Outcomes/measures tracked and tools utilized
The College gathers data about the viability of its academic offerings using a variety of tools. The Program Review process encourages reflection on program offerings and review of courses or programs that are no longer viable. New programs are developed by faculty, either from disciplinary research done through professional development or at the suggestion of community stakeholders. The College supports faculty members in their efforts to remain current within their disciplines by providing funding for professional development in the form of conference attendance, tuition reimbursements, and sabbaticals.
The College uses tools like those provided by the Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) that include data from the Kansas Department of Labor. These tools provide career and transfer programs with forecasts on job markets for their graduates in addition to changing demographics and industry needs for the region. Community stakeholders are invited to approach the College with suggestions for additional academic offerings that will fill unmet needs. Advisory boards, in particular, alert programs to evolutions in the proper job market or discipline.
The Educational Affairs Committee has established an approval process for new programs that involves input at the faculty, department, division, and institution levels. This includes feedback and approval from the divisional dean as well as the Instructional Deans' Council. New and revised courses and programs are required to establish an assessment plan as part of the approval process.
Summary results of measures
JCCC continues to update its academic offerings and work for more cohesive transferability of its courses among Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) institutions offering comparable curriculum. Through collaboration and cooperation with KBOR colleges and universities, JCCC now offers a robust set of resources and guidelines regarding transfer and articulation agreements to other regional colleges and universities.
Since 2014, 797 courses or programs have been updated or approved through the Educational Affairs process. In the past two years, the technology division updated the offerings in four of its major programs: Web Development & Digital Media, Gaming, Animation, and Health Information Systems. These updates affected four degrees and multiple certificates. The changes reflect alterations in formal degree requirements, the evolution of technology, and changing demands of the marketplace.
Comparison of results with internal targets and external benchmarks
The College utilizes Program Review processes to measure the success of its academic programs and to develop improvement strategies in achieving targets and external benchmarks. The administration sets high expectations for all key performance indicators (KPIs) that measure how well students and programs are meeting stated goals.
KPIs measure student success, include nationally accepted indicators, provide benchmarks to assess the College's performance against the performance of peer institutions, and provide institutional focus and accountability. The College's KPIs focus on graduation and transfer rates for full- and part-time students, semester-to-semester student persistence rates, transfer performance GPAs at select institutions, and student satisfaction. The external benchmark on these measures is the 75th percentile of community colleges' performance nationwide. The College continues to meet or exceed the benchmarks set for these KPIs.
Interpretation of results and insights gained
The Academic Program Review processes implemented as part of the campus AQIP project will have completed a full cycle of comprehensive review at the end of the 2016–2017 academic year. The revamping of the Program Review is an integral mechanism to keeping the College's offerings current and meeting the needs of the community. The inclusion of strong data sets tied to the full implementation of the data warehouse is an important next step in the maturation of this process. That inclusion process will take place in the coming academic year.
Although the College has had a strong performance in the area of KPIs, we continue to strive to improve overall student success—especially in the areas of completion and transfer success. The new Student Pathways initiative for beginning freshmen that launched in Fall 2016 is the culmination of an AQIP and strategic planning project and is an example of the College's commitment to overall student success.