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College: Kapiolani Community College
Program: Biotechnician

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Program Description

Biotechnology is the use of living cells or organisms to produce a product or to improve plants, animals or microorganisms. The applications of biotechnology include pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the diagnosis and prevention of disease, vaccines, forensics and bioremediation. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in Biotechnology industry and research. Students will learn basic laboratory skills, equipment operation and maintenance, quality control, safety and good manufacturing practices.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:  

  • Perform highly technical procedures such as cell counting, DNA extraction and characterization, cloning, PCR, ELISA and other immunological techniques, maintenance of cell lines, protein isolation and purification.
  • Conduct research experiments following operation and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques sufficient to troubleshoot appropriately.
  • Analyze and display data using computer technology.
  • Manage laboratory activities, including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports.
  •   Apply successful problem solving skills in working with biological, chemical or radioactive hazards.  

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

• Perform highly technical procedures such as cell counting, DNA extraction and characterization, cloning, PCR, ELISA and other immunological techniques, maintenance of cell lines, protein isolation and purification.

• Conduct research experiments following operation and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques sufficient to troubleshoot appropriately.

• Analyze and display data using computer technology.

• Manage laboratory activities, including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports.

• Apply successful problem solving skills in working with biological, chemical or radioactive hazards.  

 

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: BIOT     Program CIP: 26.1201

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 20 19 25 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 14 14 16
3 *Number of Majors 9.5 7.5 5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 0 0 0
3b     Fall Full-Time 18% 14% 20%
3c     Fall Part-Time 82% 86% 80%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 9% 14% 40%
3e     Spring Full-Time 50% 25% 40%
3f     Spring Part-Time 50% 75% 60%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 13% 0%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 7 7 4
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 110 108 179
6 SSH in All Program Classes 117 115 183
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 4 4 6
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 5 6 5

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 9.8 8.5 16 Cautionary
10 *Fill Rate 70% 85% 80.8%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 0 0 0
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 0 0 0
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 21.4 14.5 11.3
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 0.4 0.5 0.4
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $73,879 $93,589 $103,237
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $73,879 $69,142 $82,666
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $24,447 $20,571
15 Cost per SSH $631 $814 $564
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 2 3 0
*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) 86% 84% 81% Healthy
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 4 3 3
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 63.6% 42.8% 100%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     25%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 5 4 8
20a Degrees Awarded 0 0 0
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 5 4 8
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 0 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 0 1

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
2011-2012
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 0 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 0 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 100.00 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 0 Not Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation N/A N/A N/A
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion N/A N/A N/A

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     8  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     0
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     8
38 Number of Pell Recipients     0
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     1
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

The Biotechnician Certificate of Achievement (Biotech CA) Program is an innovative and emerging framework that builds upon existing biomedical courses in multiple campus pathways in order to more adequately prepare students for rapidly evolving cellular and molecular diagnostics, prognostics and technologies.  This Program consists of courses that are requirements and electives for other majors, therefore it targets students in the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and/or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pathways.

Given that there is no BIOT alpha, and participating students are integrated in other existing degree programs, the presented indicators do not adequately represent the state and strength of this Program.  Although the Program is a small one, efficiency indicators illustrate that both the “fill rate” and “successful completion” values are within the accepted norms for campus programs.   The data also indicate that the enrollment for the Biotech CA Program has been steadily increasing, which reflects both the popularity and recognized relevancy of the coursework amongst the students.  Another major metric not addressed in the report analyses, but illustrated below, is the overall contribution of the Biotech CA Program to numerous other campus initiatives focused on student success.

The Biotech CA Program has been quite successful in attracting extramural funding for the campus.  Current and past NSF-EPSCoR and NIH-INBRE funds total in the excess of $800,000.  These funds have allowed for the purchase of modern equipment and supplies necessary for student coursework, student stipends for subsequent extramural research, and travel for local and national scientific conferences.  A number of these presentations have resulted in awards and recognition for the participating students, faculty and campus. 

Another unique aspect of the Biotech CA is the campus Monoclonal Antibody Service Facility and Training Center (MASFTC).  This facility is solely funded by extramural grants and generated profits, and staffed by students that have matriculated through the Biotechnician coursework.  In the process, students gain advanced technical and workforce experience, while providing paying clients (primarily from UH) with novel antibodies to conduct their research.  To our knowledge, KCC is the only community college in the nation providing this service.

The Biotech CA is an active and integral member of the STEM Program and supports the College's Strategic Plans..  By providing advanced learning communities, the Biotech CA is able to provide a multitude of enriched student experiences, the majority of which are done with students under-represented in the biomedical field.  The Biotech CA consistently provides not only student support in their coursework and extramural research, they also coordinate their scientific presentation travels with other STEM students.

In order to provide a supportive, yet flexible framework with existing pathways, several Biotech CA courses are cross-listed with other STEM courses.  For example, the Cell and Molecular Biology 275L course is co-listed as Microbiology 240.  This designation allows students to fulfill a requisite course in Biology, MLT and the Biotech CA concurrently.  In addition, there is a memorandum of agreement with the Biology Program of UH-Manoa designating the Molecular Biology 230 course as an equivalent course to Biology 275L.  This equivalency allows students that take this course to fulfill a requirement for the B.A. in Biology, as well as the Biotech CA.  Similarly, the Immunology and Protein Chemistry 161 course satisfies a requirement in the MLT Program, as well as the Biotech CA.  It should be noted that all of these courses also serve as elective courses within select campus ASNS degree pathways.

In sum, the Biotech CA Program is a key component integrated in multiple campus initiatives and natural science pathways.  Its framework has shown to be highly successful in preparing students for MLT positions, as well as train other cohorts for downstream UH-Manoa courses, graduate and medical school.  Success of this Program is shown in the number of students serviced, the consistent enrollment and student success, the ability to secure extramural funding, the production of monoclonal antibodies, and the national recognition the students and campus have received. 

Part III. Action Plan

Microbiology 230 is one of the first KCC courses to receive the newly created Research Intensive (RI) course designation.  RI courses denote enhanced, student-centered, project-based courses that employ the scientific method.  Within the next year, Microbiology 240 and Microbiology 161 should also receive the RI designation to properly reflect the course framework and pedagogy. Such efforts will further enhance the CA's persistence and completion metrics as reported int he ARPD.

All three Biotech CA courses (listed above) emphasize student research, and thereby serve as a bridge to encourage students to engage in continued research in the extramural setting.  To more properly embed and formalize these extramural efforts (of both faculty and students), the directed-studies “SCI 295” alpha has been created.  This variable credit research opportunity shares components with the RI designation, but is done outside of the normal course structure.  Given that a large number of Biotech CA (not to mention non-Biotech CA) students move onto our extramural research platforms, it is logical that we will now have a more efficient method to both allow, and account for, student participation.  Moreover, the SCI 295 designation allows for greater institutional support for both students and faculty, thus providing a sustainable framework regardless of generated grant revenue.

Finally, a new Biotechnician ASNS degree pathway is currently under development.  The framework for this has been established and supporting proposals will be submitted to the campus Faculty Senate and the Curriculum Committee.  These efforts will provide students with an area of biomedical specialization en route to pursuing an advanced degree at a 4-year campus in a related biomedical field such as Molecular and Cellular Biology or Microbiology.  By extension, the Biotechnician ASNS will also provide students with advanced coursework and lab skills necessary to excel in downstream UH graduate programs such as Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Tropical Medicine and Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering.  This ASNS will also allow for greater independence from the MLT Program pathway, facilitate the tracking of students and directly address discrepancies observed in the current metrics used to gauge the strength of the Biotech CA Program.  Such efforts will, we hope, serve to further enhance the viability and successful completion of an academic credential in this field. 

Part IV. Resource Implications

The recent integration of the Maida Kamber Center for Career Exploration, Graduation & Transfer into Arts & Sciences may merit an additional infusion of resources -- human and physical -- as the full meaning and implications of ARPD data on these Counselors are revealed.

Undergraduate research experience (URE) has been identified as a best-practice for student transfer and success.  Several KapCC STEM faculty members invest countless hours mentoring the URE students in preparation for national conferences, competitions, and in classroom settings.  The URE is being institutionalized through SCI 295 and the RI designation, and URE  is described at length in grant reporting as a key factor in the success of the KapCC STEM program.  For URE to continue successfully, space for students to conduct the research is desperately needed.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

Assessed
this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes

1

Yes
Perform highly technical procedures such as cell counting, DNA extraction and characterization, cloning, PCR, ELISA and other immunological techniques, maintenance of cell lines, protein isolation and purification.

2

Yes
Conduct research experiments following operation and safety protocols and applying knowledge of theory and techniques sufficient to troubleshoot appropriately.

3

Yes
Analyze and display data using computer technology.

4

Yes
Manage laboratory activities, including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports.

5

Yes
Apply successful problem solving skills in working with biological, chemical or radioactive hazards.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

N/A

B) Expected Level Achievement

Expected benchmark: 100% of students will perform each program SLO with 80% accuracy or better.

C) Courses Assessed

MICR 230

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

The BIOT Program Assessment Rubric, developed in consultation with the faculty coordinator of Arts & Sciences program-level assessment, was used as the basis for BIOT program SLOs assessment in 2012.  This assignment methodology was again repeated in 2013.  Assessment of these outcomes is conducted using methods such as exams, quizzes, homework assignments, bioinformatics (DNA, RNA and protein internet databases and software) exercises, poster presentations, oral reports, lab reports and independent research projects.

E) Results of Program Assessment

The BIOT program requires only a small number of courses for completion.  Pass rates in the course required for the Biotechnician CA (MICR 230) indicate that program-level outcomes have been satisfactorily accomplished.  Using this rubric, outcome success rates for Microbiology 230 are:  Fall 2012 = 82%, Spring 2013 = 89%. 

F) Other Comments

Counseling SLOs for use across campus were developed in 2010.  Since that time, units have assessed these SLOs.  Completed templates and summaries of the assessment cycle for counseling support of this program are available at the OFIE website at http://ofie.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/program-review.

In an effort to better align terminology and respond to feedback gained in previous assessment cycles, on November 21 and 22, 2013, an assessment retreat was held to revise these SLOs.  The revised Counseling SLOs will be assessed in the upcoming year.

G) Next Steps

The benchmark has been met for all five program SLOs.  Program SLOs will continue to be aligned against course SLOs.

With the planned development of the new ASNS Biotechnician concentration, the Biotech CA Program may phase out.