty recently reported on another controversial policy proposal from the University of Wisconsin system. This policy proposal identifies "low-productivity" programs producing less than five bachelor's degrees per year over five years, three master's degrees per year over five years, and doctorate degrees based on criteria from individual institutions. While similar productivity policies are already in place at the institutional level, this policy elevates monitoring to a system-wide level. This single metric disregards how programs contribute to general education and drastically misplaces oversight.
Program closure must always be faculty managed. Going forward, faculty's rights to oversee their own programs will be a crucial component in the fight for academic freedom.
By Colleen Flaherty