Strengthening Academic Program Viability through Strategic Development

Steps to Take if Program Closure is Threatened or Imminent

Programs need to respond vigorously to any implied or overt discussion of involuntary program closure or downsizing. The following are suggestions for actions to take in such a situation:

A recent example of how a CSD program strategically and successfully prevented its closure is illustrated on the following Web sites, which were established as a way to communicate about, and rally support for, the Audiology and Speech Pathology program at the University of Tennessee:

Other helpful resources can be found in selected articles in such publications as:

In the event that a decision is reached to close the program, complete the following steps as part of the transition plan.

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