Program Review

Program review at Hawaiʻi Community College is a shared governance responsibility related to strategic planning and quality assurance. A program review template is utilized by all CTE programs, increasing the likelihood that pertinent facts and data will be reported and analyzed. The annual reviews report on a variety of factors including the following (non-Perkins) health indicators:

  • Demand:  the number of majors compared to new and replacement positions in the state and county, student semester hour (SSH) for program classes and number of program classes taught.
  • Efficiency: average class size, program majors to faculty, cost per SSH and the number of low-enrolled program classes.
  • Effectiveness: successful completion, persistence ratios, withdrawals, graduation, and transfers.

Data for each of the above indicators is compared to UHCC system standards to determine if it falls in the range of unhealthy, cautionary, or healthy. The results of the three health calls are then used to determine the program’s overall program health. Programs are required to discuss the program’s health, report on the prior year’s plan and update it to include how the program can improve. Trends and other factors, both internal and external, affecting the program are also identified and discussed. In the event any of the Perkins Core indicators are not met, the program attempts to identify why and include in its action items efforts to meet the indicator in the future.

The annual program review includes the number of students declaring the program as a major. Declared majors are assigned a program faculty as an academic advisor and encouraged to visit with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester or whenever they have program related questions.

New students to the college are required to participate in an orientation and meet with a counselor. Running Start, Dual Credit and Early College students are advised to consult with a high school counselor and to see a college counselor prior to registering.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Annual program reviews also require a report on assessment of student learning outcomes at the course level and evidence of industry validation. Included in the assessment section is a list of each course reviewed during the year, the learning outcome being assessed and a brief description of the assessment strategy, including the type of student work or activity assessed, when the assessment was conducted, how and why assessed artifacts were selected, and how the artifacts were analyzed.    The rubric used for the assessment, the benchmark goal(s), and a summation of the assessment results, describing how they demonstrate achievement of learning  are also part of the review.

Industry Review

Annual program reviews also require evidence of industry validation. In the event, the program utilizes external licensure, such as the Nursing State Boards, the annual pass rate for the exam is included in the review. If a program has achieved certification or accreditation from an organization granting certification in its industry or profession, such as Early Childhood Education,  information is provided in the annual report.  If the program does not have a certifying body, evidence of the program’s advisory committee’s recommendations for, approval of, and/or participation in student learning outcomes is provided. CTE programs are asked to meet at least annually with their advisory boards. A listing of advisory board members can be found in the Hawai’i Community College catalog: majority of program meet on a selected day in the spring semester starting at 4 pm. The individual meetings are followed by a group reception hosted by the college’s chancellor. Minutes of advisory board meetings are available at  ————–

Administration Approval

CTE  program annual reviews are prepared by faculty, most often by the program coordinator, and reviewed by the Department/Division Chair. The college’s CTE dean then reviews all programs, providing other administrators a summary of the review contents.. Reviews are also summarized in a report provided to the UHCC system.

Annual reviews are available to the college and community at large to enhance communication and public accountability. They can be viewed by year at

The annual Perkins Plan also requires administration approval. The Chancellor is required to sign an assurances form when the plan is submitted to the UHCC system. recipient assurances