Activity Assessment Summary

Program/Department Activity Name What did you learn from your outcomes assessment? Briefly describe the changes you will make based on your assessment. College-wide implications of your assessment project Assessment Reported
Photography Student Exhibits

We do provide opportunities for our students to exhibit their work in our classrooms, hallways and studios. We also work with area galleries to give our students opportunities to show their work. This is a major part of photography, so it is important for students to have this as a goal and learn all that is involved in this process.  We would also like to increase opportunities for students to show in the Art Gallery on campus.

11/17/2016 view
Photography Speakers

Providing professional speakers for our students and the community is a major part of our program. Through the Canon Explorers of Light program, we have regular speakers who can provide background, information, instruction, inspiration and career advice for our students. We have also instituted a smaller, more impromptu program called Lagniappe, which uses Skype to connect our students with both national and international photographers in an interactive format.  Finally, we co-sponsor community events with local galleries and photograhy outlets to give our students the exposure to even more professionals in the field.

11/17/2016 view
Photography On-location shooting opportunities

Our On-Location Shooting opportunities continue to grow. New technology in the field, like lighting from Pro Photo, has allowed us to utilize equipment to shoot on-location more easily. We practice on campus and we go off-campus, using the equipment that is available to us from vendors with whom we have relationships. This hands-on experience provides our students with the opportunity to try new equipment and to shoot photos in situations they might not otherwise be able to.

11/17/2016 view
Photography Internships

We need additional work on this activity. We used to have a more robust Internship program, but as photojournalism opportunities have been reduced in recent years, our program has suffered a bit. As of now, we do offer credit for Internships, but the students organize them for themselves. This is good in that it rewards motivated students, but we do hope to engage in this more actively to find places our students could engage in photographic Internships.

11/17/2016 view
Photography Field Trips

Field Trips are a major part of our out-of-class program for our students. We have a field trip every semester in every class, just to give students the chance to see galleries and museums and to learn to see and shoot with a group. We also go to San Francisco each semester for the same reason. Some of our students have never been able to go to San Francisco to see photo museums and shows, so it is an excellent opportunity that adds to their photographic education. We also have a three-day fieldtrip class each semester to Yosemite National Park, another great opportunity for our students to have access to an outdoor experience they might not have without our program.

11/17/2016 view
Photography Department Website

At various times our Department Website has been a more vital part of our program than it is at this moment. We need to continue working on it in order keep it up-to-date. This includes the technology of it, how it is maintained, and its effectiveness for students and the college.

11/17/2016 view
Photography Community Projects

We work hard on creating and participating in Community Projects every year. In Spring, 2016, we held a Portfolio Day, which included a speaker from Canon's Explorer of Light program, who gave both a lecture and demonstration. There were also presentations by all three full-time faculty in the department. In the afternoon, we held a vendor fair and made a point of involving the community so that high school students also participated.  These kinds of events are vital to our students so that they can learn about the latest developments in the field, as well as attend workshops and presentations. Finally, this gives them the opportunity to share their work with professionals to get much-needed feedback.

11/17/2016 view
DIOP Scholars Program Community Service

We do a good job incuding a community service requirement in our courses and program. This opportunity to engage in their communities provides our students with hands-on opportunities to learn and to teach others.

11/14/2016 view
DIOP Scholars Program Academic and Cultural Enrichment

Our focus on Academic and Cultural Enrichment is at the core of the DIOP Scholars Program. Through the varied experiences we provide for our students, in this case the emphasis on African and African-America heritage, we do an excellent job enriching students' experiences and opportunities for learning.

11/14/2016 view
MESA Student Professional Development

We do provide students with professional development opportunities, but could definitely add to these as we move forward.

11/10/2016 view
MESA Program Administration

With only one person administering this program, we cannot do as much as we would like to do in providing opportunities for students. We will continue to examine ways to increase and improve what we are able to do for students.

11/10/2016 view
MESA Off-Campus Events

We attend workshops and conferences off-campus, but we can always increase our participation to include visits to business and industry and to find other ways to provide students with further off-campus experiences.

11/10/2016 view
MESA Classroom Visits

Our classroom visits give students an opportunity to learn about MESA and how to get involved.  This is an excellent way to engage students.

11/10/2016 view
MESA Academic and Career Guidance

MESA provides a supportive, inspiring community and setting for students to prepare for their futures in academia and their careers.

11/10/2016 view
Information Technology Operation and Support Services

Again, we work very hard on operation and support services, but we face limitations in terms of staffing, equipment, and consistent district support.  

11/09/2016 view
Information Technology Network Infrastructure

Although we deal regularly with network issues, they are not entirely in our purview so we work together with the district as we can. This is an area in which we can always improve and we are working together as a staff to do so.

11/09/2016 view
Information Technology Instructional Lab/Classroom Support

We work hard to keep up with needs in Instructional Classrooms/Labs on campus, but are limited by limited staff and adequate support to complete all that is necessary.

11/09/2016 view
Information Technology Campus Computing

Given the complexity of campus computing, we are doing a satisfactory job meeting campus needs, but are always striving to do better.

11/09/2016 view
DSPS LD assessment

LD assessment at CRC is adequate. A full schedule of students are screened and assessed each year. However, more students could benefit from LD assessment. Having multiple LD specialists would allow for more students to receive the services, and would allow for more outreach to instructional and other student services departments.

Need for additional staff, and at least one classroom space.

11/08/2016 view
Facilities Custodial Services

The results indicated a very high level of employee satisfaction with the quality of services they receive from the Custodial department. For example, 95.3 percent of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that quality of Custodial services is sufficient to meet the person's needs. Similarly, in response to the general statement "overall, I am satisfied with services provided by Custodial services", 94.4% respondents either agreed or strongly agreed. Additionally, the majority of the comments collected on the open answer questions were positive. Out of the 49 descriptive comments we received, 34 were positive comments in response to the strengths question. Respondents repeatedly used terms such "great", "good", "clean", "professional" “friendly” or "courteous" to describe strengths of our Custodial Services. In terms of areas of potential improvement, only 75.5 percent of respondents agreed that “the procedures for utilizing custodial services are easy to use”. Statements in the weakness question also demonstrate some confusion or lack of understanding about the procedures to utilize custodial services. Also there were 4 comments (out of 15 negative) related to dirty bathrooms

11/07/2016 view
Facilities Campus Maintenance

An assessment was done in Fall 2015 with a survey instrument developed with assistance from the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness offices. The survey combined both activities performed by the College Operations/Maintenance department and the District-wide maintenance department. This is because it is very difficult to communicate a way distinguish responsibilities and actions between the two departments. The survey did indicate a high level of satisfaction of our combined activities and efforts with 73.7 % of respondents indicating that they agree that "overall, I am satisfied with serviced by Facilities Maintenance Services". We received high marks for professionalism and the sufficiency of services. Additionally, the majority of the comments collected on the open answer questions were positive. Out of the 49 descriptive comments we received, 34 were positive comments in response to the strengths question. Respondents repeatedly used terms such "professional" “great or "quick" to describe strengths of our staff. In terms of areas of potential improvement, only 56.1 percent of respondents agreed that “the procedures for utilizing Facilities/Maintenance are easy to use”. Statements in the weakness question also demonstrate some confusion or lack of understanding about the procedures. There were negative comments about timeliness and our ability to control internal temperatures. Please note FM is responsible for HVAC systems, and changes to our approach to respond to feedback regarding HVAC issues are included in the “District Maintenance” activity assessment report.

11/07/2016 view
Facilities District maintenance

An assessment was done in Fall 2015 with a survey instrument developed with assistance from the Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness offices. The survey combined both activities performed by the College Operations/Maintenance department and the District-wide maintenance department. This is because it is very difficult to communicate a way distinguish responsibilities and actions between the two departments. The survey did indicate a high level of satisfaction of our combined activities and efforts with 73.7 % of respondents indicating that they agree that "overall, I am satisfied with serviced by Facilities Maintenance Services". We received high marks for professionalism and the sufficiency of services. Additionally, the majority of the comments collected on the open answer questions were positive. Out of the 49 descriptive comments we received, 34 were positive comments in response to the strengths question. Respondents repeatedly used terms such "professional" “great or "quick" to describe strengths of our staff. In terms of areas of potential improvement, only 56.1 percent of respondents agreed that “the procedures for utilizing Facilities/Maintenance are easy to use”. Statements in the weakness question also demonstrate some confusion or lack of understanding about the procedures. There were negative comments about timeliness and our ability to control internal temperatures.

11/07/2016 view
Facilities Receiving

Our interactions with CRC faculty and staff indicate high satisfaction with our Receiving department. In the last year we have not received any complaints about services and items do not stay in the warehouse longer than 1 to 2 days (unless instructed by the customer otherwise). On a daily basis, the Custodial/Receiving Supervisor receives a daily report of open purchase orders.

11/07/2016 view
Business Services Purchasing

This is an area that is complex and involves many individuals, offices, and programs. The better we communicate policies and procedures, the better the result. We can always do a better job in consistency and efficiency.

11/07/2016 view
Business Services Classified personnel-payroll/hiring

This is a complex process that involves many departments and procedures. With regularity this process is problematic. We need to work on better communication of procedures and methods, as well as being sure that all involved understand deadlines and necessary processes.

11/07/2016 view

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