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|Kauai Community College Executive Summary||
Eleven instructional and three remedial/developmental programs participated in the annual program review process at Kaua’i Community College. Of the 11 instructional programs, four are rated healthy and seven are rated cautionary. No programs were rated unhealthy.
The health of the accounting program remains cautionary. This is due to the high number of majors declared in accounting (70) and the low number of jobs available in the county (10) leading to an unhealthy demand indicator. Persistence fell slightly from the previous year dropping the effectiveness indicator from healthy to cautionary.
Auto Body Repair and Painting
The health of the ABRP program remains cautionary. The fill rate increased considerably from last year to this year from 45% to 100%, increasing the efficiency to 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 was healthy last year due to improvements in both demand and effectiveness, but dropped to exactly the same levels for all indicators from the previous year, cautionary overall. The demand indicators are low, although we feel many more available jobs are never listed but filled by word of mouth.
The program dropped from healthy the last two years to cautionary this year due to a drastic drop in report available jobs. All indicators besides demand are healthy. The drop in demand is probably due to the choice of SOC codes used in the analysis.
The culinary program continues to be healthy although the effectiveness indicator dropped to cautionary due to lower than normal persistence last year.
Early Childhood Education
Despite being without full-time faculty and a qualified program director in the fall semester, the program maintained at cautionary overall. 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 and persistence is slightly up. We now have a new full-time director for this program.
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!
The FENG program dropped from healthy to cautionary as both efficiency and effectiveness went to cautionary.
Hospitality and Tourism
HOST improved from cautionary to healthy as persistence improved the effectiveness indicator. Demand still remains high in our county!
The liberal arts program remains healthy and our most popular major on campus.
The nursing program also continues to be healthy although the efficiency dropped to cautionary this year.
Remedial and Developmental Math, Reading, and Writing
The health indicators for Remedial and Developmental Math, Reading, and Writing are new this year. For comparison purposes, benchmarks were computed for last year when possible. Each of the areas have an overall health call of cautionary. In Math, there was some improvement in the efficiency but demand is still unhealthy. It appears that Reading improved in the areas of demand and efficiency from the 2011 numbers. The AtD enrollment in the remedial developmental rose above the 3% benchmark and the fill rate improved by 16%. Writing metrics seem to be the same as last year; an unhealthy rate for getting students into their developmental classes right away but fill rates are strong though effectiveness ratings are cautionary.