Institutional Planning

Institutional Planning is an integrated process at Fresno City College that begins with the consideration of the college’s mission, vision, and core values. They are the overarching concepts that are considered at all steps of the planning process with a focus on opportunities to increase student equity outcomes. The Participatory Governance and Integrated Planning Manual provides the college with an easy-to-understand manual that explains the processes and practices of participatory governance and integrated planning.

The integrated planning process is continuous and determines planning priorities. Our planning processes allow for broad constituent representation and input. The College Council whose members are drawn from college-wide leadership of faculty, classified professionals, students, and administrators, is the college’s main governance body that provides oversight for the strategic planning process.

The responsibilities of the College Council include establishing college goals and objectives, establishing priorities for planning and resources, and monitoring the progress towards the completion of college goals and objectives. To further support the integrated plan process, College Council provides direction and guidance to committees, workgroups, and task forces. College Council Committees have a major responsibility of providing recommendations on college planning, supporting, and promoting the college's mission, vision, and strategic plan.

The Educational Master Plan is a ten-year plan that identifies long-term college goals and provides clear direction for the college as it moves towards its future. Information gathered through qualitative and quantitative data, planning documents and processes results in a comprehensive plan for educational programs and services. Information internal and external to the college was used to explain the changes that occurred in the past and to forecast future needs.

In alignment with the Education Master Plan, the purpose of the Strategic Plan is to provide short-term-focused goals.

College planning begins with the Program Review Process. Through the process of data informed self reflection academic, student services, and administrative units develop goals in alignment with institutional planning to be achieved during the four year cycle. Annual Unit Plans provide the mechanism to monitor goal progress and are completed as part of the continuous cycle of improvement. 


The Program Review Process includes a cycle of planning utilizing annual plans that allow for a longer time horizon for complicated strategies as well as the opportunity to assess progress over multiple points of time. The use of annual unit plans provides clarity in the planning process. The College Council is responsible for reviewing the progress and accomplishments of the units and committees and serves as the umbrella participatory governance committee for the college.  

The following Integrated Planning Process Diagram indicates the planning processes and how they are integrated with the resource allocation and assessment processes. The integrated planning process utilizes the college strategic goals to inform units as they engage in planning through the program review process to ensure an student-focused and equity centered allocation of resources. This process is cyclical in nature to ensure self-reflection and evaluation that includes an assessment of institutional effectiveness. 

Integrated Planning Process Diagram 

Through the program review process goals and activities are identified and depending upon the nature of the goal, a resource request may be submitted. The annual unit plan provides a means of recording and monitoring progress and identifies alignment with the FCC Strategic Plan. An annual summary of the strategic objectives and annual unit plan goals is reviewed by College Council. This provides the institution with valuable information on areas identified through the program review process as being a priority for academic, student services, and administrative units.

In fall 2020 Fresno City College implemented a pilot Governance Restructure. Read more in the Governance Restructure Implementation tab below. Below is a link to the implementation timeline.

FCC Governance Structure Timeline


Fresno City College has worked extensively to engage faculty, students, classified professionals, and management in the development of an effective governance structure. Beginning in 2015-2016, the collaborative process has included extensive meetings, external facilitation, and the work of two task force groups as outlined below:

  • Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative – Spring 2016
  • Strategic Planning Council (SEPC) Integrated Planning Special Meeting – Fall 2016
  • PPL/Brice Harris Report – Spring 2017
  • SEPC 2018 Governance Restructure Task Force – Fall 2018
  • Career Ladders Project (CCLP) and RSS Consulting – Fall 2019/Spring 2020
  • SEPC 2020 Governance Restructure Implementation Task Force – Summer 2020

As described in the CCLP Report, “In the process, the college recognized the need to modify the governance structure to facilitate decision-making, engagement, and inclusion of constituent voices that is grounded in equity…the college has considered the effectiveness of the governance structure in facilitating decision-making; engagement and inclusion of constituent voices; development and implementation of guided pathways; and integrating principles of equity and inclusion as a foundation supporting decision-making.”

The following documentation represents the culmination of these efforts that have resulted in the implementation of a Governance Structure Pilot that will begin in fall 2020.


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