2017 Spring Culinary Management Student SLO Assessment Survey

2017 Spring Culinary Management Student SLO Assessment Survey








Culinary Management Spring 2017 Student SLO
Survey
Spring 2017 - Culinary Management
July 27th 2017, 7:27 am MDT

Q3 - What did you like about this program?
I liked the different sections, and I like how XXXXX taught them.
Everything. The teachers are very kind, understanding, and don't overload students with too much homework.
The classes are enjoyable, even the lecture classes that take place in classrooms. My favorite part of Culinary
Management was the hands-on classes in the kitchen that simulated a real-world food service experience but
always did so in a safe and accepting environment. There's a lot to know about food and the industry and you
can't cram all that knowledge into two years, but my teachers did an excellent job teaching the general things that
every cook and/or manager should know in the field.
I liked the hands on training in the food labs. I liked hearing past experiences-good and bad- from the instructors.
The camaraderie that was developed between most of us
Coming into the program knowing just a small amount of information about the workforce, and through classes
being able to learn just about everything that you should know to be a restaurant manager. You come out of it
well learned of things that other people may not know, and you can take this into the workforce.
I really liked the instructors. I felt they were always there for the students. I enjoyed all the hands on experience
during lab and during the student run restaurant. The whole program was a great experience and I am glad I made
the choice to go to Western.
The material. I loved learning about all of the different areas of foodservice. I also loved how close everyone was
able to become because of how small of a program it is.
I loved my instructors and my class mates.
The lab and hands on experience. Most of the classroom information tailored nicely into most lab experiences.

Q4 - What would you change about this program?
More time for those sections
I understand that there isn't a lot to choose from in terms of time slots for Culinary Management, but I personally
didn't like having early morning classes. Other than that, I wouldn't change anything.
Some of the two day classes would be better as one longer class time. Many students, like myself, travel quite a
ways and then go to class for sometimes only 10 minutes because we take a test and can leave when we are
done.
MORE COOKING
I wouldn't really change anything about it. Some of the classes I thought I wouldn't need, but I knew that I would
learn more and have more knowledge.
I don't think there is anything I would want to change.
The only thing that I would change about the program is the time. Too often, there would be long gaps in
between classes and we would have to wait for our next class. Its my only complaint.
I would like to see more cooking in the program.
more field trips, the food club experience was a good one, more of it.

Q6 - As a result of this program: I have learned effective communication skills.
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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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Disagree

0.00%

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

0.00%

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Agree

25.00%

2

5

Strongly Agree

62.50%

5

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100%

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Q7 - Provide any comments you have on effective communication skills you learned.
Communication is one of the most important things in the food service industry. Without it, a business doesn't
last. There's no way I'd be able to leave this program and head out into the world without applying the many
useful means of communication that I've learned.
I have learned to be comfortable speaking in front of others.
I have been reminded of how to communicate to managers who are going to interview me, as well as just my
superiors in general. I have been reiterated on how to properly use Word and sending emails to other people,
and having proper writing etiquette.
We had to use our communication skills quite often throughout the course of the two years. I am far more
confident in my communication skills now than when I started.
When I got here I did not like to talk in front of groups , now I am pretty comfortable with that task.

Q8 - As a result of this program: I am able to apply mathematical concepts.
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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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2

Disagree

0.00%

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

0.00%

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Agree

37.50%

3

5

Strongly Agree

50.00%

4

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100%

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Q9 - Provide any comments you have on mathematical concepts you learned.
I've never considered myself good at math. A lot of that comes from math anxiety and self-doubt/second
guessing. Once I let those things go with the help of the teachers who knew how to teach it well, math came a lot
more easy to me. The praise I got from them on my work in those classes helped my self-esteem and skills more
than they will ever know.
Learning what mathematical documents a manager has to fill out and keep track of.
Food costing was a great experience!
Math was used far more often than I anticipated. I felt confident in understanding all of the mathematical
concepts that were used in a variety of classes.
The business math is a little bit much I think. Statistics, compound interest charts, some of the teachings were a
bit more than I think is necessary for restaurant knowledge.

Q10 - As a result of this program: I learned how to transfer social and natural science
theories into practical applications.
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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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2

Disagree

0.00%

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

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Agree

37.50%

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5

Strongly Agree

50.00%

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Q11 - Provide any comments you have on transferring social and natural science theories
into practical applications.
Doing what I love [cooking] with a group of people who also share that passion helped me feel like I belonged at
school. Just getting to talk to them every day and work with them gave me a pretty good idea about how the
workforce would be and helped me shape my own social work ethic. Before the class Food Science, I never really
thought much of food as a science. I've always liked science, and that class made me love both food and science
all the more.
In the Culinary Management program, most of what we learned was applied to real-life situations. Most
everything that was taught throughout the program, transferred very well into practical applications.

Q12 - As a result of this program: I learned critical thinking skills.
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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

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Agree

25.00%

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4

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Q13 - Provide any comments you have on critical thinking skills you learned.
Taking one thing at a time, and solving one thing at a time will allow for the problem to be solved effectively
before moving on to the next thing.
Anyone in the foodservice industry has to know how to think on their toes, but come up with effective solutions
to all issues that may arise. In all of our classes, we learned how to think critically and apply those thoughts to
situations.

Q14 - As a result of this program: I have learned to use technology effectively.
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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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Disagree

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

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Agree

37.50%

3

5

Strongly Agree

50.00%

4

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100%

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Q15 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about using technology
effectively.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are used heavily in the food management field so they are very important to know
about.
Definitely with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The Software course that I took in my second semester really helped me to understand other areas of technology
that I didn't know before.
I was not very good with excel or word. Now I feel really strong in those areas.

Q16 - As a result of this program: I have learned to value myself and work ethically with
others in a diverse population.
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Strongly Disagree

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2

Disagree

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Agree

12.50%

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Strongly Agree

75.00%

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Q17 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about valuing yourself and
working ethically with others in a diverse population.
I grew up in a small (-minded) town that had just a little bit of diversity to it. Lacrosse is the perfect city to socialize
in and work with people of many different backgrounds, along with being a great place in which to build an
effective network.
It just makes things better for you and the people around you. It does not go unnoticed with superiors and peers.
This is something that has personally helped me a great deal. We discussed ethics in many of our courses and it
has given me a greater understanding in working with people of diversity. I have also learned to value myself, just
by doing the best I could throughout the two years and having my instructors see that and give praise.
I now have more confidence in my own self.

Q18 - As a result of this program: I am able to make decisions that incorporate the
importance of sustainability.
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Answer

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Strongly Disagree

12.50%

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Neither Agree nor Disagree

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4

Agree

12.50%

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Strongly Agree

62.50%

5

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100%

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Q19 - Provide any comments you have on what you learned about incorporating the
importance of sustainability in decisions you make.
Food itself is an organic substance. A massive portion of litter comes from food and drink products. This industry
can make a huge difference for the environment if we all work towards a better future for it!
Consistency is crucial in really anything that you do in order to have order and a rhythm to the work you are
doing.
Sustainability is somewhat of a new concept to me. It wasn't discussed in great detail in our courses, but I do have
a better understanding as to its meaning.

Q21 - As a result of this program, I learned to: manage accurate food service records.
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Agree

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75.00%

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Q22 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.
This is something we learned a lot about. I feel that I am very knowledgeable in managing food service records
after many of the courses I've taken.

Q23 - As a result of this program, I learned to: create a menu in response to facility needs
and customer expectations.
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Q24 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.
I really enjoyed doing the Menu project in Menu Design class.
This is something that I have found to be most enjoyable. I think that if this is something that is needed when I am
working out in the industry, I feel very prepared for it.
We made full menus.

Q25 - As a result of this program, I learned to: evaluate food delivery systems.
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Q26 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q27 - As a result of this program, I learned to: obtain regulatory certification in food
sanitation.
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Q28 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q29 - As a result of this program, I learned to: apply sanitary food handling practices.
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Q30 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.
We were required to practice safe sanitation often throughout the two years.

Q31 - As a result of this program, I learned to: demonstrate professional work habits
consistent with food industry standards.
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Q32 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q33 - As a result of this program, I learned to: manage food production.
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Q34 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q35 - As a result of this program, I learned to: manage established food quality standards.
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Q36 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q37 - As a result of this program, I learned to: manage human resources and activities.
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Q38 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.

Q39 - As a result of this program, I learned to: use proper foodservice equipment &
technology effectively.
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Neither Agree nor Disagree

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Agree

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Strongly Agree

62.50%

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Q40 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.
I would have liked the opportunity to have used all the equipment.

Q41 - As a result of this program, I learned to: produce a standardized recipe.
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Agree

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Strongly Agree

75.00%

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Q42 - Provide any comments you have about learning this program outcome.
I like feeling more comfortable that I can do this. I feel that this is something that I will have to do often when
working in the foodservice industry.

Q43 - CONCLUSION Please use this space to share any other feedback, comments, or
suggestions about your experience at Western Technical College.
Thank you for the wonderful and knowledgeable experience! :)
I have had a wonderful experience at WTC and will miss is when I am done.
My time in this program was wonderful and highly informative. It definitely gave me the tools to continue on my
path of owning my own foodservice.
I really enjoyed my overall experience at Western. I have really grown as a person and have learned a lot towards
my professional career.
I have had a great two years at Western!
I think technical colleges and programs that are 2 years or shorter are better and more practical than a 4 year
degree for most Americans. The student loan debts are much lower coming out of here than Viterbo or UWL.