Intended outcomes have been defined for all mission core theme programs and services and, through outcomes assessment, five-year reviews identify strengths and weaknesses relative to achieving them. These program and service reviews are the foundation of Weber State planning and often result in change initiatives intended to strengthen or improve.
Program and Service Review Guidelines
Program and service reviews are centered on goals or intended outcomes and are informed by (a) meaningful outcomes assessment, (b) analysis of demand trends and capacity, (c) relationship to mission core theme and supporting objectives, (d) relationship to division priorities, (e) assessment of the adequacy of equipment and technology, and (f) identification of physical plant access or safety issues (if any). Developing ideas for improving outcomes or contributions to division priorities and university objectives are specific goals of the program and service planning processes. Importantly, the faculty has a primary role in the review of academic programs and services.
Division vice presidents oversee the division planning processes in their areas of responsibility, maintaining alignment with university objectives and strategies. They update their division plans annually, combining information from the program and service reviews with current conditions, university objectives and strategies, and available funds. Division plans are the most dynamic components of the WSU PLAN, defining division priorities, strategies for achieving them, and large-scope change and investment initiatives. Division plans are vetted and coordinated by President’s Council as necessary
Each division plan answers these questions:
- What is the Division planning process?
- How does assessment drive Program or Service and/or Division planning?
- How does assessment and planning affect resource allocation?
- How do Division Strategies relate to university objectives and strategies?
- What are the Division’s highest priority objectives?
- What is the Division’s strategy for achieving each of the highest priority objectives?
- Through what activities (initiatives) will each of the strategies be implemented?
- For each of the highest priority objectives, what outcome measure(s) will define success?
Note that the Administrative Services and Information Technologies divisions have specific planning responsibilities for the financial, physical, technological, and emergency infrastructure of the university, which are part of their division plans.