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Priority 3

Priority 3

Identify instructional efficiencies

To be a more financially responsible University, while still continuing to meet the needs of the students and communities we serve, WVU must develop policies and practices that both support students’ success and degree progress and make best use of our instructional capacity.

By reviewing internal data, such as class fill rates, number of sections offered over time, section maximum capacities, classroom utilization, and instructional capacity, we will develop and recommend new policies and practices that improve our course planning across the academic enterprise.

This approach will enable us to make informed decisions on how to best capitalize on University resources and expertise and reinvest resources to support areas of growth and opportunity.

These efforts are focused initially on WVU’s Downtown and Evansdale campuses and will extend to regional campuses in the future. WVU Health Sciences is leading its own transformation process, although HSC faculty and leadership will participate in helping to identify shared areas of growth and opportunity.

Priority 3 Process & Timeline


  • Research and develop proposed course policy and guideline drafts for:
    • Maximum Capacity
    • Section Cancellations


  • Provost’s Office will review and develop final draft of the Maximum Capacity and Section Cancellation policies for review
  • Academic Advisory Committee and Deans Group review and provide feedback on Maximum Capacity and Section Cancellation policies


  • Provost’s Office will finalize Maximum Capacity and Section Cancellation policies to present to the Advisory Committee during the last meeting on May 26


Provost presents at the June 25 Board of Governors meeting:

  • Academic Transformation Program Review process and timeline update
  • Regular five-year BOG Program Review recommendations
    • Overview of all programs discontinued through past processes
  • Gap analysis and programs identified to grow or create
  • Academic mergers and restructuring recommendations
  • Instructional efficiencies
  • Results of advising audit
  • Faculty rewards and recognition update and implementation timeline
  • Student success initiatives and implementation timeline
  • Non-terminal master’s and PhD program review process update


  • Determine implementation plan for Maximum Capacity and Section Cancellation policy implementation
  • Begin data collection and analysis of longitudinal section scheduling and performance

Fall 2021 and Beyond

  • Implement the new course policies and guidelines for Spring 2022 schedule:
    • Maximum Capacity
    • Section Cancellations
  • Provost’s Office continues investigative work on additional efficiency procedures:
    • Increasing maximum capacities
    • Ensuring fill-rates of multi-section courses