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Student Achievements

Fire Science program at Yavapai College


Major Degree 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Total
Fire Science Associate of Applied Science 10 19 16 13 11 69
Basic Firefighter Certificate <1 yr 28 17 18 12 13 88
Fire Science Driver/Operator Certificate <1 yr. 2 3       5
Fire Service Officer/Manager Certificate <1 yr. 6 12 12 8 10 48

Time to Award - AY 2017-18

Fire Science; Associate of Applied Science

Student Type Avg Terms to Graduation Avg Earned GPA
First-Time, Part-Time 5 3.51
HS Student 8 3.27
Transfer 3 3.41
Grand Total 6 3.37

Basic Firefighter; Certificate <1 yr.

Student Type Avg Terms to Graduation Avg Earned GPA
First-Time, Full-Time 5 3.55
First-Time, Part-Time 2 3.79
HS Student 4 2.28
Transfer 2 3.73
Grand Total 3 3.45

Fire Service Officer/Manager; Certificate <1 yr.

Student Type Avg Terms to Graduation Avg Earned GPA
First-Time, Full-Time 5 3.55
Transfer 4 3.79
Grand Total 6 3.28

Note: Certificates received concurrent with Degrees excluded from these calculations.

Third-Party Certificates and Licensure

Firefighter I & II Cert Acad (FSC)

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Certificates 17 32 33 31 23
Passed 10 28 33 29 21

Haz Mat First Responder Op (FSC)

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Certifates NA NA 120 78 18
Passed NA NA 116 75 14

Strategy and Tactics (FSC)

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Certificates NA NA 24 In progress In progress
Passed NA NA 15 In progress In progress

Course Retention and Success Rates

Year Courses % Retained % Success
AY2013-14 24 93% 83%
AY2014-15 24 93% 83%
AY2015-16 19 87% 78%
AY2016-17 20 91% 82%
AY2017-18 20 87% 77%

Successful Completers: Students with grade "A", "B","C" or "S"

Graduate Survey Results

AAS Fire Science program graduates are surveyed to determine their employment status, relevance of program to current employment, and further education goals. The findings below represent Fall 17, Spring 18, and Fall 18 graduates.

  • 67% of graduates responded to the follow-up survey
  • 75% reported employment within six months of graduation
  • 100% of graduates employed were employed full-time
  • 38% were continuing their education at Yavapai College
  • 13% transferred to continue their education

Program Outcomes

In 2017-18, Yavapai College began a new assessment and academic program review process that integrates outcomes assessment and academic quality review. Programs are scheduled on a three-year cycle. The AAS Fire Science program is in group three and will review program curriculum and create a new 3-year outcomes assessment plan in 2019-20, and complete a comprehensive program review in 2020-21.


Section I: Curriculum and Learning Outcomes Assessment

Program Department Mission, Student Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Map, and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment 3-Year Plan and Yearly Reports.

Reviewing curriculum and creating a Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan are scheduled during the Planning Year. After a program/department has started the 3-Year Program Review cycle, curriculum review and learning outcomes assessment planning will be incorporated into the 3rd year of the cycle.

Curriculum: The planning year includes a review of the program/department mission statement, learning outcomes and creation of a curriculum map. The Curriculum Committee will review the mission statement and student learning outcomes for each program/department during the fall semester of the planning year and provide feedback. Each program/department in the Planning Year will submit program/department and course changes along with a curriculum map to the Curriculum Committee by the October deadline so changes can be made in the academic catalog effective the following academic year. A detailed description of how to construct measurable learning outcomes, a curriculum map, and forms to complete for the Curriculum Committee are contained in the Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Handbook on the SLOA Website.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: After changes to program and/or course curriculum are approved by the Curriculum Committee, the next step is to create a 3-Year Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan to assess outcomes at the program/department, course, and institutional levels. Submit 3-Year Learning Outcomes Assessment Plans to the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA) Committee before Spring Break (Group 1 will submit on or before September 12, 2018). The SLOA Committee will review and provide feedback before the end of the spring semester. A detailed description of the components of 3-Year Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan along with resources are in the SLOA Handbook posted on the SLOA website.

After curriculum maps have been approved by the Curriculum Committee and 3-Year SLOA Plans are reviewed by the SLOA Committee, they will be copied/pasted into the Comprehensive Program Review template forms for each department/program.