Kaua`i Community College
2013 Program Review for Instructional and Non-Instructional Programs
Thirteen instructional and three remedial/developmental programs participated in the annual program review process at Kaua’i Community College. Of the 13 instructional programs, two are rated healthy, nine are rated cautionary, and two new programs with insufficient data were rated unhealthy.
The health of the accounting program remains cautionary. This is due to the high number of majors declared in accounting (73.5) and the low number of jobs available in the county (11) leading to an unhealthy demand indicator. Persistence increased from the previous year moving the effectiveness indicator back to healthy.
Auto Body Repair and Painting
The health of the ABRP program remains cautionary. The fill rate and average class size dropped from last year to this year 100% to 72%, but the efficiency remained healthy. The large percentage swings are caused by the small student enrollment in this program. There are very few job listed in the county for this major keeping the demand indicator unhealthy. However, our students do report getting jobs despite the county job statistics.
Automotive Mechanics Technology
The AMT program’s health is cautionary, where it has been in recent years except last year when it jumped to healthy. The cautionary health overall is due mainly to the low demand indicators. The demand indicators are low, although we feel many more available jobs are never listed but filled by word of mouth.
The program’s health is rated cautionary for the second year in a row this year due to a continued lower report of available jobs. The drop in demand is probably due to the choice of SOC codes used in the analysis. The effectiveness indicator dropped to cautionary and the fall to spring persistence dropped from the previous year by 21%.
The culinary program continues to be healthy and is one of the best programs on our campus.
Early Childhood Education
The ECE program remains cautionary. The demand indicator remains unhealthy, but we still feel this is indicative of not capturing all of the jobs, outside of ECE teaching, our graduates seem to land. The number of majors is low. We had some urgent issues in the program’s lab pre-school this past year that resulted in the closure of the lab school. The lab building is being remodeled and the curriculum revamped for re-accreditation and things should improve thereafter.
The ETRO program’s health remains the same as last year – cautionary. This is because of the unhealthy demand indicator caused by low numbers of county jobs available. The SOC codes used are not capturing all of the jobs available to our graduates! Many of our students go on to bachelor’s degree program and are not immediately seeking jobs.
Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology
This is a new program that is just starting to collect data. The initial health is rated unhealthy. We have just hired the first faculty member for this program (January 2014) and hope he can jumpstart it.
The FENG program remains cautionary as both efficiency and effectiveness remain cautionary. The fill rate did increase from last year, but persistence has dropped again.
Hospitality and Tourism
HOST moved from healthy to cautionary as fall to spring persistence decreased almost 8% from the previous year. The number of majors increased from 46 to 59.5 with little growth in the reported number of jobs.
The liberal arts program dropped from healthy to cautionary as the demand indicator dropped from cautionary to unhealthy. The decrease in the demand indicator was due to the 8.5% decrease in the number of liberal arts majors. This decrease was due to students choosing other majors, especially new programs we have begun offering. With more new majors in the pipeline, the decrease in liberal arts majors is likely to continue. However, we feel the quality of the program and the benefits it provides for transfer students remains exceptional.
This is a new program that is just starting to collect data. The initial health is rated unhealthy due to the lack of data.
The nursing program also continues to be healthy with no marked change in any of the indicators over the previous year.
Remedial and Developmental Math, Reading, and Writing
Overall, the remedial and developmental (R/D) math program is considered cautionary. There was a decrease of enrollment of 55 students from the previous year. Spring enrollment also decreased slightly probably due to the shortened R/D path way. There was a 9% decrease in enrollment for the AtD cohort with placement, which is unhealthy and suggests that new students are delaying their study of mathematics. One strategy for consideration is mandating that students take math in their first year of college. The average class size was 19.4 with the fill rate of 87.8%.
In R/D Reading the rating was also cautionary with 107 students enrolled in the 12-13 year for a decrease of 8 students from the previous year. The average class size was 13.9, down from 18.3 the previous year. The fill rate was 55.5% which is 17.6% lower than the previous year. Demand is considered healthy according to existing benchmarks, while efficiency is cautionary and effectiveness is unhealthy. These classes are typically low enrolled and have no reading faculty per se. In addition the low enrollment for each course impacts the effectiveness measures negatively. A new project, reading across disciplines (RAD), may provide some help in spreading the responsibility for reading beyond the English Department.
In R/D Writing the overall program is Healthy. The average class size was 14.9, down from 18.2 the previous year. The fill rate was 79% which is 12% lower than the previous year. Retention in the courses that are one level below college level is at 95% and for courses that are two levels below it is at 94%. Though the successful completion numbers were 55% for remedial and 72% for developmental courses the success in the next level were at cautionary levels.