Appendix 2

SWOT Analysis – Special Education Program

February 11, 2006
MaryAnn Byrnes

STRENGTHS

∑ Strong, consistent enrollment
∑ Established program
∑ Strong faculty connection with students – all advising is done by faculty; all practicum placements are coordinated by faculty
∑ > 90% of students employed before graduation
∑ All faculty connected with schools
∑ One of two area schools offering professional licensure degree in special ed
∑ Statewide visibility (on DOE advisory panels and professional organizations)
∑ All core faculty very active in college/university activities
∑ Increased use of courses as electives in other programs (general education professional licensure, school psychology)
∑ Initial licensure in special education can be used for professional licensure in elementary
∑ Regional TVI program
∑ 2 classes per night
∑ Reasonable cost

WEAKNESSES

∑ Despite rising enrollment, decline in faculty numbers (In 1999-2000: 1 tenured, 2.0 tenure track; currently: 1 tenured, 1 tenure track; 1 long term lecturer who is serving as NCATE coordinator and was not replaced).
∑ Too few faculty – jeopardizes AQUAD, NCATE, and program development
∑ Lack of formalized GPD
∑ Lack of GPDs in department detracts from department chair’s ability to attend to smaller programs
∑ Minimal support services (no access to secretarial services; no easy access to use of a copier)
∑ Little research support, including graduate assistantships (this year, Lusa Lo and I share a .50 assistant)

OPPORTUNITIES

∑ Extreme job shortage in special ed, especially in urban schools
∑ Initial licensure in special education can be used for professional licensure in elementary
∑ New licensure opportunities (professional options; highly qualified options)
∑ Possibility of working with other colleges and departments
∑ ICI funding links for related programs – severe, deafness

THREATS

∑ Too few faculty – jeopardizes AQUAD, NCATE, and program development
∑ In 2006-07, the possibility of only one full time faculty member in the program (I am scheduled for sabbatical and Glenn Mitchell will likely continue as NCATE coordinator)
∑ Reduced efforts on advertising/recruitment for graduate programs