Program review is the first step in the Integrated Planning and Budgeting process.

2023-2024 Program Review and Annual Program Updates (APU)

Zoom Recording of APU Support Session (10/30/23)

Instructional Program Review and Annual Program Update reports are due by November 9, 2023.

Student Services and Administrative unit APUs are due by November 24, 2023.

Document Templates

2023-2024 APU Instructional Template

2023-2024 APU Student Services Template



Program Review/ APU General Rubric

PR-APU Assessment Validation Rubric

PR-APU Program Goal Validation Rubric

Trainings and Workshops (Zoom Recordings)

APU Workshop – Student Services (December 9, 2022)

APU Workshop – Data for PR/APU (October 21, 2022)

Program Review Training – Student Services (September 30, 2021)

Program Review Training – Instruction (September 30, 2021)

Program Review Training – Student Services (September 20, 2021)

Program Review Training – Instruction (September 20, 2021)

Validation Rubrics

Goals Validation Rubric

Curriculum Validation Rubric

Assessment Validation Rubric


Data Resources

Power BI Reports:


The Peralta Community College District has an institutional effectiveness process which consists of the following components: a District-wide Strategic Plan which is updated every six years; Comprehensive Program Reviews which are completed every three years; and Annual Program Updates (APUs) which are completed in non-program review years.

Through the Program Review process, each program is expected to establish program growth and improvement goals in support of the goals of the college and district.  Subsequent APUs primarily focus upon planning and institutional effectiveness by requesting that everyone report upon the progress they are making in attaining the goals and objectives described in the most recent program review document.  The Program Review is therefore a document which reflects continuous quality improvement and serves a critical role in the Integrated Planning and Budgeting (IPB) cycle of the college in that it provides a vehicle in which to identify and request additional resources that support reaching the stated goals (outcomes) and program improvement objectives in the unit’s program review.

Throughout this document, the term “program” is used to refer to any of the following institutional structures: discipline, department, program, administrative unit, or unit.

Supporting Documents

Program Review and APU reports from prior years, along with training videos and documentation, can be found on the Program Review website.   An overview of the Integrated Planning and Budgeting (IPB) calendar and accompanying infographics are included in the Participatory Governance Handbook.

The following institutional planning documents provide additional context and detail regarding college goals:

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding data, please contact Nathan Pellegrin, Director of Research and Planning (

If you have questions regarding Student Services SLOs, PLOs, SAOs or ILOs, please contact Dr. Marta Zielke (

If you have questions regarding the curriculum section, please contact the chair of the Curriculum Committee,.Alexis Alexander (

For all other questions regarding the Program Review, please contact your Dean or Administrator.


Merritt College Institution-Set Standards 2020-2021

Institution-set standards are used to evaluate the quality of the institution as to success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution’s mission. The evaluation of student achievement performance may include different standards for different programs, as established by the institution.

Metric Definition Set Standard
Course Completion (Success) the number of student completions with a grade of C or better divided by the number of student enrollments 66%
Certificates Number of certificates earned in an academic year 222
Degrees Number of associate degrees earned in an academic year 322
Transfer Number of students who transfer to a 4- year college/university 187
Licensure (CE) Examination pass rates in programs for which students must pass a licensure examination in order to work in their field of study 70%
Employment (CE) The job placement rate of student completing a degree or certificate in a CE program in the year after graduation. Macro-Region Employment Rate, by Program SOC


A quick tour of the 2020-2021 APU Template