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									                         Fullerton College
                Program Review – Academic Programs


                                   Geography

                              Social Science Division



This program review was prepared by those listed below in an open and
collaborative process. All full-time faculty in the program have had an
opportunity to review the report, and the report was made available to the
division as a whole prior to being submitted.

Participants in the Review:

Claudia Lowe
Susie Grabiel
Dan Tesar, Dean




   Department Coordinator                           Dean



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                                    Date
A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY

The geography program at Fullerton College offers classes that meet the
general education requirements in both social science and physical
science disciplines for students transferring to four year colleges and
universities.    These courses also provide foundations for students
majoring in geography and transferring to upper division coursework at
advanced degree institutions. Additionally, geography meets multi-cultural
and AA degree requirements at Fullerton College; and global geography is
required for the State of California Teacher Education Program for both
the multi-subject credential and single subject social science credential.
Geographic techniques provide necessary skills required in Business,
Criminal Justice / Police Science, Fire Science and Urban Planning
programs of college curriculums across the state, along with job retraining
skills for students entering and reentering contemporary job markets.

The geography faculty is sensitive to access and retention issues and the
success of our students while maintaining curriculum integrity. Our
courses are transfer level courses with equivalent standards and high
retention rates. We have begun to implement on-line classes for all of our
core courses. However, due to budget cuts, we have been unable to hire
the necessary faculty to offer required technical classes (especially GIS)
which are necessary for the police science degree certificates negotiated
5 years ago. This is a critical detriment to the geography program in this
time of economic downturn when many people are turning to the
community colleges to update their skills for employment in “new job”
categories.

B. PROGRAM GOALS

Geography students learn to address some of the core questions of our
times that require an integrated approach, combining both human and
natural science. Students learn to use a spatial approach to holistically
analyze physical and cultural features on earth and to develop an
integrated understanding of cultural, social, political, economic and
physical-environmental relationships in order to pose better questions and
solutions to global problems. Students become better prepared to
understand world events, participate in society as informed citizens and
apply critical skills and techniques to a variety of social, political,
economic, and environmental and employment arenas.

As a result of participation in the program, students will have the following
7 skills and knowledge sets:

   1. The geographical evolution and relationship of society and nature.
   2. Emerging global issues in an integrated global system—
      Globalization Process.
   3. Global impacts on local places.
   4. Variations in cultural landscapes.
   5. Reasons and consequences of land-use choices and decisions.
   6. Applied systems theory to physical and cultural environments
   7. Appropriate use of geographic tools for spatial analysis e.g. maps,
      GIS, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)
   1. Formulate reasoned geographical decisions.
   2. Analyze components of emerging global issues.
   3. Differentiate between one’s personal values and the value system
   of others
   4. Know and use differing geographic theories and perspectives
   5. Choose and evaluate appropriate resources for relevance and
   reliability of information
   6. Analyze a regional situation to identify a problem
   7. Translate geography skills into varied employment fields e.g. urban
   and environmental
       planning, business, police and fire science, international affairs,
   government, etc.

C. PROGRAM DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES OFFERED
 AA Degree in Geography

Required: 12 Units in Geography and 6 additional from restricted
electives.
 Global Geography 100
 Physical Geography 102
 Physical Geography Lab 102L
 Global Environmental Problems 120
 Cultural Geography 160
 Intro to Geographical Information

D. PROGRAM COURSES OFFERED
List by course number and title,
     Global Geography 100
     Global Geography 100H
     Global Geography 100OL
     Physical Geography 102
     Physical Geography 102OL
     Physical Geography Lab 102L
     Global Environmental Problems 120
     Global Environmental Problems 120OL
     Cultural Geography 160
                    Cultural Geography 160OL
                    Urban Geography 170
                    Economic Geography 260
                    Intro to GIS 230A
                    Intro to GIS 230B

             E. PROGRAM FACULTY

                Claudia Lowe
                Susan Grabiel
                5 Adjunct Faculty



II.          Program Key Performance Indicators

             Attach data sheet from institutional research to the report. (Attached)

             Analyzing trends over the past five years, the Geography Department has
             added on-line class sections for all foundation classes and is in the first
             semester of implementation. There has also been a moderate increase in
             majors. Tracking majors at local 4 year institutions finds that many
             students declare geography as a major upon transfer.

             Retention rates are generally in line with Social Science Division rates
             and, while our success rate is slightly lower, it is comparable to Social
             Science and Science disciplines that are noted for being challenging and
             often more unfamiliar to beginning students. However, many of our
             students find the topics interesting and relevant to their lives and thus
             return in subsequent semesters to earn a better grade. This is especially
             relevant since geography is an option but not a required course to
             graduate.

             In terms of efficiency and cost for value to the school, the average section
             size for geography is 48 students per class which is quite high and
             includes smaller lab classes averaged in. With fill rates continuously over
             100% and WSCH per FTE remaining continuously high (619), the
             geography program at Fullerton College continues to offer good value for
             money.

      III.       Program Outcomes Analysis



             A. REPORT ON STATUS OF PREVIOUS REVIEW OUTCOMES
                ANALYSIS
Workplace demands for geographic techniques and skills remain high.
Since the last review, we have completed the curriculum component
linking GIS courses to the new Police Science Certificates. However, due
to lack of funding for geography personnel we have been unable to offer
these important classes.

We continue to update our “student-centered learning” activities format to
promote more in-depth geographical understanding of the complex world
we live. This structure promotes greater student ownership of knowledge
and mastery of concepts.

Since the last program review, the geography department has compiled
seven fundamental Student Learning Outcomes for all classes in our
program. We will begin implementation of assessments within the next
review cycle. (See Section I. B.)

B. SUMMARY OF DATA

Program Access: Courses are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings
and on-line to meet the need of the greatest number of students. We do
not offer overlapping geography classes in order to maximize course
access.
Program Resources: Two Full Time Faculty and Five Part-Time Faculty
to maximize course offering flexibility. One shared Physical Geography
Lab. Classroom Maps. NOTE: There is a need to purchase GIS programs
in order to offer the GIS classes when we can hire GIS faculty to teach
GIS classes in conjunction with Police Science and job training programs.
Program Efficiency: Average section size is 45 to 50 which includes the
smaller class sizes for Physical Geography (science) and labs which are
offset by the large class size of Global Geography. Fill rates are
consistently 98% to over 100%. WSCH per FTEF is 619 providing a high
value for cost.
Program Success: Program retention is regularly over 80% and program
success as measured by the number of students that enroll at the
beginning of the semester compared to the number of students that
complete the courses with a passing grade at the end of the semester is
regularly over 51 % (see further explanation in section II. paragraph 3).

C. IDENTIFICATION OF TRENDS

With the economic downturn and workplace trends in environmental
occupations increasing, geography is uniquely positioned to offer
occupational training and retraining for these new occupational
opportunities.
Geography is also in the midst of a pedagogical shift to more student-
centered learning with a focus on “real- world” problem solving activities
and field studies.

D. IMMEDIATE SHORT-TERM PLANS

Geography is committed to expanding intern opportunities for students in
two main areas. One, whereby graduate students from local universities
learn to teach through tutoring Fullerton College students; the second, to
provide Fullerton College students with geographic experiences working in
local community organizations and businesses.

The Geography Program is also working on the development of
assessment instruments for the Student Learning Outcomes. In the
process of implementing the assessments we will also be reevaluating our
SLO Goals as necessary.

E. LONG-TERM PLANS

Given the GLOBAL NATURE OF GEOGRAPHY, the department would
like to add a regular, rotating study abroad course to the geography
curriculum. As our world becomes more global, there is an ever
increasing need for our students to have actual and real guided worldly
experiences and interactions to help launch the lives and their careers.
This is now essential for acquiring the kind of knowledge that is needed
today for awareness, understanding and employment.

To add at least one additional geography faculty member to expand
course offerings in the techniques and skills, for example, GIS, and add
appropriate certificate programs to the geography curriculum.

REQUEST FOR RESOURCES

Additional faculty member, GIS software and digitizing equipment for the
lab.

								
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