Prioritization Milestones


The prioritization process supports strategic activities articulated in Howard Forward 2019-2024* related to enhancing academic excellence. 

* Howard University's strategic plan.


Framework for Ongoing Academic Program Review to Ensure Continuous Program Improvement

  • Ongoing academic program review involving regular self-studies. The goal is to conduct University-wide academic review every 5-7 years, as part of a continuous improvement process.
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Prioritization Maintain with Conditions Proposals: Programs designated as “Maintain with Conditions” as part of Program Prioritization (2017-2019) are required to develop proposals outlining their approach to address the conditions they must satisfy, which were identified in the Provost’s Howard Forward Academic Program Prioritization Report and Recommendations.
  • The next round of academic program review will begin AY 2024-25 and will last through AY 2027-28. Based on feedback from departments, this process will be staggered, with multiple cohorts.

Prioritization Investment Grants Program

Programs designated as “Strategic Investment” areas, “Core Investment” areas, and “Maintain As Isas part of Program Prioritization (2017-2019) could develop internal grant proposals.

Cycle 1 (AY 2021-2022) Strategic Investment Area Awards, Core Investment Area Awards, and Small Grants to Programs Designated Maintain As Is

  • 25 proposals submitted in Cycle 1.
  • Awarded $16,870,357 in funding to 11 academic programs. 

New Process of Review, Approval, and Evaluation of New Programs

The Program Innovation Review Committee (PIRC) was established under auspices of the Office of Academic Innovation to review and approve proposals for new academic programs at Howard University.


Academic Innovation Fund

The Academic Innovation Fund provides financial resources to seed the development and implementation of innovative academic programming and projects at Howard University. This will include both direct resources, as well as in-kind support from the Office of Academic Innovation. The Office of Academic Innovation will oversee the Academic Innovation Fund and facilitate the creation, advancement, and implementation of innovative, contemporary, interdisciplinary, and inclusive educational experiences for students, faculty, and staff. 

Online Platform for Management of Faculty Data

The Office of the Provost adopted an online system, Faculty Success (formerly Digital Measures) by Watermark, to capture information about faculty activities in one place.  This faculty activity data will be used to support multiple activities such as promotion, tenure, appointments and reappointments, accreditation reporting, and annual faculty evaluations.

New Centers to Address Contemporary Academic Demands

Enhanced Focus on Interdisciplinary & Dual Degree Programming

  • BA/JD Dual Degree Program
  • Social Justice Professional Development Certificate, College of Arts and Sciences
  • BS Chemistry/Doctor of Pharmacy Dual Degree Program, Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Pharmacy
  • Department Earth, Environment, and Equity, College of Arts and Sciences
  • PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Program

New Online Degree Programs

Reconfiguration/restructuring of Existing Programs to facilitate more efficient Operations

Program Redesign Proposals: Programs slated for a “Reorganization/Consolidation” as part of Program Prioritization (2017-2019) complete proposals outlining their plans to reimagine themselves in keeping with the Provost’s Howard Forward Academic Program Prioritization Report and Recommendations (2020).

  • Closure of the Classics Department
  • Closure of the Comprehensive Sciences Department
  • Discontinuance of the BA in French major, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Discontinuance of the BA in Art History major, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Discontinuance of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, School of Education
  • Discontinuance of Dental Hygiene Certificate in the College of Dentistry
  • Moratoria on Admissions to Terminal Master’s Programs in the Graduate School
  • General Education Reform 
  • Establishment of the Department of Comprehensive Care in the College of Dentistry