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: ____Political Science___________________ Program Review Authors: ____Ryan Emenaker_____________________________ 1. 2. 3. Summary and Recommendations: 1. Program strengths: Hiring full-time faculty member Online Presence Strong associate faculty supporting program Expansion across the 101 corridor 2. Program challenges/obstacles: Lack of full-time faculty until recently; Curriculum outdated; Enrollments were low because faculty were unable to offer sections demanded; Budget Issues-printing costs woefully inadequate Facility – needs temperature regulation; dimmer switch for conflicting instructor needs; maintenance Technology/computer needs to be updated-both RAM and software; Need for a rolling whiteboard; 3. Commendations: 14% of all online students are enrolled in PolySci 10 Additional Comments: Recommendations: Budget that corresponds with actual printing needs; Ability to scan and put into pdf (scanner, printer, copier) 4. Program Budget/Funding Sources: None 5. Program Goals/Plans: Update Curriculum Complete reviews Talk to DE about lowering 50 online enrollment 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. 6. Program Outcomes Assessment (PLOs/SLOs): Behind due to need for curriculum updates; moving forward; 7. Student Success/Achievement Basic Skills obstacles/challenges: Large disparity in student success in DE to face to face due in part to large online minimun 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.