The integrated planning model mainly relies on the previous (2008) work and dialogue among members of the Research and Planning Committee, College Council, as well as the President’s Cabinet. These to committees worked on clarifying and disseminating the integrated planning model to the college community. This update more includes Student Learning Outcomes and planning timelines. As a dynamic model, planning is changeable. However, the directional flow or relationships among components (i.e. program review, student learning outcomes, unit plans, strategic initiatives, college-wide plans and mission statement) follow an established route based on regular review cycles. The purpose of the integrated planning model is to demonstrate how each planning component serves the college mission which focuses on high quality of teaching and learning in the areas of vocational, basic skills and transfer education and on excellent student support systems.
The Strategic Initiatives, developed by the college every five years, establish a broad framework for planning at all levels and within each unit of the institution. Under the direction of college strategic initiatives, each unit engages in a planning process. Strategic initiatives are developed by the college and guide the instructional, student service and administrative programs. Each year there is an annual report on strategic initiative progress.
The unit plans are designed to reflect college-wide strategic initiatives and as appropriate, college-wide plans. In unit plans, the units can state the need for additional resources and justify their needs with their connection to strategic initiatives or college-wide plans. For example, if the Speech Department needs additional recording equipment, this should be stated in the unit plan for that year. In turn, the budget committee reviews all unit plans submitted and can prioritize available resources based on how the unit plans tie to strategic initiatives, SLO assessments, or college-wide plans. Unit plans should be submitted prior to the fiscal year to optimize budget allocations and inform the college of resource needs.
Program Review and Student Learning Outcomes – Periodic Review
The college’s well established program review process ensures that a program or unit’s performance will be comprehensively evaluated periodically. For most academic and student service programs and units, program review is every four years. In the case of the Career Technical programs, an update to program review happens every two years. The Academic Senate and college program review guidelines for both instructional and non-instructional programs state that student learning outcomes will be assessed and reported in program review according to the program review timeline and cycle. All program reviews include faculty, managers, classified staff on the validation teams.