Things to know about DVC

Can you name DVC's strategic directive, key goals, mission statement, and key values?

How is integrated planning done at DVC?

How are assessment results from student learning outcomes linked to planning and budgeting?

How do we use assessment results from student learning outcomes to improve student learning?

How is program review done at DVC?

What are the approved institutional student learning outcomes (iSLOs) and how do we assess them?

Where are we in terms of assessing course-level student learning outcomes for the college as a whole?

How do we allocate resources at DVC?

Where do I go with new ideas or suggestions?

What are DVC's "Institution-Set Standards?

How does it all fit together?

 

Can you name DVC's strategic directive, key goals, mission statement, and key values?

The strategic directive is: 
DVC will increase student success.

The four key goals - The college will: 
1) Foster excellence by integrating best practices in academic and student services programs;
2) Align its governance, operational and planning processes to ensure institutional effectiveness;
3) Effectively direct and augment its resources to increase student learning and success; and
4) Develop and implement a human resources plan.

The College Mission Statement: 
Diablo Valley College is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. Diablo Valley College prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning.

The key values essential to increasing student success include: 
Excellence,
Student Learning,
and Equity.

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How is integrated planning done at DVC?

The College Mission Statement guided the development of the new 2013-2017 Strategic Plan (which includes one directive and four goals, each with objectives and strategies). Previous College wide plans and the last two cycles of program reviews referenced the Mission Statement and Goals and Strategies 2010-2013 (based on an update of the 2006-2011 Strategic Plan) including the goals and strategies contained therein. Future college wide plans will reference the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan. The college is currently updating DVC Procedure 1010.01 (Integrated Planning) to reflect changes in practice.

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How are assessment results from student learning outcomes linked to planning and budgeting?

Instruction: Assessment results are a required element of all instructional unit program reviews. Dialogue occurs at the discipline, department and/or division level.

Student Services: Assessment results are a required element of all student services program reviews. Dialogue occurs at the program and/or department level.

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How do we use assessment results from student learning outcomes to improve student learning?

Instruction: Modify curriculum, request resources through program review (equipment, funding, staffing) or reallocate existing resources.

Student Services: Modify services/programs, request resources through program review (equipment, funding, staffing) or reallocate existing resources.

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How is program review done at DVC?

All organizational units complete comprehensive program reviews every two years.

Instruction: Instructional units analyze data and complete an online program review template

Student Services: Units analyze data and complete a program review.

Administration: Units analyze data and complete a program review.

The program review process is currently under review by the Program Review Improvement Task Force with results due in fall 2014.

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What are the approved institutional student learning outcomes (iSLOs) and how do we assess them?

Initial iSLOs were developed in 2010 and assessed using the ACT Survey in spring 2011. Based on an analysis of those results the iSLOs were revised in 2013. Revised iSLOs were assessed in spring 2014 using the CCSSE student engagement survey with results in summer of 2014. Results will be evaluated in fall 2014. Approved, revised iSLOs focus on students gaining knowledge, skills and an appreciation of ethical issues in five general areas; Language and Rationality, Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Workplace Skills.

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Where are we in terms of assessing course-level student learning outcomes for the college as a whole?

Current number of courses in the 2014-15 catalog = 1,283
Number of active courses = 1,058 (excludes 97 298/299 courses and 128 not offered since AY 2000/01)
Number assessed as of August 28, 2014 = 940 (excludes 8 assessed 298/299 courses) = 89 percent
Courses not offered since AY2000/01 includes experimental/topics courses and new courses, not yet offered in addition to older courses that have not been offered since before SLOs were implemented (but have been kept current through the Title 5 update process).

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How do we allocate resources at DVC?

Resource requests from validated program reviews are ranked by the Integration Council (IC), forwarded to the Budget Committee (BC) where available discretionary funds are aligned with requests. BC recommends allocation to College Council (CC). CC reviews recommendations before making a final recommendation to the college president. After making a final decision, the president notifies the college. Funds are released to programs. Effectiveness of allocated resources (in achieving stated goals) must be addressed in future program reviews, regardless of funding source (Student Success and Support Program, Basic Skills Initiative, grants, etc.).

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Where do I go with new ideas or suggestions?

Employees can bring new ideas or suggestions to their local manager, to their respective constituency leadership or directly to the College Council.

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What are DVC's "Institution-Set Standards?

 

Institution-Set Standard <Standard Fall 2013 Performance
Successful student course completion rate (number of students who receive a successful grade compared to the number of students that enroll in the course) 72% 72%
Student persistence (number of students who completed a course in the fall and were enrolled in the following fall)FA12 to FA13 48% 51%
Student degree completion 573 989
Student transfer to 4-year colleges/universities 1674 1969
Student certificate completion 561 841