Program Review Criteria for Instructional Programs
1. Access: To provide open access to educational excellence for a diverse student population.
1.1.1 Comment on your program's marketing and recruitment efforts. How do students and the community at large learn about the program? (e.g. print publications, electronic publications, community activities...). Are the results of your efforts satisfactory? What improvements will you make in this area in the next 2 years?
1.2.1 Comment on your program's retention efforts over the past 2 years. How have these efforts affected enrollment and graduation rates? Indicate program plans as a result of the analysis. Identify institutional research data needed to effectively plan student retention strategies.
1.3 Placement & Scheduling
1.3.1 Is enrollment in any required program course dependent upon student performance on assessment/placement tests or prerequisites/corequisites? Have results of these assessment/placement tests or prerequisites/corequisites been demonstrated to be related to student success in the program. What strategies will your program use to improve the effectiveness of placement testing practices.
1.3.2 Does the current scheduling method adequately support access and completion needs of students? Describe your scheduling method. What other data and/or approaches would help in improving the course scheduling procedure?
1.3.3 Does your schedule meet the needs of special populations (Running Start, Early Admits,Workforce)?
1.3.4 Have you surveyed employers and scheduled according to their needs?
1.4 Support services for access
1.4.1 Comment on your program's level of collaboration with access services such as advising, admissions, registration, financial aid, and business office support services. How could this be enhanced?
2. Learning and Teaching: To promote excellence in learning and in teaching for transfer, career/technical education, remedial/developmental education and life-long learning.
2.1 Articulation (between KCC & others) and Collaboration (w/in KCC)
2.1.1 What has the program done to ensure that it is in communication with high schools and transfer institutions regarding articulation issues and/or problems? Describe successes and challenges and near-term plans for improvement.
2.1.2 Comment on collaborative efforts with other program units. Assess successes and challenges and plans for future collaboration.
2.2.1 How is program curriculum reviewed for currency and relevancy to institutional, community, and student needs? Include recent deletions, additions and revisions. What are your upcoming plans in this area?
2.2.2 Are instructional methodologies appropriate for program content? Explain. Do instructional methodologies utilize available, current technology? Explain. Indicate recently implemented innovations in instructional methodology or use of technology as well as changes your program is considering within the next two years?
2.2.3 What steps are taken to develop and ensure consistent application of academic standards? (e.g. grading standards, course objectives...etc). Comment on plans you have to improve this process.
2.2.4 Comment on how your program addresses the learning needs of under-performing students. Are there strategies you are considering to strengthen this process? If so, describe them. Are there other programs and services currently not available that would help in this area?
2.2.5 What assessments are being used to determine if current teaching methods used in the program are adequately meeting student needs. How are the results of these assessments currently being used?
2.2.6 DL: What distance learning options are available in your program. How is your program responding to student needs by using distance learning? Do you have a timeline?
2.3.1 How has your program addressed academic remediation for students? Has this been effective? What proposals for change in this area does your program have?
2.4 Student Learning Outcomes
2.4.1 How does your program encourage and assess student growth in areas such as: communication, cognition, information competency, social interaction, and personal development and responsibility? What are the results of the assessment and what plans do you have to improve SLO's in these areas?
2.4.2 List the student learning outcomes that you have identified for the program. What is the minimal level of performance that you expect program completers to accomplish? How are student-learning outcomes monitored and evaluated?
2.5 Academic support
2.5.1 Comment on program use of auxiliary resources- e.g. library, instructional media, laboratory resources, computer assets. How can you improve utilization of these resources?
2.5.3 What tutoring, mentoring, and/or counseling services are available to support students in your program? Comment on ways that your program can work with these groups to improve service to students.
2.6 Faculty & staff
2.6.1 Describe strengths and weaknesses of faculty/staff appropriate to the program's current status or future development. Comment on the adequacy of faculty to meet program outcomes. Indicate any immediate and projected future staffing needs.
2.7.1 Comment on facilities that the program uses, their current adequacy and any immediate needs.
2.7.2 Comment on the currency of equipment and technology for the program. Indicate immediate needs.
2.8 Financial Resources
2.8.1 What efforts has the program made to investigate entrepreneurial opportunities or alternative funding sources to support program goals? Describe your programs level of success in obtaining funds and future plans.
3. Work Force Development: To provide a trained workforce by offering programs that prepare students for both employment and future career development.
3.1 Program articulation with workforce needs
3.1.1 How does the program identify applicable workforce trends? What trends or projections in your discipline may affect your program in the next five years? How will you address this?
3.1.2 How is the selection of courses reviewed for relevancy to community and workforce needs? What recent changes have resulted from this review? How has your program addressed professional development needs which have risen from the changes?
3.1.3 What method is used to assess student and employer satisfaction with the program's offerings and operations. What are the results of this assessment and how have results changed over time? What changes did you make or are planning to make due to the results?
3.1.4 What program initiatives have been implemented to improve course completion, and job preparation?
3.1.5 What are the expected career/occupational outcomes for students? (e.g. transfer, employment)?
3.1.6 Does the program have an Advisory Board Committee? How does the program work with the Advisory Board to assess effectiveness?
3.2 Certification/Licensure, Job Placement, Transfer
3.2.1. What is the percentage of your graduates that receive licensure/certification? Is this satisfactory? How can this be improved?
3.2.2 Comment on the level of job placement in the field of study. Is this satisfactory for your program?
3.2.3 Do you have a percentage of program graduates that are expected to transfer to an appropriate upper division program? If so, what is this percentage and has your program met this benchmark? If not, would this be one appropriate index of your program's success. Please comment.
4. Personal Development: To provide life-long learning opportunities in the areas of personal and professional development.
4.1 Faculty/Staff Development
4.1.1 Explain how faculty and staff maintain expertise in their discipline or area of responsibility.
4.1.2 Describe the Professional Development plan, including availability of resources and the process of allocating these resources. Does this plan adequately meet Professional Development needs?
4.2 Student Development
4.2.1 Describe program faculty involvement in providing opportunities for students' personal enrichment through co-curricular activities.
4.2.2 Does the program support non-traditional approaches to education? If so describe these. What outcomes are expected from these approaches, and how have they affected student success across the curriculum?
5. Community Development: To contribute to community development and enrichment through campus leadership and collaboration.
5.1.1 Comment on activities initiated and lead by program faculty and staff that have positively impacted our community. List pertinent community services and activities. Discuss leadership roles in other community activities that you are interested in pursuing.
5.2.1 What has the program done to establish communication, partnerships, and cooperation with high schools, other community college programs, the community, and four-year institutions in supporting their mission and goals? Discuss successes, challenges, lessons learned and how these findings will be applied in future plans.
6. Diversity: To foster a global understanding and appreciation for diversity.
6.1.1 How does your program support diversity and cultural awareness? What are the desired outcomes? How have these outcomes been met?
6.2 International education
6.2 1 What academic relationships does your program have beyond Kauai, Hawaii, the U.S.? Describe these and their impact on student learning experiences. If none, what areas of the program could benefit from such relationships? Describe plans ready for implementation and/or projects to be developed.