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Program Planning & Review

Program Planning & Review

Welcome to Foothill College's Program Planning & Review website!

Our Process

Here you will find information about our program planning and program review processes.

With the continual assessment and revisions of the Integrated Budget and Planning (IP&B) process at Foothill College, there have been changes to the program review process. Please see the sections below for more information.


An effective program review supports continuous quality improvement to enhance Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and, ultimately, increases student achievement rates.

Program review aims to be a sustainable process that reviews, discusses, and analyzes current practices.

The purpose is to encourage program reflection and to ensure that program planning is related to goals at the institutional and course levels.

The resource alignment process is designed to align resource allocation or elimination with the following:

Any new resource requests must be made through the resource alignment process, which is part of the Integrated Planning & Budget (IP&B) structure.

Process Overview

Foothill College instructional programs, administrative units and student services are reviewed annually using the Annual Program Review Form, with an in-depth, comprehensive review occurring on a three-year cycle (See Quick Forms).

Faculty and staff in departments who contribute to these programs will participate in program review.

Deans provide feedback upon completion of the annual templates and will forward the program review on to the next stage of the process. Comprehensive program reviews are forwarded to the Program Review Committee (PRC) in the winter term.

Program review addresses five core areas, with a final section for administrator comments and their reflections:

  1. Data and Trend Analysis
  2. Outcomes Assessment
  3. Program Goals and Rationale
  4. Program Resources and Support
  5. Program Strengths & Opportunities for Improvement
  6. Administrator’s Comments, Reflection and Next Steps