Strategy One

Develop New Programs or Areas of Study

Over the past ten years Henderson has not added, significantly changed, or deleted many academic programs. Very few interdisciplinary opportunities and no doctoral programs are available for our students. In order to keep competitive in the educational marketplace and prepare graduates for careers in new and emerging fields, the university must develop new programs or areas of study to include interdisciplinary courses, graduate programs, and curricula relevant to today’s market/trends.

Action and Elements

  1. Task an existing group or create a task force or ad hoc committee to conduct a study that identifies desirable new programs.
    • Initiate conversation (“brainstorming sessions”) among students, faculty, and administration as well as with prospective employers and/or graduate programs to determine desires and needs.
    • Research existing offerings at peer/aspirational institutions to determine trends and growth areas.
  2. Identify feasible new programs.
    • Identify existing courses and/or new courses required.
    • Identify existing faculty and/or new faculty needed who have an established record of collaboration.
    • Create a cadre of strong faculty advocates and leaders within the departments or programs.
    • Engage in a cost-benefit analysis (especially if new faculty required).
  3. Modify or delete unproductive or outdated programs.
    • Identify programs that do not meet demands of the current marketplace and modify accordingly.
    • Determine if there are programs that could/should be phased out and replaced with more vibrant, modern programs.
  4. Create and advertise desired and feasible programs.
    • Generate formal proposals for course modifications or new courses.
    • Obtain appropriate approval of proposals (General Education and Curriculum Committees, University Academic Council, ADHE, etc.).
    • Highlight new programs on Henderson website. Generate flyers, handouts, and/or brochures to distribute at Reddie-for-Henderson days and during visits to high schools and community colleges.