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|Windward Community College Executive Summary||
I. Mission Statement: The Mission of the Academic Affairs Office is to support all aspects of WCC's instructional effort within the guidelines providced by the Mission statements of the College and the various degree and certificat programs. the Office also supports all degree, certificate, and general education learning outcomes, but specifically focuses on outcomes associated with communication.
In spring, 2012 the Academic Affairs Office produced two outcomes, with associated means of assessment and criteria for success (outcomes follow). After an initial assessment of the outcomes, office staff analyzed results and developed an action plan with measurable results.
Outcome 1: Academic Affairs will provide appropriate and friendly service to faculty/staff/students.
Outcome 2: Academic Affairs staff will be accurate and timely in processing forms and paperwork.
II. Summary of major activities
Academic Affairs processed three new degree and certificate programs through approval by the Board of Regents
Academic Affairs processed an ATP for the ASNS through the CCAO
In spring, 2012, AA received allocations totalling over 1.5 million dollars for the initiation of the C3T activities, including money to support I-CAN, JIT, WIKI Services, Biotech, and Ag/Vet Tech. In June, Prof. David Ringuette agreed to move to an 11-month appointment and take on the responsibility of coordinating the Agriculture activities of the grant for WCC and the five campuses associated with Ag.
The IKE (engineering consortium) grant moved into its second year. Prof. Letty Colmenares provided direction for WCC curriculum and student recruitment; Michelle Sagario was hired to develop an internal assessment process for the grant, as well as to support grant activities through the consortium. Other grants included a coninuation of the RDP grant to support curriculum development for the Vet Tech program, and five successful Perkins proposals to support programs in Vet Tech, Agripharmatech, Business, Assistive Technology, and Green Workforce Creation.
2011-12 Key Goals and outcomes
1. Complete an ATP and Program Proposal for AS in NS
Addresses: UH system goal 4.3; WCC goals 4.1, 4.5, 4.8; President's graduation initiative
Measurable Outcomes: ATP complete and accepted by CCAO in fall, 2011; Program Proposal complete and accepted by BoR
Not met: ATP approved in spring, 2012 as part of 4-campus consortium; Program Proposal to be completed in 2012-13
Complete an ATP and Program Proposal for AA in HWST, AS in Vet Tech, CA in Agripharmatech (see below)
Complete Curriculum for Certificate of Completion In Sustainable Ag
Addresses: UH System goals 4.1, 4.3, WCC goals 4.1, 4.3, 4.7
Not met: program to be presented in 2012-13
2012-13 Goals (issue addressed and measurable outcomes available on AA website)
1. Complete ASNS
2. Complete CC in Sustainable Ag
3. Prepare and offer a variety of short-course and non-credit classes in Ag
4. Complete ATP for AA in Vicual Arts
5. Facilitate the incorporation of external review in PLOs
6. Improve c ompletion rate for DL courses
III. Degree and Certificate Activity, 2011-12
Academic Affairs began a planned expansion of degree and certificate activity in 2011-12, completing program proposals for a CA in Agripharmatech, an AS in Veterinary Tech, and an AA in Hawaiian Studies. The two technical programs are the beginning of STEM program expansion as outlined in WCC's strategic plan 4.1 (increase the number of degree and certificate programs in STEM by one per year), 4.5 (increase STEM enrollments by 3%/yr.) and 4.8 (increase STEM graduatesby 3%/yr.). The AAHS degree is associated with strategic plan 1.6 (increase the graduation rate of Native Hawaiians). Each of the new degrees and certificates has PLOs appropriate to the program and linked to the Gen Ed Learning Outcomes.
IV.SLO, PLO, GLO
All SLOs were assessed; assessments led to a variety of changes in both pedagogical techniques and curriculum. While assessments could also have led to budget requests, most outcomes indicated that changes should be made at no cost. An assessment of the GLOs indicated that they were both outmoded and unmeasurable; thus, the assessment led to a new set of four GLOs which were to also be the PLOs for the AA degree; an assessment was to be launched in fall, 2012 with assessments completed by spring, 2014.
V. Integrated Planning
the Academic Affairs Office participated in the College's Integrated Planning effort by proposing new facilities, equipment, and personnel through the Planning and Budget Council. All requests for immediate or longer term resources were evaluated by the PBC, which includes a number of Academic Affairs personnel. New resources are allocated in the context of total campus planning.