New Academic Programs Task Force (NAPTF)
The New Academic Programs Task Force was charged with the task of developing a prioritized list of viable new academic programs, at the undergraduate level, that will contribute to enrollment growth and academic excellence at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Ideal academic programs are those that will:
- provide preparation for occupations in demand at local, regional, and/or national levels for the foreseeable future,
- meet high demand from prospective undergraduate students,
- fit well with the UIS mission, vision, and location,
- contribute to UIS’ reputation as a premier regional university, and
- generate enrollment growth.
Program possibilities were evaluated using a variety of qualitative and quantitative data, including but not limited to occupational outlooks, economic trends, admissions applicant requests, and business plan projections. The Task Force developed a prioritized list of new, viable academic programs for UIS, and promising areas include: athletic training, digital studies, exercise science, finance, healthcare informatics, sport management, healthcare, and public administration.