STANDARD D - DESIGN (PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS)

Standard D

Design: The program leads to student achievement of academic and technical knowledge, skills and related proficiencies.

Program Elements

  1. The program has the curricular, instructional and evaluation systems to deliver a program of study that provides students with academic, technical and career-related skills that are needed in the occupation area.
  2. Academic and professional/technical performance indicators are used as measures of program effectiveness.
  3. Instructional methods reflect current research in education and training - authentic instruction and assessment, modular delivery, problem and project-based learning, mentoring, critical thinking skills and varied teaching and learning styles.
  4. The program collects data about student transitions into work, career advancement and further education and training, and uses this data for program improvement.
  5. The college and program provides access, accommodation, flexibility and support services for special populations.

Guiding Questions

  1. Is the program designed to meet the need stated in Standard A?
  2. Are learner outcomes clearly identified?
  3. Does the program facilitate student achievement and transition?
  4. How are career information and counseling incorporated? Are tutoring and mentoring provided?
  5. What internships, work study and employment opportunities are provided for students?
  6. How will data be used for continuous program improvement?
  7. How is academic and technical rigor addressed?
  8. Are schedules appropriate for working adults?

Example of ​Program ​Highlight ​Statements

Standard D

Design: The program leads to student achievement of academic and technical knowledge, skills and related proficiencies.

  • All students must pass the Math 20, Reading 115 and Writing 101 placement tests; challenge examinations are an option. Students must complete Math 50, Writing 101 and other general courses for graduation; equal access is ensured for all students through course scheduling and wraparound services.
  • Additional academic skills include informational research, computer skills, oral Spanish and public speaking. Student proficiencies are assessed based on industry standards for academic achievement.
  • The broad range of technical training includes transporting plants, safe handling and application of chemicals, pruning techniques, irrigation and drainage designs, business development and designing landscapes including the installation of patios, decks, walls and waterways. Student proficiencies are assessed and students are advised of their skill level as correlated to industry standards for employment.
  • Workplace readiness skills include project management, teamwork and problem analysis and are further developed through cooperative work experiences with local employers and business organizations.
  • Technical and academic skills are consistent with the Oregon Skill Sets ​available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=271.
  • Continuous improvement planning will be based on outcomes from both qualitative and quantitative student performance data.

Note: These statements and data are examples and are not intended to be replicated; more or less information may be required depending on the program.