Foothill College utilizes an annual program review process for all departments. In 2010-2011, there are two updated sections addressing Learning Outcomes and Resource Allocation for Programs to update. The goal is to achieve ongoing deep reflection of programs and link program planning to program goals, institutional goals, strategic initiatives, student learning outcomes, resource allocation, accreditation, and the educational master plan.
According to the Educational Effectiveness Framework produced by WASC, highly-developed program reviews are systematic and institution-wide, with learning assessment findings a major component. Findings are used to improve student learning, program effectiveness, and supporting processes, and close linkages exist between program planning and institution-level planning and budgeting.
WASC’s rubric for assessing the integration of student learning assessment into program review includes five major dimensions:
A highly effective program review is sustainable, continuous quality improvement, with ongoing and systematic processes used to assess and improve student learning and achievement. Program review processes are disseminated, reviewed, and discussed to undergo ongoing institutional review and refinement to improve institutional effectiveness and program practices, resulting in improvements in student achievement and learning.