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: ____Psychology___________________ Program Review Authors: ____Michelle Haggerty ___________________________ 1. 2. Summary and Recommendations: 1. Program strengths: Dedicated faculty; cohesive department Fill rate good; 21% increase in students Online presence strong; 2. Program challenges/obstacles: Inadequate Budget Crisis response – students in need of crisis management on campus; crisis intervention counseling; Facility – outdated (computer) technology in both faculty offices and classrooms; Video/DVD library outdated ; Intermittent internet Facility/technology maintenance Arcata classroom in disrepair; currently not able to use technology in that room; MyCr is challenging to students and faculty Additional Comments: 3. Commendations: Having back-up contingency plans for faulty technology and computers; Preparing several ways of presenting materials; Recommendations: All these small issues can affect student success and retention 4. Program Budget/Funding Sources: None Dedicated funding for updating video resources including close-captioning 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: Rewriting curriculum to be more SLO/Assessment friendly; Due to assessment, will increase faculty coordination and communication; More dedicated time to discuss with department faculty on what is most successful based on assessment 6. Program Outcomes Assessment (PLOs/SLOs): Good and ongoing; utilizing results of assessment; More dedicated time to discuss with department faculty on what is most successful based on assessment 7. Student Success/Achievement Basic Skills obstacles/challenges: English preparedness is a challenge for some students; Basic skills courses correlate well to psychology program Psyc 33 is only good class for students lacking in basic skills 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.