Ohlone College follows integrated, data-driven, strategic and annual cycles of planning and review to ensure quality of teaching and learning, and programs and services. Planning takes place on an annual operation level, as well on a strategic and longer term level. The planning process includes:
- regular assessment and review of the mission, vision, and values statements;
- regular assessment and review of college planning processes (including program review);
- strengthening the link between program and services review, planning, and budget decisions; and
- ongoing program and services review using enhanced data, including the environmental scan.
The major plans of the college include the Strategic Plan, Educational Master Plan, Facilities Master Plan, Information Technology Plan, and annual budget planning process.
Each of these planning processes is born of the college mission, vision and values statements and integrates with the goals and objectives set forth in the Strategic Plan. Each planning process also looks to the findings of the environmental scan and to other relevant data sources, as well as to the program and services reviews. All are integrated into the annual budget planning process.
Planning is also integrated into the work of the College Council and its subcommittees, including the Facilities and Sustainability Committee, Technology Committee, PIO Prioritization Committee, and Budget Committee; as well as with the Faculty Senate.
Program and Services Review is and annual and ongoing process involving instructional, student services, and administrative services departments. These reviews tie the goals and objectives of programs and services with the goals and objectives of the College Mission and Strategic Plan.
Annual updates to every program and services review, including annual updates to the Program Improvement Objectives (PIOs), form the bridge from program review to budget planning.
This process ensures a sustainable program review system to inform the budget process, as well as other college planning processes, on an annual basis, providing vital "grassroots" input to all planning processes.