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)

    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.

    Phase 1 Recommendations

    The following recommendations were based on the Inspire committee’s review of program response documents submitted during Phase 1 (Fall 2019).  These recommendations have been reviewed by each college dean and are endorsed by the provost.  

    Final Recommendations for Phase 1 Programs

    Administrative Moratorium Form

    Schedule of Future Inspire Assignments

    The assignment of programs for review in Phase 2 and Phase 3 was made by the college dean in consultation with the Provost’s Office. Programs scheduled for review in Phase 3 may be combined with a Phase 2 review where appropriate, but programs scheduled for Phase 2 review may not be postponed to Phase 3. Any questions about this schedule or about combining program responses should be sent to the Inspire co-chairs: Karen Rose Cercone (kcercone@iup.edu) and John Lewis (mfyj@iup.edu).

    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 re-design 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 2 Program Response Template with Guidelines

    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 already reviewed 32 ‘Big Ideas’ submitted by members of the community and plans to recommend several of them to the provost for his further consideration by March 1, 2020. The committee is still open to additional ‘Big Ideas.’ Please submit your anonymous suggestions for ways in which the university can improve its curricula, organizational structure, or student services. All ideas submitted after January 15, 2020, will be reviewed in fall 2020 during Inspire Phase 3.

    Please log in to add your suggestion for our consideration. Suggestions can be made during any phase of the Inspire review process, from now until fall 2020.


    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.