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: ____Physics/Engineering___________________ Program Review Authors: __Erik Kramer_____________________________ 1. 2. 3. 4. Summary and Recommendations: 1. Program strengths: Faculty; Good retention rates; Additional Comments: 2. Program challenges/obstacles: Facilities and technology is deficient; Maintenance is deficient; Staffing, budget; Their action plan that was granted then rejected, (because it was determined that the specific need should be college funded and not grant funded) funding should be prioritized; No full time faculty member in engineering *Deferred maintenance is a problem campus-wide 3. Commendations: Instructor ability to work with inferior equipment Recommendations: *Funding for physics lab equipment critical to offer college level physics courses; unable to offer engineering related courses because don’t have the equipment to run; 4. Program Budget/Funding Sources: Need more information from author 5. Program Goals/Plans: Improving Assessment 6. Program Outcomes Assessment (PLOs/SLOs): Outcomes have been identified; assessment is a work in progress 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. 7. Student Success/Achievement Basic Skills obstacles/challenges: Excellent analysis of basic skills data; prerequisites in some cases may not be enforced; BSI courses imperative to the success of students in this program 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.