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College Strategic Planning

The College Strategic Plan (CSP), is a 5-year planning document and is distinct from the longer-term Educational Master Plan.  Work on the Educational Master Plan was completed in early 2013, projecting future needs of educational programs, support services, and facilities through the year 2025.

Institutional goals for the CSP were developed through a year long visioning process beginning in September 2013 with the President's Listening Tour, a February 2014 Visioning day, and a Visioning Task Force that refined the community input into a plan. The final plan was adopted by the Governing Board on June 9, 2014.

Year Strategic Plan Priorities Activities Tracker


Fifth Year Strategic Plan Priorites

Fifth Year Strategic Planning Activity Tracker 2018-2019 (smartsheet)



Fourth Year Strategic Plan Priorities

Fourth Year Strategic Planning Activity Tracker 2017-2018 (smartsheet)



Third Year Strategic Plan Priorities

Third Year Strategic Planning Activity Tracker 2016-2017 (smartsheet)



Second Year Strategic Plan Priorities

Second Year Strategic Planning Activity Tracker 2015-2016 (smartsheet)


First Year Strategic Plan Priorities

First Year Strategic Planning Activity Tracker 2014-2015 (smartsheet)

Full College Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (pdf)

Focus Areas

  1. Professional Development and Transformational Learning: Cabrillo College has long been the leader in transformational approaches to teaching and learning, technology and other processes that make the college one of the leaders in identifying methods for student success. This strategic focus identifies goals that meet the intent of our college commitment to all employee professional development and access to training, while focusing the college on learning that continues to transform our institution as we meet our mission for student success, achievement and completion.
  2. Sustainable Programs and Services: Cabrillo College is undergoing changes in student demographics and enrollment levels in addition to state mandated changes in program regulations and funding. Committed to meeting student demand for transfer, basic skills, career technology and services that promote the community college mission, this strategic focus identifies areas that best meet student and industry demands for degrees and certificates as well as practices that encourage a seamless articulation of students through the basic skills sequence and into a career / transfer area.
  3. Community Partnerships and Economic Vitality: The community provides Cabrillo College with partnerships and connections that benefit our students. This strategic focus identifies our unique role in providing education that promotes economic prosperity for our students, employers, and our community. 
  4. Institutional Stewardship: Incumbent upon Cabrillo College is its stewardship through facilities, technology, and other operational systems. This strategic focus assures our community that we are providing high quality, sustainable and effective learning environments.
  5. Institutional Responsibilities: Cabrillo College is part of a larger community college and higher education system that requires compliance with standards, legislation, and other mandates. This strategic focus plans the institutional compliance to meet ongoing and mandatory responsibilities in order to improve student success and student achievement. The District is committed to fulfilling all required mandates every year. Recent legislation and policy changes have resulted in an exceptionally large number of new mandates to implement while maintaining current obligations. These new mandates include but are not limited to the Student Success Act, accreditation site visit recommendations and updated accreditation standards. All of the items listed below will be fulfilled by the District each academic year. The items identified as priority in a given year will receive special attention to either establish new processes and procedures for new mandates or thoroughly review existing processes and procedures to identify and implement improvements.

Institutional Effectiveness Indicators

Cabrillo College's IE Goals for 2016-2017 were developed by the Insitutional Effectiveness Committee, reviewed and approved by the College Planning Council, and adopted by the Governing Board on June 5, 2017.

Indicator Category

Indicator Metric

Short-term goal (1 year)

Long-term goal (6 years)

District Fiscal Viability

Fund Balance



District Programmatic Compliance with State and Federal Guidelines. A ‘yes’ indicates the district has achieved (historical) or has set a goal to achieve an ‘unmodified’ or ‘unqualified’ independent audit opinion (minimal or no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies).

Audit Findings - Audit Opinion Financial Statement



Audit Findings - State Compliance



Audit Findings - Federal Award/Compliance



Student Performance and Outcomes

Successful Course Completion



Student Success Scorecard Completion Rate for students defined as “unprepared for college”



Accreditation Status

Accreditation Status

Fully Accredited - No Action

Fully Accredited - Reaffirmed

Pursuant to Education Code section 84754.6, recently enacted legislation established a new system of indicators and
goals that is intended to encourage improvement in institutional effectiveness (IE) at California community colleges. The Board of Governors (BOG) adopted a goals framework at its March 16, 2015 meeting to measure the ongoing condition of a community college’s operational environment (BOG Item Number: 2.2). This statute also requires that, as a condition of receipt of Student Success and Support Program funds, each college develop, adopt and post a goals framework that addresses, at a minimum, the following four areas: student performance and outcomes, accreditation status, fiscal viability, and programmatic compliance with state and federal guidelines.
In addition, it requires that the Chancellor’s Office post by June 30, 2015, and before each fiscal year thereafter, the annually developed system wide goals adopted by the BOG (i.e. System Scorecard Goals), and locally developed and adopted college/district goals. In this first year colleges are required to set goals for four indicators: Fund Balance, Audit Findings, Successful Course Completion, and Accreditation Status. For subsequent years goals must be set for all indicators. The Chancellor’s Office website of IE indicators and goals by district and college can be found at:




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