ARC Program Review Integrated Planning Portal

Annual Unit Planning

2020 Annual Unit Planning Timeline

Date Role* Action
Feb 26 – Apr 16 Authors Write/Edit
Mar 25 – Apr 16 Reviewers Comment
Apr 17 – May 15 Reviewers Approve
May 16 – May 30 Senior Administrators Approve
Author – Biology Department Chair
Reviewer – Dean of Science and Engineering
Senior Administrator – Vice President, Instruction

What is annual unit planning?

Annual unit planning occurs each spring to develop action steps and allocate resources for the upcoming academic year. Action steps are linked to goals from the institution's strategic plan. This linkage provides a clear connection between institutional planning, unit planning, and resource allocation.

Who participates?

Planning units at all levels of the institution participate in the annual unit planning process. A planning unit is an entity that typically exists in the organizational structure and can be allocated resources. Planning unit levels and roles are defined below.
Role in Annual Unit Planning Typical Leads Example
Executive-Level Unit Identifies action steps and related resource needs to implement strategies or objectives that cross multiple divisions or areas; may include requests for cross-functional initiatives that involve multiple areas President
Vice President
Associate Vice President
Division/Area-Level Unit Identifies action steps and related resource needs to implement objectives that cross multiple programlevel planning units, but do not extend beyond the division or area Dean
Program-Level Unit Identifies action steps and related resource needs to implement objectives for a program-level planning unit Department Chair
or designated lead

How does it relate to program review?

For program-level planning units, annual unit planning advances the program's objectives into action. One outcome of program review is creating an aspirational vision for the planning unit and one or more objectives which work towards achieving the vision. Annual unit planning identifies the specific steps the planning unit intends to take during the upcoming year and any resources needed for implementation so that institutional resources can be effectively allocated to planned activities.