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College Strategic Planning

The College Strategic Plan (CSP), is a short term 3-year planning document, and is distinct from the longer-term Educational Master Plan.  Work on the new Educational Master Plan was completed in early 2013, projecting future needs of educational programs, support services, and facilities through the year 2025.

Three-year institutional goals were established at college-wide meetings conducted in March 2012. Institutional goals for the 2012-2015 College Strategic Plan were narrowed to just two: Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness. Goal Area Implementation Teams (GAITs) were formed for each goal, and the teams determined a short list of specific objectives under each high-level goal. An update was prepared, and presented to the Governing Board on June 11, 2012.

The GAIT teams re-convened during the Spring 2013 semester to identify specific strategies for accomplishing the respective objectives. By this time, the process was informed by two developments. First, during the intervening period, the Accreditation Self-Study teams had completed their evaluation of the institution from the point of view of the Accreditation Standards. CSP strategy development was able to benefit from the work of the Self-Study teams, and several CSP strategies surfaced from the Accreditation Self-Study. Second, strategy development took place with a clearer understanding of the direction of the Student Success Act (though details are still evolving), and thus the strategies are aligned with the Student Success Task Force Recommendations.

As strategies were developed, the GAIT teams realized that there was some overlap between the two high-level goals, and this led to changes in the organization and wording of some of the objectives. In the end, three strategies are shared between Goal A and Goal B. The objectives are as follows:

  • Goal A - Student Success
    • A1: Implement the Student Success Initiative.
    • A2: Align pathways from K-12 through Cabrillo and into careers and/or Baccalaureate-granting institutions.
    • A3: Engage students in timely interventions whereby they are encouraged to exercise greater responsibility for their educational success.
  • Goal B - Enhance Institutional Effectiveness
    • B1: Enhance performance by implementing best practices in training and professional development for Cabrillo employees.
    • B2: Shorten to time to completion through effective implementation of enrollment management strategies.
    • B3: Optimize sustainable use of college facilities for students, faculty, staff & community.
    • B4: Cultivate and sustain close connections with the local community.
    • B5: Evaluate, integrate, and improve planning, resource allocation and other processes critical to institutional effectiveness.

Specific strategies, with status updates for each, are presented on the following page:

2013 Strategic Plan Update - Objectives, Strategies, and updates.

2014 Final GAIT Update

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Institutional effectiveness can be monitored by observing a variety of student performance measures. While course success is fundamental, student success is a broader topic, best measured longitudinally across time. It is recognized that not all student successes are captured by data measures.

Here, indicators are organized in three groups. First, various ongoing local measures of student success, (primarily from the College Fact Book) are listed. Each looks into a slice of the curriculum, providing perspective for a certain area. Next, institutional goals developed for ACCJC (accreditation) annual review are presented. Finally, external accountability measures, from Community College Chancellor's Office Scorecard and Data Mart are included.

Student Success indicators are detailed on the on the following page:

Student Success Benchmark Indicators



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