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Executive Summary

2011-2012 Annual Review of Program Data

Instructional Programs

Kapi‘olani Community College

Submitted by

Leon Richards, Chancellor

 

Twenty-five Kapi‘olani CC instructional programs completed reports on annual review of program data.  Of the 25 instructional programs, 20 are career and technical education programs, two are general/pre-professional (AA in Liberal Arts and AS in Natural Science), and three are remedial/developmental programs, housed in Kahikoluamea. The remedial/developmental programs, because they do not offer degrees or certificates, are not measured by the same health indicators as the other instructional programs.  However, this year, health calls were determined for the remedial/developmental programs as well. Thus, percentages below are based on a total of 25 instructional programs.

 

The overall health status of the College’s instructional programs has improved slightly over the last year.  One more program has been deemed “healthy” compared to the 2010-2011 ARPDs. Again in 2011-2012, one program out of 25 has been determined to be unhealthy, Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT). This is the first time that MICT has been deemed “unhealthy” overall.  The factors leading to the unhealthiness of the MICT program appear in two of the three indicators: demand and effectiveness.  However, both of the “unhealthy” calls appear to be the result of peculiarities of the program rather than true deficiencies in demand or effectiveness. The "unhealthy" demand indicators for new and replacement positions are based on the number of such positions in Honolulu county. However, the MICT program is a state-wide program and the number of majors (33) is meant to service all four state counties (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i). By recalculating the demand rate based on the reported ARPD state figure of 12 positions, the demand rate is “healthy” at 2.75. The “unhealthy” status of MICT’s effectiveness indicator is a result of the persistence rate’s dropping from 95% to 23%. The MICT program moved from being an 18-month program with a Fall intake to a 13-month program with a Spring intake. Thus for 2011-2012, fall-spring persistence was impacted by the new timeline.

 

A number of program actions have impacted the 2011-2012 ARPDs. Two programs have not completed 2011-2012 ARPDs as a result of their being stopped out: Educational Paraprofessionals and Educational Interpreting. These two programs will be terminated in 2012-2013. Two programs have merged: Hotel/Restaurant Operations and Travel & Tourism. Data for the merged program, Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism, are found in the 2011-2012 ARPD for Hotel/Restaurant Operations.

 

In 2011-2012, eight programs have been deemed “healthy” overall: Culinary Arts, Exercise and Sports Science, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician, New Media Arts, Nursing: Associate Degree, Nursing: Practical Nursing, and Physical Therapist Assistant. Of these eight programs, four were also “healthy” in 2010-2011: Culinary Arts, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician and Physical Therapist Assistant. The other four programs have improved their status since the previous ARPD: Exercise and Sports Science, New Media Arts, Nursing: Associate Degree, and Nursing: Practical Nursing. Of special note is the Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) program, which underwent a significant revision to address previous problems in demand, efficiency and especially effectiveness. Now a cohort-based, select-admission program, ESS has shown dramatic improvement.

 

Other major developments that result from ARPD analysis include the desire for externally validated standards and increased partnerships with baccalaureate -granting institutions.  Five programs that are not currently accredited through professional accrediting bodies are taking steps to seek accreditation:  Accounting and Marketing (ACBSP, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)and Emergency Medical Technician, Mobile Intensive Care Technician and Exercise & Sport Science (CAAHEP, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs).  Transfer to a four-year degree is no longer restricted to students earning Liberal Arts or Natural Science degrees.  Increasingly the Career and Technical Education programs have established or are creating degree pathway partnerships: to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Medical Lab Technician, Dental Assisting) and to the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu (Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Accounting, Culinary Arts, Mobile Intensive Care Technician, and Paralegal).

 

ARPD also shines a light on areas that the College needs to address over all its programs—most importantly, the data associated with online courses and the analysis of program learning outcomes. Again in 2011-2012, the student achievement data in online courses are uneven across the programs.  In some cases, the results in online classes are better than the program sees in face-to-face classes; in others, the reverse is the case. This unevenness warrants a closer examination, a sharing of best practices, and deployment of professional development. The College needs to commit to a broad review of these results. With respect to the assessment of program outcomes, the same unevenness exists.  This year marks the second time that programs are required to address outcomes assessment in ARPD, and this time the reporting has been more structured. The results indicate that all programs are addressing the assessment of outcomes and that some are indeed using the results to modify existing curriculum or pedagogy.

 

The instructional programs will all be completing comprehensive program reviews in 2012-2013, in accordance with the College’s revised comprehensive program review policy and guidelines. Programs will be looking back at the previous three years of data and analysis from ARPDs, and based on this analysis as well as an analysis of external factors, programs will project forward for the next three years.