Is the labor market demand strong and growing for graduates from your program (or potential new program)?
How satisfied is your college with your program’s enrollment numbers compared to other college programs?
How satisfied is your college with your program’s graduation rate compared to other college programs?
How satisfied is your college with your program’s placement rate compared to other college programs?
How satisfied is your college with your program’s placement rate compared to colleges in the area with similar programs?
Is lack of enrollment jeopardizing the continuation of your program?
How often do you conduct a low enrollment program review?
How often does the business team meet?
Does the business team include representation from small, medium, and large employers?
(Definitions vary, but “small” typically refers to a business with < $10 million annual revenue;
“medium” typically refers to a business with annual revenue >$10 million and < $100 million;
“large” typically refers to a business with over $100 million in annual revenue.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle-market_company
Does the business team membership include a mix of technicians doing the job, their technical managers, and high-level technical strategists who keep track of future technical changes in the program area?
Does the business team membership include representatives with knowledge of skills covering the range of entry-level jobs addressed by your program? (Are all the types of businesses employing your graduates represented on the team?)
Do you use a structured, formal process annually with your business team to prioritize the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) they want graduates to have 12-36 months into the future?
How many companies are represented in your business team?
How many companies typically attend the meetings?
How many individuals typically attend the meetings?
Do you ask your business team to predict technology trends regularly?
Do you ask your business team to predict labor market demand for your graduates at least annually?
How many companies are actively involved, outside of business team meetings, providing additional support such as mentoring students, providing equipment, providing adjunct instructors, providing professional development for faculty, etc.?
How often do you invite new business members to join your business team?
Do business team members actively recruit new members for the team?
How often does your business team evaluate itself and use that information to strengthen the team?
Do you have goals for strengthening relationships with your business team members?
Who is engaged in setting the goals?
Are the goals SMART (S=Specific, M=Measurable, A=Achievable, R=Relevant, T=Timebound)?
Are specific individuals tasked with the improvement activities?
This self-check is for your information only. It is suggested you work through all the Employer Engagement modules and review the Strategies from the Field and other Resources for ways to improve your college's employer engagement initiatives.