Cutting four old programs
Brutus Gruey, Co-Editor-in-Chief
April 9, 2012
SRJC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Kay Rudolph will bring four majors to the Board of Trustees for discontinuation on April 10.
The Psychiatric Technician, Aeronautics, Jewelry and Medical Assisting: Transcription are all up to be discontinued.
The Psychiatric Technician Program will be discontinued, but students can still get the certificate through Napa Valley College (NVC), Rudolph said. SRJC has a collaborative agreement with NVC where NVC takes SRJC’s Psychiatric Technician students and SRJC takes NVC’s Paralegal Studies students. “They have a bigger program and full-time faculty [for Psychiatric Technician] and we have a bigger paralegal program,” Rudolph said.
Rudolph recommends moving Aeronautics into community education, as many of its students were in the program as hobbyists, she said.
The jewelry certificate will be discontinued on the grounds that SRJC has no space for it. The program was created in cooperation with Santa Rosa High School’s jewelry program and used SRHS’s facilities. Since SRHS cut its program, SRJC has no room or money to fund the studio and most of the students were hobbyists, Rudolph said.
For the Medical Assisting: Transcription certificate, the way medical records are accessed have changed so much the need for the degree doesn’t exist, Rudolph said.
All four programs went through Policy and Procedure sections 3.6 and 3.6P, which requires all programs to be evaluated and studied before they are discontinued. Rudolph looked at who were in the classes, what the job market was, how many graduates there were and consulted advisory committees when appropriate. “If it doesn’t lead to graduation, or jobs, maybe we don’t need to do it,” Rudolph said.