In September 2009, the RCC Board of Education adopted a resolution approving a contract with Opsis Architecture and Abell Architectural Group for completion of a master plan document. The process included college beneficiaries and constituents in a collaborative planning process. Significant background development was completed on the campus facilities, including the creation of a digital database of all campus buildings and program areas, which allows for a better understanding of current facility capacities. References and resources for monitoring internal and external environments are also provided in the Master Plan appendices 1-3. The project was completed, within budget, in March 2011 and accepted by the Board in April 2011.
The College Master Plan represents the first comprehensive review of facilities since completion of plans associated with the Table Rock Campus in 2003 and Riverside Campus in 2006.
The goal in this process was to establish a flexible Master Plan framework that will provide an integrated approach to assessment, planning and improvement throughout the College. The document is student learning centered and facilities-directed. It offers snapshot of current reality with an eye on implementation of key qualities of a 21st century community college:
- Student Centeredness
- Technology and Multi-media in Classroom Delivery
- Virtual Meetings
- Global Classrooms
- Distributed Asynchronous Learning
- Multi-cultural Personal and Social Connections
- Student Achievement based on Learning Outcomes
- Real World Interaction and Application of Learning
- Data-Informed and Research-Driven Plans, Programs and Services
- Multiple Social and Emotional Literacy Opportunities (Financial, Health, Arts and Environment)
Solid institutional planning is a major expectation for meeting accreditation standards set forth by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. If you are interested in further information about this project please contact Denise Swafford, Accreditation Liaison Officer/Administrative Coordinator in the President’s Office.