Inspire: Institutional Success Through Program Innovation, Redesign, And Evolution

  • Inspire Overview

    The Inspire institutional review process will examine all of IUP’s academic programs over three semester review cycles (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020). The review will be carried out by a university-wide committee, co-chaired by an IUP administrator and an APSCUF member. Other members will include faculty from each college, students, and other representatives.

    Inspire Committee Membership (Phase 1)

    Inspire Committee Membership (Phase 2)

    Inspire Committee Membership (Phase 3)

    The Review Process

    The Inspire committee will utilize a university data set drawn from university metrics when reviewing programs. They will also consider and utilize program-generated response documents outlining possible strategies for program redesign and innovation. A decision to place the program in moratorium and/or to recommend immediate, near-term, or long-term program redesign will be made by the committee to the provost at the end of each cycle.

    Inspire Phase 1, 2, and 3 Final Recommendations

    The following recommendations were based on the Inspire committee’s review of program response documents submitted during Phase 1 (Fall 2019), Phase 2 (Spring 2020), and Phase 3 (Fall 2020).  

    Final Recommendations for Phase 1 Programs

    Final Recommendations for Phase II Programs

    Final Recommendations for Phase III Programs

    Administrative Moratorium Form

    Phase 3 Inspire Assignments

    The assignment of programs for review in Phase 3 was made by the college dean in consultation with the Provost’s Office. A few of the programs scheduled for review in Phase 2 were either postponed at the program's request or are being asked to re-submit because their Phase 2 response was unable to be evaluated by the committee. Any questions about this schedule should be sent to the Inspire co-chairs: Karen Rose Cercone ( and John Lewis (

    Programs Assigned for Review in Phase 3

    Program Response Documents

    In each phase of the Inspire process, academic departments will be asked to submit a response document to the review committee outlining their vision for how to innovate and redesign their programs. Documents can include the results of five-year program reviews, accreditations, workforce demands, and/or university metrics.

    Program response documents should lay out a concise set of possible strategies which could increase program value in terms of student enrollment, general education contributions, distinctive and unique program identity, research and scholarship, or workforce needs. College deans will assist in the preparation of these documents to ensure the suggested strategies support the overall college mission, vision, and resources.

    Phase 3 Program Response Template with Guidelines (due October 1, 2020)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have any questions about the Inspire process after reading the above resource documents, try this PDF

    The Inspire Committee Is Looking for Big Ideas

    The Inspire Committee has reviewed 32 “Big Ideas” submitted by members of the community and has forwarded several to the provost for his further consideration. The committee will accept additional Big Ideas until November 9, 2020, for review in Phase 3.  

    For more information about the Inspire review process or to request additional data for your program, contact Karen Rose Cercone ( or Breanne Donahue ( in the Office of Academic Programs and Planning.