Idaho Code §33-113 charges the Board to define the limits of all public instruction to assure that educational needs are met and in a manner that prevents duplication of services. To that end, the Board established policies and procedures requiring development of a comprehensive planning process for the organization and delivery of postsecondary programs and courses by Idaho’s postsecondary institutions. Each public institution must prepare and submit plans of proposed new programs they anticipate offering consistent with their respective Statewide and Regional Program Responsibility. The Office of the State Board of Education (OSBE) incorporates each institution’s plans to create a rolling Five-Year Academic Plan that consists of proposed programs as well as current programs.
Five- Year Planning Cycle
To assist institutions in the development of their institution plans, the OSBE developed a flowchart depicting the planning cycle and process. The development of the Five-Year Plan consists of two phases. These plans are structured to address a five-year period of time with updates every two years. The first requires institutions submit a Notice of Current Programs, which provides specific programmatic information for each program currently being offered with a Statewide and/or Regional responsibility. This serves as the mechanism for the development of the Five-Year Plan. The second phase requires institutions to submit a Notice of Proposed Programs, which provides detailed programmatic information for each new program an institution anticipates delivering within three years of the approval of the Five-Year Plan.
Five- Year Plan Templates and Instructions
Using the Excel template provided by the OSBE, institutions will provide detailed programmatic information for each current and proposed program with a Statewide and/or Regional responsibility pursuant to Board Policy III.Z., Planning and Delivery of Postsecondary Programs and Courses.