Educational Planning and Assessment (EPA)

Saddleback College EPA

The Educational Planning and Assessment Committee oversees the college's efforts to engage in an ongoing quest for quality improvement, and to document how well we fulfill our mission and goals by employing a comprehensive system of planning and outcomes assessment in all programs, student support units, and administrative service units on campus.  The components of Educational Planning and Assessment (EPA) are program review and student learning outcomes.

Claire Cesareo, EPA Coordinator/Faculty Co-Chair
Jennifer Klein, Director of Planning, Research, and Accreditation/Administrative Co-Chair

An Overview of Educational Planning and Assessment

Program Review (PR) and Administrative Unit Review (AUR):

Contact: Deidre Cavazzi, PR Coordinator or Jennifer Klein, AUR Coordinator

  • On a two or three year schedule, each department, student support unit, and administrative unit at the college completes a PR or AUR as a way to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its programs and services, and to determine its needs
  • Departments and administrative units set objectives and action steps for the coming two or three years
  • PRs and AURs are linked to planning and budget allocations
  • Reports are housed in TracDat and on the EPA Committee SharePoint site

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Administrative Unit Outcomes (AUOs):

Contact: Kimberly Stankovich, SLO Coordinator or Jennifer Klein, AUO Coordinator

A chart showing the linkage from Course SLOs to Program SLOs to Institutional SLOs.

  • Course SLOs are assessed each year in every course offered
  • Program SLOs (PSLOs) are assessed annually for each degree and certificate program
  • Course SLOs are linked directly to PSLOs and Institutional SLOs (ISLOs), as shown in the diagram above
  • SLOs listed on all course syllabi
  • Student support and administrative unit AUOs are assessed each year
  • Assessment data is housed in TracDat
  • SLO and AUO findings and actions taken reported in the PR or AUR


Contact: June Millovich, Curriculum Chair

  • Curriculum and program development are coordinated by the Curriculum Committee, which is associated with but independent of EPA
  • Courses are approved on the basis of such standards as grading policy, units, prerequisites, academic rigor, course content, course objectives, repeatability, assignments, instructional methodology, and methods of evaluation
  • SLOs are included on the official Course Outline of Record (COR) 
  • Each course and program is evaluated on a regular cycle through the technical review process