SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

4C.1: Relevance of Courses and Programs

In accordance with ICCB regulations, Sauk has developed a program review process to "promote continuous improvement and to link those improvements to other internal processes, including curriculum development." This process ensures that a comprehensive evaluation of the college operations and programs occurs on an established 5-year schedule. The process is overseen by the Program Review Committee, which has developed standard guidelines and templates to guide the process (link to an appendixAppendix). Among these templates are three which specifically address the currency and relevance of courses and programs:

The instructions provided recommend that each program review team be constituted in such a way as to provide broad-based participation, not only of department staff and administration, but including employees from outside the unit, students, and community members when possible. In addition, the Program Review Template asks specific questions regarding stakeholder input and current need for the program. These questions include the following:

Drawing as it does from various streams of external and internal, direct and indirect data; the program review process has been fine-tuned by the Program Review Committee over the last ten years to make it a useful tool that serves continuous improvement efforts. Feeding as it does into operational planning, the program review process also allows what is learned from stakeholders about the need for revisions and improvements in college programs to move forward into the annual planning process.