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For Faculty & Staff > Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness



In Spring 2009, the campus evaluated its planning processes and shared governance structure.  The Big Picture Committee proposed a new shared governance structure to streamline processes and enhance links between committees involved in planning and decision making.


As a result of this evaluation, the campus piloted annual plans in 2009-2010 and implemented a new shared governance structure with 7 subcommittees in 2010-11.  After evaluating the first year of the new structure, a single council model with 6 subcommittees was proposed for 2011-2012.  LAVC's major planning processes are integrated in the shared governance structure.  Each Tier 2 committee is responsible for reviewing annual plan/program review modules, setting campus priorities and developing plans in specific areas:


Annual Plan (AP)

Program Review (PR)

Review Committee

History, Mission and Philosophy


Educational Planning Committee (EPC)

Outcomes Assessment (SLOs and SSOs)


SLO Committee

Curriculum Review and Planning


Valley College Curriculum Committee (VCCC)

Effectiveness Data


EPC and Program Effectiveness and Planning Committee (PEPC)

Staffing Trends and Plans


Hiring Prioritization Committee (HPC)

Facilities, Equipment and Technology


Work Environment Committee (WEC) and Technology Committee (TC)

Internal Influences and Relationships


Student Success Committee (SSC)

External Influences and Relationships



Relationship to College Planning



Needs Analysis and Goals



Budget Implications of Planning


Fiscal Review and Oversight Group (FROG)



Educational Master Plan (EMP)


The Educational Planning Committee is responsible for monitoring and revising the LAVC Educational Master Plan 2008-2013.  Beginning with the 2013 EMP, the new EMP cycle will be 6 years.  As part of the process, the college will evaluate its mission and vision in 2011-2012 and begin planning for revision of the EMP.


LAVC Strategic Goals (approved by College Council 6/22/2008)

Goal 1: Increase student retention, persistence and success

Student Success as an umbrella concept is a major core commitment of Los Angeles Valley College and a significant part of the College’s Vision and Mission. Student success incorporates personal growth, development, persistence, and academic program completion


Goal 2: Increase student access

Providing access to all who wish to pursue post-secondary education is a key element of LA Valley’s Core Commitments, Vision and Mission. Hence, increasing student access is an essential and welcomed goal of the College.


Goal 3: Enhance academic offerings to meet student and regional needs

The curriculum is the heart of any college and maintaining a set of program offerings that appeals to and meets the needs of the students is essential to the future success of an institution.


Goal 4: Enhance institutional effectiveness

Enhancing institutional effectiveness is an ongoing goal of an institution as it seeks to fulfill its mission and is a key element of the accreditation process.


In Fall 2011, a workgroup revised the EMP strategies from125 to 65.  The committee removed redundancies and ensured that each of the revised strategies are measurable.  IEC accepted the motion on October 18, 2011.


Plan alignment: District & State Levels


LAVC's Educational Master Plan aligns with the Los Angeles Community College District's Strategic Plan and the California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan (see page 3).  Annually, the campus makes a presentation to the Board of Trustees responding to the College Effectiveness Reports ((2011, 2010, 2009), other accountability indicators and  updating the status its strategic planning goals as they relate to the District Strategic Plan (2012, 2011, 2010). 


To further ensure the link between the campus plans and the district plans, the college  is represented on district committees for decision-making and planning (LACCD District Governance and Functions Handbook).


California Community Colleges

Los Angeles Community College District (currently under revision)

Los Angeles Valley College

A: Promote College

Awareness and Access

1: Access – Expand

Educational Opportunity and


Goal 2: Increase student


B: Support Student Success

and Readiness

2: Success – Enhance all

Measures of Student Success


3: Excellence – Support

Student Learning and

Educational Excellence

Goal 1: Increase student

retention, persistence and



Goal 3: Enhance academic

offerings to meet student and

regional needs

C: Strengthen Partnerships for

Workforce and Economic


5: Collaboration – Explore

New Resources and External


Goal 3: Enhance academic

offerings to meet student and

regional needs

D: Improve System


4: Accountability – Foster a

District-wide Culture of

Service and Accountability

Goal 4: Enhance institutional


E: Enhance Resource






Program Review/Annual Plan Process


The Program Review and Annual Plan Process is facilitated by the Program Effectiveness and Planning Committee (PEPC).  In 2011, the process was enhanced to strengthen alignment with other planning and decision making functions. Cycle 3 of Program Review includes all campus areas (e.g. collaborative programs, Student Services, Administrative Services, Academic Affairs, President's Unit). In 2013, all areas will complete comprehensive Program Review.  As part of the program review process, areas must document relationships to college planning such as:

  • How the program's goals contribute to the goals of the Educational Master Plan
  • The status of any EMP implementation strategies the program is responsible for
  • The status of any plans the program is responsible for
  • Progress on student learning/ service outcomes assessment and plans for improvement

For detailed information on the process, please review the Cycle 3 Program Review Handbook.


 Planning and Program Review Schedule



Annual Plan




Annual Plan


Accreditation Self-Study


Annual Plan

Educational Master Plan (EMP) Revision/Writing

Accreditation Site Visit (Spring)


Annual Plan

EMP Approval



Program Review




Annual Plan




Annual Plan




Annual Plan


Accreditation Self-Study


Annual Plan

Educational Master Plan Revision/Writing

Accreditation Site Visit (Spring)


Program Review








Institutional Assessment Plan (IAP) - draft undergoing approval process


The IAP specifies the details of the student learning outcome cycle (SLOAC) for courses, programs and service outcomes and the links between the SLOAC and planning. The IAP sets forth the assessment philosophy and plans for the college including, an assessment philosophy, relevant accreditation standards, means of assessment to produce quality data.




Student Equity Plan –  draft undergoign approval process


The State regulations on equity plans can be found on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s website at: www.cccco.edu/divisions/ss/stu_equity/equity.htm


The LAVC Student Equity Plan 2004 is comprised of the following areas: Access, Course Completion, ESL and Basic Skills Completion, Degree and Certificate Completion, and Transfer. This plan was developed at a retreat with input from many campus constituent groups. The Student Equity Plan is updated about every five years.



Matriculation Plan –  update coming Spring 2013


The State matriculation regulations and guidelines can be found on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s website at: www.cccco.edu/divisions/ss/matriculation/matriculation.htm


The LAVC Matriculation Plan was updated in 2005 at a Matriculation Advisory Committee Retreat. The Matriculation Plan is updated about every five years.

 -Download file here- LAVC Matriculation Plan 2005


Technology Plan – 2012


 The Los Angeles Valley Technology Committee is pleased to present the 2012-2017 LAVC Technology Plan. The college recognizes that the Technology Plan will guide a complex undertaking to be implemented in a changing environment with limited resources. As a result, it has to be a fluid plan that is subject to ongoing evaluation, review, and revisions, using the institution’s established Shared Governance process. The 2012 Los Angeles Valley College Technology Plan is divided into the following six sections:

1. Infrastructure
2. Technology Support
3. Educational Technology
4. Training
5. 508 Compliance
6. Funding


For reference, the 2005 plan can be found here: 2005 Technology Plan.

Budget and Planning Calendar


LAVC 2009-2010 Budget and Planning Calendar

LAVC 2008-2009 Budget and Planning Calendar

LAVC 2007-2008 Budget and Planning Calendar

LAVC 2006-2007 Budget and Planning Calendar


 Facilities Master Plan: 2003-2010


THE LAVC Faciltiies Master Plan documents the development of renovation and construction plans to improve campus facilities.  The LACCD obtained two bond measures about the time we finished our Master Plan in 2002. Using elements from the 2002 Master Plan, and input from Building User Groups (BUGS) and the Facilities Master Plan Committee, a Facilities Plan was developed for the creation of the new buildings. The 2003 Facilities Master Plan Update for Proposition A/AA, and a 2010 Facilities Master Plan Update for Measure J. A list of current projects, the progress on our buildings, and a map of the new construction is available at the following link: www.lavc.edu/revitalizingvalley/


Construction Plan 2008-2012


-Download file here- LAVC 2008-2012 Five-Year Construction Plan


 Planning Agenda


The LAVC 2007  Self Study and Site Visit resulted in recommendations and planning agenda items that the college strives to address in its planning efforts and daily activities. As the institiution begins its Self Evaluation for 2013, LAVC will continue to evaluate institutional practices using the ACCJC standards and the plans established by the college. For more information on Accreditation status and reports visit the LAVC Accreditation site.