STANDARD E - CAPACITY (PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS)

Standard E

Capacity: The community college identifies and has the resources to develop, implement and sustain the program. 

The college must have the resources to offer the proposed program without negatively impact existing programs. Resources may include financial and in-kind resources contributed by partners.

Program Elements

  1. The college demonstrates the capacity to offer the program and provide the facilities and services to assure that all students can attain the skills and knowledge to fulfill program objectives.
  2. There are sufficient and accessible facilities, instructional materials and equipment for the program.
  3. Financial resources are sufficient for the implementation and operation of the program.
  4. Personnel resources are sufficient for the implementation and operation of the program.
  5. Sufficient internship, work-based learning experience and/or Cooperative Work Experience sites are available.

Guiding Questions

  1. What impact will this program have on current school programs and budgets?
  2. What is the student/teacher ratio?
  3. Will course fees support the cost of instruction; if not, how will revenue be generated?
  4. What additional facilities, tools, supplies, equipment and staffing are required?
  5. What in-kind and financial resources are available from partners?
  6. What opportunities have been identified to extend student learning beyond the classroom?

Example of ​Program ​Highlights ​Statements

Standard E
Capacity: The community college identifies and has the resources to develop, implement and sustain the program.
  1. A cost analysis by XXX Community College supports the financial viability of the project.
  2. A sufficient and ongoing student base is maintained through the recruitment of new students and the identification of incumbent workers in the field in need of further training.
  3. Program enrollment projection is 40 students by 20XX-20XX.
  4. The landscape program and the horticulture program share core courses, thus leveraging existing instructional resources, faculty and facilities to provide students two broad pathways to employment.
  5. Professional technical faculty must have at least a BS degree, demonstrate substantial industry experience and meet community college and contract faculty qualifications.
  6. Local employers provide equipment, supplies, training venues and work-based opportunities.

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.