Individual units complete the planning section of the annual update plan during the fall term of each year. The purpose of the Annual Update Plan (AUP) is to help units monitor annual progress on action plans/goals and validation committee recommendations made during the comprehensive program review process; plan and implement additional changes to improve student success and institutional effectiveness; and document changes within the department and in the discipline, college, state, or surrounding community that will be useful in conducting a unit's six-year comprehensive program review.
The Annual Update Plan is used as the central process for requesting any resources. In winter, each unit uses its planning section to justify why expenditures are needed to meet program review recommendations, unit goals, and the college's Strategic and Educational Master Plans. These responses are used to support unit requests for staff, faculty, equipment, facilities, and augmentations to annual budget allocations; they are prioritized based on the college's planning priorities.
During the fall semester of each year, each department chair or unit manager/director receives an electronic form of the annual update from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The Annual Update Plan has three major parts: 1) External Scan and Current Staffing; 2) Unit Plan, Recommendations, and Progress; and 3) Planning and Resource Requests (Completed in winter).