HLC Self Study
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College Planning

Planning at Estrella Mountain Community College happens at all levels of the organization. Institutional planning documents such as the College Master Plan, Financial Resource Plan, Enrollment Management Plan, Instructional Plan, and the Learning and Technology Plan, aid the College in providing programs and services to a steadily increasing diverse student population. Integrated planning processes reflect an ongoing strategic planning process that is reviewed, analyzed, supported, and exhibited through the College’s strategic directions.

College Master Plan

As an Institution differentiated by design, Estrella Mountain has always focused master planning efforts on building and creating innovative teaching and learning spaces, while integrating environmental elements and public art to reflect the rich cultural history of the surrounding West Valley community. The Estrella Mountain Community College Master Plan, a 20-year plan, illustrates that facilities planning at Estrella Mountain is an important link to the overall institutional planning process. Facilities management staff provides support on all college planning committees and campus facilities are evaluated as part of the institutional effectiveness process. The overall direction of facilities planning at the College is shaped by long-range planning at both the District and College levels.

In 1990, a Campus Master Plan Report for Estrella Mountain Community College Center was prepared by the architectural firms of Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall, and Sprankle, Lynd and Sprague following extensive input from the College’s senior management, faculty, internal planning committees, and the community. This plan shapes the College’s future development to a predicted size of more than 500,000 square feet. This original three-phase Master Plan Report includes strategies for land use, landscaping, building structure, building location, and computing and communication infrastructure. Master plans for energy management and conservation, as well as public art, parallel the Facilities Master Plan. In preparation for what was to be a successful $951 million Maricopa County Community College District bond election in November 2004, Estrella Mountain Community College updated the 1990 Master Plan Report in April 2003. The 2003 Master Plan Update was conducted by the architectural firm Smith Group with oversight provided by the College Master Plan Committee. A complete review and update was completed in May 2004.

In 2005, Estrella Mountain Community College began its third phase of expansion as part of the District-wide voter approved 2004 General Obligation bond program (District-wide $951 million dollar program). With over $71 million allocated for construction, equipment and land, the College referred to the Phase III 10-year building program simply as Building our Future. During Phase III, the College committed to design new spaces and reinvent existing spaces that not only enhanced student learning, but that also met the needs of students and community members. As outlined in the following, the new facilities included learning studios, parking, laboratories, student service areas, and instructional support areas.