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SMCCCD Strategic Planning

San Mateo County—located on the Peninsula between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley— is a diverse county in terms of its population, demographics and business base.   Although it ranks in the top 15 richest counties in the United States, there are pockets of very low income and achievement.   The County is home to many national and international hi-tech and biotech companies, including Oracle, Genentech, Salesforce, YouTube and Gilead Sciences.  The San Mateo County Community College District serves more than 40,000 students each year, who come to our Colleges with varying levels of educational preparedness and educational goals. 

In this context, the SMCCCD Strategic Plan is a demanding project. In order to develop a shared vision of the future that faculty, staff, students and the community understand and support, the District, through its participatory governance processes, has been working to develop an integrated strategic planning model. This model will incorporate and build upon five elements: the District’s Strategic Plan; the Facilities Master Plan; a coordinated institutional research component; a coordinated program review process; and an annual budget that is based upon the other four elements.  The Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Planning is responsible for developing an organizational infrastructure that will produce the integrated strategic planning system for the District.

Vice Chancellor Luan outlined the need for developing a district plan at the District Participatory Governance Council meetings in late 2006 and early 2007. During a planning session attended by the College Presidents and Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning, a more focused outline of SMCCCD Planning Process emerged. The Planning Process follows best practices in strategic planning and emphasizes being visionary, participatory, data-driven and student-centered in order to broaden access and enhance student success.  In May 2007, the Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the Planning Process. In the ensuing months, the District Strategic Planning Committee co-chaired by Vice Chancellor Luan and the District Academic Senate President developed the plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2009.

Members (2012-2013)

  • Bennett, Diana (Co-Chair)
  • Beverly, Katie
  • Blackwood, Kathy
  • Buckley, Lawrence
  • Christensen, Barbara
  • Claire, Michael E.
  • Harrison, Susan
  • Hirzel, Douglas
  • Hsieh, Chialin
  • Jones, Charles
  • Keller, James (Co-Chair)
  • Laderman, David J.
  • Luan, Jing
  • Scott, Bart
  • Sewart, John J.
  • Shaw, Leigh Anne
  • Stanback Stroud, Regina
  • Ulate, David


Click here for members from previous years.

The Board of Trustees approved the SMCCCD Strategic Plan on December 10, 2008.  The plan can be viewed at:

SMCCCD Strategic Plan (2008-2013) full version

SMCCCD Strategic Plan (2008-2013) short version

The Committee meets the second Monday of the month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the District Board Room.

2013-14 Agendas & Minutes

2012-13 Agendas & Minutes

2011-12 Agendas & Minutes

2010-11 Agendas & Minutes

Previous Years Agendas & Minutes


Committee Resources

SMCCCD SharePoint Site: Only committee members can access the site due to large amount of informal and unapproved documents. If you need access, please contact Jing Luan, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning, at (650) 358-6880.