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MAAS Companies - Program Management 

MAAS Companies is a comprehensive, planning and management company specializing in services to educational institutions including community colleges, colleges/universities (public and private), elementary and secondary school districts, cities and counties. MAAS companies provides professional services that support the District's construction bond programs. 

Facilities Master Plan (Vision 2030)

As a companion document to the Edecuational Master Plan, the Facililities Maser Plan serves as a framework for campus development.

Educational Master Plan 

The Educational Master Plan 2017 – 2022 (EMP) provides a blueprint for the academic future of the Desert Community College District. As previously noted, it also provides a foundation for the College’s other planning efforts (facilities, staffing, etc.). Although the exercise of planning is a fluid, and at times difficult economic environment may seem overly optimistic, these conditions provide a wonderful opportunity for the District to determine its destiny. Through comprehensive, data-informed educational planning, priorities are defined and the course for future activities becomes clear. In planning for today’s opportunities and challenges, the District is in a better position to make decisions that support its priorities. The EMP provides a roadmap that supports innovative, rigorous and engaging educational programs for the future of students, and the communities served by the College. These purposes are recognized alsoby external agency mandates that govern the College, including California Law and regional accreditation.

Strategic Master Plan 2016 - 2021 

The Strategic Plan identifies institutional goals and the action steps to accomplish agreed upon institutional goals.  Specific objectives to accomplish these goals are listed in the Strategic Plan.

Goal 1: Student Success. Student Success at College of the Desert is defined by the achievement of students’ educational goals.

Goal 2: Planning and Governance. College of the Desert is committed to effective and transparent planning and governance structures by following and improving an integrated and systematic planning and governance model.

Goal 3: Fiscal Stability and  Infrastructure.  College of the Desert is committed to the responsible and effective development and management of resources.

Goal 4: Teamwork, Organizational Development. College of the Desert is committed to cultivating a collaborative culture, which fosters participatory and team development for Faculty, Staff, Students, Community and Leadership.

Goal 5: Economic, Workforce Development and Community Outreach. College of the Desert’s community partnerships provide outstanding enrichment opportunities that contribute to the success and vitality of our community

The voters of the College of the Desert Community College District successfully passed Measure B, a $346.5 million bond measure on March 2, 2004. This measure provided the necessary funds to improve and expand the districts educational centers. New classrooms, computer labs, and science labs have been constructed to provide expanded job training and academic programs. As a result, College of the Desert is providing a better-educated workforce, which will benefit local business and stimulate the economy.  An independent Citizen's Oversight Committee guarantees that all bond funds are spent exactly as promised to ensure taxpayer safeguards and confidence.

Measure CC

To meet the increasing demands for higher education and training, College of the Desert placed a $577.86 bond measure on the ballot in November 2016, which passed successfully. The bond measure is part of an overall plan to strengthen the main missions of the College: give students the skills they need to be prepared for a successful career or transfer to four-year  universities. The bond funds will be used to renovate classrooms, laboratories, and career/technology centers, improve technology infrastructure, enhance access to facilities for persons with disabilities, and repair unsafe and deteriorating buildings. Specific programs to be enhanced include: Tourism/Hospitality, Digital Media and Broadcasting, Health and Wellness Occupations, Automotive and Advanced Transportation Technology, as well as sustainability and emerging technologies.

Society for College and University Planning 

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) unites the best of college and professional planners. SCUP offers a range of learning opportunities, from publications to its annual SCUP conference, for the higher education community to share perspectives, resources, best practices, and fresh ideas that move challenges to solutions—building upon a culture of integrated planning.  SCUP Integrated Planning Glossary

Healthy Building Design

Healthy building refers to an emerging area of interest that supports the physical, psychological, and social health and well-being of people in buildings and the built environment. Buildings can be key promoters of health and well-being since most people spend a majority of their time indoors. Healthy building can be seen as the next generation of Green building that not only includes environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building concepts, but also integrates “health, wellness, and human experience in buildings. Healthy building encompasses a wide range of concepts and applications that promote human health which include but are not limited to: site selection and construction, occupant engagement, personal control, indoor environmental quality, daylighting, biophilic design, access to potable water, healthy dining options, exercise in the workplace, and smoking restrictions.  
 
https://sftool.gov/learn/about/576/buildings-health#siteselection