University Planning

University Planning Committee (UPC)

The scope of this multidisciplinary committee is to holistically focus on the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) shared vision, mission, and strategic priorities to achieve greater alignment in planning and decision making.


The CSUDH University Planning Committee (UPC) is charged with practicing effective integrated planning that aligns planning efforts in various domains; facilities planning, academic plans, financial plans, student services plans, technology plans, enrollment management, housing plans, and emergency planning. Each of these plans is the responsibility of a particular campus unit. The UPC will consider significant key sources (such as WASC reports, the DH Strategic Plan, the DH Master Plan, and other resources that articulate campus requirements and goals) in its priority development and decision-making. Approaches will be both vertical (institutional level down to colleges, departments, and programs) and horizontal (amongst the varied types of planning and decision making) to ensure that the allocation and utilization of resources is consistent with university priorities.

The Committee shall:

  • Establish an effective planning calendar considering annual and semester cycles;
  • Develop a consistent process for prioritization and decision-making and ensure consistent centralized approaches are implemented where possible;
  • Adapt to changing conditions in the environment that may dictate revisions to approaches and priorities;
  • Consider health and safety, risk management, institutional data and context, and above all, the CSUDH core mission of student success;
  • Engage stakeholders at all levels to build a sustainable commitment and generate feedback that assist in developing priorities;
  • Engage strategic decision-making while providing a broad-minded and comprehensive view of resources and commitments;
  • Depend on data in developing recommendation and determine appropriate approaches to acquire the necessary data and information;
  • Challenge traditional funding strategies that focus on the annual operating budgeting process and ensure the optimized use of resources;
  • Present preliminary and final recommendations to the President and Cabinet.
Committee Members

  • Natalie Alarcon, Co-Chair, Information Technology Representative
  • Ken O’Donnell, Co-Chair, Academic Affairs Representative
  • Deborah Brandon, AVP Enrollment Management, Student Affairs Representative
  • VACANT (faculty named by senate), TBD
  • Daryl Evans, Academic Advisor, Business Administration, Union Representative
  • Eva Sevcikova, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, University Advancement Representative
  • VACANT student named by ASI, TBD
  • VACANT (faculty named by senate), TBD
  • Monica Ponce, AVP Human Resource Management, Presidential Appointee
  • David Gamboa, Chief of Staff, Standing Presidential Appointee
  • Jonathan Scheffler, AVP of Facilities Management and Operations, Administration & Financial Representative

UPC @Work Supporting Go Far Together

UPC supports aligning plans and processes with strategic themes and goals by supporting strategic decision-making while providing a broad-minded and comprehensive view of resources and commitment.

University Planning Committee
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UPC @Work Supporting Project Prioritization

UPC ensures consistent and centralized approaches are implemented where possible by leading a project prioritization process and leveraging resources from the Office of Process and Project Management.

Projects Submitted
Projects that operationalize the Strategic Plan based on scale, impact, efforts, & communication needed.
Create Portfolio
Portfolio of requested projects is created & submitted to UPC.
UPC Review
Review to University Digital & Space Plans to determine efforts match plans. (Grants = pilots)
Analysis & Recording of Results
Operational stakeholders review for feasibility & resource alignment (IT, Facilities, etc.).
Publish Draft Portfolio
Draft of Portfolio published & sent to Division Stakeholder committees.
Stakeholder Committees Review
Division Stakeholder Committees review & capacity plan based on prior feedback.
Portfolio Review
Portfolio returns to UPC for final consideration & recommendations for institutionalizing efforts.
Cabinet Final Review
Memo to President's Cabinet including recommendations & project details.
Feedback Loop Iterative Process
Final portfolio based on feedback from Cabinet is published & moved to UBC, as needed.
Campus Announcement Convert to Project
Campus announcement made and Project Champions take ownership of projects.