Jun 21, 2018  

Academic Affairs

Program Evaluation
02:30:00 Program Evaluation


  1. Introduction
    1. It is essential that associate degree career programs be monitored to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the community and students. Critical to this process is a well-informed faculty that maintains contact with business/industry to anticipate program modifications required to keep the program current. In addition to faculty review the following provisions will be made for program evaluation at Chattanooga State Community College.
  2. Annual program evaluation by the program advisory committee.
    1. The program advisory committee will make an evaluation of each associate degree career program annually. A report of the evaluation results will be presented in an open hearing before the President's Cabinet in the spring semester. Program evaluation by the program advisory committee will include the following:
      1. 1. Curriculum
      2. The curriculum will be reviewed with regard to appropriateness of content. Strengths should be indicated as well as areas where improvements should be made. The curriculum should be reviewed to determine if the following elements are included:
      3. Appropriate level of basic skills are identified as prerequisites for collegelevel courses.
      4. Core Curriculum that provides basic science, mathematics, computer technology, and communications skills.
      5. Adequacy of the major to prepare students for entry level positions in the field.
      6. Opportunities for students to integrate knowledge and skills learned through cooperative education, senior projects, capstone courses, etc. (where appropriate)
  3. Faculty
    1.   The following criteria will be used in assessing the adequacy of faculty to teach in the program:
      1.   Degrees, work experience
      2.   Participation in professional organizations
      3.   Flexibility
      4.   Professional Development opportunities
  4. Students
    1. The following criteria will be used in evaluating adequacy of students enrolled in the program:
      1. Enrollment - Extent to which the program is attracting well prepared and motivated students.
      2. Student Satisfaction - Attitudes of the students toward the program.
      3. Academic Advising - Extent to which records are kept on student progress toward completion of their program. Making students aware of their progress.
      4. Placement of graduates - Successful placement of graduates in related fields.
      5. Starting salaries of graduates - Extent to which starting salaries of graduates are commensurate with the training and the field.
  5. Instructional Equipment/Supplies
    1. The following criteria will be used in assessing the state of instructional equipment and supplies
      1. Availability of equipment
      2. Condition of the equipment
      3. Usage of the equipment
      4. Availability of instructional supplies
      5. Plans for replacement of obsolete equipment
  6. Facilities
    1. Adequate size and type of laboratories
    2. Procedures in place for using laboratory equipment. Safety procedures are established and taught.
    3. Content of laboratory experiences is integrated with classroom learning experiences
    4. Laboratory experiences are adequate to prepare students for work in industrial/business setting
    5. Adequacy of library materials for the program
    6. Usage of library by faculty and students in the program
  7. Program Accreditation
    1. All programs eligible for accreditation by a national program accreditation agency will apply for accreditation as soon as the program is eligible under the agencies' guidelines .
  8. Major Field Assessment
    1. Performance of graduates on major field tests
    2. Engineering Technology graduates will be assessed twice during a fiveyear period using the NICET Examination. Business Technology Graduates will be assessed once during a five-year cycle using tests developed by the two-year colleges in the TBR System.
    3. Placement rate of program graduates
  9. General Education

    1. One assessment of general education will be performance of graduating students on ACT-COMP.
  10. Alumni Satisfaction
    1. Standard alumni surveys will be conducted of program graduates to determine level of satisfaction expressed by alumni.
  11. Academic Action
    1. Program evaluation may result in the following academic actions being taken:
      1. Continuation of the program with modificationEvaluation results from the foregoing will be incorporated into the program where feasible resulting in a more effective program.
      2. Suspend operation of the program If evaluation results show persisting problems with the program then an administrative review involving department head, academic dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the president will be effected. A decision may be made to suspend the program, which means the program offering will be interrupted, but there is reason to believe it might be resumed in the foreseeable future. Follow-up action includes halting the acceptance of students into the program, discontinuing offering courses unique to the program, continuing in-depth analysis of the problem(s) and exploration of solutions, and notifying all necessary individuals and organizational units of the decision. The program remains on the inventory of the college, TBR, and THEC.
  12. Terminate the program
    1. The administrative review may result in the decision to terminate the program. This means the program will be discontinued with no reason to believe it will be offered again. Follow-up action includes halting acceptance of students into the program, discontinuing offering courses unique to the program, and notifying all involved parties of the decision. The program is removed form the inventory of the college, TBR, and THEC.



Source: Chattanooga State Guideline December 2000

Approved: Executive Staff, 05/20/09
Approved: President's Cabinet, 05/20/09
Approved: President, 05/20/09
Reviewed and Revised by: Academic Affairs, 03/20/09