#evc asl review.wps
Revised by R. De La Cerda
EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE
PROGRAM REVIEW SELF-STUDY DOCUMENT
(INTERIM CRITERIA FOR 2008-2009)
In preparing this Program Review, keep the college mission, strategic plan CTAs in
mind as a reminder that Program Review is to ensure that all programs are aligned with
the institutional mission.
Evergreen Valley College’s Mission: With student learning as our primary focus,
Evergreen Valley College’s mission is to empower students to expand their human
potential and to succeed in a global, multicultural society. We prepare students of all
ages and backgrounds for balanced and productive lives, so they can ultimately
improve the workforce and quality of life in our communities.
DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM NAME: American Sign Language
CURRENT YEAR: 2009
AREA DEAN: Linda Girard
SUMMARY OF THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM
Provide a brief summary of the department/program including brief history
(impetus for department/program initiation if applicable, years of existence,
progress made or not made over time, any other major factors that affected the
program and current status) There has been one Adjunct Instructor of American
Sign Language classes at Evergreen Valley College for the past 15 years. The
Program started out under Physical Education and Social Studies Department for
about 7 years, moved to Nursing Department for 4 years and currently has been
under the Language and Arts Department for the past 4 years. Due to the status
of the part-time instructor, goals, plans, Projections, CTAs and SLOs were not
formulated until 2 years ago. Mr. Breidenthal was limited to planning and
teaching ASL classes with little or no involvement with Departments until
PART A: Overview of Program
1. Identify EVC’s CTAs for this year.
A) “Provide access to quality and efficient programs and services to increase
retention and meet student goals”
B) “Create a trusting environment where everyone is valued and
C) “Transform the college image and enhance partnerships with community,
business, and educational institutions.”
2. Identify your program/department’s CTAs for this year. (For ASL Classes)
A) Provide tutoring for ASL students.
B) Take students on field assignments.
C) Coordinate field activities with Deaf Counseling and Referral Services
D) Provide students with community deaf event opportunities for retention
of signing skills and to motivate them for better performance in classes.
3. How did your program/department meet the overall CTA of the College?
For ASL classes I believe we met the overall CTAs to a fair degree.
Describe how your program/department met the overall CTA of the
College: ASL classes have a good retention and success rate compared
to other classes and have been readily accessible to all students. We
have good connections to the Deaf Community and schools to ensure
continued accessibility and success rates.
Describe areas where your program/department needs improvement to
meet the overall CTAs of the College. Describe specific plans to achieve
A) Increase tutoring referrals and services for students with poor
performance or students who are likely to drop or be dropped.
B) Work with Community High Schools to monitor high school
students enrolled in ASL classes to ensure their needs are met.
Analysis of unmet goals—We need a sign language lab to increase
the success rate of students in ASL classes.
1) We offered tutoring services for the first time in Fall 2008 at EVC.
2) Students attended a lunch event with Deaf Community in San Jose.
3) Students participated in Starbuck’s Deaf Monthly events in Fremont
and San Jose.
3 new initiatives
1) More technology in classroom—e.g. Internet PowerPoint assess; DVD
duplicators for distribution of DVD signing materials to students.
2) Coordinate class lessons with SJCC ASL classes to ensure
compatibility for certification.
3) Consider possibility of adding Advanced ASL courses to EVC
5.. State the goals and focus of this department/program and explain how
the program contributes to the mission, comprehensive academic
offerings, and priorities of the College and District.
1) All ASL classes are transferrable to State Universities.
2) All ASL classes can lead to certification in ASL Interpreting at SJCC.
3) ASL classes meet the needs of the Deaf community and prepare
students for competency in working with the Deaf community and
schools serving deaf students.
6. Identify current student demographics. If there are changes in student
demographics, state how the program is addressing these changes.
There was a notable increase in high school students taking the ASL course for
credit. 43% of these students either dropped out or performed poorly in 1A,
however, their success rate is slightly higher that that of the 18-19 year old
students. In 1B, the success and retention percentages are slightly higher across
the age groups. With this exception, the data show that student success
improves with the age of the student. ASL classes have maintained high
enrollment compared to other EVC classes.
The Success and Retention data do not demonstrate any achievement gaps among
See Appendix A for data.
7.Identify enrollment patterns of the department/program in the last 6 years and
analyze the pattern.
2003-2006 good attendance average 40 students in 3 classes. 2006-2008 Decrease of
class size to average 30 (similar to drop in overall enrollment at EVC). 2008 to present:
back to average 40 students perhaps due to economy. Average student retention of 79
percent. Student success rate averages 64 percent. See enrollment statistics for EVC
ASL classes attached.
See Appendix B for data.
8. Identify department/program productivity.
Sign Language WSCH/FTEF
Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Class Title 05 05 06 06 07 07 08 08
SL-001A Intro to American Sign Lang 714 571 630.5 681 693.3
SL-001B Intermed American Sign Lang 682.5
According to the data, the WSCH for Sign Language 1A has increased since the Fall
semester of 2005 when it dropped to its lowest point in the reporting period.
9. Identify student success rate and patterns within the department/program.
The average student retention rate is 70 to 85 percent. Student success rate
averages 60 to 75 percent. See EVC ASL student retention/success charts
(Appendix C) attached.
10. If the program utilizes advisory boards and/or professional organizations,
describe their roles.
PART B: Curriculum
1. in the program Identify all courses offered and describe how the courses
offered in the program meet the needs of the students and the relevant
1) Intro to American Sign Language 1A ( transferrable to CSU or UC)
2) Intermediate. American Sign Language 1B (transferrable to CSU or UC).
2. State how the program has remained current in the discipline(s).
1)Textbook is most recent edition 2004 and is widely used in community
2) All ASL classes taught at EVC include required SLOs.
3) Faculty has maintained current in discipline by staying abreast of the
Deaf and Interpreting Community and by viewing instructional signing
3. All course outlines in this program should be reviewed and, if appropriate,
revised every six years. If this has not occurred, please list the courses and
present a plan for completing the process. (curriculum recency)
All ASL classes have been updated and reviewed.
4. Identify and describe innovative pedagogy your department/program
developed/offered to maximize student learning and success. How did they
impact student learning and success? Developed Video camera testing and
video projects for students to better enable them to assess their development
of signing skills. Offered field trip to students to meet with Deaf Community in
a social setting to initiate their entrance into the field of signing.
5. Discuss plans for future curricular development and/or program (degrees &
certificates included) modification. Use the Curriculum Mapping form to lay
out your plan. I am continuing to coordinate my classes with SJCC ASL
classes to be sure they are compatible especially in area of SLOs. We are
exploring establishing a Signing Lab similar to the one at SJCC.
6. Describe how your program is articulated with the High School Districts,
CCOC (if applicable), and/or other four year institutions. (Include articulation
agreements, common course numbering etc.) We have an average of 3 to 4
high school students participate in each ASL class per semester. However no
official articulation agreements are in place.
7. If external accreditation or certification is required, please state the certifying
agency and status of the program.
PART C: Student Outcomes
1. On the course level, list all the courses that have current student learning
outcomes (included in the course outline) and provide link to the course
outlines for review purpose. Provide a plan and timeline to include student
outcomes for the courses that do not have one. All ASL classes have SLOs in
curriculum but have yet to be outlined in online catalog .
2. On the program level, list all programs (and degrees) that have current student
learning outcomes and provide the culture of evidence. All ASL classes have
SLO outcomes as per Curriculum documents.
PART D: Faculty and Staff
1. List current faculty and staff members in the program, areas of expertise, and
how positions contribute to the program success. C. Don Breidenthal,
Adjunct Instructor American Sign Language; Laverne Jackson, EVC graduate
and Sign Language Interpreter for Mr. Breidenthal; Dr. Linda Girard, Interim
Dean of Instruction, Language Arts Division.
2. List major professional development activities completed by faculty and staff
in this department/program in the last six years and state proposed
development and reasoning by faculty in this program.
Adj. Instructor attended all PDD activities over past 6 years.
3. Identify current schedule for tenure review, regular faculty evaluation, adjunct
faculty evaluation, and classified staff evaluation.
I continue to be evaluated per semester as an Adjunct Instructor for American
4. Describe the departmental orientation process (or mentoring) for new full-time
and adjunct faculty and staff (please include student workers such as tutors
The department will provide informal orientation, on-the-job training, and
mentoring to any newly hired faculty members; however, because of the
stability of the instructor, hiring has not been necessary.
PART E: Facilities, Equipment, Materials and Maintenance
1. Identify facilities allocated to the program (including the facilities often
used by the department/program) Instructor has own office and sufficient
Discuss the quality and accessibility of the facilities, equipment, equipment
maintenance, and materials available to the program. The computer
desktop for use by ASL Instructor is over 5 years old and does not have DVD
playing or burning capacity which I need—it recently was replaced by a 3 year old
computer which has better capacities. I was provided with Administration
permission to download Adobe software to view videos just recently. I am on a
waiting list for a new computer. The Cedric classrooms were not equipped with
updated equipment needed for ASL classes. Cedric classrooms are currently
being remodeled and will include high technology access.
(faculty and staff can use the Instructional Equipment request form and process
here as part of the information) Identify facility needs and its rationale.
2. Describe the use and currency of technology used to enhance the
department/program. Identify projected needs and rationale. We are in the
process of planning a Language Lab with current technology. Classrooms at
EVC are being upgraded with new technology at this time.
3. If applicable, describe the support the program receives from industry. If the
support is not adequate, what is necessary to improve that support?
PART F: Future Needs
1. What faculty positions will be needed in the next six years in order to maintain
or build the department? I may be retiring within 6 years and also we are
considering adding advance courses for American Sign Language—ASL 2A
and 2B—so perhaps two new Instructors are needed within 6 years.
2. What staff positions will be needed in the next six years in order to maintain or
build the department? (staff, facilities, equipment and/or supplies) will be
needed in the next six years? Provide rationale. If current classes continue in
same vein, then need only 1 Instructor and 1 Staff person. If additional
advanced ASL classes are established then we will need 1 more Instructor.
3. Identify budget allocated for the department/program through the division
budget (fund 10). Discuss its adequacy and needs if applicable along with
Identify any external (fund 17) funding the department/program receives and
describe its primary use. None
4. What equipment will be needed in the next six years in order to maintain or
build the department? Provide specific purpose and rationale. A camcorder,
DVD player/burner, DVD duplicator, PowerPoint projector in classroom.
5. What facilities will be needed in the next six years in order to maintain or build
the department? Provide specific purpose and rationale. A sign language lab
with full equipment for all ASL classes. May need to add ASL 2A and 2B
Advanced ASL classes and an Interpreter Certification program. Further study
of demand and the potential impact on the SJCC program will be necessary
prior to expanding course offerings and reinstitution of the Interpreter
PART G: Additional Information
1. Describe any other pertinent information about the program that these
questions did not address?
PART H: Annual Assessment (Program Faculty and PR Committee)