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Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Hawaii Community College
Program: Electronics Technology

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Program Description

This program prepares students for employment in telecommunications, medical electronics, computers, and consumer electronics.  The electronic technician fabricates, installs, maintains, and repairs electronic equipment.

Students applying to the electronics program should have two years of high school math including geometry or algebra, and two years of high school science including chemistry or physics.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Unhealthy

Majors Included: ET

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 24 28 12 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 2 4 1
3 *Number of Majors 18 25 12
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 252 369 65
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 56 12 0
6 SSH in All Program Classes 308 381 65
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 10 13 2
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 14 15 5

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
9 Average Class Size 8.8 9.7 5.4 Unhealthy
10 *Fill Rate 44% 49% 27%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 1 0 0
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 18 0 0
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 13.9 17.4 27
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.3 1.4 0.4
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation Not Reported $64,575 $43,855
14a General Funded Budget Allocation Not Reported $64,575 $29,750
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation Not Reported $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees Not Reported Not Reported $14,105
15 Cost per SSH Not Reported $169 $675
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 9 5 5

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 90% 87% 100% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 0 0
19 *Persistence (Fall to Spring) 78% 83% 64%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 0 8 1
20a Degrees Awarded 0 8 1
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 0 0 0
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 0 0
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 0 0

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
09-10 10-11 11-12
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollment Distance Education Classes 0 0 0
25 Fill Rate 0% 0% 0%
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 0% 0% 0%
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 0 0
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) 0% 0% 0%

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.10 80.00 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 45.00 60.00 Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 56.00 86.67 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 51.00 0.00 Not Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 16.25 14.29 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.15 20.00 Met
Last Updated: August 6, 2012
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

The HCC electronics technology program has undergone many changes in the past few years which contributed to the lack of Annual Program Reports and poor health indicators.  The last Annual report written was fall 2009. 

The plan moving forward is for the program is to re-align with Maui CC’s recently approved Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Engineering Technology (ET B.A.S.) degree allowing students desirous of furthering their studies into the baccalaureate level.

The program is also actively involved in the Engineering Consortium at UHM which is set-up to assist and promote the recruitment, retention and graduation of engineering students across the UH system regardless of their starting point in the UH system.  The program is optimistic that this new medium will break down the barriers and maximize opportunities for more inter-institutional cooperation in course development and implementation and increased access and enrollment via the Internet in hopes of improving the overall program’s health.


Demand Indicators: Rated as Unhealthy

The ratio of New and Replacement Jobs in the County to majors is 12 (12/1) meaning there are approximately 12 majors to every new and replacement job. Unemployment across the country has been high due to the economic down turn.  Companies have been conservative with their spending and therefore many companies have hiring freezes.  One New and Replacement Job in the County for 2011-2012 is very low.

Efficiency Indicators: Rated as Unhealthy

The 27% fill rate is an Unhealthy score. The ETRO program has been experiencing low enrollment these past years. The health for Majors/FTE BOR Appointed Faculty (0) is unhealthy.  The program has not had a full time appointed faculty since 2010.  Currently one full time faculty instructor has been appointed and lecturers carry part of the teaching load. The overall health scores for class fill rate cannot be determined.  Mathematically, division by zero is an undefined number. 

Effectiveness Indicators: Rated as Cautionary (3)

Persistence from fall to spring is 8.3%, a unhealthy score. The ratio of Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded to Majors is 100% (1/1), a Healthy score. The ratio of Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded to New and Replacement Jobs in the County is 64%, a Cautionary score. During times of high unemployment, the College’s enrollment increases and so does the programs. It is difficult to keep a balance between number of majors, jobs, and graduates.

The program did not meet 3 of the 6 Perkins IV Core Indicators.

1P1 (Technical Skills Attainment). Students have difficulty with the higher level of math required to gain the technical skills. As an intervention strategy, a peer tutor from UHH comes in every week to tutor students that need extra help in math.

4P1 (Student Placement). The program stopped enrollment during the 2010-2011.  The ETRO program has recently hired a full-time faculty member and enrollment has opened up again.

5P1 (Non Traditional Participation).  Future recruiting efforts will include non-traditional participation. 

Part III. Action Plan

  1. The program has recently hired a full-time faculty member.  This will help stabilize the program and which will allow the program to grow and hopefully thrive.    With a full-time faculty member on board, the entire curriculum can be assessed regularly and strengths and weakness can be properly addressed. 
  2. Update lab and equipment so students’ knowledge is up to current industry standard when the graduate from the program.  The Electronics field is continuously changing and it is important to keep up with the latest technology. 
  3. Maui CC has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Technology program.The program will work on aligning with Maui CC’s AS program so students can transfer to the 4-year program.
  4. (Ongoing) Marketing the program to the community will increase awareness of the program.  There is no current marketing plan for the program.  We will work with the office of external affairs to try and devise a plan to promote the program. 
  5. (Ongoing) Promote improving the transition from secondary to postsecondary by participating in Career Pathways and by visiting feeder high schools with various high-tech demonstrators and trainers.   
  6. (Ongoing) Continue program effort on student recruitment especially non-traditional students

Part IV. Resource Implications

1.      The laboratories are currently not properly equipped with test equipment to run labs and experiments.  The program must be able to accommodate at least 15 students.  Supporting a class of 15 students requires electronic technician lab benches, test equipment, software and tools. 

a.       Technicians lab bench should have an air vent to suck solder fumes away from the person

b.      Each lab bench should be equipped with a function generator, oscilloscope and multimeter

c.       Students also need proper software such as multisim or other schematic layout software.

Currently, the Electronic Laboratory does not have the equipment mentioned above. 

2.      In order to run the program with a new class being recruited every semester, lecturers or another full-time faculty member must be hired to help with the workload.  Also, having one or two student workers available helps alleviate the instructor from trivial tasks. 

3.      To ensure responsiveness to the changing community needs created by emerging technologies and the program’s commitment in fulfilling the functional responsibilities of meeting the community needs, the program must be ensured of adequate funding level for professional and career development requisites for the instructional staff and in the procurement of appropriate resources to continuously improve student-learning outcomes and to achieve a satisfactory overall program’s health.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2011-2012 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


Specify, design, build, install, program, operate, troubleshoot, analyze, and modify electronics systems, automated test, and manufacturing control systems


Specify, install, program, operate, troubleshoot, and modify computer systems


Have effective written, interpersonal, presentation, and team building skills


Have necessary leadership and management skills to effectively complete a project


Have a well-developed sense of work ethics and personal discipline to succeed in their chosen profession


Have attitudes, abilities, and skills required to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and a desire for life-long learning

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

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B) Expected Level Achievement

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C) Courses Assessed

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D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

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E) Results of Program Assessment

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F) Other Comments

There is currently no assessment plan availble for Electronics technology.  The assessment plan will be devised and implemented by Spring 2013. 

G) Next Steps

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