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College: Windward Community College
|The last comprehensive review for this program was on 2009.|
Description and history of the program
In March 1981, the Chancellor for Community Colleges approved Windward Community College’s request to implement a Certificate of Completion Program in Agricultural Technology effective Fall 1981. This program has been responsive to student employment goals, employees and employers in landscape and lawn maintenance, nursery, ornamental horticulture and other small agri-businesses. On Oahu, the Agricultural Technology Program is unique to the Community Colleges and is one of two serving the State of Hawaii at the two-year college level.
The Agricultural Technology curriculum is designed for students desiring entry-level employment or to enhance their skills in the fields of plant landscaping, landscape maintenance, turf grass maintenance, arboriculture, nursery operations and/or retail plant outlets and . All courses are taught with a “hands-on, learn-by-doing” philosophy. Students are expected to make sound decisions to real life horticultural and environmental situations.
The Certificate of Completion – Agricultural Technology (CCAT) consists of 15 credits. Students must complete 10 credits of required courses and select 5 credits of electives.
The current goals of the program are to:
1. provide training for entry-level positions in the ornamental horticultural, landscape, lawn maintenance, nursery and related agribusiness industries such as retail plant outlets.
2. respond to employer needs for trained technical-operations level personnel who can perform in entry-level positions within a variety of small local agribusiness industries.
3. respond to employer and employee needs for in-service training opportunities for those already employed in local agribusiness industries.
4. provide non-majors the opportunity to acquaint themselves with agribusiness and explore their potential and interest in training for entry-level positions in the industry.
Program goals/occupations for which this program prepares students
The program prepares students for the following occupations:
Nursery Retail Worker
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
The student will be able to:
1. describe common plant and insect life cycles, understand basic plant nutritional
requirements and plant propagation techniques.
2. recommend common controls for plant pests.
3. properly manage soil for plant growth.
4. compare various horticulture careers.
The curriculum is designed for students desiring entry-level employment or to enhance their skills in the field of plant landscaping (landscape maintenance, turfgrass maintenance, nursery operations, and/or retail plant outlets). All courses are taught with a “hands-on, learn-by-doing” philosophy. Students are expected to make sound decisions about real life horticultural and environmental situations.
At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:
The Certificate of Completion in Plant Landscaping (CCPL) consists of 16 credits. Students must complete 12 credits of required courses and select a 4-credit area of specialization (Landscape Maintenance and/or Turfgrass Maintenance).
Total Credits: 16 credits
Majors Included: AGT,PLNT,STUT Program CIP: 01.0301
|Demand Indicators||Program Year||Demand Health Call|
|1||New & Replacement Positions (State)||385||174||394||Unhealthy|
|2||*New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated)||169||14||78|
|3||*Number of Majors||30||25||14.5|
|3a||Number of Majors Native Hawaiian||10||7||6|
|3d||Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||0%||6%||0%|
|3g||Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||4%||0%||0%|
|4||SSH Program Majors in Program Classes||252||129||99|
|5||SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes||146||220||156|
|6||SSH in All Program Classes||398||349||255|
|7||FTE Enrollment in Program Classes||13||12||9|
|8||Total Number of Classes Taught||15||14||13|
|Efficiency Indicators||Program Year||Efficiency Health Call|
|9||Average Class Size||11.4||9.6||7.8||Cautionary|
|11||FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||1||1||1|
|12||*Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||30||25||14.5|
|13||Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty||27.9||20.5||14.0|
|13a||Analytic FTE Faculty||1.1||1.2||1.0|
|14||Overall Program Budget Allocation||$124,797||$39,243||Not Reported|
|14a||General Funded Budget Allocation||$124,797||$32,879||Not Reported|
|14b||Special/Federal Budget Allocation||$0||$0||Not Reported|
|14c||Tuition and Fees||$0||$1,364||Not Reported|
|15||Cost per SSH||$314||$112||Not Reported|
|16||Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes||6||10||9|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: October 3, 2013|
|Effectiveness Indicators||Program Year||Effectiveness Health Call|
|17||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||70%||77%||82%||Cautionary|
|18||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||7||6||2|
|19||*Persistence Fall to Spring||42.4%||42.4%||56.2%|
|19a||Persistence Fall to Fall||18.7%|
|20||*Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded||5||8||3|
|20b||Certificates of Achievement Awarded||0||0||0|
|20c||Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|20d||Other Certificates Awarded||9||16||4|
|21||External Licensing Exams Passed||Not Reported||Not Reported|
|22||Transfers to UH 4-yr||1||0||2|
|22a||Transfers with credential from program||0||0||0|
|22b||Transfers without credential from program||1||0||2|
Completely On-line Classes
|23||Number of Distance Education Classes Taught||0||0||0|
|24||Enrollments Distance Education Classes||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
|29||1P1 Technical Skills Attainment||90.00||100.00||Met|
|30||2P1 Completion||50.00||42.86||Not Met|
|31||3P1 Student Retention or Transfer||74.25||66.67||Not Met|
|32||4P1 Student Placement||60.00||62.50||Met|
|33||5P1 Nontraditional Participation||17.00||7.69||Not Met|
|34||5P2 Nontraditional Completion||15.25||0.00||Not Met|
|Performance Funding||Program Year|
|35||Number of Degrees and Certificates||0|
|36||Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian||0|
|37||Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM||0|
|38||Number of Pell Recipients||5|
|39||Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr||2|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: October 3, 2013|
Summary: The goal of the Agriculture Technologies Program is to provide students knowledge to enable them to find employment in agriculture. In 2012-13, the average class size was 7.8 (fill rate of 47.4%) and the successful completion rate was 82%. Compared to previous year, the number of student majors declined from 25 to 14.5, and the number of certificates dropped from 8 to 3. This is because the program relied on lecturers as the Program coordinator was assigned to the C3T Grant full time. Furthermore, program coordination has no longer been compensated. To alleviate the problem, a proposal is being submitted to the WCC Planning and Budget Committee to hire a STEM counselor, who will serve to recruit students and act as academic adviser.
The Agriculture Program aligns with the WCC campus mission statement as follows:
Windward Community College offers innovative programs in the arts and sciences and opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of Hawai‘i and its unique heritage. With a special commitment to support the access and educational needs of Native Hawaiians, we provide O‘ahu’s Ko‘olau region and beyond with liberal arts, career and lifelong learning in a supportive and challenging environment — inspiring students to excellence.
The Agriculture program provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of agriculture in Hawaii.
This year the program has relied on lecturers as the Program coordinator was assigned to the C3T Grant full time. A certificate in Sustainable Agriculture was finalized and approved by the ACCJC. There were also three students from Hong Kong completing the program which is not reflected in the data.
The Perkins Core indicators were not met by an average of 8 points which is minimal. The program has begun to offer a noncredit program which may take away credit students.
The facilities to support the AGT program consists of; a 5,000 sq. ft. shadehouse, 6 acre turfgrass training facility, and campus grounds.
The shadehouse severs as a classroom and laboratory. Students learn plant propagation, pruning, irrigation, repotting, and fertilizing. The facility allows for classroom concepts to be applied in a learn-by-doing approach to education. As an example, students apply plant nutrients and watch how the plants respond over the semester. The classroom is in the shadehouse and does not impact demand for classroom space on campus.
The 6 acre turfgrass facility was built by community donations(approx. $350,000). The facility is used by students to apply classroom concepts in the field. Students learn to verticut, aerate, irrigate, fertilize, and plant turfgrass. Mistakes made are learning experiences that do not cost students their job. A fundraiser is held once a year to supplement the budget for the agriculture program (approx $1200/yr). The facility is also used by faculty at UHM for research purposes. There is no other comparable facilty in the State of Hawaii. Tree climbing, felling, and risk assessment are also conducted at this facility.
The program is supported by a full-time tenured faculty member. The faculty member provides consistency in advising and planning, SLO establishment and assessment, curriculum review and evaluation, and in annual reporting.
The working relationships with the Hawaii Farm Bureau are strong. The Farm Bureau provides guest speakers to talk to students about issues in agriculture. The program assists the Farm Bureau by offering courses that award recertification credits for the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture pesticide license.
The program is the recipient of Kailua-Lanikai Outdoor circle student scholarships. Two to four scholarships are awarded each semester.
The program is a one-person program affording little diversity of teaching style and content.
Program coordination which was once compensated for is now expected without compensation.
There is minimal campus effort to publicize and market the program. Most of the required equipment has been obtained through donations and grants.
Establish a STEM counselor to advise and recruit students. This is a Liberal Arts campus with very little attention to STEM programs.
This request aligns with The Colleges Strategic plan2.1, 2.6, 2.8, 4.1, 4.5, 5.2
Develop a marketing program to promote the Agriculture program. This will increase awareness within the community and result in an increase in enrollment.
The counselor position will cost approximately $50,000 per year. A request for a STEM counselor is being submitted to the WCC Planning & Budet Committee. The counselor will help design recruitmnet strategies.
It is unclear at this time what an effective marketing campaign might cost. The program will request $10,000 for 2013-14 as a starting point.
For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
|Describe common plant and insect life cycles; understand basic plant nutritional requirements and plant propagation techniques eighty eight percent of students earned 70% or better on this PLO|
|Demonstrate landscape maintenance skills or turfgrass maintenance skills Eighty seven percent of students earned 70% or greater on this PLO|
|Recommend common controls for plant pests Eighty seven percent of students earned 70% or greater on this PLO|
|Properly manage soil for plant growth Seventy eight percent of students earned 70% or greater on this PLO|
|Operate common landscape and turfgrass equipment One hundred percent of students earned 70% or greater on this PLO|
Approved by the Agriculture Advisory Committee 7/12
Courses were not assessed for this year as the lecturers did not report their finding to the Agriculture coordinator