2013-14 Unit Plan
Food and Nutrition Department

Mission Statement

The mission of Butte College Foods and Nutrition Program is to provide high quality education and services to the community.  This includes the following:
• Offering required nutrition classes for nursing and child development majors as well as providing a GE science transfer credit.
• Providing any student with current nutrition information that they can apply to personal and family health.
• Forming educational alliances and partnerships with local and regional educational institutions and business communities.

Program Description

Foods and Nutrition is one of the disciplines within the Family and Consumer Studies Department at Butte College.  FN offers classes that are used for GE and transfer credit to the UC/CSU systems as well prerequisites for the nursing, allied health and child development programs.

Each year, the Foods and Nutrition program offers ~45 sections of classes. This has been accomplished with two full-time faculty and 7-8 part-time instructors. FN are high demand courses. In the past two years, all sections fill early in the registration process and there were substantial numbers of waitlisted students. 
 
Within the past five years there has been a 15% reduction in FN classes.  The number of online classes is now 30% of the FN class offerings.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Due to the current serious budget situation facing California higher education, the main goal of the FN program is to retain current faculty and strategically plan for growth in class offerings. 

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    FN classes have high enrollment in all sections and our fill rates are very high, over 100% during the past year.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2

    Supplemental instruction has shown to be an effective strategy for student success. FN will continue to be a part of this program.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    SI students earn higher subject grades and withdraw less often than non-SI particpants.  Unlike tutoring or other learning assistance, SI fosters interdependence among students and independent study skill development that supports student success beyond an individual course.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    There is an ongoing need for additional online classes and for associate faculty to fully teach online. 30% of the FN classes are in the online format. Online sections fill quicker than face-to-face classes, additionally online waitlists are always full. Full-time faculty currently instruct over 90% of online classes.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Governor Brown's current budget supports and encourages the growth of online classes and use of technology to maximize educational opportunities for students.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    There is a need to develop more nutrition classes to meet the needs of campus constitutes. Courses addressing childhood nutrition, nutrition and physical activity, and sustainable nutrition would benefit career development programs such as nursing and child development and improve the health and wellness of the Butte College Community.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    These curriculum additions will be in response to program review and labor market needs.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 5

    Identifying strategies for student retention and success will be a ongoing focus within the FN department.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Retention of students is fundamental for Butte College to carry out its mission. Ongoing assessments of student learning outcomes is a key component of student success.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    Foods Lab space would enhance teaching opportunities and offer students real-life skills to maximize nutrition.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Currently nutrition related diseases are on the rise. Unhealthy eating is influenced by many factors including lack of food knowledge. The only way to eat well is to know how to prepare food, plan meals and shop wisely. Teaching students how to cook is an ideal way to improve their health and wellness.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 7

    Continue to collaborate and contribute to the Transfer Model Curriculum for Nutrition.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The Academic Senates for California Community Colleges and California State University has developed a state-wide, concerted effort to identify the course content for new associate degrees for transfer.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    1. The field of nutrition is constantly changing requiring more up to date educational materials to be purchased yearly.  Upgrading the computers for faculty who teach online classes will be necessary within the next 1-2 years.  Current computers are unable to handle technical demands for online instruction.
    2. Supplemental Instruction (SI) has been shown to increase student success.  In order to continue SI support for FN students, funding to the Center for Academic Success needs to be earmarked for SI leaders for FN2.
    3. Since over 90% of the online classes are taught by full-time faculty, stipends or other financial compensation is need to support associate faculty in their development of online instruction.
    4. The capstone assignment for FN 2 is a semester long project to evaluate eating habits by doing food records, analyzing the diet for macro and micronutrients and then making recommendations for change.  In order to do this accurately, students need more demonstrations of food portion sizes and access to anthropometric measurements. More materials and resources are needed to teach students how to be more accurate.
    5. Many FN students lack the ability to change their eating habits because of their inadequate cooking skills and food knowledge. The portable demo cart would allow FN instructors to demonstrate to students’ basic cook preparation skills and highlight local foods available in Butte and Glenn County.
    6. Foods Lab space would improve teaching and student success; expand sustainability in the curriculum, as well increase class offerings.  Cost of this lab would be determined by space availability and how much renovation would be required.  Until potential space is identified, cost requirements cannot be estimated.

    Current Revenue Stream

    Currently the only funding for the Foods and Nutrition program comes from the Family and Consumer Sciences department budget.  Foods and Nutrition receives ~$2,300 each year.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes FN Equipment Computer for FT Faculty 11-000-520-1-130600 56411 $3,000.00 $0.00 FN has many online classes which requires FT to have up-to-date computers
    2 Yes FN Operating Expenses Educational Materials 11-000-520-1-130600 54300 $0.00 $1,000.00 To improve instruction and provide current information to students
    3 Yes FN Personnel Budget for SI leader 11-000-520-1-130600 $0.00 $5,000.00 To improve instruction and provide students with supplemental instruction support
    4 Yes FN Operating Expenses Travel Funds for TMC 11-000-520-1-130600 55200 $1,000.00 $0.00 Nutrition is one of the current disciplines identifed to become an associate degree for transfer according to the Transfer Model Curriculum. As this model is being developed, faculty will need release time and travel funds.
    5 Yes FN Equipment Software Upgrades 11-000-520-1-130600 56410 $0.00 $1,000.00 To support online class development and instruction, especially regarding ADA (captioning) compliance
    6 Yes FN Equipment Portable Cooking Demo Cart 11-000-520-1-130600 56410 $6,000.00 $0.00 To improve instruction to students who don't have any cooking skills
    7 Yes FN Operating Expenses Foods for Cooking Demo 11-000-520-1-130600 54300 $0.00 $1,000.00 To improve instruction to students who don't have any cooking skills
    8 Yes FN Operating Expenses Travel Expense 11-000-520-1-130600 55200 $0.00 $3,000.00 To improve teaching and student success, intergrate sustainablity, and develop curricula based on student needs
    9 Yes FN Operating Expenses Materials for Display Case 11-000-520-1-130600 54300 $0.00 $200.00 To market FN classes to students as well as provide a way to showcase student work (eg local food products, sustainability and hunger prevention)
    10 Yes FN Facilities Space and Remodeling for a Food Lab 11-000-520-1-130600 $300,000.00 $0.00 To improve teaching and student success, expand sustainablity as well as class offerings *** Cost dependent on where space is available and cost of remodeling
    11 Yes FN Equipment Equipment for Foods Lab 11-000-520-1-130600 56610 $250,000.00 $0.00 To improve teaching and student success, expand sustainablity as well as class offerings *** Cost dependent on where space is available
    Total(s) $560,000.00 $11,200.00