Program Outcomes, Performance and Student Achievement
Upon graduation, students will:
1.  Be prepared to fulfill the role of an entry level Firefighter
Methods of Assessment:a. Arkansas Fire Academy IFSAC Firefighter I and II certifications
b. 80% minimum first time pass rates with a grade of “C” or better
c. Employer Surveys
2. Be prepared to fulfill the role of a basic Emergency Medical Technician
Methods of Assessment:a. Employer Surveys
3.  Be prepared to fulfill the role of a Hazardous Materials First Responder at the Awareness and Operations Level
Methods of Assessment:a. Arkansas Fire Academy IFSAC Hazardous Materials certifications at the Awareness and Operations Level
b. 80% minimum first time pass rates with a grade of “C” or better
c. Employer Surveys
4.  Be accepted into a 4 year college/university if they apply to continue their education to the   Baccalaureate level
Methods of Assessment:a. Students are accepted into a 4 year college/university that has Articulation Agreements, or any other regionally accredited college/university if they apply
b. Program Director survey of graduates
5.  Be prepared to successfully compete for advancement above the rank of Firefighter
Methods of Assessment:a. Annual Fire Chief/Employer Survey

 

2010 Program Outcome Results
Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 – Outcomes were all positive. All five (5) graduates meet certification requirements, and employer surveys were they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles.
Program Outcome 4 – Three (3) prior graduates of the program were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.
Program Outcome 5 – Two prior graduates had been promoted in 2010, and one promoted who is currently enrolled in the program.
 
2011 Program Outcome Results
Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 – Outcomes were all positive. All five (5) graduates meet certification requirements, and employer surveys were they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles.
Program Outcome 4 – Zero (0) prior graduates of the program reported they were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.
Program Outcome 5 – Three (3) prior graduates had been promoted in 2011.
 
2012 Program Outcome Results
Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 – Outcomes were all positive. Four (4) graduates that were hired by a fire department meet certification requirements, and employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles.
Program Outcome 4 – One (1) graduate of the program reported they were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.
Program Outcome 5 – Two (2) prior graduates had been promoted in 2012.
Note - One 2012 graduate of the program was hired not by a Fire Department but by an Architectural Firm as a Fire Protection Designer I. The graduate was described by their Supervisor, a Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) as “talented”, and requested that if I had any other graduates interested in the fire protection design/engineering field to please have them contact him because he was looking for “additional talent” like the college’s graduate to hire.
 
2013 Program Outcome Results
Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 – Outcomes were all positive. Seven (7) graduates that were hired by a fire department meet certification requirements, and employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles except for (1) one graduate that was still such a new hire they received a “neutral” on Program outcomes 2 and 3 with the supervisor’s comments stating the graduate “has great potential, and needs additional training and monitoring that you would expect of a probationary firefighter.”
Program Outcome 4 – One (1) graduate of the program reported they were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.
Program Outcome 5 – One (1) prior graduate had been promoted in 2013.