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College: Windward Community College
Program: Agripharmatech

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Program Description

Program mission

The mission of the program is to provide students with knowledge and skills in advanced plant sciences and technology, preparing them for entering the workforce, and/or transferring to higher degree institutions majoring in plant sciences and pharmaceutical-related fields, and/or becoming agribusiness/plant-based product entrepreneurs.

Program description

The Certificate of Achievement (CA) in Agripharmatech was approved by the Board of Regents on May 17, 2012. The certificate program started in Fall 2012. The CA in Agripharmatech has two specializations: Plant Biotechnology and Ethnopharmacognosy. Each track consists of 30-31 credits, and requires a unique capstone class (see table of class list below). Plant Biotechnology deals with developing and improving plant production in order to supply the world’s need for healthier (less use of pesticides), more nutritious (higher vitamin and protein content) food crops and novel ornamentals (unique colors, disease resistant). Ethnopharmacognosy is the study of traditional medicines derived from natural sources (medicinal/nutritious plants). Students will be able to complete the certificate in 3 semesters with coursework flexible enough to prepare them for employment in agricultural biotechnology or pharmacognosy, for entrepreneurship in agribusiness or plant-based product manufacturing, and for seamless credit transfer to higher degree institutions for the study of agriculture, horticulture, plant/microbial biotechnology, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, pharmacy, nutrition and health-related sciences.

The Agripharmatech program learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:

In addition, students opting for the biotechnological track will focus on plant molecular genetics, and will:

Students opting for the ethnopharmacognosy track will focus on plant pharmacognostical study, and will:

CA Agripharmatech class list:

    

                                   CA Agripharmatech

(30 - 31 credits)

 

 Track 1:  Plant Biotechnology

Track 2: Ethnopharmacognosy

   1 capstone

       BOT 210 Phytobiotechnology (4)

 

       class

                             or

 BOT 205 Ethnobotanical Pharmacognosy (4)

   (4 credits)

   BIOL 275/275L Cell & Mol. Biol. (4)

 

 

                               1). AG 152 Orchid Culture (3)

   6  required

                               2). MICRO 130  General Microbiology (3)      

      classes

                               3). MICRO 140  General Microbiology Lab (2)

 (18-19 credits)

                               4). MATH 103 College Algebra (4) or higher

 

                               5). ENG 100 Expository Writing (3)

 

                                            or SP 151 Personal and Public Speech (3)

 

                               6). BOT 160 Identification of Tropical Plants (3)

 

                                            or BOT 101 General Botany (4)

 

                                            or BIOL 172/L  General Biology II/L (4)

 

CHEM 161/L General Chemistry I/L (4)

 CHEM 161/L General Chemistry I/L (4)

 2 - 3 elective

CHEM 162/L General Chemistry II/L (4)

 BOT 105 Ethnobotany (3)

     classes

BIOL 171/L General Biology I/L (4)

 BOT 130 Plants in the Hawaiian Env (4)

 (8-9 credits)

BOT 199/299* (1 - 4 credits)

 BOT 199/299** (1 - 4 credits)

 

 

 AG 149 Plant Propagation (3)

 

 

 FSHN 185 Human Nutrition (3)

* BOT 199/299 (1 - 4 credits) - plant biotechnology research

** BOT 199/299 (1 - 4 credits) - phramceutical/nutraceutical research

Program goals:

 

Track 1: Plant Biotechnology

Track 2: Ethnopharmacognosy

  1. Provide skilled workforceâi¿½¨

Graduates will be skilled as plant biotechnicians, microbial biotechnicians. tissue culturists, assistant researchers in plant biological sciences, orchid molecular phylogenetic technicians, orchid hybridizers, plant biology teachers, plant nursery managers, plant conservationists, horticulturists, and agriculture inspectors.

  1. Provide skilled workforce âi¿½¨

Graduates will be skilled as plant-based product technicians, pharmacognosy research technicians, nutraceutical specialists, plant biology teachers, plant nursery managers, organic farmers, plant conservationists, ethnobotanists, agriculture inspectors, food product managers/inspectors, and dietician/health food specialists.

  1. Facilitate student transfer to higher degree institutionsâi¿½¨

Graduates should be able to transfer their credits to any higher degree institution and major in plant/microbial/general biotechnology, plant molecular taxonomy, agriculture, botany, horticulture, biology, bioinformatics, and pre-med.

  1. Facilitate student transfer to higher degree institutions âi¿½¨

Graduates should be able to transfer their credits to any higher degree institution and major in ethnobotany, agriculture, horticulture, biology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacy.

  1. Promote agribusiness/bioproduct entrepreneurship âi¿½¨

Graduates should be able to operate their own agribusiness enterprises such as tissue culture laboratory, plant/orchid nursery, and agriculture farm.

  1. Promote agribusiness/bioproduct entrepreneurship âi¿½¨

Graduates should be able to operate their own bioproduct enterprises such as plant-based product manufacturing, green pharmacy laboratory, food pharmacy enterprise, organic health food product/store, and organic hydroponic/farm.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: AGPT     Program CIP: 41.0101

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State)     15 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated)     2
3 *Number of Majors     0.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian     0
3b     Fall Full-Time     0%
3c     Fall Part-Time     0%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System     0%
3e     Spring Full-Time     100%
3f     Spring Part-Time     0%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System     0%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes     8
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes     1,251
6 SSH in All Program Classes     1,259
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes     42
8 Total Number of Classes Taught     23

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size     16.9 Cautionary
10 *Fill Rate     65.6%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty     1
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty     0.5
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty     0.2
13a Analytic FTE Faculty     2.8
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation     $155,405
14a General Funded Budget Allocation     $2,900
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation     $104,505
14c Tuition and Fees     $0
15 Cost per SSH     $123
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes     6
*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)     70% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W)     31
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring     0%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     0%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded     7
20a Degrees Awarded     0
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded     9
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded     0
20d Other Certificates Awarded     0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed     Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr     0
22a Transfers with credential from program     0
22b Transfers without credential from program     0

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

Perkins IV Core Indicators
2011-2012
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment        
30 2P1 Completion      
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer      
32 4P1 Student Placement      
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation      
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion      

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     9  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     4
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     9
38 Number of Pell Recipients     0
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     0
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

Summary:  The UH Board of Regents approved the Certificate of Achievement (CA) Agripharmatech program in summer 2012.  The program started accepting majors in Fall 2012 while the program was transitioning from the Academic Subject Certificate in Bio-Resources and Technology (ASC BRT-PB). In 2012-13, the course fill rate was 65.6% and successful completion rate was 70%. A total of 9 certificates were awarded. Eighty nine percent of the graduates transferred to 4-year degree institutions, 67% of graduates entered the workforce, and 22% of graduates became plant-based product entrepreneurs. Program weaknesses include the resignation of one FT faculty hired at the beginning of the AY 2012-13, and only part-time (instead of full-time) academic support staff is currently available.  Requests for these two positions are being submitted to the WCC Planning and Budget Committee. The one – year old Agripharmatech program is healthy.

Strength:

  1. Aaron Tui ($1,000, Perkins). Maintain aquaponic and water plants
  2. Leslie Baker ($1,000, Perkins). Maintain orchid tissue culture
  3. Roger Tansley ($1,000 Perkins). Maintain and cultivate medicinal plants
  4. Travis Kaneshiro ($1,000 Perkins). Kinehe tooth cleaning powder and antimicrobial values against Helicobacter pylori
  5. Michael Dennis ($1,000, Perkins). Kalo propagation and probiotic study
  6. Jonathan Lau ($1,000 Perkins). Aseptic germination and stem propagation of dragon fruit
  7. Leslie Baker ($1,000 USDA-NIFA). Bioassay test on transgenic Blc
  8. Nyan Stillwell ($2,500 USDA-NIFA). Attended and provided a poster presentation at the 4th Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids, November 2012
  1. White, I., M.F. Fay, B.W. Porter, and K. Chinen. 2013. SEM and Phylogenetic Analysis of Naturalized and Cultivated Epidendrum in Hawaii. Lankesteriana Vol 13 (1 – 2): 113 – 118
  2. Stillwell, N., H.McCafferty, Y.J. Zhu, and I. White. Characterization of Brassolaeliocattleya Raye Holmes ‘Mendenhall’ - Putatively Transformed for Resistance to Cymbidium Mosaic Virus (poster abstract). Proceedings of the 4th Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids. Ecuador, November 1 - 4, 2012
  3. White, I. 2013. Outcomes/Reflections of Student Poster Presentations at National and International Scientific Conferences (abstract). NACTA Journal Vol. 57, Supplement 1
  4. White, I. 2013. Ethnopharmacognosy Series IV: Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Values of Spanish Needle – Plant Based Products and Recipes. University of Hawaii – Windward Community College. 52 pp

Weakness:

Efficiency

Program efficiency is measured using the following indicators. Goals for each indicator are listed in parentheses:

The course fill rate is 65.6%. Although it is below the proposed threshold, the percentage of graduates entering workforce is 67% (higher than the goal indicated); the percentage of graduates transferring to higher degrees is 89% (much higher than 50% goal indicated above); and the percentage of graduates becoming agribusiness and plant-based product entrepreneurs is 22 % (also higher than the proposed goal indicated above).

Effectiveness

Program effectiveness is measured by the following indicators. Goals for each indicator are listed in parentheses:

Successful completion rate (equivalent grade C or higher) is 70%, reaching the bench-mark indicated for the program. 100% of surveyed program graduates rate academic experience, program content, faculty and overall experience as “excellent”. 100% would recommend the program to others “without reservation”. 100% of surveyees reported that their current job is directly related to the program.

Part III. Action Plan

1).  Request of 1 FTE tenure-track Plant Molecular Biology instructor, effective in Fall 2014 ($65,000) is being submitted to the WCC Planning & Budget Committee.

To help coordinate CA Agripharmatech: Plant Biotechnology (CA A-PB) track and teach the CA A-PB capstone class BOT 210 (Phytobiotechnology), as well as BIOL 275/275L (Cell and Molecular Biology), BOT 101 (General Botany/Lab), MICRO 130 (General Microbiology) and MICRO 140 (General Microbiology Lab). These classes are transferable to UHM and other higher degree institutions, fulfilling biological requirements for Plant Biotechnology, General Biotechnology, Microbial Biotechnology, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, Plant Molecular Phylogenetics, Horticulture, Botany, and Biology.

2).  Request for a full-time Agripharmatech Academic Support - Educational Specialist, effective in Fall 2014 ($43,000) is being submitted to WCC Planning & Budget Committee.

Highly complex lab preparations and tremendous time are required to prepare laboratories for the CA Agripharmatech: Ethnopharmacognosy and Plant Biotechnology capstone classes (BOT 205, BOT 210, BIOL 275L), and required classes (MICRO 140, AG 152 and BOT 101). A lab technician with molecular biology, chemistry, plant tissue culture and microbiology work experience is needed to help prepare these labs, and to maintain two Agripharmatech facilities (Tissue culture and Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, and Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden Complex).

The proposed Certificate of Achievement addresses the following UHCC and WCC Strategic Goals:

UHCC

4.1, Increase by 3% per year the number of degrees awarded, and or transfers to UH baccalaureate programs that lead to occupations where there is a demonstrated state shortage of qualified workers and where the average wage is at or above the U.S. average.

4.3, Increase by 3% per year the number of degrees and certificates awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

WCC:

4.1, Contribute to the development of a high-skilled, high-wage workforce through the establishment of at least one new, specific, career-focused degree, certificate or career pathway per year that leads to employment in emerging fields.

4.6, Increase the number of degrees awarded, and/or transfers to UH baccalaureate programs that lead to occupations where there is a demonstrated state shortage of qualified workers and where the average wage is at or above the U.S. average by 3% per year.

4.8 Increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by 3% per year.

Part IV. Resource Implications

Resources needed to produce 11 – 12 Agripharmatech graduates next year:

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
The Agripharmatech program learning outcomes: Students will be able to: • Apply knowledge gained in plant sciences: identify plants, propagate/cultivate/maintain plants in vivo and in vitro

2

Yes
• Apply knowledge gained in microbial sciences: prepare/maintain bacterial cultures for genetic transformation and bioassay tests

3

Yes
• Conduct plant biotech and/or pharmacognosy research

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

33% of CA Agripharmatech graduates enter the workforce, 22% become agribusiness/plant-based product entrepreneurs. 89% transfer to higher degree institutions majoring in biological sciences.

B) Expected Level Achievement

All graduates achieved over 70% bench-mark of course and program learning outcomes.

C) Courses Assessed

All botany and microbiology courses (BOT 101, BOT 105, BOT 130, BOT 160, BOT 205, BOT 210, MICRO 130, MICRO 140) and other courses developed for the CA Agripharmatech (AG 152 and BIOL 275/275) were frequently assessed.

Two sections of MICRO 140 (CRN 61143 and CRN 61306) SLOs were assessed with the AA Liberal Arts General Education “Communication” learning outcomes in Fall 2012: 94% and 100% each of the respective sections met the bench-mark (see Instructor Form List - Coordinator Self Forms).

BOT 210 (CRN 61387) and BOT 205 (CRN 62145) SLOs were assessed with the AA Liberal Arts General Education “Information Literacy” learning outcomes in Spring 2013: 80% and 100% of the respective classes met the bench-mark (see Instructor Form List - Coordinator Self Forms).

See the following websites:

 http://iroppe.windward.hawaii.edu/assessment/forma
 /coordinatorUserFormAList.action?message=You+are+login+as+a+program+coordinator%21&errormessage=
http://iroppe.windward.hawaii.edu/assessment/forma/formamanage_coordinatorformAview.action?fma_id_String=109
http://iroppe.windward.hawaii.edu/assessment/forma/formamanage_coordinatorformAview.action?fma_id_String=64

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

Assessment instrument includes rubrics, exams, student research presentations, lab reports, Ethnopharmacognosy series publications.

E) Results of Program Assessment

Alignment of BOT 205 Course SLO with Agripharmatech: Ethnopharmacognosy Program Learning Outcomes:

 

 

    

Agripharmatech: Ethnopharmacognosy PLO

 

 

 

BOT 205 Course SLO

Knowledge in plant science: ID, propagation/cultivation in vitro & in vivo

Knowledge in microbial science: bacteria culture for genetic transformation & bioassay tests

Conduct plant biotech and pharmacognosy research

Operate lab equipment for plant biotechnology research

Conduct pharmaceutical/nutraceutical research

Study of medicinal & nutritious plants

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

Discuss ethics, intellectual property rights & conservation of traditional knowledge

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

Perform plant extraction, distillation etc for use in preparing pharmaceutical/nutraceutical products

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

Produce lab reports in scientific format

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

Alignment of BOT 210 Course SLO with Agripharmatech: Plant Biotechnology Program Learning Outcomes:

 

 

    

Agripharmatech: Plant Biotechnology PLO

 

 

 

BOT 210 Course SLO

Knowledge in plant science: ID, propagation/cultivation in vitro & in vivo

Knowledge in microbial science: bacteria culture for genetic transformation & bioassay tests

Conduct plant biotech and pharmacognosy research

Operate lab equipment for plant biotechnology research

Conduct biotechnology research (DNA sequencing, gene transformation & alignment

Apply the principle of genetics

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

X

Perform electrophoresis, genetic engineering

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

Apply DNA sequencing & bioinformatics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

Discuss bioethical issues, risks/benefits of biotechnology

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

Produce lab reports in scientific format

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

X

F) Other Comments

No comment

G) Next Steps

Continue offering CA Agripharmatech in the second year