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

Planning & Decision-making

In Spring 2009, the campus evaluated and modified its planning processes and participatory governance structure to streamline processes and enhance links between committees involved in planning and decision making. The College continues to evaluate its annual and comprehensive program review process while implementing an infrastructure to support the process. The LAVC planning structure is integrated in the particpatory governance structure.  In addition to other committee responsibilities, each Tier 2 planning committee is responsible for reviewing trends in program review modules for the purposes of institutional planning.

The program review is based on a streamlined process, using modules as the component of the program review and planning process.  Departments and programs evaluate their effectiveness, identify needs, and set goals during the program review process. The program review modules are then distributed to the review committees and senior staff for resource allocation, institutional planning and other decision-making efforts.


Strategic Priorities (approved 2020)

The college approved: Equity, Access and Success as strategic priorities in Spring 2020.

The strategic priorities link the Mission, Core Values, Educational Master Plan, and other institutional plans and processes. See Strategic Priorities Visuals.


Educational Master Plan (EMP) 2020-2026 -

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 (2020-2026) details the strategic direction the College will pursue to meet the challenges and opportunities it will face over the next six years

Goal 1: Increase completions through an innovational learner-centered environment and a culture of equity.

Goal 2: Promote campus and community engagement. 

Goal 3: Maximize institutional effectiveness by ensuring financial stability, increasing access, and committing resources to cultivate and support student learning. 

The Educational Planning Committee is responsible for monitoring and revising the LAVC Educational Master Plan.  As part of the process, EPC is also responsible for reviewing th einsitutional Mission, vision adn core values. 

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


Program Review


Accreditation Self-Study


Annual Program Review


 Accreditation Site Visit (Spring)


Annual Program Review




Annual Program Review




Annual Program Review

Educational Master Plan (EMP)Evaluation, Revision/Writing



Annual Program Review

 EMP Vetting & Approval

Approved Strategic Priorities


2020-2021 Comprehensive Program Review   Begin Accreditation Self-Study

updated Fall 2020

Institutional Assessment Guide (IAG) 

The Institutional Assessment Guide (IAG) sets forth the assessment philosophy and plans for the College. This includes:
• An assessment philosophy
• Relevant accreditation standards
• Process for establishing SLOs, program outcomes (PSLOs), and service outcomes
• Process for assessing SLOs, PSLOs, and service outcomes
• Means of assessment to produce quality data
• How to conduct a student learning outcomes assessment cycle (SLOAC) for courses, programs, and service outcomes
• Links between the SLOAC and planning
• Roles and responsibilities


Student Equity Plan –

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

LAVC Student Equity Plan Page


Technology Plan

 The Los Angeles Valley Technology Committee is pleased to present the 2020-2025 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 2020 Los Angeles Valley College Technology Plan is divided into the following seven sections:

  1. Educational Technology
  2. Security
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Technology Support
  5. Funding
  6. Training
  7. 508 Compliance

For reference:


 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:

 ESL/Basic Skills Initiative

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.