Instructional Program Assessments Summary

Program/Department PSLO/PSAO Course(s) assessed 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
Construction Management Tech Construction Management Tech--Professional Practice CMT 120, CMT 136

It is essential that our students are exposed to all aspects of professional practice in this industry. There are so many pieces to this industry that to be successful, construction managers need to understand each of them, as well as how they fit together. It is always our goal to continue to provide additional opportunities for our students to learn these. One way we do this is by providing them with opportunities to meet with industry professionals to give them more preparation.

We will continue to seek additional ways to provide our students with this information and necessary skills.

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English - Transfer English - Transfer--Diversity ENGCW 400, ENGCW 410, ENGCW 420, ENGCW 430, ENGED 305, ENGED 320, ENGLT 303, ENGLT 310, ENGLT 311, ENGLT 320, ENGLT 321, ENGLT 336, ENGLT 340, ENGLT 345, ENGLT 360, ENGLT 370, ENGRD 310, ENGRD 312, ENGWR 300, ENGWR 301, ENGWR 302, ENGWR 341, ENGWR 480

The English department incorporates readings and lesson plans in the program that reflect the diverse world in which students live. Students leave the department more aware of cultural, religious and lifestyle differences that exist in our society.

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English - Basic Skills English - Basic Skills--Diversity ENGLB 70, ENGLB 72, ENGLB 73, ENGLB 74, ENGLB 75, ENGLB 76, ENGRD 110, ENGRD 200, ENGRD 59, ENGWR 101, ENGWR 42, ENGWR 58, ENGWR 99

The English department incorporates readings and lesson plans in the program that reflect the diverse world in which students live. Students leave the department more aware of cultural, religious and lifestyle differences that exist in our society.

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Pharmacy Technology Pharmacy Technology--Communication PHARM 300, PHARM 315, PHARM 320, PHARM 350, PHARM 360, PHARM 380, PHARM 400, PHARM 410, PHARM 420

Communications is an essential skill for Pharmacy Technicians whether they practice in a Retail Pharmacy or in the Hospital setting.  In our hands on laboratory training classes, students are given assignments to write summary reports and to present their findings to the class orally.  During the first year of the training, students are given an assignment to complete a Field Project which requires them to do an interview with a working Pharmacy Technician to gain insights of what typical duties are performed in the Pharmacy where he or she works, and share their information with the rest of the class before submitting the written report for credit.  During the second year training, students are assigned a Research Project on a newly FDA approved medication including information suitable as drug information for other health professionals and information in lay language suitable to provide to patients.  The Research Project is to be presented in class using PPT slide projection and a written report is necessary to be submitted for full credit.   Throughout the Pharmacy Technology training program, emphasis is placed on having good Customer Service which includes positive attitude, professional appearance, attentiveness, empathy to patients, and good communication skills.  Students are given opportunities to do role play exercises to enhance their understanding of the importance of good customer service.  With the implementation of various exercises focusing on communications both written and verbal, students can comprehend and appreciate that, having good communication skills is an important factor in the success of their future careers.

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Horticulture/Plant Science Horticulture/Plant Science--Skill Development HORT 105, HORT 300, HORT 302, HORT 303, HORT 305, HORT 306, HORT 320, HORT 340, HORT 341, HORT 350, HORT 351, PLTS 310, PLTS 332

The program courses that were evaluated for this PSLO assessment have shown to be very effective in providing the basic and some advanced horticultural skills expected of those working in the horticulture industry, as well as those students that choose to transfer to institutions of high education.  No major skill deficiencies have been identified.  Areas that can be strengthened have been found in the irrigation courses with respect to hydraulics and irrigation design.

To strengthen skill acquisition in some of the horticulture courses, additional coursework shall be developed, and small changes in laboratory scheduling will allow for increased hand-on time for students to improve their skills.  No major changes to curriculum will be needed at his time.

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Horticulture/Plant Science Horticulture/Plant Science--Tansfer HORT 300, HORT 302, HORT 305, HORT 306, HORT 340, HORT 341, PLTS 310

Horticulture 300, 302, 305, 306, and Plant Science 310 have been accepted at most CSU and UC institutions for transfer.  The courses are performing as expected in providing and assessing the technical knowledge and skills expected by transfer institutions.  CRC Horticulture students that have transferred to the CSU or UC system have indicated that the Horticulture courses that transferred had successfully prepared them for their higher institution work.

Most of the students that take Horticulture courses have indicated that they do not intend to transfer; therefore, data is minimal beyond the few students we have tracked.

More work and collaboration needs to be done in the areas of landscape design and architecture to identify areas that can be improved to ensure a greater degree of articulation with CSU and UC Landscape Architecture programs, or, a minimum, allow CRC students to be more competitive when applying to these programs.

Staff will contact CSU and UC Horticulture programs to establish stronger relationships with the CRC Horticulture Program and to identify courses that need to be revised and/or strengthened so that these courses can be transferred and/or articulated.

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Horticulture/Plant Science Horticulture/Plant Science--Technical Expertise HORT 105, HORT 300, HORT 302, HORT 306, HORT 340, HORT 350, HORT 351, PLTS 310

After review of the coursework and assessments of the courses used for this program SLO assessment, it has been determined that students are proficient with respect to technical expertise in most areas.  The courses in which students find the greatest degree of difficulty are the irrigation courses; Hort 350 and 351.  Changes in curriculum delivery, coursework, and assessment are needed to strengthen the technical expertise of our students in the area of hydraulics and irrigation design.

Beginning in spring 2017 with Hort 350, I will introduce irrigation hydraulics in a modular fashion and add addition hands-on opportunities, coursework, and assessments to strengthen proficiency in this area.  This will require a change in the course outline, scheduling, and content delivery.  These changes will also take place in fall 2017 in the Hort 351 course.

After the completion of these courses, I will need to examine student performance data and reassess if further action will need to be taken to ensure that students are achieving the great degree of technical expertise in these areas.

Minor changes will need to be made in other courses as necessary; however, no major problems have been identified.

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Horticulture/Plant Science Horticulture/Plant Science--Licensing and Certification Preparation HORT 105, HORT 300, HORT 305, HORT 306, HORT 320, HORT 350, HORT 351

The courses that directly relate to the preparation of students to be successful on industry and state certification exams are exceeding expectations.  100% of course / program completers that have attempted a certification exam have successfully passed, and have earned one or more industry and/or state certifications; including: Contractor's State License Board C-27 license, California Department of Pesticide Regulation QAC / QAL certification, Landscape Technician Certification, and Assocoiation of Professional Landscape Designers certification.

No changes are currently needed; however, regular review of the industry and discussions with industry partners and our Advisory Committee will identify changes and areas of revision needed to our courses and programs as appropriate to ensure that our students are best prepared for success on certification exams.

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Pharmacy Technology Pharmacy Technology--Ethics PHARM 300, PHARM 315, PHARM 320, PHARM 350, PHARM 360, PHARM 380, PHARM 400, PHARM 410, PHARM 420

Ethic is the center piece of all values we teach in any program related to Health Care and Pharmacy Technicians are part of the Health Care Delivery Team.  During the entire duration of the Pharmacy Technology Program training, we emphasize zero tolerance to making errors because we subscribe to the principle of “Do No Harm”, and anything less than 100% of accuracy is just not acceptable in our profession.  We also place emphasis on efficiency and students are taught not to compromise accuracy in order to achieve efficiency in performing their duties.  In our hands on laboratory training classes, students are taught the value of teamwork and how teamwork can improve accuracy by group discussions and by implementation of the double checking system to help reduce errors being made.  Students are told “whatever you do, do it as if it is for your Grandmother.”  All students embrace with these values we teach and are expected to perform their duties as a professional if they wish to be respected as a professional.

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Horticulture/Plant Science Horticulture/Plant Science--Job Market Preparation HORT 300, HORT 302, HORT 306, HORT 340, HORT 350, HORT 351, PLTS 310

All courses are performing well in preparing students for employment in the local and regional Horticulture Industry.  Regualr monitoring of the horticulture industry and discussions with our industry partners and advisory committee will identify new data, information, and training requirments that will need to be added to appropriate courses in order to keep the program in-step with the industry.

No specific changes are needed at this time; however, as our industry changes, course curriculum, teaching methods, and assesments with be revised to ensure that our students recieve the latest information and experiences required for successful employment.

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Construction Management Tech Construction Management Tech--Management CMT 112, CMT 120, CMT 134, CMT 310

Given the many different legal constraints present in this field, in addition to the complex elements of each project, we do a good job teaching our students basic management skills. We can always add to this class and cover all of the additional elements that come into play with each unique, individual project.

One element we hope to utilize is connecting with teachers and professionals in project management areas to demonstrate to our students all that is required.  We would like to work with faculty in other areas as well as those who simply manage people in order to give students a broader picture of all of the elements necessary in managing so many aspects of each project.

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Construction Management Tech Construction Management Tech--Problem Solving CMT 112, CMT 120, CMT 134, CMT 300, CMT 310, CMT 313

We give our students lots of opportunities to work on problem-solving skills and techniques throughout most of our courses. We are continually seeking ways to expose them to more and more situations in which they will need to do this.

We need to find more ways to break tasks into workable pieces and to demonstrate to our students the skills necessary to view and solve the problems in these ways.

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Construction Management Tech Construction Management Tech--Communication CMT 120, CMT 136

Learning communication and soft skills is essential for our students and we can always develop better ways to do this so that they can be used in the business arena.  Managing people is so important in this field, so masteriing skills in this area is important.

 

We hope to engage with faculty in areas where students focus on soft skills so that our students can either take classes from them or we can find another way for them to share their expertise with our students.

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Construction Management Tech Construction Management Tech--Technical Skills CMT 120, CMT 134, CMT 300, CMT 310, CMT 313

We do a good job providing students with hands-on experiences, but we could always do better by providing them with more real-life opportunities and contextual learning experiences. 

We need to expand what we do by working with other departments and helping students to see the connections between the various construction areas.  It would also be helpful to provide students with more modeling opportunities, interactions with professionals in the field, and as many hands-on opportunities as possible.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diagnostic Medical Sonography--ARDMS Certification SONOG 250

Based upon student feedback after completion of the ARDMS board exams indicated the current textbbok review materials were not as helpful as other rescources.

Changed the textbook to a more current author and version consistant with credentialing requirements.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diagnostic Medical Sonography--Entry skills SONOG 215

Based upon faculty assessment, employer feedback and ARDMS credentialing board exams, graduates of the program are meeting or exceeding entry level Sonography skills.

Based upon instructor and student feedback, may consider a slight reduction in reducing the number of lab hours on campus compared to the clinical sites.

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Culinary Arts Management Culinary Arts Management--Resource Management CAM 301, CAM 310, CAM 312, CAM 316, CAM 320, CAM 326

Procurement of goods, cost control, labor costs, equipment costs, and profit are at the core of many of our courses. We work hard to be sure students have a good understanding of this area since it is a core issue in this industry. We spend a lot of time reviewing the integration of food, labor and equipment costs.

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Culinary Arts Management Culinary Arts Management--Ethics and leadership CAM 300, CAM 301, CAM 310, CAM 320, CAM 326, CAM 334

We do a good job presenting our students with opportunities to learn about ethics and leadership. Iin several of our courses, this is a major area of study and students are provided with many examples of situations and discussions related to ethics and leadership.

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Photography Photography--Printing photographs PHOTO 260, PHOTO 275, PHOTO 301, PHOTO 302, PHOTO 312, PHOTO 320, PHOTO 340, PHOTO 350, PHOTO 360, PHOTO 364, PHOTO 365, PHOTO 370, PHOTO 372, PHOTO 390, PHOTO 392, PHOTO 410

We do a good job with techniques and instruction for printing photographs. This is a field that is rapidly changing because of technology, as well as environmental concerns and changes in equipment. Our goal is to remain on top of this as much as we can.

We will continue to adapt to changes in technology.

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Theatre Arts Theatre Arts--Understanding and Practical Application of Skills TA 300, TA 306, TA 350, TA 420, TA 422, TA 424, TA 430, TAP 300, TAP 301, TAP 302, TAP 303, TAP 310, TAP 311, TAP 312, TAP 313, TAP 320, TAP 321, TAP 322, TAP 323, TAP 330, TAP 331, TAP 332, TAP 333, TAP 340, TAP 341, TAP 342, TAP 343, TAP 350, TAP 351, TAP 352, TAP 353, TAP 360, TAP 361, TAP 362, TAP 363, TAP 370, TAP 371, TAP 372, TAP 373

Our courses are doing an excellent job developing an understanding of the art and craft of theatre and providing multiple opportunities for practical application of skills as related to both areas of performance and entertainment technologies.

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Theatre Arts Theatre Arts--Apply Sills Needed to Work in Theatre or Transfer Study in Theatre TA 420, TA 422, TA 424, TA 430, TAP 300, TAP 301, TAP 302, TAP 303, TAP 310, TAP 311, TAP 312, TAP 313, TAP 320, TAP 321, TAP 322, TAP 323, TAP 330, TAP 331, TAP 332, TAP 333, TAP 340, TAP 341, TAP 342, TAP 343, TAP 350, TAP 351, TAP 352, TAP 353, TAP 360, TAP 361, TAP 362, TAP 363, TAP 370, TAP 371, TAP 372, TAP 373

All of our courses that center on production work are doing an outstanding job of providing opportunities to apply skills needed to work in Theatre Arts or Transfer Study in Theatre Arts. Many of our students, after 2 or 3 consecutive semesters in production work, are finding work or opportunities for further study (internshis, apprenticeships). 

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Theatre Arts Theatre Arts--Critical Analysis TA 300, TA 350

In all of our non practical, general education courses that are more theoretical we are requiring play critiques. These critiques are demonstrating excellent ability to analyze and critique production work.

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Theatre Arts Theatre Arts--Working as an Ensemble TAP 300, TAP 301, TAP 302, TAP 303, TAP 310, TAP 311, TAP 312, TAP 313, TAP 320, TAP 321, TAP 322, TAP 323, TAP 330, TAP 331, TAP 332, TAP 333, TAP 340, TAP 341, TAP 342, TAP 343, TAP 350, TAP 351, TAP 352, TAP 353, TAP 360, TAP 361, TAP 362, TAP 363, TAP 370, TAP 371, TAP 372, TAP 373

Students in production are meeting the outcome of working as an Ensemble. Students and technical faculty are exceeding the hours provided by the courses in order to accomplish the work required. 

Department chair will seek to organize the TAP technical offerings. Currently we schedule multiple one unit sections of the course.  The students are on average spending about 100 hours in LAB during production.  We might consider organizing the sections into one 2 or 3 unit sections to allow students more flexibility in achieving course outcomes. Additionally, organized LAB sessions where students will learn all of the technical crew positions and duties will require a change in the syllabus and course calendar schedules.

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Photography Photography--Business goals PHOTO 272, PHOTO 275, PHOTO 350, PHOTO 364

We feel it is important to focus on business goals and strategies in these courses so that students can understand this side of the photography business.

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Photography Photography--Describe client and subject relationships PHOTO 260, PHOTO 275, PHOTO 340, PHOTO 350, PHOTO 364, PHOTO 370, PHOTO 372, PHOTO 390, PHOTO 392

The relationship between client, subject, and photographer is essential to all aspects of professional photography. We emphasize this and stress the skills necessary for success.

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