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: ____Construction Technology ___________________ Program Review Authors: ___ Michael Burns, Bill Hole, Ted Stodder, Paul Kinsey _______________ 1. 2. Summary and Recommendations: 1. Program strengths: Practical and useful skills taught, Enhance all component parts of construction; Meets community vocational and industry skill sets; Design and complete building a structure; Historic Preservation is unique: very few programs in the US 2. Program challenges/obstacles: Housing market is down; Construction market is also down: Sequence challenge based on budgetary issues creating calendar challenges for building and completion; Always a logistic challenge; Lack of budget for equipment and safety; Facility ventilation; Funding was re-allocated out of program 3. Commendations: Program handles logistic challenges very well Retention and success Integration and emphasis on green technology Staying up to date of green technology Additional Comments: Recommendations: Focus on integrations of drafting, construction etc. 4. Program Budget/Funding Sources: Program funding needs to be re-instated Funding/planning to complete construction process Landscape funding Dedicated funding in place to keep lots in reserve for program Process: PRC will forward completed Executive Summaries to program review authors. Authors will have two weeks to provide feedback and corrections on errors of fact and/interpretation PRC will forward Executive Summaries and authors response (if available) to the appropriate integrated planning committee and the CPC. 5. Program Goals/Plans: Capturing funds during hard times for future use; Keep “lots” in reserve; 6. Program Outcomes Assessment (PLOs/SLOs): Program has PLOs/SLOs; requirement for outside accreditation; Working on assessment 7. Student Success/Achievement Basic Skills obstacles/challenges: Anecdotal data for placement, but nearly 100% placement Issues Across all Disciplines: Facilities and technology is deficient; Maintenance is deficient; Regular funding for software for all programs Staffing and faculty budget is deficient; Deferred maintenance is a problem campus-wide Lack of replacement of lost faculty; finding qualified faculty to teach Challenge that IT doesn’t support Mac Computers; most science, math and arts use Mac computers Need for transcript evaluator and document imaging system will support all disciplines. Need for a college-wide process to gather and assess information from students directly, both those who graduate and those who leave for other reasons, or from transfer institutions and employers. Entry and Exit surveys to increase student success, retention and persistence; General: Is there a budget set aside for bulb replacement for projectors, both campus and district wide? Process: PRC will forward completed Executive Summaries to program review authors. Authors will have two weeks to provide feedback and corrections on errors of fact and/interpretation PRC will forward Executive Summaries and authors response (if available) to the appropriate integrated planning committee and the CPC.