Annual InStructional unit plan

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Please give the full title of the discipline or department.

You may submit as a discipline or department, as is easiest for your unit.

CONTACT PERSON: Jodi Julian/David Nelson

Due: May 17, 2013

Please send an electronic copy to:

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac at

and send an electronic copy to your divisional dean.

Form Last Revised: March 11, 2013

Web Resources:

Instructional Unit Plan

Please retain this information for your discipline’s/department’s use (or forward to your chair). A database will be created and distributed to the relevant councils and committees as requested.
The Unit Plan is conducted by each unit at the college and consists of an analysis of changes within the unit as well as significant new resource needs for staff, resources, facilities, and equipment. It should be submitted or renewed every year by mid May in anticipation of budget planning for the fiscal year, which begins July 1 of the following calendar year.
Data sets are available on the Program Review website. Please consult with your Department Chair or Daniel Martinez for assistance interpreting the data relevant to your discipline. Also, review the course retention and success data provided at

The data are disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and delivery method (hybrid, online, face-to-face). Within these categories, course data are further disaggregated by transfer, CTE, and developmental categories. Note that you are only required to mention data relevant to your analysis or requests. Please utilize these data or data collected by your discipline to assess your goals and as rationale for resource requests.
The questions on the subsequent pages are intended to assist you in planning for your unit. The forms that follow are separated into pages for ease of distribution to relevant offices, councils and committees. Don’t let formatting concerns slow you down. If you have difficulty with formatting, the Administrative Support Center can adjust the document for you. Simply add responses to those questions that apply and forward the document to the Administrative Support Center with a request to format it appropriately.
If you cannot identify in which category your request belongs or if you have general funding request questions, please contact the Vice President of Business Services, Charles Wyckoff at 951-222-8307 or Within each resource request form, a recommended contact person is listed to assist you with estimating the cost of your requests. It is vital to include cost estimates in your request forms. Please cite the source for the cost estimates and indicate if the costs are one-time or recurring. If the costs are recurring, provide cost of a service contract and length of time needed. Also, please indicate if grant funds have been sought and denied. FAILURE TO PROVIDE COST ESTIMATES MAY RESULT IN YOUR REQUEST NOT BEING CONSIDERED. Please see Unit Plan Rubric for the prioritization criteria. TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM POINTS WRITE YOUR RATIONALES BASED ON THE RUBRIC CRITERIA. IF CRITERIA ARE NOT ADDRESSED IT WILL BE GIVEN ZERO POINTS.
The college mission is available on the RCC home page, and the goals and strategies are available at

Instructional Unit Plan Update

  1. Trends and Relevant Data

  1. What is your unit’s mission statement?

The mission of the Theatre Discipline at Riverside City College is to provide students the means to accomplish their goals in the performing arts with an educational program that prepares them to contribute as artists, educators, audience and supporters of the arts. In addition to empower and support a diverse community of learners as they work toward individual achievement and life-long learning. At the heart of the department are outstanding arts experiences, superior teaching, and access to valuable aesthetic learning in dance, music, and theatre.

  1. Has there been any change in the status of your unit? (if not, skip to #3)

    1. Has your unit shifted departments? No

    1. Have any new certificates or programs been created by your unit?

The Department initiated the SB-1440 Degree in 2012 that aligns with the State of California’s transfer model. We are currently working on several vocational certificates: and re writing Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre courses so students that do not follow the transfer model can work on professional training in several areas of the arts. We have aligned all Theater courses into Families as per the State’s request.

    1. Have activities in other units impacted your unit? For example, a new nursing program could cause greater demand for life science courses.

      1. The deletion of our Summer Conservatory Program and loss of class sections due to budgetary cutbacks have affected our disciplines number of students involved in our program.

      2. Performance Riverside will be integrated into Performing Arts FALL 2013. Obstacles still remain but a task force was assigned to try and solve some of these issues. It was determined by the administration that they will now be an integral part of Performing Arts. Next year will be the first time we integrate them into Performing Arts as a whole. There are still many facets with the integration (trying) to be solved.

  1. How have environmental demographics and external factors affected your discipline’s enrollment? If there have been significant changes, please indicate those changes. If there are no significant changes in your unit’s opinion, indicate “None” and skip to question #4.

The deletion of our Summer Conservatory Program and loss of class sections, due to Budgetary cutbacks have affected our discipline (see chart below) Theatre as a whole to provide context.

The table provides enrollment trends over the last 9 years. (Fall 2005-Fall 2012

Recognizing and accommodating the growth of the surrounding community, including socio-economic and ethnic issues, and to provide more diversity of choice for our students.

The increasing labor trends and anticipated job growth in the industry will necessitate specialized training in all aspects of the discipline. Previously our discipline discussed an alliance with Performance Riverside as there is currently a shortage of trained theatre technicians in Southern California. With the implementation of the Musical Theatre Program and the Performance Riverside Program, there has been an increased placement of students in professional performance. Since 2006 there has also been discussion regarding the combining of Performance Riverside back into the Academic Program as it was originally

Although a task force has been organized with policies implemented in the next academic year, there are still some issues that need to be resolved or refined, implemented and this next academic year will be the implementation however, some of the areas are still undefined and misdirected but it’s a start! The move into (the) Academics will cultivate a strong relationship between students and working professionals in the field

Due to statewide budgetary shortfalls, the discipline anticipates further reduction of resources. Any reduction would have a serious effect on the discipline’s ability to meet the needs of its students. As a result, the district must continue to find alternative means of funding the program. Theatre Programs are expensive to maintain. English, History or Math classes can be taught in any classroom in the Quadrangle as long as there is a chalkboard, overhead projector, TV monitor, and computer link, whereas most production classes for theatre require a theatre facility with lighting and sound systems, curtains, stage, costume/dressing rooms, restrooms, lobby, control booth, etc. In addition, the costs of producing plays include licensing fees, set and prop construction, purchase or rental of costumes, hiring of musicians, musical directors, choreographers, production of program, etc.

Production classes (Theatre 2, 4, 5, 6) present special concerns regarding minimum enrollment caps of 20 students, as set by the district. Current trends and financial constraints, inherent to the art form and industry in the last two decades have necessitated re-evaluation and modification of production requirements. Many plays and other theatrical works possess minimal cast requirements and therefore a realistic class size is problematic. As a district discipline and a community cultural provider, we wish to remain current and relevant in our production offerings, and therefore we require special consideration when setting class minimum caps.

  • The Theatre Arts Discipline is a facility driven program that requires specialized and dedicated space. Programs such as Physical Education, Art, Music, Dance, Culinary Arts, Vocational programs, etc., should be used as examples for comparison. Space as an integral part of this discipline, greatly impacts the program development and offerings. Specifics of this issue will be addressed in the Resource section of this document.

  • As our Discipline assesses its performance, we find that our strengths are in the following:

  • Audience Outreach

  • Production quality

  • Student Retention Rate

  • Discipline collaboration

  • Current in field

  • Quality of instruction

  • Opportunity for students to gain performance experience.

  • However, with every strength comes weakness, and we have discovered as a discipline that we need to address the following challenges:

  • The current quantity of additional non-instruction responsibilities assigned to full-time faculty required to build and maintain a proper theatre program, has an adverse effect on the overall success of the department.

  • Success Rate for GE courses

  • Ability to address the varied skill levels in performance and technique classes, maintain pedagogical integrity, and still meet district requirements for enrollment.

  • Ability to address and provide service to the vastly diverse socio-economic composition of our respective communities.

  1. In reviewing your unit’s enrollment data, does your unit have plans to improve any aspects of enrollment management (ex: persistence, scheduling patterns, etc.)? If your plan necessitates resource changes make sure those needs are reflected in the applicable resource request sections.

Re-instating our Summer Conservatory when the budget increases will help in the rise of our enrollments, recruiting, retention and success. Also implementing more face to face GE courses as opposed to Online will help with the success rate of the courses. (See CIPR plan)

  1. Please report on the progress made on any of your 2012-2013 unit goals.

Our goals for 2012-13 were as follows the results are notated in Blue below.
Goal 1: Student Access and Support –Strive to explore alternative enrollment processes not only in actual numbers but opening up classes that encourage diversity in our productions and topics in class.

Exploring diversity in our productions and altering the date of our auditions to increase enrollments into our productions were implemented.

Goal II: Responsiveness to Community- Expand our audience through middle schools, high schools and surrounding community to promote our program. Maintain our ties to The Kennedy Centers American College Theatre Festival in order to stay current with surrounding colleges.

High School Tours were set up to increase awareness surrounding the community as well as performing downtown at the City of Arts and Innovations festival to increase audience awareness.

Goal III: Culture of innovation- Develop more professional ties to the industry in our lab based courses as well as our productions.

Groundwork for the integration of Performance Riverside will begin Fall 2013. Exploration of a showcase in Los Angeles has begun to gain ties to industry driven students.

Goal IV: Resource Development: With Budgets at an all time low we need to secure additional public and/or private funding to support our program. Encourage Ticket Sales will also increase some of our funding issues.

Goal V: Organizational Effectiveness: Work on our webpage and provide information in a timely manner for students, faculty, staff and the community to find out about our discipline, and link to the college website.

Goal V has not been addressed this year as the new RCC website is being reworked at this time. We have assigned our Clerk Typist to help update the disciplines website.

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