Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Below is a description and diagram of Lane's current planning and institutional effectiveness model, which is "under construction" and will emerge as the integrated planning framework. The page also has links to the Economic Impact Study, Program Demand Gap Analysis, and the Environmental Scan Reports, including infographics created by Linh My Ta, Communication and Data Specialist student worker.

Check out the economic value of Lane Community College by reading the Lightcast 2021-22 Fact Sheet. It shows that for every dollar students invest in their education at Lane they receive an additional $4.80 in lifetime earnings, an average annual rate of return of 18.4%. See below for additional Economic Impact Study resources.

In May 2023, Lane began developing an integrated planning framework, which will take approximately 36 months to fully implement. From May 2023-Jan 2024, we began collating institutional goals, testing software systems, tracking goal achievement for the Strategic Plan, and beginning to map and align institutional-level goals. This year we beta test a new annual planning process and get feedback for the permanent one. Stay tuned for next steps. 

Lane's planning model is designed to support and further the college’s mission, with a focus on student learning and success. It forms the basis for regular and effective assessment, improvement, accomplishment, and adaptation, discussed below. 

Strategic goals and objectives are established every five years as part of a comprehensive strategic planning process that identifies priority actions needed to support and improve achievement of Lane’s mission, as measured by mission fulfillment indicators.

Program review and department planning support strategic goals and objectives by operationalizing priorities and improvements at the program and service level.

Institutional Effectiveness Structure graphic

About Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Lane Community College

Planning and Institutional Effectiveness is a continuous process of assessment and improvement that leads to the achievement of program, department/division, and institutional goals and outcomes and fulfillment of our mission.

Assessment processes and practices determine whether our efforts and actions are bringing forth desired results.

Program and Service Level Assessment
Program Review
Annual Department Planning

Institutional Assessment
Assessment of Student Learning
Mission Fulfillment
Accreditation Self Study

Improvement & plans are designed to address issues and opportunities identified through assessment.

Program and Service Level Improvement
Program Review Action/Implementation Plans
Annual Department Planning

Institutional Improvement
Strategic Plans
Institutional Initiatives

Key Tenets of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Comprehensive, Integrated, and Ongoing Planning
There is consistent and continuous commitment to improving student learning. Educational effectiveness is a demonstrable priority in all planning structures and processes.

Informed by Data and Analysis
Data and analyses are widely distributed, understood, and used throughout the College.

Broad-Based Participation and Engagement
There is dialogue about planning and institutional effectiveness that is ongoing, robust, and pervasive.

Implementation, Evaluation, and Adaptation
There is ongoing, systematic review and adaptation of evaluation and planning processes. The College uses evaluation and planning to refine its key processes and improve student learning.

Planning Guides Resource Allocation
Formal planning and assessment practices guide resource allocation. The College effectively uses its human, physical, technology, and financial resources to achieve its broad educational purposes, including stated learning outcomes.


Institutional Effectiveness is involved with strategic planning at the college. You can view the college strategic plans, including the SEM plan, on the College Initiatives website.

The following reports provide valuable information to help stakeholders make evidence-informed decisions. 

Economic Impact Study

Lane has a considerable impact on the local economy. According to a Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass) study, from 2021-22, Lane added $674.6 million in income to the service district. This equals about 3.3% of our region’s gross regional product. That amount translated to employment is equivalent to 8,898 jobs and about one out of every 24 jobs.  For every dollar invested in Lane, people in Oregon gain $5.80 in added income and social savings. 

For every dollar students invest in their education at Lane they receive an additional $4.80 in lifetime earnings. That means that students’ average annual rate of return for their investment in their education is 18.4%.

Learn more about the economic value of Lane Community College by reading the resources below.

The previous study is below. Please note that the 2018/19 and 2021/22 reports are not intended to be compared due to changes in the Lightcast methodology and the service area. 

Program Demand Gap Analysis

The Program Demand Gap Analysis is based on Lane County and LCC data. It compares job openings and LCC educational program completions to identify opportunities to consider.

Environmental Scan

The LCC Environmental Scan Report 2022 reveals trends that are likely to impact Lane in the next 2-3 years. Topics such as economic, social, political, environmental and more are covered in this in-depth report created by the IEC Environmental Scan Subcommittee. Linh My Ta, Communication and Data Specialist student worker, created multiple infographics viewable below.

Need info quick? Read the one-page summaries/infographics below or see the executive summary in the report.

Contact Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Lane Community College
Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405

Shelley Tinkham, Vice President for Academic Affairs | (541) 463-3655
Tammie Stark, Project Manager | (541) 463-3257