The AIR Professional File
Spring 2021, Article 152 

The Use of a Viability Index as a Better Measure of Departmental and Program Strength

Andrew L. Luna, Sherry Kendrick, and Melissa Johnson   

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Although many institutions and government agencies count degrees as the sole measure of determining departmental or program viability, this method fails to consider other factors such as how many students who are within programs are present to replace students who graduated from those programs or how many credit hours were generated in the area. This article highlights an easy-to-create, ratio-driven metric that can help an academic department or program to determine its overall strength.

Keywords: program viability, ratios, program prioritization, academic affairs, finance

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Andrew L. Luna, Austin Peay State University

Sherry Kendrick, Austin Peay State University

Melissa Johnson, Austin Peay State University


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