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College: University of Hawaii Maui College
Program: Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Program Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Program (AGNR) provides quality instruction for students seeking a terminal certificate or degree, students planning to transfer to a 4-year institution, and professional development for individuals working in the industry.   The program has three major focus areas; Sustainable Tropical Crop Management, Landscape Maintenance and Horticulture, and Cultural and Natural Resource Management.  

 

Mission:

We envision a program that promotes active student engagement by providing high quality instruction in agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: AG     Program CIP: 01.0301

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 247 71 330 Cautionary
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 54 29 56
3 *Number of Majors 57 59.5 62.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 32 30 29
3b     Fall Full-Time 41% 40% 40%
3c     Fall Part-Time 59% 60% 60%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 0% 1%
3e     Spring Full-Time 40% 26% 38%
3f     Spring Part-Time 60% 74% 62%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 2% 0%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 397 436 598
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 252 329 334
6 SSH in All Program Classes 649 765 932
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 22 26 31
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 14 19 21

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 14.7 13.4 15.4 Healthy
10 *Fill Rate 94.4% 83.5% 83.2%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 2 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 28.5 29.7 31.2
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 38.5 30.9 29.6
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.5 1.9 2.1
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $190,652 $270,297 $257,666
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $190,652 $209,425 $257,666
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $47,480 $0
15 Cost per SSH $294 $353 $276
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 4 6 2
*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) 69% 78% 75% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 7 5 13
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 64.4% 66% 68.2%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     46%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 9 9 10
20a Degrees Awarded 2 7 7
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 0 2 1
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 17 4 4
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 3 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 1 1
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 2 0

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 76.47 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 29.41 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 64.71 Not Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 61.54 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 43.75 Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 66.67 Met

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     4
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     8
38 Number of Pell Recipients     47
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 Agriculture and Natural Resources program is rated as Cautionary.  Agriculture and Natural Resources program demonstrates strength in several areas.  The program has experienced steady growth in the past three years as indicated by the data.  The Demand indicators show number of majors has risen slowly from 57 to 62.5.  The number classes has increased from 14 to 21 allowing the SSH of both majors and non-majors to increase dramatically while still having 83% or more class fill rates. Although this section is cautionary because of Jobs data, this is due in part to the nature of the selecting one particular job code.  The selected code does not always accurately depict the number of employment opportunities for our program as we have 3 major focus areas.  In addition, students in both Landscaping and Crop Management have opportunities to start their own business.

 

The Efficiency Indicators have remained steady over the course of three years and remains healthy.  Two special things to note not indicated by this data.  First, the program has been able to secure grant funds to pay for lecturers to teach quite a few of the agriculture classes.  Secondly, although there are 2 BOR appointed faculty for this program, one is on Maui and one is on Molokai.  Therefore the program cannot leverage the resources of two faculty, sharing non-teaching duties for instance, that a single-island program can do.  Also each faculty has to teach virtually all the various courses in Agriculture which are in very different disciplines.  Therefore the data does not reflect the “on the ground” reality that the two locations act as single faculty programs that cannot share teaching responsibilities, facilities and field maintenance or supplies. 

 

The major weaknesses of the program are in the Effectiveness data.  Note course completion is around 75% which may not be too different from a typical science class but is below the Perkins goal of 90%.  Persistence from Fall to Fall is only 45%.  Graduation rates are fairly low so this low rate cannot be accounted for by graduates leaving the program.  Around 60% of students are part time so they would take longer to graduate so should be coming back.   Although some students are current professionals with no intention of getting a degree, there are still too many students who start the program but drop out before getting a degree or certificate.  Perkins completion numbers reflect the low rate of students receiving credentials. Efforts to address this issue include AGNR student orientation in Fall semester, internships over summer, scheduling classes to meet needs, and increased advising by the program coordinator and assigned counselor.

 

Part III. Action Plan

~~The Agriculture Program instituted curriculum changes for Sustainable Tropical Crop Management degree in AY 12-13.   AG 251 and AG 103 were offered in both Fall and Spring on Maui to bring more students into the program.  As the courses are taught, revisions in delivery are being made.  AG 103 was taught as a summer bridge course in partnership with C3T to engage high school students with the college and integrate written communication into the curriculum as it was team taught with an English instructor.   The new internship requirement for crop management made more students stay enrolled during summer as they do their internships.

 

Assessment tools still need fine tuning so this is something that still requires more focus.  Getting all lecturers up to speed so that evaluation can take place on schedule is also a challenge that needs to be addressed during the coming academic year.

 

As a result of the CASLO assessment of the AG 200 writing assignment, a pre-requisite of English 22 or placement in English 100 will be put forward to the curriculum committee.  This is lower than perhaps many in the committee wished but should help while not placing too great of a barrier so that students within the program can take the course in a timely manner as it is only offered in Fall and not every year on Molokai.  If a technical writing course is offered perhaps a concurrent requirement will be added in the future.  In Fall 13, the instructor will be piloting Turnitin with the hope that students will get more automatic grammar and English feedback and help with avoiding plagiarism.    Students will be asked at the end of the semester if this program and the instructor’s feedback using this program were helpful.  In addition, C3T funds have provided a tutor for the students for writing in this class.

 

The PLO assessment is helping us craft activities in business and crop production management in AG 251 and AG 252.  It is a challenge to grow a commercial market garden and put into place all the business, food safety and management information retrieval and recordkeeping.  Also finding methods to make students take on more management decisions as they move forward is a goal to improve the curriculum in these classes.

 

Assessment does support our goals of developing students who are more entrepreneurial and ready to meet the needs of employers.  It is not the only solution but helps us be aware of where our students are doing well and in what areas that need more emphasis or changes in teaching methods.    An ongoing challenge, as in the rest of the college, is getting students to engage, come to class, and complete assignments and continue through the entire semester and on the next semester. Our non-traditional part time students have many challenges outside of campus and moving the needle on completion, persistence and graduation will require effort and resources from programs and campus.

 

Part IV. Resource Implications

III. Budgetary Consideration and Impact

 

The Agriculture and Natural Resources program has had a positive impact on the campus as the program has been able to secure some grant funding to support lecturers and upgrade equipment and supplies.  The program has also had a rise in enrollment both on Maui and Molokai.  In addition, the program sells plants and vegetables that generates all the supply money (approximately $5,000-8,000/year in expenses) needed by this program.  This program has not been accessing supply money from the STEM department which has benefited the science classes as they have more supply money for their labs. 

 

The program has been assessing its PLO’s more frequently than required.  Using grant funds, the program has been able to offer the classes more often and therefore graduation rates have increased.  In order to continue moving in a positive direction, the program on Maui requires another faculty member.  An agriculture faculty member could also be part-time science instructor and serve the Liberal Arts program.  Currently several Agriculture classes are natural science (AG 200 is an example) and an agriculture faculty could also teach Intro to Biology, Botany, Ecology and perhaps other natural sciences depending on their background.  A single faculty member cannot offer all the AG classes on a regular basis which impacts the ability of students to graduate in a timely manner.  Lecturers are difficult to find in the various fields that are needed.  With facilities to maintain and students to advise, lecturers are also not a viable option to grow the program.

 

As the program tries to incorporate more industry involvement, we have incorporated more field based learning.   Getting students to and from locations is difficult without a campus vehicle.  Many students don’t have vehicles and other students don’t want to drive to field trip locations with classmates.  A 12 passenger van is greatly needed by the program for field trips as well as to pick up and deliver supplies.

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
Knowledge:Use basic business principles to manage projects or design a horticultural business enterprise.

2

Yes
Skill:Recommend cultural practices, solve problems, plan projects, and cultivate horticultural crops in a sustainable manner based on sound biological and technological principles.

3

Yes
Value:Explain the relationships between agroecosystems, economics, human culture, and natural environments.

4

No
The Program Learning Outcomes for the Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture and Landscape Maintenance are the same as above including the additional PLO: Value:Design gardens that demonstrate aesthetic principles

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

No content.

B) Expected Level Achievement

  1. Expected Level of Achievement

 

Criteria for success can vary depending on the assessment instrument.  Projects are generally graded based on rubrics where points are given for separate portions of the project. The points awarded are then divided by total possible points.  Test questions can be right or wrong or an essay question may be given variable points based on the content and writing and grammar.  Production projects are based on simple rubrics of exceptional, meets standards, does not meet standards. Written and oral presentations are graded via points generated by a rubric.  Generally for most assessment tools the Criteria for success is based on the standard curve of 80% and above Exceeds, 70%-79% Meets, 60-69% Developing, and Below 60% No Proficiency.

C) Courses Assessed

1. Courses Assessed in AY 12-13

PLO 3: Explain the relationships between agroecosystems, economics, human culture, and natural environments.  Assessed in AG 174 - F12 and AG 281-SP13.

 

PLO 2: Recommend cultural practices, solve problems, plan projects, and cultivate horticultural crops in a sustainable manner based on sound biological and technological principles. Assessed in AG 251 - F12.

 

PLO1: Use basic business principles to manage projects or design a horticultural business enterprise.  Assessed in AG 252 - SP 13.

 

In addition the CASLO assessment of written communication was assessed in Fall 12 using the AG 200 research papers assignments.

 

2. Program Map

Assessment of Intended Program Learning Outcomes

Courses in Program

AG

122

AG 174

AG 200

AG 201

AG 230

AG 235

AG 250

AG 251

AG

252

AG 260

AG 269

AG 281

AG 264

AG 266

1. Use basic business principles to manage projects or design a horticultural business enterprise.

1

1

2

1

3

1

1

2

3

1

0

1

1

1

 

2. Recommend cultural practices, solve problems, plan projects, and cultivate horticultural crops in a sustainable manner based on sound biological and technological principles.

2

2

3

2

0

2

2

3

3

2

0

2

1

2

 

3. Explain the relationships between agroecosystems, economics, human culture, and natural environments.

2

2

2

2

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

3

1

1

 

(Landscape and Horticulture only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Design gardens that demonstrate aesthetic principles.

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

 

CODE

3 = A focus of course

2 = Evaluate Using Outcome

1 = Not evaluated

0 = Not included

 

 

 

3. Assessment Plan

            Associate in Applied Science Sustainable Tropical Crop Production

PLO

F 2012

SP 2013

F 2013

Sp 2014

F 2015

SP 2016

F 2016

S 2017

1

 

AG 252

 

AG 230

 

AG 252

 

AG 230

2

AG 251

 

AG 200 and/or AG 251

AG 252

AG 200/

AG 251

 

AG 200/AG 251

AG 252

3

 AG 174

 AG 281

 

 

AG 174

AG 281

 

 

 

 

Associates in Applied Science Horticulture and Landscape Maintenance

PLO

F 2012

SP 2013

F 2013

Sp 2014

F 2015

SP 2016

F 2016

S 2017

1

 

 

 

AG 230

 

 

 

AG 230

2

 

 

AG 200/

AG 235

 

AG 200

 

AG 200/

AG 235

 

3

 AG 174

 AG 281

 

 

AG 174

AG 281

 

 

4

 

 

 

AG 250

 

 

 

AG 250

 

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

  1. Assessment Strategy & Instruments

 

   The assessment strategies employed in each course varies but consist of one or more of the following strategies: 

  1. Projects - major class projects that demonstrate a PLO are assessed using an appropriate rubric.
  2. Embedded Test Questions - test questions that demonstrate a PLO could be multiple choice, essay, or short answer.  The results of these selected questions are compiled to be included in the assessment.
  3. Production Projects - the production of crops or gardens that are done together as a class are assessed.   Groups or individuals are assigned to grow certain varieties or areas and individuals are assessed based on the outcome of the product(s) and whether the yield and quality meet acceptable standards.
  4. Written or Oral Assignments - Research papers, class presentations, spreadsheets may also be incorporated into assessments. 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Results of Program Assessment

  1.  Results of Program Assessment

 

AG 174: Insects and Their Control

PLO 3: Explain the relationships between agroecosystems, economics, human culture, and natural environments.

Exceeds (80-100%)

Meets (70-79%)

does not meet (69%>)

 

Exceeds

Meets

does not meet

 

meets plus exceeds

does not meet

Final Exam results of Pest Identification

14

2

3

 

74%

11%

16%

 

84%

16%

Student Insect Collections

14

2

3

 

74%

11%

16%

 

84%

16%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Exam: Student can identify 2/3 important parts of all IPM programs

12

3

3

 

63%

16%

16%

 

79%

16%

Final Exam: Student can identify 3/4 different cultural control measures used in Hawaii

11

4

3

 

58%

21%

16%

 

79%

16%

 

In this class an average of 82% of students met or exceeded the requirements targeted for this PLO.  Sixteen percent did not and these were students who were chronically absent or dropped out after the withdraw date.   Overall, students were fairly successful in learning the material and should be able to demonstrate the PLO outcome as related to insects and insect control in the field.

 

 

 

 

AG 281: Weed Science

PLO 2

Exceeds

(80-100%)

Meets

(70-79%)

Developing Proficiency

(60-69%)

No Proficiency

(59%>)

 

EP

MP

DP

NP

Weed Collection

17

2

1

3

 

74%

9%

4%

13%

Final Exam Weed Control Essay 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

11

8

3

1

 

48%

35%

13%

4%

Final Exam Weed Control Essay 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

10

9

3

1

 

43%

39%

13%

4%

 

 

In AG 281, 83% of student met or exceeded the first criteria, 83% met or exceeded the second criteria, 82% met or exceeded the third criteria for an average of about 82.5% meeting the requirements of this PLO.    More practice in class could be done on preparing students to formulate comprehensive weed control plans.   This would help students tie the course objectives together and make more complete essays for this final exam assessment.

 

AG 251: Sustainable Crop Production I

PLO 2

Exceeds

(80-100%)

Meets

(70-79%)

Developing

Proficiency

(60-69%)

No

Proficiency(59%>)

 

EP

MP

DP

NP

Planting schedule

assignment

7

0

0

3

 

70%

 

 

30%

Crop Production,  Harvest, Packing

7

3

0

0

 

70%

30%

 

 

 

 

This was the first semester that curriculum changes were put into place for this class and the subsequent AG 252.  So refinement of assignments as well as PLO assessment is needed.  This class is a very hands-on course with few traditional assignments and tests.  Class participation and performance is very important.  Students learn scheduling during class in preparing the market garden.  As part of a final assignment they are given a list of 6 crops and specific varieties. The students have to do a planting schedule to meet market quantity and timing.   They need to research the days to harvest and demonstrate that they understand the timing and sequence of seed planting to transplant to harvest.   Seven out of ten students did well but 3 of the students did poorly or did not turn in this assignment.    All of the students that completed the semester met or exceeded the various crop production components carried out in class.   One of the challenges in this class is making students aware of why certain tasks are being carried out and how these tasks relate to the more academic parts of the lecture, projects and testing.  Putting all the pieces together – labor as well as management.  The students who are the most participatory did the best.  Instructors need to keep students engaged and need to make the connections with what is happening in the field to management issues.  The Crop Production tasks sometimes overwhelm; impacting the time needed in the classroom for information and analysis.

 

 

AG 252: Sustainable Crop Production II.

PLO 1

Exceeds

(80-100%)

Meets

(70-79%)

Developing

Proficiency

(60-69%)

No

Proficiency(59%>)

 

EP

MP

DP

NP

Take Home Final Market Garden Design & Cost Project

5

1

2

0

 

62%

12%

25%

 

Crop Production

5

3

0

0

 

62%

38%

 

 

 

 

 

This was the first semester this class has been taught. It was also taught concurrently with a section of AG 251.  This tended to muddy the waters somewhat but overall the class did well.  The market garden design portion was fairly good as students had done a simpler more structured version in AG 251 and they had almost 2 semesters in the field.  Where students were developing proficiency was in the cost projection portion of the design project. Therefore the goal is to put more time in the cost of production analysis in future classes.   All the students met the “in-field” portion of the class.  The students were also able to act as leaders to the AG 251 students.  Leadership was not officially assessed but the students that exceeded proficiency were best at these kinds of roles.  The students who exceeded proficiency in the crop production area have persisted Fall to Fall and are all taking classes in Fall 13 working toward degrees.  Two of the students who only met the production goals are not currently working on agriculture degrees in AY 13-14.

 

 

 

 

 

AG 200: Introduction to Horticulture

 

CASLO: Written Communication

YES

NO

“The minimally passing evidence demonstrates written at the level of skill appropriate for the degree.”

16.7%

83.8%

“The evidence presented shows that students develop and demonstrate relevant writing skills they will need as graduates of the program.”

66.7%

33%

 

 

This class was selected as it is a WI course.  Both agriculture and non-agriculture majors take this course.   The WI assignment that was assessed was based on a similar assignment given in this course at UH Manoa.  The students complete a series of research papers on a single crop.

 

The C paper clearly was not considered acceptable as an exit level.  This is not surprising as the writing assignments were designed for learning across the curriculum and an English pre-requisite is not required.  Each of these papers is worth 50 points with 30 points based on content, 10 points based on English and grammar, 5 points based on style, and 5 points based on references.  So students can cover the content but their writing ability may be poor and still get a low C on a paper.

 

The assessment committee had several basic conclusions.  One was that the course needed an English pre-requisite.  Either a technical writing course needs to be developed by the English department or technical and research writing needs to be incorporated much more within English 22 and 100.   Better examples of writing need to be provided to students during the course to guide them in the proper format and style of writing.

F) Other Comments

IV Engaged Community

 

AG&NR grows a pumpkin patch in the summer.  In October 2012, over 250 grade school children cycled through a series of science based activities put on by the department in conjunction with the pumpkin patch.  A Saturday “pick your own” sale for the public was also provided that had activities and booths from other programs.  This gets the public onto campus and provides a field experience to encourage people to think more about where their food comes from.

 

Numerous school groups tour our facility and we often provide an activity as well.  For example Kalama 7th graders visited in April 2013– approximately 120 children either made worm compost or picked tomatoes in our market garden.  The department holds an annual plant sale in December.  This generates funds for our program but also brings the general public to campus and brings visibility to our program.

 

The program often does displays at college fairs and other events such as the Maui Agriculture Festival.

 

Our staff and faculty participate or provide leadership in various groups including Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, Maui Cattleman’s Association, Maui Farm Bureau, Maui Nui Botanical Garden, Maui Farmers Union and Native Hawaiian Plant Society. Faculty and staff have been speakers for various events including rotary club, the annual arbor-day tree give away, and new farmers workshop.

 

Advisory committee members served on the CASLO assessment team.  Other members or their businesses regularly provide field trip opportunities for our classes and internship opportunities.

 

V. Best Practices

 

The program has worked hard to upgrade equipment and technology.  In AY 2012-13, the program took delivery of a new tractor with a backhoe and loader bucket, a grain drill, and a crop roller.  These will allow the program to demonstrate different cover crop and weed control techniques and allow more hands-on experience in tractor operations.  In addition, the program, also via grant funds, was able to secure many different kinds of hand tools, hand planters, seed blockers etc. that students can try so they can evaluate the productivity of specialized tools and implements on a small farm.

 

The program purchased COGPRO software a recordkeeping and best practices software.  The program also was able to purchase iPods for recordkeeping, video production and other uses.  The program is working on using grant funds to purchase iPads in the future to have the ability to turn the AG lab classroom into a computer classroom as needed.

 

Faculty continue to expand the use of Laulima and alternative activities into classes.  More basic research writing assignments are being used in various classes which was one of the recommendations of the CASLO evaluators had.  Oral assignments, group assignments and other methods are used.  The program has always had a strong hands-on component which facilitates learning.

 

Faculty and Staff Awards:  Cynthia Nazario-Leary was selected to be a member of the 2012-2013 Hawaii Agriculture Leadership Cohort.  This cohort lasts 18 months and members participate in one weekend per month workshops on various islands and will attend a 2 week session in Washington D.C.    Ann Emmsley presented a Poster at the annual North American College Teachers of Agriculture conference at Virginia Tech.  She was also selected to present the Agriculture, Education, Training, and Incubation Consortium presentation to USDA members at the NACTA conference. 

 

 

 

G) Next Steps

C. Program Plans and Goals

 

The Agriculture Program instituted curriculum changes for Sustainable Tropical Crop Management degree in AY 12-13.   AG 251 and AG 103 were offered in both Fall and Spring on Maui to bring more students into the program.  As the courses are taught, revisions in delivery are being made.  AG 103 was taught as a summer bridge course in partnership with C3T to engage high school students with the college and integrate written communication into the curriculum as it was team taught with an English instructor.   The new internship requirement for crop management made more students stay enrolled during summer as they do their internships. 

 

Assessment tools still need fine tuning so this is something that still requires more focus.  Getting all lecturers up to speed so that evaluation can take place on schedule is also a challenge that needs to be addressed during the coming academic year.

 

As a result of the CASLO assessment of the AG 200 writing assignment, a pre-requisite of English 22 or placement in English 100 will be put forward to the curriculum committee.  This is lower than perhaps many in the committee wished but should help while not placing too great of a barrier so that students within the program can take the course in a timely manner as it is only offered in Fall and not every year on Molokai.  If a technical writing course is offered perhaps a concurrent requirement will be added in the future.  In Fall 13, the instructor will be piloting Turnitin with the hope that students will get more automatic grammar and English feedback and help with avoiding plagiarism.    Students will be asked at the end of the semester if this program and the instructor’s feedback using this program were helpful.  In addition, C3T funds have provided a tutor for the students for writing in this class.

 

The PLO assessment is helping us craft activities in business and crop production management in AG 251 and AG 252.  It is a challenge to grow a commercial market garden and put into place all the business, food safety and management information retrieval and recordkeeping.  Also finding methods to make students take on more management decisions as they move forward is a goal to improve the curriculum in these classes.

 

Assessment does support our goals of developing students who are more entrepreneurial and ready to meet the needs of employers.  It is not the only solution but helps us be aware of where our students are doing well and in what areas that need more emphasis or changes in teaching methods.    An ongoing challenge, as in the rest of the college, is getting students to engage, come to class, and complete assignments and continue through the entire semester and on the next semester. Our non-traditional part time students have many challenges outside of campus and moving the needle on completion, persistence and graduation will require effort and resources from programs and campus.