Program Review

Program Review


The program review process focuses on program evaluation, planning, improvement, and alignment to accreditation—all pointed at serving students better. The Program Review process at Turtle Mountain Community College is overseen by the Program Review Committee and provides a framework within which to review, evaluate, and formulate goals for each program, in accordance with core institutional values, mission, and goals and in accordance with accreditation needs. This process is an important component of institutional evaluation, planning, and resource allocation; therefore, the dialogue, constructive participation and cooperation of all members of the faculty, staff, and administration are encouraged. Program Review is, by intent, an opportunity for members of the faculty, staff, and administration to review and strengthen their own programs in a collegial manner to better serve students, rather than a mechanism for punitive scrutiny. Program review also provides a means for examining new programs for possible adoption.

Program review is meant to standardize assessment for all campus programs. Such uniformity will support coordination of institutional decisions meant to facilitate student success. Additionally, strategic, data-informed institutional growth is at the core of this vital campus process.

BENEFITS OF PROGRAM REVIEW

Benefits to Students

  • Improve the quality of education, scholarship, and service from the program
    • Enhances post-graduation skill sets, knowledge, etc.
  • Encourages increased student achievement and success rates
  • Opens additional forms of engagement through collaboration with other programs, support services, and community organizations
  • Assures relevance for all programs of study

Benefits to Programs

  • Increases level of academic quality by encouraging faculty peer and program-level discussion
  • Allows conversations about the status, effectiveness, and progress of the program
  • Explores future direction, needs, and priorities of the program
  • Minimizes silos by encouraging collaboration with other programs
  • Promotes a culture of assessment and planning within the program
  • Celebrates program strengths and identifies areas for improvement
  • For future planning, the program can work from intentional and strategic rather than ad hoc, unplanned decisions (proactive not reactive)

Benefits to TMCC as an institution

  • Promotes culture of assessment and planning
  • Encourages critical reflection and positive change
  • Establishes an ethical, transparent, and informed process of resource allocation
  • Formalizes an additional mechanism to assure alignment to mission, vision, values, and philosophy
  • Assesses “centrality” and demand of a program
  • Encourages emphasis on institutional and community needs
  • Encourages constant program alignment to the strategic plan
  • Aligns with needs for accreditation related to self-assessment
  • When necessary, provides informed, ethical, data-driven rationale for program closure in the event that no alternative option remains

Benefits to the local community

  • Facilitates broader impact to and engagement with community programs, services, systems, and individuals
  • Encourages increased service and development within the local community
  • Promotes cohesion of institutional community engagement to maximize impact
  • Establishes a form of accountability that impacts the students, college, and the surrounding community as a whole

Program evaluation, the primary objective of Program Review at Turtle Mountain Community College, is accomplished through a comprehensive, structured, documented, and periodic self-study of each program’s performance, as indicated by alignment to institutional mission, goals, and philosophy; furthermore, this process is enhanced by consideration of accreditation needs at the program level and across campus. Self-study is an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate good performance, to identify areas in need of development or revision, and to maintain and improve the quality and scope of instruction and services.
Program planning is the second objective of Program Review at Turtle Mountain Community College. It is accomplished through the development of a program plan, including both short-term and long-term goals and includes evaluation of potential programs.

2020-2021

  • Ogimaawi Leadership (AA)
  • General Education (AA)
  • General Education (AS)
  • Health Fitness Technician
  • Coaching/Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Patient Access Specialist
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • C.N.A
  • C.M.A
  • Process Plant Technology
  • Power Plant Technology

2021-2022

  • Leadership and Management (BA)
  • (All CTE programs undergo state program review. No internal reviews this year.)

2020-2023

  • Building Construction Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Accounting Technician
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Administration
  • Cyber Security
  • Web Design
  • Network Administrator
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Commercial Vehicle Operations
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Electrical Technician

2023-2024

  • Anishinaabe Language (AA)
  • Engineering (AS)
  • Ojibwe Language, Culture and History (BA)

2024-2025

  • Elementary Education (AA) and the Elementary Education (BS) programs will occur here due to specialized accreditation preparation.

2025-2026

    • Natural Resource Management (AS)
    • Dual Credit

Note: The president or vice president may alter this review schedule as needed.