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    Dec 09, 2022  
2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Introduction to IVC

About Irvine Valley College

5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 • 949-451-5100 •


Opened in 1979 as Saddleback College North Campus, Irvine Valley College received its current name and independent status in July 1985. In July 1988, the college received its first accreditation as a separate institution by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college offers a full complement of programs, from the most traditional liberal arts and sciences to the advanced technologies. It has established a reputation for excellence within the community and among the student population. The success of the college’s many programs has been reflected in its continued enrollment growth. At present, over 14,000 students participate in the college’s day, evening and online programs. All instructional programs at the college are housed within 10 academic schools. Full-time instructional deans work with the vice president for instruction and the president in overseeing the instructional activities of the college.

Campus Map and Locations

To view a campus map and list of locations on campus, visit here.

Governance and Funding

Irvine Valley College is a public community college funded by a combination of state and local tax dollars. Through its foundation, the college also actively solicits private donations from individuals and corporations to support its capital outlay projects, program needs, and students through scholarships. The seven-member Board of Trustees of the South Orange County Community College District, through the Office of the Chancellor, governs Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin. Board members are elected at large from representative areas of the district. Irvine Valley College is under the direction and guidance of its president who, with the faculty and staff, administers the college and oversees the implementation of Board policies.

College Vision

Irvine Valley College offers clear and guided pathways to transfer, certificates, associate degrees, employment, and further education to a diverse and dynamic local and global community. We support student access, success, and equity. IVC fosters economic and workforce development through strategic partnerships with business, government, and educational networks.

College Mission

Irvine Valley College is committed to student success. The College is devoted to student learning and success through exemplary and integrated teaching and support services, effective stewardship, and continued accessibility in a diverse community.

Irvine Valley College Statement on Freedom of Expression, Civility, and Mutual Respect

The Irvine Valley College community recognizes the important role of freedom of expression, civility, and mutual respect in fostering a healthy and productive college environment. Therefore, the College encourages an atmosphere of professionalism and cooperation, in which each member’s roles and responsibilities are understood and appreciated, and in which the free expression of all opinions, beliefs, and ideas is encouraged and respected. Further, the College seeks to establish the highest level of communication and transparency in the various processes of campus governance and decision making.

To achieve these goals, the College invests its resources in expressing its commitment to free expression, civility, and mutual respect in college publications, including college handbooks and manuals; in proactive education for all employees; by sponsoring projects and activities that bring people together in a spirit of hospitality, service, appreciation and camaraderie; through regular open forums intended to foster the exchange of ideas; through maintaining open, inclusive and transparent decision-making processes, with regularly published results; and through a peer-driven process - in which all of the governance groups participate and contribute - for dispute resolution, one steeped in finding mutually agreeable solutions.

2014-2020 Strategic Goals

Goal 1: IVC will foster an environment characterized by creativity, innovation, respectful interactions and collaboration.
Goal 2: IVC will promote students’ success by enhancing the teaching and learning environment.
Goal 3: IVC will advance economic and workforce development through regional partnerships with educational institutions and industry and by strengthening career technical education.
Goal 4: IVC will strengthen long-term financial health and institutional effectiveness through integrated planning and resource allocation.

2014-2020 Strategic Objectives

1.1 Recognize and support innovative ideas that improve collaboration and respectful interactions district-wide.
1.2  Improve district climate in the areas of optimism, commitment, and respectful collaboration.
1.3 Improve the representative process through active engagement and communication.
1.4 Increase professional development opportunities that potentiate employees’ talents and interests.
1.5  Improve training for all employees to increase district wide understanding of organizational structure, resources, processes and procedures.
2.1 Increase student completion rates (degrees, certificates, and transfer) while preserving access, enhancing quality, and closing achievement gaps.
2.2 Increase employee professional development opportunities that focus on student success outcomes.
2.3 Increase opportunities for student engagement inside and outside the classroom, evidenced by co-curricular participation, student services, and instructional support.
3.1 Formalize collaborative partnerships with the business community and regional educational institutions to support workforce development.
3.2 Improve alignment between workforce development offerings and regional job opportunities.
3.3 Provide relevant, innovative, and appropriate workforce training.
3.4 Improve student career preparation and readiness through experiential learning opportunities that allow students to explore career options, acquire work experience in their chosen field, and develop professional contacts.
4.1 Systematically assess the effectiveness of planning and resource allocation district-wide.
4.2 Improve processes and procedures for efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness district-wide.
4.3 Develop and initiate multiyear financial planning.

Irvine Valley College Institutional Student Educational Goals and General Education/Learning Outcomes

Institutional Educational Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Because individual IVC courses contribute* to one or more areas of the five institutional goals, students completing an associate degree at Irvine Valley College will be able to:

Communication Skills
  • Communicate effectively when speaking, writing, and presenting to a variety of audiences and with a variety of purposes.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Information Access and Analysis
  • Engage in critical and creative thinking to solve problems, explore alternatives, and make decisions.
  • Develop comprehensive, rational arguments for ethical positions and describe the implications for the individual and the larger society.
  • Apply mathematical approaches and computational techniques to solve problems; to manipulate and interpret data; and to disseminate the data, methodology, analysis, and results.
  • Apply the fundamentals of scientific inquiry to real-life and hypothetical situations.
  • Use a variety of media, including computer resources, to access, organize, evaluate, synthesize, cite, and communicate that information.
Global Awareness
  • Demonstrate and observe sensitive and respectful treatment of diverse groups and perspectives in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary global issues and events.
  • Demonstrate intercultural competence by engaging effectively-e.g., listening, speaking, writing, signing-with others whose language, ethnicity, religion, culture, country of origin, or economic or social background is different than their own.
Aesthetic Awareness
  • Make use of a variety of critical methods to analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of literary, visual, and performing art.
  • Identify and recognize opportunities to participate in the creative arts as an artist, performer, observer, or technician.
  • Recognize the historic and cultural role of the creative arts in forming human experience.
Personal, Professional and Civic Responsibilities
  • Identify and recognize opportunities to address civic and environmental needs.
  • Promote physical and mental well-being, self-management, maturity, and ethical decision-making.

* “Contribute” means that a specific course may fully or partially address the abilities described in a particular bulleted point.