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Program Review

We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience."
- John Dewey

At RCC, departments/programs are evaluated in depth every fifth year, with on-going annual updates. The in-depth program review process is a structured self-study, discussion and team assessment. It includes a thorough analysis of the department and its program goals, strengths and opportunities for improvement. The program review provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administration to reflect on these processes and develop plans with specific objectives to improve them. Finally, the process includes meaningful feedback to inform and assist the department with program development. 

Our goal is to embrace this assessment opportunity as a way to inform and impact student learning at RCC.       

Purposes of the Program Review

The program review is designed to document the state of a department and its program(s), inform the college and broader community about the department’s program(s), and promote continuous improvement through self-reflection. Program reviews also help the college determine how programs and services align with the college mission and core themes, and how well they meet current and projected needs of students and external stakeholders. The purpose of this process is to ensure that meaningful data on achievement of student learning outcomes is regularly collected, analyzed, and used for the improvement of teaching and learning.

The Program Review is:

  • Conducted by faculty/staff with support and assistance from administration
  • A snapshot of current department/program demographics
  • A snapshot of current assessment and department/program processes
  • A living document for on-going reflection, review, and planning
  • Reviewed and updated annually  
  • An integral part of college-wide planning, budgeting, assessment, and accreditation processes

the program review process in a circular flow chart
In 2019-20 we introduced the next step in our Program Review process and are migrating to a one-page curriculum and map plan.  If you have started the process you may use Table I and Table II or the Program Outcome Curriculum Map and Plan. The annual summary of Learning Outcome Achievement is migrating to the Program Outcome Report.

Program Review Guidelines and Self-Study Template (Includes rubric and glossary!)


Program Outcomes and Curriculum Map
      Program Outcome and Curriculum Map CJ Example

Program Outcome Report
      Program Outcome Report CJ Example

Table I Program Learning Outcome Assessment Cycle

Table II Overview of PLO Assessment Plan

Annual Summary of Learning Outcome Achievement

Program Review Schedule 2016-21

As part of the program review process, departments present highlights from their self-studies at an Academic and Training Council meeting. All presentations are 8:00- 9:30 am in the IP video rooms:  RWC CH-10; RVC G-16, TRC 123A.  Feedback is welcome from all who read the self-study and/or attend the presentation. For formal feedback, feel free to fill out this RUBRIC and return it to the Dean, Department Chair, or Chair of the Outcomes Assessment Council (OAC).

Program Review Schedule 2020-21:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents OAC Peer Feedback
October 9, 2020 Adult Basic Skills    
November 13, 2020 Computer Science Transfer Programs    
December 11, 2020 Health, PE, Recreation    
January 8, 2021 Science    
February 12, 2021 Human Services/Social Science    
March 12, 2021 Massage    
April 9, 2021 Basic Health Care, Medical Coding, Pharmacy Tech, Sterile Processing    
May 14, 2021 Welding    

Program Review Schedule 2019-20:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents OAC Peer Feedback
Oct. 11, 2019 Criminal Justice  CJ Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - CJ
Jan. 10, 2020 EMS & Fire Science ES Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - ES
May 22, 2020 Manufacturing/Mechatronics MFG Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - MFG

Program Reviews Completed 2018-2019:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents OAC Peer Feedback
Nov. 2, 2018 Academic Success AS Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - AS
March 8, 2019 Design and Digital Media DDM Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - DDM
April 12, 2019 Electronics Technology EET Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - EET
May 24, 2019 Art  Art Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - Art
May 24, 2019 AAOT/AGS AAOT/AGS Program Review OAC Peer Feedback - Counseling (AAOT, AGS, OTM)

Program Reviews Completed 2017-18:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents IDAC Peer Feedback
Oct. 13, 2017 Dental Assisting DA Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - Dental
Dec.r 8, 2017 Diesel Technology DT Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - Diesel
Feb. 9, 2018 Humanities Humanities Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - Humanities
April 13, 2018 Medical Administrative Assistant MAA Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - MAA
  Medical Assistant MA Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - MA
  Phlebotomy Phlebotomy Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - Phlebotomy
May 11, 2018 Computer Support Tech / Informatics CS Program Review IDAC Peer Feedback - Computer Support Tech

Program Reviews Completed 2016-17:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents
April 28, 2017 Business Technology BT Program Review
May 19, 2017 Automotive Technology AT Program Review
June 2, 2017 Math Math Program Review

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Math Classes and Degree Requirements
Pass rates over time

June 9, 2017 Early Childhood and Elementary Education ECEE Program Review
June 16, 2017 Library Services LS Program Review