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Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Honolulu Community College
Program: Fashion Technology

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Program Description

Program Mission:

The Fashion Technology program’s mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the fashion industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description:

The curriculum is designed to provide competency for a wide range of occupations in the fashion industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are applied in clothing construction, industrial sewing, flat patternmaking, designing, textiles, fashion sketching, grading, marking and cutting, and computerized grading, marking, and pattern making. Internship or cooperative education experiences are available to interested students. This broad background enables students to select various occupations such as designer, patternmaker, cutter, or custom dressmaker. The program offers an Associate degree, and Certificates of Achievement, Completion and Competence.  A degree requires 61 credits over 4 semesters. 

There are approximately 65-75 registered students each semester.  The faculty consists of one full time instructor and four lecturers.  Most of the lecturers also work part time in the fashion industry.  Two own their own business. 

The Advisory Committee consists of 8 members. All work in high level positions in the fashion industry.  Three are owners of their own business.  Three were past students of the HCC Fashion Tech program.  Review of the minutes reveals the strong support the committee offers.  Several members recommended that the program be expanded and certain popular courses be offered during the summer.

The budget is adequate for day to day operations, but cannot fund equipment failures. The program had to ask for extra funds for sewing machine replacement and computer repairs. As the data shows below, the cost per student remains around $120 per student.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the FT program, students will be able to:

• Design and sketch appropriate garment designs suitable to the market or customer.

• Select appropriate fabrics and notions suitable to the garment’s design.

• Drape, draft or manipulate flat patterns to create accurate garment patterns.

• Lay perfected patterns correctly and economically onto markers or fabric.

• Cut fabric using appropriate tools, including power tools.

• Construct garments using various sewing techniques.

• Fit garments on various body types and be able to make the proper adjustments.

• Grade the finished patterns into various sizes.

• Present the garments in a professional manner to “sell” the designs.

• Define the fashion industry’s manufacturing process.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: FT     Program CIP: 19.0902

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 16 4 4 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 9 2 2
3 *Number of Majors 84.5 86.5 77.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 13 15 13
3b     Fall Full-Time 49% 45% 49%
3c     Fall Part-Time 51% 55% 51%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 6% 4% 6%
3e     Spring Full-Time 27% 35% 51%
3f     Spring Part-Time 73% 65% 49%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 5% 2% 3%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 1,163 1,098 1,005
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 93 161 91
6 SSH in All Program Classes 1,256 1,259 1,096
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 42 42 37
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 24 26 26

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 16.9 15.4 13.5 Cautionary
10 *Fill Rate 86.3% 87.9% 73.7%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 2 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 42.2 43.2 38.7
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 30.0 28.5 26.5
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 2.8 3.0 2.9
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $144,242 $76,950 $166,417
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $144,242 $67,500 $144,868
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $9,450 $21,549
15 Cost per SSH $115 $61 $152
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 2 2 4
*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
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 75% 78% 83% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 25 9 12
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 72.6% 76.4% 77.5%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     53.5%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 6 9 10
20a Degrees Awarded 6 9 10
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 1 0 0
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 1
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 5 3 4
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 5 3 4

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollments Distance Education Classes N/A N/A N/A
25 Fill Rate N/A N/A N/A
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) N/A N/A N/A
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) N/A N/A N/A
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) N/A N/A N/A

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 88.89 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 22.22 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 74.60 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 42.86 Not Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 19.54 Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 12.50 Not Met

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     10  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     1
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     Not STEM
38 Number of Pell Recipients     21
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     4
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

 Demand.  The numbers of “new and replacement positions (state)” continue to decline causing the Demand category to be graded as “unhealthy”. However, local demand for the program remains high. . Those completing the program appear to be finding fashion industry jobs based on student feedback. The Advisory Committee, made up of professionals in the industry, has not noticed a decline in job openings.                                                            

Efficiency:  Efficiency has dropped to Cautionary because the Fill Rate dropped below 75%. It cannot be determined why the Fill Rate would drop since the number of majors and FTE enrollment remain very high.  Another cause of the Cautionary call is the ratio of faculty to majors is too high.  The high number of majors may be exaggerated because of the high number of part time students.  The FTE enrollment is a better indicator of the teaching and advising load.

Effectiveness:  As mentioned above the misleading high number of majors gives the ratio of graduates to majors a high number and a Caution for the sub category. Similarly, the ratio of graduates to replacement positions also gives a Caution because of the extreme low (and we believe inaccurate) number of replacement positions. 

Persistence remains high giving the subcategory a Healthy call.  Completion rates remain high

Part III. Action Plan

Currently, the program is self-assessed as being healthy with more applicants than the program can accept.  Attempts will continue to persuade students to work towards the AAS degree. The annual fashion show has been very popular with both the students and the community.  Last year’s show was attended by the Governor other distinguished guests.

Closing the Loop

Last year’s Program Review in conjunction with the Budget Request called for replacement of the broken and outdated computers in the Fashion Tech Lab.  After months of review and negotiating the request was approved.  The program is awaiting final plans from IT that will outline the type of thin clients computers needed for the new virtual network.

Part IV. Resource Implications

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

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Program Student Learning Outcomes


Program SLOs can be found in the Description Section. All Program SLOs have been met

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

During the recent Advisory Committee meeting the Program was discussed in detail including the SLOs. The committee validated the SLOs.                                                                                                                               

B) Expected Level Achievement

All Program SLOs were assessed.  The assessment was conducted as part of the annual fashion show. 

C) Courses Assessed

Each of the course SLOs were mapped to the program SLOs to determine if overall course content for the program will satisfy the program SLOs.  The mapping diagrams can be reviewed by clicking here

SLOs for eleven courses were assessed. See paragraph D:      

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

Course SLOs

Course SLOs were assessed using a knowledge survey administered to the students.

Program SLOs

Portfolios of are created to display the completion of various assigned tasks.  During the Annual Fashion Show instructors and the Advisory Committee assesses all the Program SLOs

E) Results of Program Assessment

The reader is invited to go to the following page and click on the Fashion Technology link to view the assessment methods and analysis of data collected:


Course SLOs

Note that document is a spreadsheet were each worksheet analyzes a separate course. The sheet will contain an Inventory Summary, an example of the Survey sheet, the worksheet matrix that computes the averages and other values needed. A chart is then displayed so the viewer can easily determine if  the course SLOs have met the established criteria.


It was found that all course SLO, except FT 111, met the SLO criteria.  FT 111 had one SLO below the criteria and four SLOs that had scores lower than expected.  The recommendation was to review the content and delivery method.


Program SLOs

Notebook portfolio exercises and full garments are constructed by the student that includes fashion design work that satisfies the SLOs.  This continues throughout the two year curriculum.  However, the clearest proof that students are meeting SLOs is the annual fashion show where all students, even first year students, participate.  They design and assemble an entire line (up to 8 different outfits of apparel).  The efforts by each of the students clearly show that all of the SLOs listed above have been met. Attendees of the fashion show include all members of the Advisory Committee and well as industry leaders.  The popularity of the fashion show was verified by the attendance of the Governor and other prominent figures.  Members of the Advisory Committee attend the annual fashion shows and confirm that the program SLOs are met.


The  reader should note that the “Program” worksheet contains the scoring of the Program SLOs along with the analysis of the data.  The resulting charts clearly show that Program SLOs are being met.

F) Other Comments

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G) Next Steps

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