Twenty-three instructional and non-instructional units participated in the annual program review process at Kaua’i Community College. Of the 12 instructional programs that are rated, 4 are healthy (up one from a year ago), 6 are cautionary and 2 are rated unhealthy. Eight non-instructional units submitted APRUs this semester. All of these units have rated themselves as being healthy.
Business Technology, Culinary and Liberal Arts continued to be healthy programs. Electronics Technology improved from the previous year from cautionary to healthy due to an improvement in the demand indicators; the number of new and replacement jobs in the State more than quadrupled, while the number of new and replacement jobs in Kauai County increased by six fold.
Auto Body Repair improved from unhealthy to cautionary due to an improvement in efficiency to healthy. Increased numbers of students and higher course fill rates were responsible for this improvement. Facilities Engineering improved from unhealthy to cautionary due to an improvement in demand indicators driven by a doubling of new and replacement jobs in the county and state. Early Childhood Education dropped to unhealthy due to a decrease in demand indicators driven by a drastic drop in the number of new and replacement jobs in the state. The number of new and replacement jobs in the county has always been low and only reflected the ECE teacher positions. It does not reflect the variety of positions occupied by other ECE graduates.
For programs other than those mentioned above, the demand indicators remained the same. Overall, four programs had healthy demand indicators, three were cautionary, and the remaining were unhealthy; an indication that the economy has not yet rebounded.
In addition to Auto Body Repair, Accounting and Culinary programs had improvements in efficiency indicators to healthy. All other efficiency indicators remained the same from the previous year. Eight of the programs had healthy efficiency indicators, the remainders were cautionary.
The Accounting and Culinary programs effectiveness indicators decreased to cautionary; each program had an increase in withdrawals and a decrease in persistence from last year. The Hospitality and Tourism program’s effectiveness indicator improved to healthy due to an increase in the number of graduates. All other effectiveness indicators remained unchanged from the previous year. Overall, three programs had healthy effectiveness indicators, while 11 were cautionary.
Academic Support Units
Computer Services, Cooperative Education/Job Placement (COOP), Instructional Technology, Learning Center, Library, Media Services, Professional Development and the University Center & Distance Learning (UCTR) have completed program reviews this semester. All programs have deemed themselves healthy in all categories. As yet there are no benchmarks for the Academic Support units, these health measurements are determined by the programs themselves.
Media Services’ data is unchanged from last year, about 76% of our classrooms have data projectors and the number of videoconferences and ITV classes are the same. In the library, the gate count is up but the circulation (6.4 books per person) is slightly down. Library surveys of faculty and students are generally favorable. The Learning Center increased tutor hours resulting in an increase of tutor usage. The number of tutor contact hours increased from 300 to 500. Computer Services’ satisfaction surveys are favorable with averages between 3.6 and 4.2 out of 5. The 2010 CCSSE report showed that while 59% of the respondents used the computer labs, 85% felt that they were very important. As for the UCTR, the number of enrollments in DL classes (AA level) has grown by 28%. Persistence is healthy but degrees and certificates are down. The number of UCTR contacts by phone, drop-in, or appointments is down, but online usage has increased. The annual satisfaction survey reveals that students and faculty/staff are satisfied with the services, as there are no response averages less than 3 out of 5
Continuing Education and Training
The Continuing Education and Training arm of the college went through significant changes in personnel and program offering in 2009-10. The most popular programs were in occupational safety and health administration and apprenticeship classes. With a new Director arriving in October 2010, new goals are being created focusing on sustainability classes, grant development and distance learning.