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Purpose

The program review process must be followed for all existing academic programs per Board Policy 3.36, Part 7, of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.  MnSCU policy states, “The college or university shall use results of the review for improvement of academic programming.”  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s model of program review is intended to be responsive to the changing needs of the campus, its students and faculty, and the communities served by the college and its programs.

All Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College programs will be expected to address the criteria outlined below.  The program or proposed program must satisfy the review criteria to be considered a viable program. Here is the annual schedule for program review at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Electric Utility Technology 2014-2015 Program Review Documents (pdf file for viewing and printing)

Geospatial Technology 2014-2015 Program Review Documents (pdf file for viewing and printing)

 

Program Review Criteria
  1. The program will demonstrate consistency with the mission and plans of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
  2. The program will demonstrate it is meeting its own mission and outcomes through assessment of student academic achievement consistent with FDLTCC’s assessment processes. Performance measures will include but not be limited to:
    1. The program’s outcomes
    2. Retention rates
    3. Transfer rates
    4. Completion rates
    5. Job placement, if applicable
    6. Performance rates on mandatory professional competency assessments, if applicable

The program is encouraged to submit additional performance data as deemed appropriate for review.

  1. The program will address the resources and benefits it brings to the college, including but not limited to:
    1. Student academic success
    2. Enrollment
    3. Affiliations beneficial to the college and its students
    4. Professional expertise of the program’s faculty
  2. The program will provide its financial analysis including:
    1. Income (tuition, grants, donated equipment, etc.)
    2. Expenditures
    3. Student enrollment (FYE)
  3. The program will provide input from industry through its advisory committee activity.
  4. The program will provide relevant labor market information (LMI).
  1. The program will demonstrate it meets applicable system policies, procedures and guidelines including:
    1. Degree requirements
    2. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements
    3. Articulation agreements, where appropriate
    4. Other factors as appropriate
  2. The program satisfies all applicable requirements of state and federal law.
  3. The program satisfies all applicable requirements of Board Policy 3.36, Part 7, of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/336p1.html)

Program reviews will be completed on a four-year rotational basis as outlined on the Program Review Schedule.  Each fiscal year, three academic programs will be reviewed.  Program personnel may determine whether the process is completed in the fall semester or spring semester of their assigned fiscal year.  The process for submitting the report follows. Here is the Program Review and Evaluation Form to complete during the process.

 

Program Review Process
  1. Program personnel provides Vice President of Academic Affairs with completed program review forms for distribution to review committee.
  2. Program personnel meet with the review committee to provide clarification, if necessary.
  3. Review committee members submit written recommendations and findings to VP of Academic Affairs or designee for compilation.
  4. Program personnel submit response of findings and an action plan to review committee, which will forward recommendations to the VP of Academic Affairs.
  5. Program personnel will present findings, recommendations, planning, and potential academic and budgeting impacts at an open meeting of the Academic Affairs and Standards Council (AASC).
  6. Final report is filed in the VP of Academic Affairs office and an electronic copy is stored with the faculty secretary.

If an outside evaluator is used, the following process will be followed:

  1. Program personnel provide Vice President of Academic Affairs and outside evaluator with completed program review forms.
  2. Program personnel meet with outside evaluator to provide clarification, if necessary.
  3. Outside evaluator submit written recommendations and findings to VP of Academic Affairs and program personnel.
  4. Program personnel submit response of findings and an action plan to the VP of Academic Affairs.
  5. Program personnel will present findings, recommendations, and resulting academic planning at an open meeting of the Academic Affairs and Standards Council (AASC).
  6. Final report is filed in the VP of Academic Affairs office and an electronic copy is stored with the faculty secretary.
Suggested members of the Review Committee

Members should be limited in number and will be determined by Vice president of Academic Affairs in consultation with program personnel.  Members may include:

  1. VP of Academic Affairs or designee.
  2. Student in good standing or graduate of the program.
  3. Faculty member who is not a part of the program being reviewed.
  4. Industry professional(s)/Advisory board member(s).