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

Inspire Overview

The Inspire institutional review process was designed to examine the sustainability of IUP's academic programs over a three-semester review cycle, beginning in fall 2019 and continuing through fall 2020. The review was done by a university-wide committee, co-chaired by an IUP administrator and an APSCUF member, and consisting of faculty from each college, students, and data specialist support personnel. The committee has now concluded its work, and its recommendations can be viewed by members of the IUP community using the links below.

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 (kcercone@iup.edu) and John Lewis (mfyj@iup.edu).

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.


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