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Offline Templates

While the program narratives and supplemental program data will be entered by program authors into the program prioritization data platform, it is recognized that program authors may wish to draft program narratives offline and then copy/paste into the online system.

Downloadable Offline Templates

These templates are available for use by program department chairs, directors, and other program contacts responsible for writing up academic program narratives who may wish to draft responses offline and then copy/paste into the web-based data software. The templates, one for academic programs and the other for administrative programs, include the program prioritization criteria and associated criterion questions to respond to as part of the program prioritization process at NIU during fall 2015.


General Guidelines for Program Write-ups

  1. A maximum of 500 words are permitted per criterion narrative response, including criterion summary and responses to the associated criterion questions. The 500 words may be distributed as desired across the criterion questions and criterion summary. For example, the text drafted for the criterion 1 summary and questions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 should not exceed 500 words.
  2. For each question, 1 chart or diagram may be uploaded to be included as images, each less than 1MB in size and recommended dimensions to be no larger than 500 pixels wide x 400 pixels high, .jpg, .png, or gif image file formats. If including images in your write-up, keep a copy of the images in a folder on your computer for easy uploading into the system.
  3. For each question, 1 supplemental data table may be added, each with a maximum size of 5 rows X 7 columns. Table data does not count against available word counts.

Sample data table, depicting maximum allowed table size inputs, using fiscal years as row labels

Column Label 1

Column Label 2

Column Label 3

Column Label 4

Column Label 5

Column Label 6

Column Label 7

FY2011

FY2012

FY2013

FY2014

FY2015