Field 1

3.1) Program Justification

Relationship to University and campus mission and development plans, evidence of continuing need for the program, projections of career opportunities for graduates, etc.

This question has three parts:
1. Relationship to University and campus mission and development plans
2. Evidence of continuing need for the program
3. Projections of career opportunities for graduates

For the most updated mission statement for Leeward Community College, see the latest catalog at: http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/catalog

 

Example from Liberal Arts (AA-Associate in Arts) modification:

From UHCC's Annual Report of Instructional Program Data – review year 2012 online at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/cc/arpd/instructional.php  
 
The Associate in Arts degree program offers the challenge and variety of a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The AA degree provides the critical thinking, information technology, communication, and problem-solving skills needed for a successful career.
 
The general education received in the program

  • Encompasses the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by individuals to be effective as persons, family members, workers, and citizens.
  • Provides opportunities to develop understanding, abilities, values, and personal attributes which should help students apply their knowledge, skills, and talents to make sound decisions and to analyze and solve problems in a multi-cultural community.
  • Helps the students gain a more integrated view of knowledge, a more realistic view of life and a more defined sense of community and social responsibility.

 
Because knowledge leads to action, students should be actively engaged in learning. This holistic point of view provides the student a foundation of lifelong learning in a changing world.
 
Number of majors for the AA Liberal Arts:

  • 3,893 majors in 2011-2012
  • 4,033 majors in 2010-2011
  • 3,832 majors in 2009-2010

 
The AA Liberal Arts degree helps the college to meet these principles from the 2013-2014 Leeward Mission Statement:

  • Nurture and inspire all students.
  • Help students to attain their goals through high-quality liberal art education.
  • Help students to attain their goals through high-quality career and technical education.
  • Foster students to become responsible global citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Advance the educational goals of all students with a special commitment to Native Hawaiians.

 

Example from Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture (ASC-Academic Subject Certificate) modification:

The objectives of the certificate are in line with Leeward CC’s Strategic Plan 2008-2015 Goal #B Globally Competitive Workforce - “To address critical workforce shortages and prepare students for effective engagement and leadership in a global environment.”

This certificate addresses Leeward CC's mission to provide high-quality liberal arts and career and technical education.  Consistent with Open access core value of our mission, the proposed certificate meets the training needs of our students and the community. (Leeward CC catalog, 2012-2013).

The 2010-2020 Employment Outlook for Industries and Occupations predicts 6,410 jobs in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, which is a slight contraction from 6,470 jobs in 2010. Approximately 82% of the jobs in this sector are forecast to be in the area of crop production and support activities for agriculture and forestry sub-sectors (Hawai'i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 2012).  The log-term forecast also predicts an increase in demand for Agriculture and Food Technicians from 180 jobs in 2010 to 190 jobs in 2020.

Twenty-nine broad occupations in Hawaii fall under the O*NET’s list of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Occupations. Of these occupations, at least nine occupations require one to 12 months on-the-job training, another eight require longer than 12 months of on-the-job training (OJT) or some post-secondary vocational training or associate degree (Sustainable Agriculture Skill Panel Forum 2011, DLNR, State of Hawaii).

 

Example from Accounting (CA-Certificate of Achievement) modification:

The program objectives are in line with the campus and the University’s mission of Work Force Development as stated in the 2008-2009 Leeward Community College Catalog. By offering training in computer applications, management, and other business skills, it provides opportunities for personal enrichment, occupational upgrading and career mobility.

Department of labor statistics show a continuing need for workers with these accounting skills set. (2002-2012 Deptartment of Labor statistics available at http://www.hiwi.org/cgi/dataanalysis/?PAGEID=94&SUBID=128.)