Each technical program at Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges is committed to continuous improvement that leads to student success. Different assessment instruments are used to evaluate each program. Some of the assessments include, but are not limited to: Student Learning Outcomes, Program Health Review with Annual Program Summaries and Productivity Reports.
These individual program assessment reports are located by program.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) strives to maintain high educational standards through a continuous improvement model. This model strives to meet industry standards, accountability measures at local, state and federal levels along with meeting accreditation standards.
Student learning outcomes are identified as expectations of what a student should learn or be able to do by the end of the technical program of which they are earning an associate degree or diploma. Annually, each technical program identifies at least three outcomes for assessment usually based on program level competencies. With input from technical program faculty, the program coordinator or assessment coordinator develops an assessment plan based on a five step process culminating in improvements to the program or curriculum to improve student success.
The annual Program Health Review process is an internal, two tier process for all diploma or associate degree level programs. This two tier process is used to evaluate student achievement and, if warranted based upon analysis of the results, make program changes to improve student achievement. All programs are involved in a Level 1 review that includes review of five year trend data (Annual Program Summary) and information by the Program Coordinator, Program Faculty, Assistant Dean, Dean, and Vice President for Academics.
After analysis of trend data and information, the program coordinator identifies strengths of the program, issues requiring continued attention, and documentation indicating how last year's program review resulted in improvements in the program/department. The information is housed in the assessment relational data base, Achievement, Improvement, Measurement (AIM). The Assistant Dean, Dean, and Vice President for Academics provide additional comments after their review.
The Vice President identifies programs that require a more comprehensive, Level 2 review. A committee is appointed to review relevant materials related to the concerns. This may include interviews (students, graduates, faculty, employers, advisory committee, etc.), benchmark information, occupational outlooks, national or state data. Following their recommendations, the Program Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Dean, and Vice President add their comments.
Pursuant to KRS164.020 (16) the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS college representatives are developing a five year program review policy and procedures.
The Office of Planning, Research and Effectiveness provides annual data for each program based on alumni satisfaction, enrollment, persistence, credentials earned, employer satisfaction, and job placement. Information Site under construction. Information coming soon.