Providing a world class educational experience remains the highest priority at Rio Grande. In order to maintain those standards and ensure resources are utilized appropriately, all academic programs undergo Rio's Program Review process on a five-year cycle.
The review process is designed to assess learning outcomes, collect and analyze evidence to determine the extent to which these outcomes are being met, and to use the results for continual program improvement. Each program develops a self-study; identifies and invites an external expert in the discipline to review their self-study, complete an onsite review of the program, and submit a report; and, after reviewing and responding to the evaluator's report, determines what changes need to be made to the program.
Programs entering the external evaluation phase of the process include Computer Science, Music, Nursing, and Sports and Exercise Study. Programs beginning phase I, developing the self-study, are Biology, Chemistry, Fine Woodworking, Office Technology, Plant Maintenance, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Technology and Spanish. Psychology is schedule to begin phase I this spring.
Emerson E. Evans School of Business
The Banking Minor & Professional Banking Certificate program launched this fall and is off to a good start with eight students from area financial agencies pursuing the certificate with another six Business students picking up the Banking minor.
School of Allied Health
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) determined Rio's Respiratory Care Therapy program has been granted ongoing compliance with accreditation standards and CoARC accreditation policies and procedures. Based on the outcomes reported, the program has met or exceeded all currently set “thresholds” for success on each of the required outcome measures.
School of Engineering Technologies
The Electronics Lab and Welding Lab within the Davis Career Center have been furnished with new equipment to start the fall semester. Industrial Automation and Maintenance students will benefit from 11 new Dell computers added to the Electronics Lab, while Welding students have two new all process welding machines.