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College: Kauai Community College
Program: Liberal Arts

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The last comprehensive review for this program was on 2010, and can be viewed at:
http://info.kauai.hawaii.edu/admin/documents/2011CumRevLBRTS.docx

Program Description

Program Mission:

The Liberal Arts program provides quality instruction in a variety of disciplines to meet the needs of a diverse student body and community. In addition to providing foundation courses for the career and technical programs, the Liberal Arts program provides general knowledge and intellectual training that prepare students for further education, for better understanding the world, and for successfully addressing the challenges of life.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: LBRT,MOP     Program CIP: 24.0101

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 Number of Majors 722 728 665 Unhealthy
1a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 217 230 211
1b     Fall Full-Time 43% 41% 42%
1c     Fall Part-Time 57% 59% 58%
1d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 8% 8% 7%
1e     Spring Full-Time 40% 33% 35%
1f     Spring Part-Time 60% 67% 65%
1g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 9% 9% 8%
2 *Percent Change Majors from Prior Year 8.4% 0.7% -8.5%
3 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 9,806 9,139 9,064
4 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 2,482 2,218 3,277
5 SSH in All Program Classes 12,288 11,357 12,341
6 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 410 379 411
7 Total Number of Classes Taught 243 223 259

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
8 Average Class Size 18.2 17.8 16.6 Healthy
9 *Fill Rate 80.4% 76.9% 72.4%
10 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 18.1 20.7 22.9
11 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 39.8 35.1 29
12 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 29.3 31.6 24.8
12a Analytic FTE Faculty 24.6 23.0 26.9
13 Overall Program Budget Allocation $2,032,335 $1,875,768 $1,084,601
13a General Funded Budget Allocation $2,030,850 $1,832,293 $1,034,357
13b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $6,800 $0
13c Tuition and Fees $0 $36,675 $50,244
14 Cost per SSH $165 $165 $88
15 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 36 34 48
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
16 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 75% 75% 73% Healthy
17 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 205 173 230
18 *Persistence (Fall to Spring) 69.7% 71.9% 71.6%
18a Persistence Fall to Fall     46.8%
19 Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded Prior Fiscal Year 62 68 63
19a Associate Degrees Awarded 60 68 63
19b Academic Subject Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
19c Goal 36 37 38
19d *Difference Between Unduplicated Awarded and Goal 66.6% 83.7% 65.7%
20 Transfers to UH 4-yr 26 42 57
20a Transfers with degree from program 9 20 25
20b Transfers without degree from program 17 22 32
20c Increase by 3% Annual Transfers to UH 4-yr Goal 14 14 15
20d *Difference Between Transfers and Goal 85.7% 200% 280%

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
21 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 5 2 13

 

22 Enrollments Distance Education Classes 95 44 235
23 Fill Rate 88% 98% 81%
24 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 68% 59% 61%
25 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 9 4 25
26 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) 57% 68% 52%

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
27 Number of Degrees and Certificates     63

 

28 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     14
29 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     Not STEM
30 Number of Pell Recipients     357
31 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     57
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014

Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

The overall program has moved from "Healthy" to "Cautionary" this year. While this at first seems a matter of concern, we believe the change is due to clerical changes rather than a decline in demand for our offerings. This change to "Cautionary" was based on a decline in the "Number of Majors," which is one key "Demand Indicator." In 2010-11 we had 722 liberal arts majors, in 2011-12 we had 728, but in 2012-13 we had only 665. As a result, we were categorized as "unhealthy" in this area. We have healthy efficiency and effectiveness indicators.

Demand Indicators:

In last year's APRU we noted that the slow growth in the number of liberal arts majors could be attributed to the fact that counseling is doing a better job of assigning students to specific majors earlier than it did in the past. Previously, incoming students were placed in liberal arts until they had met their general education requirements. This is no longer the case. Now many students are fast-tracked into certificate programs or immediately placed in degree programs. We also suspected then, and continue to suspect, that because of the poor economy many students are opting to declare themselves immediately in vocational programs that will lead to direct employment instead of declaring themselves liberal arts majors. All of these issues have accelerated this year, and at least one additional issue has further reduced our numbers: the new A.A. degree in Hawaiian Studies has 20 declared students who would have otherwise declared themselves as liberal arts majors. In any case, the actual number of students enrolled in our courses continues to increase. In 2011-2012 the number of SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes was 2,218 students but in 2012-13 the number had risen significantly to 3,277. The number of courses that we offer also has increased, from 223 in 2011-12 to 259 in 21012-3. Further, while fewer students are declaring themselves liberal arts majors, the number of students transferring to other schools with a degree has gone up from 20 in 2011-12 to 25 in 2012-13, and the number of students who transferred without a degree rose significantly, from 22 in 2011-12 to 32 in 2012-13. We consider these successes.

The liberal arts program will continue to increase the number of courses we offer and the number of program options we offer to students, such as the recent A.A. in Hawaiian Studies. We also plan to add an A.S. degree in natural sciences and two A.S. degrees in digital media. We believe these additions will attract even more students to the liberal arts classes.

Efficiency Indicators:

We were again healthy under these indicators. One slight area of concern is that the number of low-enrolled courses has gone from 34 in 2011-12 to 48 in 2012-13. We are trying to figure this out now and will try to decrease the number of low enrolled classes this coming term.

Effectiveness Indicators:

We also again healthy under these indicators, and we are pleased that the number of students tranferring from our program to other colleges continues to increase.

Part III. Action Plan

Goal Alignment

UH System Goals, Kaua‘i Community College Goals, and Strategic Goals

Program Goals

UH Goal 1:  Educational Effectiveness and Student Success

KCC Goal 1: Access &

KCC Goal 2: Learning and Teaching

Strategic Goals: Student Recruitment, Retention and Success of All Students and Particularly

o    Remedial/Developmental Students

o    Non-traditional Students in Career and Technical Programs

o    Increased Completion of Degrees, Certificates, and Licensure

o    Increased Transfer Rate

o    Increase opportunities for potential students to experience KCC

 

Relevant Curriculum Development

o    Sustainability/Green Jobs

o    Health

o    STEM

o    DOE-KCC English Alignment

o    Distance Education

o    Create/Strengthen k-12 - four-year degree pathways

 

Completion of               

o    Course Student Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

o    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

o    Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

o    Course Action Forms (CAFs)

 

Assessment Activities and Analysis

 

1.       Develop two-year schedule of offerings to provide students a pathway to complete degree requirements in a timely manner.

2.       Expand summer offerings to provide preparation courses for student to complete prerequisites to programs.

3.       Expand summer offerings to provide preparation for 4-year institutions in STEM core classes.

4.       Create a permanent space for Band, Orchestra, Drama, and dance courses and performances, as well a small venue for public speakers. This will increase opportunities for art students and draw people to the college.

5.      We want to expand the Digital Media Program by increasing workstations by six and begin offering more film courses.

6.     Math faculty have developed and now implementing new courses and pathways to shorten the remedial and develpmental progress in mathematics.

  7     The Sceince and Mathematics Division  as part of the enhancement of STEM courses and the diversification of the curriculum developed an Associate of Science degree in Biological Sciences and an Assoicate of Science degree in Physical Sciences.

8. We want to expand the Hawaiian Studies program.

9. Science and Mathematics Division developing new curriculum pathways for plant sciences majors.

 

 

UH Goal 2:  A Learning, Research and Service Network

KCC Goal 3: Workforce Development & KCC Goal 5: Community Development

Strategic Goals: Increased Job Placement and/or Performance through

o    Revised or New Curriculum

o    Better Coordination with Business and Industry

 

 

1.       Revision and realignment of remedial and developmental math curriculum.

2.       Address CTE needs by increasing success rate for Trade students.

3.       Hire a coordinator for Math/Science  Center to assist in student success and retention in math and science courses.

4.       Math/Science Tutorial Center. This learning center will focus on Math and Science learning and assistance. The center will be staffed by a coordinator, faculty and student tutors to assist students with course work and research. The center was developed to provide students with course material assistance in math and science courses.

5.       Revised AA Degree program to align with University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

6.       Develop Associate in Science degree in Natural Sciences.

7.       Develop and articulate a Marine Science and Agricultural program.

8.       Develop two Associate in Science degrees in Digital Media.

9.       Develop a breadfruit research project to meet the needs of our community and the world by providing needed data on commercial production methodology.

10.   Kaua‘i CC – DOE Initiative. Faculty of Science and Mathematics work with DOE teachers to provide direct hands-on experiential learning and preparation of DOE students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the STEM initiative.

11. Science and Mathematics Division is working with Leeward Community College to develop an Associate of Science in Plant Science for employment needs on Kauai.

12.   Cognition – SAM Division developed an Interactive Learning Center where KCC and DOE students can interact with demonstration projects in STEM and sustainability. The Cognition Center provides DOE faculty with innovative teaching examples for STEM curriculum. DOE students visit the Cognition Center to work on hands-on STEM applications. Cognition is developing a STEM bus for K-12 school demonstrations.

UH Goal 3:  A Model Local, Regional and Global University

KCC Goal 6 Diversity

Strategic Goals:

o    Fostering Global Understanding and Intercultural Competence

o    Increased Enrollment and Success of International Students

1.       The Science and Mathematics Division works with the seed industry on Kaua‘i to develop a career ladder program for employees. After a community forum on agriculture, the SAM Division completed a certificate in Plant Bioscience Technology and hired a faculty member to develop a program and coursework in agriculture that will articulate to our 4-year institution.

 

2.       The Language Arts and Humanities Division is expanding the Digital Media program and course offerings, as well as increasing art courses generally. Art courses, particularly art appreciation courses, we believe, foster global understanding.

 

3.       The campus goals of fostering global understanding and intercultural competence and of increasing enrollment and success of international students are addressed through the campus International Committee. Representatives from the divisions and college work to increase the number of credit and noncredit international students studying on Kaua‘i. This will lead to LAH offering more ELI (English Language Institute) courses. The International Committee also investigates credit and noncredit course offering for international students and recruits students through our international partnerships. The committee also works to provide opportunities for Kaua‘i Community College students to study abroad, such as the Honda International Study program, Freeman Scholarship program and the Wofford Global Service Fellowship.

 

4.       The Liberal Arts faculty have internationalized their curriculum. The HAP (Hawaiian, Asia, Pacific) Focus Designation is a requirement for graduation and a requirement at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The ethnobotany course (Botany 105) that meets this requirement has a significant part of its curriculum utilizing examples from Hawaiian culture, Asian culture (particularly Okinawan), and Pacific cultures (Tahitian, Samoan, and Maori). The focal theme of the course is island people focused on sustainability. Students are encouraged to make cultural connections and examine the many similarities and differences between their own culture and the cultures studied in this course.

 

5.       The Liberal Arts faculty has been involved in short (1-2 week) international study tours. These tours (2-3) annually bring international students from partner institutions to our campus to study English, the natural environment, and culture. These interactions between our students and visiting international students provide an opportunity for students and faculty to learn from each other about their respective cultures. Liberal Arts faculty hosted an international conference this past fall with the five maritime colleges in Japan at Kaua‘i Community College. Representatives from Toyama, Oshima, Huge, Mie, and Hiroshima met with Kaua‘i Community College faculty members to exchange ideas and possible topics for future Japanese student engagement on Kaua‘i, as well as study opportunities for Kaua‘i Community College students in Japan. This partnership has created 3 new short-term international programs that provide opportunity for student and faculty exchanges of ideas on Kauai.

6.       Two Liberal Arts students participated in the Wofford Global Service Fellowship to China and Costa Rica supported by the V. Itoga Fund.

7. Faculty and students from Liberal Arts recently attended the second networking conference between maritime colleges of Japan and Kauai Community College to discuss curriculum development for international study.

 

UH Goal 4:  Investment in Faculty, Staff, Students and Their Environment

KCC Goal 4: Personal Development

Strategic Goals:

o    Professional Development Directed to Any of the Above Goals

o    Enriching Student Experience, Particularly Directed to Any of the Above Goals

o    Increasing the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability of the KCC Environment

1.       To enhance the environment around the campus, botany classes have developed a Native Plant Propagation program to produce native plants for Kaua‘i Community College campus and island schools. Botany students work on service projects at elementary, middle, and high schools around the island. The botany students develop native planting enclosures on school campuses to teach the students at these schools about their natural environment. Students in our botany classes have landscaped around Natural Science, Nursing, the One Stop Center and Business buildings utilizing native plants. In addition, they have labeled the plants for classroom use and general information.

 

2.       The Hawaiian Studies program has developed extensive taro loi (wet land) cultivation fields for taro and other ethnobotanical plants. This expansion is continuing. The loi provides students with hands-on experience in traditional cultivation of taro. The loi is also home to rice cultivation, which was started this year. The setting has been used in several photographs representing the College. The cultivation of taro (kalo) provides practical training in cultivation of taro and a place where culture can intersect with education.

 

3.       Liberal Arts faculty actively participate in professional development activities, such as attending conferences and workshops. Most of these activities are linked to their primary duty of teaching. These professional development activities enhance our students’ school experience by ensuring our faculty members are familiar with new paradigms in student retention and assessment, as well as national and international relevant concepts to the teaching in their fields.

UH Goal 5:  Resources and Stewardship

KCC Goal 5 Community Development

Strategic Goals:

o    Reduce Deferred Maintenance

o    Address Health and Safety Issues

o    Promote Sustainability

1. The Natural Science building is thirty years old and has undergone two major renovations in recent years. The Chemistry Laboratory was redone and a separate air-conditioning unit and new hoods were installed. The new hoods meet current safety requirements for laboratory use. The air-conditioning and duct work were replaced for the entire building and a separate condenser unit was installed outside the building. Bio-safety hoods were installed in the Microbiological Laboratory and an exhaust venting system was installed in the preparation laboratory. These repairs have enhanced the health and safety of faculty and students in this building. We are currently upgrading the equipment in the laboratories.

 

2. Cognition, botany, and Culinary Arts students, working with the Solid Waste Department of the county, developed a project to create compost for the botany garden, utilizing shredded paper from campus offices and organic green waste from the culinary department. The project is a class experiment to evaluate the perimeter that can accelerate compost production. Students will establish an experiment to determine the effectiveness of techniques and additives to compost making. Cognition clases are also working on using vehicle prototypes as teaching models to look at conversion from gas operation to electric and biofuel uses. Cognition is also collecting used cooking oil and will be processing it to make biofuel.

3. Chemistry has gone to micro scale experiments that reduce the amount of chemicals used and thereby reduce our chemical waste stream. Through grant money, general thermometers in the laboratories have been replaced with digital and nontoxic alternatives to mercury.

4. The Hawaiian Studies buildings are both in need of refurbishing. In particular, the lanai and walkways need to be prepared, as they create a potential danger if they should fail. One of the buildings also needs a new roof and both buildings need exterior painting.

Note on Action Plan:

The Liberal Arts Program supports the college’s overall mission. Our purpose is to help the college achieve its Strategic Priority Goals. We do this by 1) preparing students for the various certificate and degree programs they hope to enter and 2) preparing students to transfer to other colleges and four-year institutions. Many students transfer to other institutions before earning a degree or certificate, but we also give students the opportunity to earn an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts, which, among other things, ensures them admittance at any UH 4-year institution.

ACTION PLAN 1:  Placement and Scheduling

 Program  Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

1.3 Placement and scheduling:

Enhance utilization of placement testing and course scheduling processes.

1. Work with Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (VCAA) to review, modify the two year grid

 

 

 

 

b. Publish a two-year schedule

Data

VCAA, LAH and SAM Division Chairs

Ongoing

Students are now able to plan their educational goals in a timely manner.

 All

Ongoing

 

VCAA and Ass’t VCAA

 

 Increase night enrollment by 5% by S 2013

All

Ongoing

 

 

ACTION PLAN 2: Expanded Summer Program of Offerings

PROGRAM GOAL

ACTION ITEM

RESOURCES NEEDED

PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

STATUS

1.3 Placement & Scheduling: coordinate course scheduling to enable students to successfully complete their coursework for certificates and programs.

1. Expand Summer Term course offerings to address AA area requirements

2 cr. Faculty release/reassigned time

Faculty person

Summer 2014

 

 

 

 

Expanded Summer program of offerings

 

 

 

 

All

New date

2 cr. Faculty release/reassigned time

Faculty person

Ongoing

4-yr plan for Summer offerings, to include 6 new courses, each with 15+ students enrolled

All

Ongoing

 

 

2 cr. Faculty release/reassigned time

Faculty person and Liberal Arts counselor

Ongoing

2-yr plan for Summer offerings, overall shorter program completion rate for students

All

Ongoing

The summer session is an opportunity to serve both Kaua‘iCC students wishing to “fast track” their degree completion and students from other campuses who wish to continue their course work on Kaua‘i during the summer. As the courses offered during the summer must pay for themselves, a successful program of offerings will not cost the college any additional funds, while providing the community more access to classes and an opportunity to move through programs more quickly. In addition, we will identify courses that currently create bottlenecks for incoming students and devise a “bridge” program of summer offerings to meet those needs. As a result, students will be able to fulfill prerequisites, and thus earn their AA degree, in a more timely manner. A Student Services counseling component is essential to this project, so funds will be needed to compensate that counselor. Other summer bridge programs have been proposed under various grant programs—we shall partner with those programs to discuss past successes & failures to guide future plans. Other areas of future development may include increasing Study Abroad opportunities during the summer, for which we will partner with the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET).

 ACTION PLAN 3:  College Success Program

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

 

2.3  Provide support for the College Success pilot program cohort.

1. Hire a person to staff a math / science resource center and to recruit, hire, and manage student tutors and assist in Math/Science laboratories

 

Data on lab usage

 Math lab staff

S 2014

Increase the pass rate of C or better of MATH 22 by 10% by

F 2014

#2, #3, #5

In progress

 

 

 

 

 

Data on completion of MATH 22 cohort

 

S 2014

 

In progress

 

 

 

 
 

Math and Science Faculty and MATH/SCIENCE Lab Coordinator

F 2014

Increased success in math and science courses.

In progress,

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

College success staff

math faculty

Ongoing

Increase enrollment in the higher math courses by 5% by F 2014

 

 

In progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Address CTE Needs

 

Physics and Math faculty & CTE faculty

Ongoing

Increase success rates of AMT & ABRP students by 5% by S 2013.

#2, #3, #5, #8

Ongoing

 

 

 

3. Develop and Realign Remedial and Developmental Math Curriculum

 

6 cr. Release time/ semester

Math faculty and SAM chair

F 2013

Improved persistence and success rates in remedial and developmental Math courses.

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

2.3.1. The SAM division requests an ATP to staff the Science and Math Resource Center. We would like to offer students regular access to the center and to have a qualified person to assist student learning. This person also will assist in laboratory preparation.

2.3.2. The mathematics and physical science faculty will continue to work with CTE faculty to provide academic pathways for CTE students to meet CTE program requirements.

2.3.3 The math faculty would like time to develop and realign the remedial and developmental curriculum to improve students’ preparation in mathematics.

ACTION PLAN 4:  STEM Initiative

 Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.1 Improve communication and articulation processes with secondary institutions

 

1. Develop STEM Academy-- collaborative partnership between DOE math & science teachers and KCC STEM & CTE faculty

 

 

 

 

Release time for DOE teachers (State funding)

Release time for KCC STEM faculty: 3cr / semester

 

DOE math & science faculty

 

 

 

KCC STEM faculty

DOE & KCC administration

 Ongoing

Produce DOE students prepared to enter and succeed in STEM programs at KCC.

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Develop curriculum emphasizing integrated applied skills and STEM concepts

Release time for DOE teachers (State funding)

Release time for KCC STEM faculty

 Math and Science groups (1 a&b)

 

 

Same as above

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

3. Provide professional development opportunities for faculty

Release time for KCC STEM faculty

  DOE & KCC administration and KCC STEM faculty

 

 

 

Ongoing

Same as above

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

Funding for travel and conference fees

 
 

The STEM Initiative is a Hawaii Legislative Initiative (ACT 111) aimed at improving student preparedness for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and jobs by forming partnerships between DOE and KCC faculty & administration. Due to legislative fund restrictions, Kaua’i CC and the DOE Kaua’i Complex have sought and obtained a new MSP-Cohort 8 grant for the next three years to improve STEM education of DOE faculty. The goal of the new Title III grant is to increase the number of STEM-ready students .

ACTION PLAN 5:  Faculty and Staff

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.6 Provide quality instruction

1. Hire FTE faculty to refill Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) position

 

 

1 FTE position

SAM Division Chair

SAM Division Chair and Director of University Center

F 2014

 

Fill vacant positions to fulfill faculty needs for courses

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

 

 

 
 

.

 

 

2.Hire FTE faculty Dev. Mathematics

1 FTE position

SAM Division Chair

Math department

Sp 2014

Make permanent a Remedial /Dev. temporary position to meet the needs for students to be prepared for STEM

#2 #3, #5

New

 

.

 

 

 

3. Hire a FTE Art Instructor

 

LAH Division Chair

F 2014

Meet the Humanities area needs of Liberal Arts students. This is a replacement position for Wayne Miyata.

#1, #6, #7

Reproposed with modifications.

 

1 FTE position

 
 

 

4.Hire a FTE faculty in Anthropology

FTE Position

SAM chair and Social Science Faculty

Fall 2014

Increased diversity in social sciences and increase student enrollment

 

New

 

5. Hire a FTE Mathematics faculty Temporary Outreach

1 FTE position

SAM Division Chair

F 2014

Increased number of students completing  math courses

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

6. Hire a FTE Physical Science / Chemistry faculty for Manoa STEM initiative

1 FTE position (possible external funding source)

SAM Division Chair

F 2014

Increased number of students completing  math courses

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 
 

 

7. Hire lecturers to meet increased offerings in L.A. program

Funding lecturer duty.

SAM and LAH Division Chairs

F 2014

Increased course offerings to meet student demand.

All

 Ongoing

 

8. Hire a lab assistant

12-15 student worker hrs /wk

LAH Division Chair

Art faculty and LAH chair

Increased enrollment and success rates in Digital Media programs

 #1, #6, #7

 Ongoing

  9. Hire faculty to teach agronomy C3T SAM Division S 2013

Increased

enrollment

#2, #3, #5 Done
  10. Hire faculty to teach sustainable agriculture C3T SAM Division S 2013 Increased enrollment #2, #3, #5 Done
  11. Hire biological science lab assistant - APT C3T SAM Division S 2013

Increased

enrollment

#2, #3, #5 Done
  12. Hire a FTE English Instructor One FTE position LAH Division F 2013 Meet needs for current Liberal Arts majors. #1, #6, #7, #8 Done.
 

2.6.1.1-8  Due to new programs, increased enrollment, a reassessment of needs, and new directions in the program, Liberal Arts is requesting  new FTE positions and permission to refill existing positions.

2.6.1. 2  Science and Mathematics division utilized a temporary math position for Dev Mathematics this year. Due to increased student needs, we are requesting a permanent position.

2.6.1.3 A new full-time Art Instructor is needed. This is a replacement position due to the retirement of Wayne Miyata. However, as we currently have two lecturers in ceramics, we now want to hire a full-time generalist in fine arts to teach drawing, painting, and a variety of other art courses depending on the person's skills, interests, and qualifications. This person will provide needed leadership and vision for the future development of fine arts offerings, provide stability and continuity among these courses, and will help ensure that COs and assessment needs are being met in these areas. 

2.6.1.4  In the past the SAM division had three Social Science faculty. We are requesting an Anthropology/GIS position to increase the diversity of course offerings and meet the needs of our students.

2.6.1.5. The Science and Mathematic division would like to expand its outreach capacity to DOE school by offering college mathematics courses at high school locations to provide early preparation of students for college and STEM-related fields. This is a temporary position.

2.6.1.6 The University of Hawai’i at Månoa has initiated a program to increase student preparedness for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related fields. These positions will increase student preparedness in chemistry.

2.6.1.7 Due to increased demand for courses, more lecturers will be needed to teach additional courses.

2.6.1.8 This lab assistant will allow Kauai CC to keep the Digital Media Lab (Art Room 103) open for approximately 12-15 hours per week, thus enabling students to work on their projects outside of scheduled class time. The assistant will also give basic assistance to beginning students, install updates and software, and could work on school and community projects during slow periods.

2.6.1.9-11 These faculty and staff positions have been filled and are working to develop credit and non-credit programs and courses in agriculture and biosciences.

2.6. 1.12 LAH has hired Mary Alexander to fill our full-time English position.

 ACTION PLAN 6:  Curriculum: Writing Intensive

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.2.1 Review program curriculum to determine relevancy to institutional goals & SLOs and student transfer needs.

 

3 cr. Release time

WI Coordinator

Ongoing

Increased number of faculty teaching WI courses and more WI course offerings

All

Ongoing

 

 

WI Coordinator

Ongoing

Yearly reports to the KCC Curriculum Committee and the UH system-wide WI board

All

Ongoing

2.2.1.1 The WI coordinator’s ongoing duty is to recruit, support, and report on WI offerings. With the review of the AA degree, and in view of system requirements for WI courses, we expect an increase in the quantity and diversity of WI offerings on this campus so that we can better provide our students with pertinent transfer options.

ACTION PLAN 7:  Curriculum: AA degree review

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.2.1 Review program curriculum to determine relevancy to institutional goals & SLOs and student transfer needs.

1.Review/revise AA program requirements

Liberal Arts SLOs

all LAH/SAM faculty

S 2014

Increased number of students transferring to 4-year institutions and earning A.A. degrees.

All

Ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Develop two A.S. degrees in Digital Media

 

 

 

LAH Chair

 

Fall 2014

 

 

 

This will increase enrollment in digital media classes and the number of students who transfer to 4-year institutions.

#1, #6, #7

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

3.Internationalization of the Curriculum

 

LAH and SAM Divisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provide students with a global perspective and give them a connection to the Global Community

 

 

#1,#6,#7,#3,#5,#8

 

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

4. Develop Associate of Science degree in Natural Science (ASNS)

3 cr. Assigned time

SAM Division Chair

Fall 2013

Increased STEM program offerings and increased an number of students transferring to 4-year institutions

#2, #3, #5, #8

Done

 

5. Develop Marine Science Program

 

Marine Science faculty

Ongoing

Increased STEM offerings and enrollment

#2, #3, #5, #8

Ongoing

  6. Indigenization of Science Curriculum   SAM Faculty Ongoing Improved retention and enrollment of Native Hawaiian students in STEM-related fields. #2,#3,#5.#8 Ongoing
  7. Develop AS degree in Plant Science   Agriculture faculty Ongoing Increased plant science offerings for community need. #2,#3.#5,#8 Ongoing
 

#8 Develop agricultural program

ASNS Transfer program

 

Agriculture faculty

S 2014

Increased STEM offering and enrollment

#2,#3, #5, #8

Ongoing

 

#9. Develop a Student Newspaper

Purchase equipment & software

 

LAH Division Chair

 

 

 S 2013

 

 

 #1, #2, #6, #7

 

Done

 

 

 

 
2.1.2.1 The regular review and revision of the Liberal Arts program provides an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the program

2.1.2.2 In order to increase opportunities for students to earn degrees and to expand the Digital Media program, we are developing two new A.S. degrees, one in Digital Film and one in Digital Graphic Design.

2.1.2.3. Global Awarness and responsibility are required in the modern workplace. In order to provide our students with this awareness, the Liberal Arts program will Internationalize the curriculum

2.1.2.4 Science and Math Division proposes a new Associate in Science degree in Natural Science to provide students on Kauai a degree pathway in a STEM-related field.

2.1.2.5 The goal is to provide a new program in Marine Science to increase program options for students to earn a degree in a STEM-related field.

 2.1.2.6 The College has recieved a Title III grant to increase the number of Hawaiian and underrepresented students in STEM fields. The indigenization of curriculum will bring academic content, the local environment, and cultures together to enrich the educational experience.

2.1.2.7-8 The goal is to provide a credit program and degree pathway in agriculture to meet island needs.

 2.1.2.9 The student newspaper has been re-establishment and is producing approximately three to four editions each term. Two journalism courses, JOUR 205 and JOUR 285, are also regualrly being offered. We hope to continue to increase enrollment in the journalism courses and increase student involvement in the production of the newspaper. These courses in conjunction with the newspaper will give students hands-on work experience and create another pathway for them to succeed academically.

ACTION PLAN 8:  Curriculum: Foundations/Focus Articulation

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

 

1. Establish Foundation Board to review KCC Foundations courses.

 

Foundation Board

Ongoing

The Foundation Board continues to evaluate courses to determine if they are meeting UH foundation requirements

 

 

 

All

Ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Establish HAP Focus Board and review KCC HAP courses

 

 HAP Board

,

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

More HAP-appropriate courses will be articulated w/ UHM and UH CCs

All

Ongoing.

 

3. Establish Diversification Board to review KCC Diversification courses.

 

 Diversification Board

Ongoing

Board will maintain a list of courses that meet system-wide Diversification hallmarks

All

Board  is ongoing.

 

2.3.1&2 The Liberal Arts Foundation Board continues to evaluate courses that are appropriate for articulation with the Foundation designation of the UH system. The Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific (HAP) Board is doing the same.

2.3.3 KCC has continued its articulation efforts by establishing a Diversification Board to review KCC courses appropriate for the Diversification designation of the UH system. This Board is developing procedures to evaluate if new courses meet UH Hallmarks.

 ACTION PLAN 9:  Academic Support & Equipment

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.7 Maintain facilities, equipment, and technological infrastructure to support institutional and student needs

1. $60,000, equipment and supplies, marine science lab

Marine science funding

 

A. Jorgenson

Sp 2013

Increased student enrollment

#2, #3, #5, #6

Done

  2.Repair roof leak and hood damange   SAM Chair Spring 2014 Health and safety needs. A new hood is required by faculty to prepare for lab classes #2,#3,#5,#6 New
  3.White Boards App. $2500 Math faculty Spring 2014 Increased student learning #2,#3.#5,#8 New
  4. Analytic Balance   $3,000 Chemistry faculty Fall2014 Increase students in STEM fields. This is a replacement. #2,#3,#5,#8, New
  5. Shelves and storage bins for physical science labs.   $2,000 Physical Science faculty Fall2014

Increased enrollment in STEM courses

#2.#3,#5,#8 New

 

6. Weather station for Physical Science

 $2,000

Steve Taylor

S 2014

Increased enrollment in STEM courses

#2, #3, #5

New date

 

7. $3,500 equipment and supplies

General

S. Taylor

S 2013

Increased student enrollment

#2, #3, #5

Done

 

8.Total Station

Field monitoring equipment

 $10,000 Grant Steve Taylor Spring 2014 Increased student enrollment. #2,#3,#5 New

 

9 Mathematics improvement

 

A. AT (3) Math Boot Camp

B. $6,000 National Conference Travel

C. $2,000 Local Math/Science Retreat

General

SAM Chair

S/F 2014

Increased enrollment and retention

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

10.One video camera for Digital Media Program

 $4,500

Digital media and video lecturers

F 2014

Increased enrollment in Digital Media Programs and increased transfers to 4-year institutions

 #1, #6, #7, #8

Ongoing. We were able to buy one professional-level digital camera last year. We need another.

 

11. Purchase seven Apple computers and software for the Digital Media classroom, Room Art 2, Room 103.

Approx. $15,000

LAH Division Chair and Digital Media faculty

 F 2013

 Digital Media classes will increase enrollment cap to 20.

 #1, #6, #7, #8

Done

 

12. Purchase computer and overhead for Art 2, Room 105

Approx. $1,500 for overhead.

 ITAC has told us that it can find a computer for this room but that we will need to buy the overhead projector.

 LAH Division Chair

 Fall 2013

Students' learning should improve.

 

 

 

#6, #7

 Ongoing

  13. Purchase electronic piano Approx. $2,000 Greg Shepherd Fall 2013 Insure piano classes and school performances continue. Greg is worried his electronic piano will not last another year. #7 Done
 

14. Buy color printer for LAH and SAM divisions to share

$800

LAH and SAM Division Chairs

S 2013

Improve marketing of program

 

All

Ongoing

  15 Tutor training - Math/Science General SAM Division S/F 2014 Improved enrollment/retention #2, #3, #5 Ongoing
  16 Mandatory math placement No funds needed SAM Division/Counseling F 2014 Improved enrollment/retention #2, #3, #5 Ongoing
  17. Hood over kiln needs major repair or replacement. Approx. $25,000 LAH Sp. 2014 Safe operation of the kiln will be the indicator. #1, #6, #7 Ongoing. Last year approved for $3,000. Now the cost is estimated at $25,000
  18. Purchase two 4 x6 white boards and one 4 x 8 white board for LRC 128 Approx. $2,000 LAH Sp. 2014 This is part of ongoing improvement in classroom. Two 4 x 6 white boardsare requested to go on each side of new Smart Board. Larger white board is needed for side wall. #1, #2, #5, #6, #7 Ongoing
  19. Buy license for Turnitin $7,500 for two years LAH Chair F 2014 This is to allow us two more years to assess the value of this product. More faculty and student use of Turnitin will be the indicator. #1, #2, #5, #6 New
  20. Buy production equipment to expand Digital Media program $14,000 LAH Chair/ Rick Randolph and Digital Media/Matt Fulmer Fall 2014 Digital Media needs new equipment to expand into film production. #1, #6, #7, #8 Ongoing
 

 2.7.1 This funding is to equip the Marine Science courses and program to meet new wet lab requirements.

 2.7.2 This request is to meet health and safety requirements. The roof and chemistry preparation hood leak each time it rains and this creates a dangerous situation. The new hood is now rusting and cannot be used by faculty who need to prepare classroom materials.

2..7.3. White boards for Social Science and LRC classrooms are needed to increase interactive space for student groups to work collaboratively. This will improve the educational environment..

2.7.4 New programs in science will require new equipment. The Analytic Balance will provide students the opportunity to do quantitative analysis in the classroom.

2.7.5 We need this to store equipment for the Physical Science program. This is part of the ASNS degree.

2.7.6-8 Additional laboratory equipment is needed for the laboratory sections for Physical Sciences. This equipment will facilitate field studies and internships for STEM students.

2.7.9 Funding is requested to make improvements in the mathematic course offerings, align our courses with DOE programs, and to increase professional development opportunities for faculty.

2.7.10 One additional high-end digital movie cameras is needed to teach Digital/Storytelling and digital media classes.

2.7.11 Class capacity has been expanded to an optimum 20 students. This lab was originally equipped with 13 workstations with the understanding that if student enrollment justified it, we would increase by two additional workstations each year. The classes using this equipment are consistently filled.

2.7.12 The art instructors have requested a computer and overhead to show slides and art presentations to their classes.

2.7.13 LAH used its funds to purchase a new electronic piano for Greg Shepherd's music classes.

2.7. 14 A color printer will enable the Liberal Arts faculty to develop and print colored classroom materials. It will also allow both divisions to produce recruitment materials such as flyers.

2.7.15 This funding will pay for trained tutors for math and science classes as part of the Title III grant.

2.7.16 This placement testing is to continue to improve student retention, particularly in Remedial/Developmental math classes.

2.7.17 The hood over the ceramics kiln currently has holes in it that allow considerable heat to the reach the ceiling. This needs to be repared ASAP. This is a health and safety issue.

2.7.18 These white boards are to complete the renovation of LRC 128.

2.7.19 Our current license to use Turnitin expires at the end of Spring Term. We are currently still learning how to use the program and would like to use it for two more years before making a final decision. We currently have 17 instructors using Turnitin at least part time and 522 student accounts set up. As a campus, we've submitted 1791 "papers" to Turnitin.

2.7.20 The Digital Media faculty would like to offer courses in film production but needs to significantly update its equipment to do so. This proposal includes approx. $8,000 in camera equipment, approx. $1,000 in audio equipment, approx. $3,000 in lighting equipment, and approx. $2,000 in grip equipment.

ACTION PLAN 10: Facilities

Program Goal

Action Item

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

2.7.1   Secure adequate room availability for program course offerings.

1. $40,000 land clearing, fencing, irrigation for the Agriculture Breadfruit Research Project

We are seeking grant funding

 S. Marahatta

F 2014

Increased student enrollment

Students will be able to take part in research projects that have an impact on the community and globally.

Partnership with NTBG

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

2. Build a biology/ zoology lab

 CIP funding

Zoology instructor and SAM Division Chair

F 2014

Increase Zoology course offerings by 5%

#2, #3, #5

Ongoing

 

3. Renovate SSCI 114 to accommodate general lecture classes

 Campus funding

SAM Division chair and Director of  Facilities

F 2013

More lecture courses in general science

#2, #3, #4, #5, #6

Done

 

4. New Nursing/ Biology laboratory

CIP funding

SAM & Nursing chairs and Director of  Facilities

F 2014

Increase enrollment in nursing courses and improve completion rates

#2, #3, #5, #8

Ongoing

 

5. A large space or building to contain a small stage and classroom area for small performances and classes such as Orchestra, Band, Drama, Hawaiian Hula and Speech. This space would also serve as a place for community gatherings and a site to facilitate outside speakers.

$2,000,000

LAH Division Chair

Fall 2014

Retention will improve, first because many of our classes will have a place for their students to practice and perform.

#1, #7

Ongoing.

 

6.. Parking and maintanence area for Cognition Bus

Traveling Classroom

  SAM Division Chair Spring 2014

Increased K-12 STEM Cognition Outreach

#2,#3,#5,#8 New
 

7. Renovate LRC 123 Computer Lab

$10,000

SAM Division Chair

F 2013

Increased course offerings in this classroom

All

Done

 

8.. Request laboratory space for teaching courses in agriculture

 

SAM Division Chair

Fall 2014

Increased number of lab courses and enrollment in new programs.

#1, #2, #3, #5, #8

Ongoing

 

9.. Request farm land for practical teaching and demonstration of agriculture

 

Sharad Marahata

Spring 2014

Increased enrollment in agriculture and provide more field training

#2, #3, #5, #8

Done

  10 Request office for student newspaper and journalism instructor Office space LAH Division Chair Fall 2014 The newspaper will have a permanent home and a place for the production of the newspaper. #1, #2, #4, #6, #7 Ongoing
  11.. $20,000 lab tables and chairs Marine Science funds SAM Division Fall 2013 New program will increase student enrollment #2, #3, #5 Done
  12. . $2,000 tables and chairs - Dev. Math General. SAM Division Spring 2013 Increased student enrollment and retention #2, #3, #5 Done
  13.. Renovate Fac. 1, Room 103   Academic Support and LAH Spring 2013 Create permanent offices for lecturers. All PLO's will be helped through professional development. Done
  14. Renovate NSCI 110 for IntroBiological and Physical science Labortory Use   SAM ivision Chair Fall 2014 Renovation of this room will allow us to use this space  exclusively for chemistry courses #2,#3,#5 #8 New
  15 Math Hale CIP SAM Division and Mathematics faculty   There will be a central location for math classes and for math faculty. #2,#3,#5,#8 New


PROGRAM GOAL

ACTION ITEM

Resources Needed

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline

Indicator of Improvement

PLO Impacted

Status

 

 

16. Develop a Science Exploration Center

 

Science Faculty

S 2014

Increased student interest in STEM-related fields

 

Ongoing

 

 

2.7.1.1 Field preparation will allow us to accomodate long-term breadfruit research projects related to sustainability..

2.7.1.2-4 Additional space, renovation, and other improvements to Science & Math laboratory space are necessary to improve teaching quality and effectiveness and to increase offerings of science classes in response to increased demand.

2.7.1.5 LAH has long struggled to find adequate space to offer many of its performance-based classes, such as Band, Orchestra, and Theater. With the growing enrollment, the situation has really become a crisis. We need not only classroom space for these courses but also space for band and theater equipment to be housed. In addition, we need a small venue for year-end performances and guest speakers that would not warrant using the PAC.

2.7.1.6 We want a space to park, set-up, and do maintenance of the Cognition STEM bus for K-12 out-reach to the DOE schools.

2.7.1.7 This is a renewed request to fix the exposed and dangerous wiring situation in the music classroom.

2.7.1.8 SAM division request additional space on campus for teaching laboratory courses in Agriculture. The space needs to be large enough to handle laboratory and field collection material requirements.

2.7.1.9 SAM division requests farm land space for practical teaching of agriculture courses and to demonstrate hands-on farming techniques.

2.7.1.10 LAH division requests office space to house the student newspaper and a journalism instructor. The space should be large enough to contain one or two Apple computer workstations, a large table for lay-out, and a place for three or four students to work together. Ideally it would be in or near the Learning Commons in the library, as the newspaper instructor will need to use the small room overseen by the Instructional Technology instructor, Ed Coll, with the Apple computers for the final production of the newspaper. Also, as newspapers are often created on a deadline, the perfect office should be accessible in the evenings.

2.7.1.11 Furnishing are required to complete the Marine Biological Science lab renovation.

2.7.1.12 Furnishing are required to complete the Developmental Mathematics classroom renovation.

2.7.1.13 The space currently has desks for three part-timers but could be converted to add additional lecturer work stations.

2.7.1.14 SAM division wants to renovate NSCI 110 to provide added classroom space for introductory science classes and to allow for a chemistry focus in NSCI 101.

2.7.1.15 SAM division requests the construction of a Math building to house classrooms and offices for the Math program. The program has grown to meet the needs of students for the workforce and transfer STEM-related fields. The relocation of Mathematics to its own facility will free both offices for other faculty and classrooms to accomodate expansion in the Sciences due to the ASNS degree

2.7.1.16 The focus of Kaua‘i Community College as the center for learning on Kaua‘i and the multiple initiatives to foster science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools has initiated the development of a Science Exploration Center ("Cognition") on the campus sponsored by a dedicated group of staff, faculty, and volunteers. The center will focus on large hands-on experimental projects to illustrate science and technological principles. The large fabrication facility listed in c. above must be able to handle large equipment, welding, and construction to enable the fabrication of large exhibits and projects that are out of the size range for the existing cognition facility. The projects will be developed by Kaua‘i CC students, staff, and faculty. The center will be open to visiting student groups from the island and staffed by Kaua‘i CC students and volunteers. The center will focus on current and relevant science themes throughout the year and provide instructional materials. This Exploration Center will allow hands-on interactive displays and provide small groups of students the ability to work on projects integrating science and mathematics in real-life applications.

 

 
 

Part IV. Resource Implications

Action Plans #2, #3, #4, #6, #7:

36 Credits of assigned time.

1 APT Position

1 Educational Specialist Position

 

Action Plan #5:

5 FTE Positions to fill vacancies and to supply instruction for new programs.

1 Assistant for Digital Media program and 1 Assistant for Biological Sciences.

Additional Lecturers: 6 positions

 

Action Plan #9:

$57,000

Repair roof leak Chemistry Hood  ( Health and safety)

 

Action Plan #10:

 

Large Performance Center with adjoining classrooms for Band, Orchestra, Hula, Drama, etc.

Laboratory space for expanded agrigulture

Farm land for Agriculture program.

Space to store and outfit Cognition STEM  K-12  Exploration Bus

Renovate NSCI  110 Intro Science teaching Lab

Math Hale

 

 

B) Courses Assessed

In LAH, 68 out of 87 possible courses were assessed or 78.2%.

In SAM, 56 out of 60 classes were assessed or 93.3%.

Total Liberal Arts classes assessed: 124

Program SLOs                                                          Number of Assessments                 Percentage of Assessments that Met the Benchmark
Liberal Arts 1a Writing                                                              278                                                                               80 
Liberal Arts 1b Oral Communication                                           223                                                                               86 
Liberal Arts 1c Alternative Communication                                  421                                                                               89 
Liberal Arts 2a Information Literacy                                            300                                                                               91 
Liberal Arts 2b Critical Thinking                                                  217                                                                               92 
Liberal Arts 2c Formal Reasoning                                              122                                                                                81 
Liberal Arts 3a Quantitative Methods                                          133                                                                                76 
Liberal Arts 3b Quantitative Analysis                                            98                                                                                69 
Liberal Arts 3c Mathematics Appreciation                                     79                                                                                68 
Liberal Arts 4a Social Science Perspectives                                234                                                                                80 
Liberal Arts 4b Social Science Implications                                 500                                                                                56 
Liberal Arts 5a Scientific Understanding                                      490                                                                                89 
Liberal Arts 5b Scientific Method                                                304                                                                                88 
Liberal Arts 6a Multiculturalism                                                  736                                                                                58 
Liberal Arts 6b Historical Awareness                                          781                                                                                52 
Liberal Arts 6c Contemporary Analysis                                       569                                                                                54 
Liberal Arts 6d Civic Responsibility                                             111                                                                                86 
Liberal Arts 7a Aesthetic Appreciation                                        146                                                                                95 
Liberal Arts 7b Creativity                                                            291                                                                                79 
Liberal Arts 9a Healthful Lifestyle                                                132                                                                                95 
Liberal Arts 9b Cognitive Wellness                                              182                                                                                91 
Liberal Arts 9c Teamwork                                                             86                                                                                97 
Liberal Arts 9d Physical Wellness                                                78                                                                                 90

 

C) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

For course-level evaluation, we are using the CARDs system. We have had several meetings to work on how these CSLOs should link to the PSLOs. This is the first year program-level data has been available.

D) Results of Program Assessment

We are pleased to see that most of the percentages are above 70%, which suggests to us that these PSLOs are being met in the Liberal Arts program. However, we will have meetings over the next academic year to discuss these findings in more detail and to determine how we will use this data to further improve the program. When we do so, we will pay particular attention to the areas that are below the 70% range. On a case by case basis, we will determine if we need to make changes to improve the numbers in these areas.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

Assessed
this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes

1

Yes
By the end of the program, Liberal Arts students will be able to . . . 1) Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English, and interpret, and/or express themselves in, some other form of communication at a basic level, whether from knowledge of a second language or through artistic or symbolic expression.

2

Yes
2) Make and express critical judgments about issues and ideas after accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant information, using technology where appropriate; use creative and critical thinking skills to weigh the relative merits of opposing positions; and apply knowledge of formal systems of reasoning and logical fallacies in arriving at informed opinions.

3

Yes
3) Apply quantitative methods appropriately; analyze real-life situations using numeric, graphical, and symbolic models, and verbally explain these models; and recognize the impact of mathematics on the sciences, society, and everyday life.

4

Yes
4) Analyze the behavior of people from psychological, sociological, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives, and knowledgeably consider the social, political, and economic implications of human interactions in order to make informed personal and social choices.

5

Yes
5) Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas. 5) Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas.

6

Yes
6) Demonstrate a sympathetic awareness of the values and beliefs of their own and other cultures; explain the historical dimensions of contemporary affairs and issues; analyze the interactive roles that social, religious, artistic, political, economic, scientific, and technological forces play in society; and engage responsibly in their roles as citizens with issues affecting themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

7

Yes
7) Demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of creative and original expression and, making use of natural gifts, acquired knowledge, and the intense discipline of art, engage in creative activities which enrich their quality of life. cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.

8

No
8) Apply their acquired knowledge and skills to further their own learning, to set and prioritize personal goals, to self-assess progress, and to recognize, address, and resolve obstacles constructively.

9

Yes
9) Make informed decisions based on an understanding of the qualities of a healthful lifestyle, explain the connection between a healthy body and a thoughtful mind, perform group activities cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.

A) Expected Level Achievement

Our current goal is to have students meeting the program-level SLOs at 70% of assessments meeting the benchmark or greater. 

B) Courses Assessed

In LAH, 68 out of 87 possible courses were assessed or 78.2%.

In SAM, 56 out of 60 classes were assessed or 93.3%.

Total Liberal Arts classes assessed: 124

C) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

We are currently using CARDs to measure how well students are meeting course-level SLOs. Through the current Course Action Forms (COs) process, we now align certain CSLOs to each of our PSLOs to evaluate whether we are meeting our program goals. The program is in the process of removing program-level SLO #8 and that is why we are not assessing it. 

D) Results of Program Assessment

Program SLOs                                                          Number of Assessments                 Percentage of Assessments that Met the Benchmark
Liberal Arts 1a Writing                                                              278                                                                               80 
Liberal Arts 1b Oral Communication                                           223                                                                               86 
Liberal Arts 1c Alternative Communication                                  421                                                                               89 
Liberal Arts 2a Information Literacy                                            300                                                                               91 
Liberal Arts 2b Critical Thinking                                                  217                                                                               92 
Liberal Arts 2c Formal Reasoning                                              122                                                                                81 
Liberal Arts 3a Quantitative Methods                                          133                                                                                76 
Liberal Arts 3b Quantitative Analysis                                            98                                                                                69 
Liberal Arts 3c Mathematics Appreciation                                     79                                                                                68 
Liberal Arts 4a Social Science Perspectives                                234                                                                                80 
Liberal Arts 4b Social Science Implications                                 500                                                                                56 
Liberal Arts 5a Scientific Understanding                                      490                                                                                89 
Liberal Arts 5b Scientific Method                                                304                                                                                88 
Liberal Arts 6a Multiculturalism                                                  736                                                                                58 
Liberal Arts 6b Historical Awareness                                          781                                                                                52 
Liberal Arts 6c Contemporary Analysis                                       569                                                                                54 
Liberal Arts 6d Civic Responsibility                                             111                                                                                86 
Liberal Arts 7a Aesthetic Appreciation                                        146                                                                                95 
Liberal Arts 7b Creativity                                                            291                                                                                79 
Liberal Arts 9a Healthful Lifestyle                                                132                                                                                95 
Liberal Arts 9b Cognitive Wellness                                              182                                                                                91 
Liberal Arts 9c Teamwork                                                             86                                                                                97 
Liberal Arts 9d Physical Wellness                                                78                                                                                 90

 

E) Other Comments

This is the first year we've had comprehensive data to evaluate program-level SLO's based on course-level SLOs. The initial data is encouraging. Most of our program-level SLOs are being achieved by our students. The three areas of concern that we will be look in the near future will be 1) PSLO 3B (Quantitative Analysis), 3C (Mathematics Appreciation); 2) PSLO 4B (Social Science Implications); and 3) 6A (Multi-culturalism), 6B (Historical Awareness), and 6C (Contemporary Analysis). 

F) Next Steps

At the beginning of next term we will have a joint LAH and SAM meeting to discuss the program-level assessments. The goal will be, first, to decide what they mean, and, second, to develop a course of action regarding what we should do next. At this point, we're not sure how to interpret the data. The results might be due to poor indicators, insufficient data, reflect areas where we need to improve, or something else. We will be develop a strategy to determine what the results mean and respond to them accordingly.