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A college facilities master plan is required by Maryland every five years. However, this plan includes data projections 10 years out and provides facilities recommendations in phases for the short, mid and long term.

To develop this plan, we took a collegewide process that balanced quantitative and qualitative input from numerous sources, including focus groups and interviews, to get a full picture of community needs. The process also included a thorough environmental scan and space utilization study. The college then shared that information with the community for comments.

The process was facilitated by a steering committee that included the chair of AACC’s board of trustees, administrators and faculty. The committee took into consideration the mission as the first principle, which begins with “learning as its central mission.”

At the same time, the college’s mission states that we must be accountable to our stakeholders. These two components drove the plan’s guiding principles, focusing most attention on learning spaces, operational efficiencies, sustainability and fiscal responsibility.

A full presentation was made to the board of trustees on Dec. 8, 2015, and the plan was approved at the board’s January 2016 meeting.

We are very excited about this plan and hope our students and members of the community will be, too. We believe it will be very transformational for the college and the community, and we remain grateful for the continued support we receive.