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Institutional Planning


This page provides an overview of institutional planning at LAVC. Major college plans and resources for the district and state are provided. or additional information on planning or for resources related to developing an institutional plan contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Restructuring to integrate and align planning

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.  In addition to other responsibilities, each Tier 2 committee is responsible for reviewing annual plan and program review modules, setting campus priorities and developing institutional 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)


Outcomes Assessment 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 Planning 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


EPC, Student Success and PEPC

Budget Implications of Planning


Division heads (VPs & President), Budget Committee



Educational Master Plan (EMP) 2014-2020 -


The Educational Master Plan serves as the college’s central planning document and reflects the College Mission, Vision, and Core Values.  The Educational Master Plan details all academic and educational planning objectives that relate to the college’s educational goals. Los Angeles Valley College’s Educational Master Plan (2014-2020) details the strategic direction the College will pursue to meet the challenges and opportunities it will face over the next six years


Goal 1: Foster student completion by supporting a learner-centered environment


Goal 2: Increase equity by identifying gaps in achieving outcomes (transfer, associate degree, certificate, etc.) and implement effective models and programming to minimize gaps.


Goal 3: Through the College’s shared governance structures, maximize institutional effectiveness through evaluation of environmental, human, physical, technological and financial resources.


The Educational Planning Committee is responsible for monitoring and revising the LAVC Educational Master Plan.  Beginning with the 2014 EMP, the new EMP cycle will be 6 years and align with annual planning and program review.  As part of the process, the college evaluated its mission and vision in 2011-2012 and begin planning for revision of the EMP. For more information on the plan, visit the EMP site


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

Goal 1: Increase student retention, persistence and success; Goal 2: Increase student access; Goal 3: Enhance academic offerings to meet student and regional needs; Goal 4: Enhance institutional effectiveness

In Fall 2011, a workgroup revised the EMP strategies from 125 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 - Vision 2017 and the 2013 California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan . Annually, the campus makes a presentation to the Board of Trustees responding to the College Effectiveness Reports (2014, 2013,  2012*, 2011, 2010, 2009), other accountability indicators and  updating the status its strategic planning goals as they relate to the District Strategic Plan (2014, 2013 2012, 2011, 2010). 

 * No Effectiveness Report was disseminated, the colleges received a report on comparative data for District Strategic Plan.


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





Foster student completion by supporting a learning-centered environment

Teaching and Learning for Success:  Strengthen effective teaching and learning by providing a learner centered educational environment; help students attain their goals of certificate and degree completion, transfer, and job training and career placement; increase equity in the achievement of these outcomes.

Student Success and Readiness: Promote college readiness and provide programs and services to enable all students to achieve their educational and career goals.


Partnerships for Economic and Workforce Development:  Strengthen the Colleges’ capacity to respond to current and emerging labor market needs and to prepare students to compete in a global economy.

Increase equity by identifying gaps in achieving outcomes (transfer, associate degree, certificate, etc.) and implement effective models and programming to minimize gaps.

Access and Preparation for Success:  Improve equitable access; help students attain important early educational momentum points.

College Awareness and Access:  Increase awareness of college as a viable option and enhance access to higher education for growing populations.


Through the College’s shared governance structures, maximize institutional effectiveness through evaluation of environmental, human, physical, technological and financial resources.

Organizational Effectiveness:  Improve organizational effectiveness through data-informed planning and decision-making, process assessment, and professional development.


Resources and Collaboration:  Increase and diversify sources of revenue in order to achieve and maintain fiscal stability and to support District initiatives. Enhance, strengthen, and maintain mutually beneficial external partnerships with business, labor, and industry and other community and civic organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.

System Effectiveness:  Improve system effectiveness through communication and coordination, regulatory reform, and performance measurement.


Resource Development:  Provide enhanced resources and allocation methods to ensure high quality education for all.

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) Evaluation, Revision/Writing

Accreditation Site Visit (Spring)


Annual Plan

EMP Approval



Program Review


 Accreditation Self-Study


Annual Plan


 Accreditation Site Visit (Spring)


Annual Plan




Annual Plan




Annual Plan

Educational Master Plan (EMP)Evaluation, Revision/Writing



Program Review

 EMP Vetting & Approval


updated Spring 2014

Institutional Assessment Plan (IAP) 

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 – 

 The State regulations on equity plans can be found on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s website at:

  • 2013 Student Equity Plan
  • 2004 LAVC Student Equity Plan
  • 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.


Student Success and Support Programs Plan (SSSP) - currently being vetted

Student Success & Support Program (SSSP) (formerly Matriculation) is a process that enhances student access to the California Community Colleges and promotes and sustains the efforts of credit students to be successful in their educational endeavors. The goals of Student Success & Support Program (formerly matriculation) are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives through the assistance of the student-direct components of the student success & support program (formerly matriculation) process: admissions, orientation, assessment and testing, counseling, and student follow-up.


Matriculation Plan –  The State matriculation regulations and guidelines can be found on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s website at:


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.



 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:


Construction Plan 2008-2012


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


Budget and Planning Calendar (archive) - for updated process and calendar, please refer to the Budget Website


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


 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 institution 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.