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E-4. Review of Instructional Programs
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Value Statements:

  • Diversity of instructional programs, as directed by State mandate, will respond to multiple needs within the College’s Service Area.
  • The challenge of providing programs which balance the needs of a diverse community within the realities of limited college resources will be taken seriously.

The President shall implement a comprehensive system that reviews the effectiveness and efficiency of instructional programs in light of the College's mission according to an announced schedule. The purpose of such reviews is to systematically and regularly gather and analyze qualitative, quantitative and disaggregated data in order to facilitate the continuous improvement of each program, to guide resource allocation, and to assist the administration and Board in making decisions about programs.

Program reviews shall include the following analyses, as well as any further information needed to meet accreditation or regulatory requirements:

[a] relevance of the program to College mission and intended outcomes as declared by policy,

[b] responsiveness to community needs and satisfaction of community demand,

[c] accessibility to students, with identification of unnecessary barriers,

[d] compliance with Student Success goals as established by the College.

[e] measures of program quality and educational value added,

[f] adequacy of program resources and efficiency of resource use,

[g] comparison of program performance, price, and enrollment with that of alternate local suppliers, and

[h] direct and indirect program-related revenues and costs to the College.

Based on the above analyses, the President shall provide a summary recommendation on program status to the Board, whose approval is required to initiate or discontinue a program, to substantially change its scope, or to change it between college-credit and non-college-credit status. Such approvals shall be primarily based on the extent to which the recommendation is found to be consistent with principles and goals established by policy, and the Board will update and clarify its policies as needed so that they provide a predictable and consistent basis for such decisions.

Copies of reports on program reviews shall be provided to the Board, faculty, and interested community members.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on December 7, 1998 and amended it on May 1, 2000, April 4, 2005 and June 20, 2011.. Note: This policy was renumbered from E-5 to E-4 in August 2009 due to resequencing of board policies.

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