Strategic Planning at San Antonio College
San Antonio College engages in planning and evaluation processes that are on-going, integrated, research-based (data-based) and are conducted in multiple places and at multiple levels within the college. Most of the planning and assessment processes at the college are well-developed and deployed, and deliver valuable results that inform specific strategies for improvement in the next planning cycle, or lead to continuous iterative improvements.
Strategic Planning Process
San Antonio College engages in ongoing planning and evaluation processes that occur across weekly, monthly, each semester, annual, biannual, and multi-year cycles. Shorter cycles provide the college with flexibility to evaluate specific strategies and alter those that are ineffectual or lead to negative consequences. Longer cycles provide the college with an opportunity to do meta-assessments of its mission and vision. SAC Operational Strategic Planning Assessment Cycle
Reviewing the Mission and Goals During Planning and Evaluation
The college strategic planning and evaluation processes incorporate a systematic review of the institutional mission, goals, and outcomes. Development of San Antonio College's strategic plan begins with the college mission, vision, and values statements. In addition to an annual review and revision of goals and objectives, the mission, vision and values statements are also reviewed.
All college strategic objectives and goals are reviewed annually and updated with current performance metrics. Every year, Strategic Quality Enhancement Committee (formerly SQET) looks at how far the College has gotten toward achieving it's goals and objectives. If the targets have been met, they are revised and/or new timelines are put on them. Targets may also be revised based on special initiatives, or new objectives may be added. The College aligns with the college district's Strategic Planning goals and College divisions align their goals and objectives with the College's goals and objectives.
Each individual department/unit at the college is responsible for reviewing its strategic plan at least twice annually and reporting updates on progress in WEAVE, the college's strategic planning software. At the beginning of each fall semester, the unit strategic objectives and goals are modified to revise targets and strategies, and to retire or add strategic objectives and goals where appropriate.
Each unit at the college undergoes a five-year unit review to assess progress and revise its long-term goals and objectives. A unit that fails to follow its long-term plan or which fails to develop a new long-term plan is placed under annual monitoring by the college Unit Review Committee.
Using Planning and Evaluation Results to Inspire Improvement
At San Antonio College the planning and evaluation processes result in improvements in institutional quality. At the college level, the key performance indicator (KPI) metrics that track progress towards the college strategic plan are generally updated at least annually. Once strategic targets are met, new targets are established to continue to stretch the improvement. When opportunities for improvement are identified, through any of the variety of evaluation processes in place at the college, the Executive Team and SQEC, with input from critical departments, recommend improvement strategies to the College Council for approval.