Board Approves Master Plan Draft

aerial view of Mt. SAC
By Mike Taylor

May 21, 2018 - 10:54 AM

At its May 9 meeting, the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees approved a draft of the 2018 Educational and Facilities Master Plan designed to direct the college’s educational and facilities goals for a 10-year period.

The Master Plan is a community plan that looks at future asset development. The plan projects a .75 percent growth percentage for the college and includes an educational portion, which drives the facilities part of the plan.

“This forward-looking document provides a detailed plan for the future and takes into account the needs of our students, the community, and the college,” said Mt. SAC Board of Trustees President Dr. Manuel Baca.

On the educational side, the plan provides for the integration of counseling and tutoring to increase student success, the expansion of interdisciplinary collaboration, the use of guided pathways to increase student equity and program completion, expansion of distance learning options, and expansion of opportunities for experiential learning.  The educational portion of the Master Plans also affords provisions for student services, administrative services and human resources, and president’s cabinet.

On the facilities side, the plan provides for campus-wide projects, new major buildings and renovations, and references student spaces and outdoor instructional spaces as well as campus energy and infrastructure projects. Some of the highlights of the recommended facilities projects include a new student center, a new library/learning resources facility, a new bookstore, an adult education facility, and a 1,500-seat multi-use auditorium.

Work started on the 1,200-page Master Plan in September 2016. It received input from students, faculty, staff, administration, and community members. Nine outreach meetings were held to receive community input, which was integrated into the plan.

The next step for the Master Plan is an environmental impact report certification expected in January 2019.

To read the Educational and Facilities Master Plan in full, visit