D R A F T 4/17/03


As a consequence of chronic budget difficulties resulting from declining state support for higher education, The University of Tennessee is under-funded for the number and extent of academic and support services it currently offers. Despite this, the University has many excellent programs, and many more that are capable of excellence. But it also has some programs that are less competitive.

Because the likelihood of improved state support in the near term is low, we must take steps to focus the institution and to direct our available resources to programs that meet our expectations for excellence. Accordingly, we are proceeding with plans to reduce or eliminate some programs with the intention of redirecting resources to areas that have a higher probability of achieving excellence.

Goals and Time Table

Criteria for Judging Programs
For purposes of this activity, "program" is defined broadly to include undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations (see the Undergraduate Catalog, pp. 32-35) and graduate majors and degree programs (see the Graduate Catalog, pp. 10-13). In addition, research centers and institutes are included in this definition.

Quality Quality is defined by externally (outside the unit) validated criteria.A "quality" program ranks high in a significant number of the indicators detailed below:


Proposed Membership of the Academic Program Reduction Task Force
Loren Crabtree, Chair
Billie Collier
Anne Mayhew
Clif Woods
Denise Barlow
Ray Hamilton
Don Scroggins
Alan Chesney
President, Faculty Senate
Chair, Senate Budget Committee
Two Academic Deans
Two Department Heads

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