College of the Redwoods Program Review Committee Executive Summary Adopted November 6, 2009 Mission Statement The College of the Redwoods’ Program Review Committee leads and facilitates authentic assessment as it relates to student success and planning at the institution for all subject and service areas. The committee reviews Annual and Comprehensive Program Reviews that provide the strong foundation upon which College of the Redwoods develops, identifies, states and documents quality improvement plans and goals including providing the direction of prioritization of funding, and support needs as organized under the strategic planning objectives. Objective: To provide an evaluative Executive Summary of this program’s review for authors, the Integrated Planning Committees, and the District. Program Review Subject/Service Area: __General Business___________________ Program Review Authors: ____Chris Gaines, Michael Dennis, Martha Racine____________________________ Summary and Recommendations: Additional Comments: 1. Program strengths: Upswing in enrollments (33% in last 4 years) Strong program, good enrollments and high transfer rates 2. Program challenges/obstacles: Need for updated equipment and technology 3. Commendations : Strong program, good enrollments and high transfer rates & Recommendations: Need computer and technology updated 4. Program Budget/Funding Sources: Need hardware and software updated 5. Program Goals/Plans: Assessment of baseline PLOs QIP well developed; reasonable timeline; Business faculty currently creating business advisory committee for business and econ disciplines; Conducting careful review of prerequisites to be sure fit basic skills needs 6. Program Outcomes Assessment (PLOs/SLOs): Active in SLO’s; Assessment is not complete at this date. A deadline for Spring 11 has been set for assessing outcomes There is a clear plan for development and implementation of PLOs This is the first attempt at program level assessment. There is a clear plan for assessment and timeline for completion. Process: Completed Executive Summary forms will be sent to program review authors. PRC will forward Executive Summaries to the appropriate integrated planning committees. 7. Student Success/Achievement/Basic Skills obstacles/challenges: Success for online courses are lower and incrementally lower for Humboldt courses Business GE courses not as successful as Business courses for majors Retention rates good overall, but lower for online (not significantly) Advising in this department has begun about adequate basic skills preparation. 7 graduates last year Employment data is unavailable but needed Process: Completed Executive Summary forms will be sent to program review authors. PRC will forward Executive Summaries to the appropriate integrated planning committees.