Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE)
During 2018-19, WKU is embarking on a process of evaluating its entire suite of academic program offerings. This site provides general information, as well as, a link to a password-protected site containing additional information and resources for colleges, departments and programs, and reviewers during the evaluation process.
There are several reasons. WKU's new strategic plan, Climbing to New Heights, includes among its goals to enroll a diverse student body who are prepared for a rigorous, fulfilling college experience at WKU; to that end, the plan includes the following strategy:
"Engage deans and department chairs in a comprehensive academic program review to ensure WKU has an appropriate mix of study options and efficiently deploys scarce resources."
In today's world, it is essential that WKU offers a portfolio of academic programs that are aligned with the interests and needs of our students and the region we serve. We must ensure that WKU offers academic programs that provide 21st Century students with 21st Century skills.
At the same time, we must ensure that the programs we offer are sustainable and productive. Given a declining population of high school students, downturn in the number of international students, and reduced state allocations, we need to optimize allocation of scarce resources to promote and support growth.
Finally, students should have confidence that the programs we offer are vibrant, relevant, and important to both us and them. A healthy academic portfolio that clearly demonstrates the value and importance of a college education will reaffirm why the WKU student experience is top-quality.
WKU is committed to honoring our current students and their choice of program of study. In addition, our regional accrediting agency SACSCOC requires us to teach-out any suspended programs in which students are currently enrolled. This means that, while we would prohibit any new students from enrolling in a suspended program, we will ensure that all students already enrolled have the opportunity to complete their degrees in a timely manner.
In terms of protecting jobs, our first obligation is to tenured faculty; while their teaching obligations may change, we do not anticipate a reduction in force. We will also do our best to protect untenured faculty wherever we can.