Course Relevance

Hawai’i CC has two policies to ensure courses are reviewed regularly and remain relevant. These processes are further strengthened by the embedded review and assessment of student learning outcomes by faculty and advisory board members.

Course Review

Course Review Policy and Procedure, HAW 5.250, adopted by Hawai’i CC, requires that program faculty review 20% of program courses annually. Both articulated and non-articulated courses are covered by the policy.

The objective of the review is to determine if a course is essentially the same in meeting
the scope and content criteria as when it was last approved by the Academic Senate Curriculum Review Committee (CRC). If it is determined that a course is no longer essentially the same, the course outline will be revised to reflect the current content of
the course, and will be re-submitted by the faculty to the Academic Senate CRC to be reviewed following established course approval procedures OR the current course content and scope will be revised and taught as originally submitted and approved. Required course content includes student learning outcomes. A form provided in HAW 5.250 is completed for each course reviewed. At the conclusion of the annual review, the Academic Senate Chair and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs countersign a cover memo reflecting their acceptance of the findings of the review process for all of the courses reviewed during the current academic year.

 

Course Outline of Record

Currently approved course outlines are maintained by the college’s Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This outline, also known as the course outline of record, is to be followed regardless of who teaches the course or the modality of the class (i.e. fact-to-face, hybrid, video conference, online).

Course Outline of Record Policy, HAW5.251, identifies the information that is to be included in the course outline and how it is to be used. Student learning outcomes are required in the course outline. Student learning outcomes are also reviewed by program advisory boards on a regular basis and in some programs, assessed by board members. This process helps to ensure that program offerings and curricular content is relevant to labor market needs, economic development priorities, and industry certification requirements.