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Academic Program Review Self-Study Template

    AY 2009 - 2010


    1. Reporting School/College: College of Professional Studies

    2. Program Reviewed: Networking/Telecommunications AS Q

    3. Date Submitted to Department/Division Chair:

Overview: (Suggested limit 1 page)

    This section will focus the review for your reader. Please summarize your program’s

    mission and its relationship to the mission of St. John’s University, your Department and

    School/College Strategic Plan, and the University’s 2008-2013 Strategic Plan. Identify

    similar programs regionally and nationally and distinguish your program from them.

    Also summarize your findings as they relate to (1) market growth potential, (2) program quality, and (3) student learning. And, summarize any significant changes, achievements (by faculty and students and the program itself), and plans for the future.

    The central goal of the A.S. degree in Networking and Telecommunications in the College of Professional Studies is to prepare students either to enter the job market or to move on to a 4-year degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Networking and Telecommunications (or Networking and Telecommunications with the Business Option) or to another related 4-year degree program at St. John’s.

The program’s mission supports the College’s goal of fusing professional studies and

    practice, in that students who complete this program will be ready to enter the workforce as qualified networking and telecommunications professionals, and will be able to continue to build upon their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.

    In addressing this mission, the networking and telecommunications degree program has undergone rigorous review to maintain cutting-edge program offerings and to build new career options for our students.

    The Cisco Academy CCNA Exploration program was integrated into our curriculum, offering students the opportunity to obtain significant foundational knowledge in for-credit courses, while grooming for the opportunity to take the CCNA exam to complement their degree with an industry certification. Also, in conjunction with the Cisco Academy courses, we acquired and installed networking equipment to add meaningful and valuable hands-on experience. In addition, we have interrelated this program with the computer security systems degree program, with both programs including three required courses from the opposite degree program, in recognition of the intimate relationship between these two fields.

    During this period, the 4-year program has consistently focused on promoting teaching excellence and student-centeredness. Our faculty have written papers, participated in conferences, and increased their involvement in academic and professional CPS_CSMS_COMP.SCI_BS_Q Self-Study Template page 1

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    organizationswith the primary goal of increasing the quality of their teaching in the classroom. We have emphasized excellence in advisement, and have sponsored and participated in a host of Learning Community and informational events for our majors. We have also continued our emphasis on increasing internship opportunities for our students.

    Although the number of students electing the A.S. degree in Networking and Telecommunications has been extremely small in the past, and has actually been zero since 2006, we nevertheless believe that the program does provide an option for those who find for academic, financial, or other reasonsthat they are not prepared to initially

    pursue the B.S. degree in networking and telecommunications. At the same time, the

    maintenance of the A.S. degree program does not entail additional instructional cost to the University, since our 2-year students have been, and will continue to be, completely integrated with the students in the 4-year networking and telecommunications degree program (all the major area courses that the A.S. students take are directly applicable to the B.S. degree).

    Standard 1. The purpose of the program reflects and supports the strategic vision and mission of St. John’s University and of its School/College. (When responding to

    this standard, please see Items for Reflection under this Standard.)

1a. Narrative: (Suggested limit 1 page)

    Our student-centered approach to teaching and learning is evidenced by the student engagement activities that we have implemented over the past several years: the mentoring of freshman students to promote retention, the Learning Community events to promote learning outside the classroom, faculty interactions with the Computer Science Society, and enhancing the student internship program. Above all, we stress the core value of excellence by maintaining rigorous standards of student performance, offering challenging advanced level courses, and encouraging students to maintain high GPAs and join the College Honor Society.

    Networking and telecommunications is a dynamic field, which is profoundly affected by rapid changes in technology. Our program strives to provide our students with a firm foundation in the basics of the discipline: logical thinking, strong analytical skills, solid understanding of networking theory and foundational mathematics, and the ability to apply their knowledge to practical problems. These skills align well with the university’s

    core competencies of critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. This strong foundation should provide the flexibility for our students to apply their skills to whatever the latest technology may be. To remain at the leading edge of this field, our students must be lifelong learners. Many of our courses require students to read technical journals, a habit that they should continue into their careers and which fulfills the core competency of information literacy. Also, many of our courses require students to make class presentations and to engage in writing in some form: writing research papers, CPS_CSMS_COMP.SCI_BS_Q Self-Study Template page 2

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    specifying system requirements, or developing program documentationthereby

    satisfying the core competencies of effective oral presentation and effective writing.

    1b. What activities provide evidence that the program furthers the Catholic identity of St. John’s University? (Suggested limit 1/3 page)

    In classroom discussions of practical problems and situations, faculty stress ethical, legal, and moral solutions. As mentioned earlier, the networking and telecommunications degree program has thoroughly integrated a set of computer security courses into its curriculum. In order to ensure that students will use their skills in an ethical way, to advance the greater societal good, students are strongly urged to take our cyberlaw and ethics course.

    A Catholic perspective penetrates through the actions of the faculty when dealing with students. This spirit is evident with the faculty at meetings and through conversations with the members of the Division. Students in the networking and telecommunications

    program are encouraged to become members of the Computer Science Society, and those who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to become members of the College Of Professional Studies Honor Society. These societiessupervised by our

    division’s faculty with attention to Catholic values—encourage students to work with

    one another, and to participate in a number of activities outside of the classroom (in particular, service activities) with students from diverse backgrounds, thereby promoting multiculturalism and respect for one anotheras the students also gain

    leadership and interpersonal skills.

    1c. What activities has the program undertaken to provide evidence of support for the Vincentian tradition and values? (Suggested limit 1/3 page)

    The Division Personnel and Budget Committee emphasizes and describes the Vincentian tradition and values to all prospective new full-time faculty at the hiring interview. Additionally, the committee considers the prospective employees commitment to the

    Vincentian tradition of educating the disadvantaged student. At the time of hiring of adjunct faculty, the Vincentian commitment to the disadvantaged student is also emphasized.

    Members of the division volunteer to participate in pre-registration advisement, and several faculty have been involved in the division’s mentoring initiative. At meetings

    with their advisees and mentees, faculty emphasize the tradition and values of St. Vincent de Paul.

    The division has been active in developing on-line and mixed-mode courses. These courses assist the physically challenged student, and enable non-traditional learners to receive an education that they might otherwise be denied in a traditional educational setting.

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    1d. What activities provide evidence that the program promotes the metropolitan character of the University? (Suggested limit 1/3 page)

    The metropolitan character of the University has most clearly been promoted by the many Learning Community events offered to our networking and telecommunications students during the past two academic years (we have conducted 16 Learning Community events over this period). Some examples of these events are a visit to the Cradle of Aviation museum to learn about the role of computer and network technology in aviation and aeronautics; arranging for students’ attendance at a metropolitan area industry computer conference; setting up speaking events at St. John’s involving guest

    speakers from the Manhattan office of the FBI and the Westchester District Attorney’s

    Office; arranging for presentations on the role of technology in law enforcement by former top level NYPD officers; and scheduling presentations on technology careers by local-area industry professionals. Our academic internship program also provides opportunities for our students to work at metropolitan area companies in the networking and telecommunications field. Students have participated in internships associated with the MTA, FBI, and many other noteworthy corporations and companies

    Standard 2. The program engages in ongoing, systematic planning that is reflective of the University and School/College strategic direction and priorities.

    (When responding to this Standard, please see Items for Reflection under this Standard.)

2a. Narrative: (Suggested limit 1 page)

    The networking and telecommunications associate degree program, and the larger Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science of which it is a part, pursue program strategic goals/objectives consistent with the university’s institutional focus “to

    transform the institutional culture to one in which the quality of how we serve our students both in and out of the classroom is exceptional.” Alignment of objectives is done through the College of Professional Studies strategic plan which in turn is

    coordinated with that of the larger St. John’s community.

    The program, through regular division meetings and special subcommittee meetings coordinated with the assistance of the director of networking and telecommunications, engages in systematic planning to keep the curriculum current and relevant. Faculty, students, and industry advisors provide valuable input, while the college dean, college planner, division chair, and program director provide the overall direction and advisement. This process is used for developing, modifying, and implementing our goals and objectives

    2b. How does your program's strategic goals/objectives link to your School/College plan and the University’s 2008-2013 Strategic Plan, specifically related to Mission,

    Student Engagement, and Globalization. (Suggested limit 1 page)

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    The program aligns with the college’s mission by employing professionals with extensive

    industry experience, and combining that with a solid theoretical and practical program, empowering students with the knowledge and tools with which to excel, both academically and in their chosen professions.

    The incorporation of professional areas of study such as the Cisco Academy in the networking and telecommunications degree program links directly to the mission of positioning our graduates to excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community.

    Our student engagement initiatives have been strong and effective. Each networking and telecommunications freshman student is assigned a faculty mentor, with whom they meet several times per semester. The mentors provide information on specializations within the major, career opportunities, and course selections within the major. They also work closely with the students’ computer science and mathematics professors to monitor student attendance, test grades, and overall performance within the course. Early intervention is provided for students who are not performing up to par. Mentors have also acted as liaisons with the student-run Computer Science Society, encouraging their mentees to become active members of the Society. Membership in the Society helps new students to form connections with other students in the same field, perhaps leading to study groups, etc. Several faculty members have served as moderators of the society, or have been invited speakers at Computer Science Society meetings, sharing their knowledge and insights in the field with students in a casual setting. In addition, the freshman mentors have met with groups of students in a casual setting on campus, fostering a spirit of collegiality between the students and their professors.

    Networking and telecommunications is an area with inherently global dimensions. The program addresses technologies and implementations around the world, and many of our graduates will use their acquired knowledge to make valuable contributions in other countries. The issue of network security and the global reach of the internet is also of central concern, and is addressed in several courses within the program. Our cyberlaw and ethics course also relates to global issues, and is taken by many students in the program.

2c. How does your program’s strategic goals/objectives link to the University’s

    institutional focus to “transform the institutional culture to one in which the quality of how we serve our students both in and out of the classroom is exceptional.<