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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 2019-20:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents
October 11, 2019 Criminal Justice  Program Review
January 10, 2020 EMS & Fire Science  
March 13, 2020 Manufacturing  
April 10, 2020 Nursing Fields: RN and PN  
May 22, 2020 Science  

Program Reviews Completed 2019-20:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents
November 2, 2018 Academic Success Combined ILO's (RD30 2015-2017)
Program Review 
Program Review PowerPoint
March 8, 2019 Graphic Design Program Review
April 12, 2019 Electronics Technology Program Review
May 24, 2019 Art and AAOT/AGS Art Program Review 
AAOT/AGS Program Review

Program Reviews Completed 2017-18:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents
October 13, 2017 Dental Assisting Self-Study |  Table I  | Table II | Sample Syllabus |  Presentation     
December 8, 2017 Diesel Technology Self-Study | Presentation
February 9, 2018 Humanities Self-Study
April 13, 2018 Medical Administrative Assistant Self-study | Map | Sample Syllabus
  Medical Assistant Self-Study | Map | Sample Syllabus
  Phlebotomy Self-Study | Map | Sample Syllabus
May 11, 2018 Computer Support Tech / Informatics Self-Study

Program Reviews Completed 2016-17:

Date Program up for Review Supporting Documents
April 28, 2017 Business Technology Business Technology
May 19, 2017 Automotive Technology Automotive Technology
June 2, 2017 Math Presentation | Report

13-14 | 14-15 | 15-16 | 16-17 |  Summary

Math Classes and Degree Requirements
Pass rates over time
Sample Syllabus

June 9, 2017 Early Childhood and Elementary Education Presentation | Report
June 16, 2017 Library Services Library Services