College will have new “Master Plan”

Plan will address issues on all campuses and recommend changes, expansions

By Marissa Woltanski

Byline Staff

The Rogue Community College Board of Education has contracted Opsis Architecture, LLP to develop an institutional master plan.

According to Alec Holser, Principle Lead Architect for Opsis, the Portland-based firm will be will be writing a comprehensive plan that will address the needs of academic, administrative, and student programs on all three of RCC’s campuses.

RCC has written several master plans over the years, but this will be the first to integrate all three campuses and all academic programs, according to Holser.

“This will be an analysis of all facilities, resulting in a more comprehensive picture of all three campuses,” Holser said.

Opsis Architects and RCC performed the walk-through November 30 and December 1.

The institutional master plan is required by the Northwest Commission on Colleges, the regional college- and university accrediting authority.

One of the goals of the master plan is to assess the need for expansion of the programs offered at RCC. The plan will assess where the college is growing most and what needs to be done to meet that growing need, according to several sources.

Opsis’s recommendations could include Allied Health and Green Technologies, according to the firm’s goal statements.

RCC Project Liaison Denise Swafford said the plan will be instrumental to the growth of the college.

“We have to take it step by step and make the best estimates,” RCC President Dr. Peter Angstadt said.

Part of the nine month-long project will be taking input from stakeholders, including students and community members. The college will be holding forums and stakeholder meetings throughout the project.

“We do want a lot of student input,” Angstadt said.

Another goal of Opsis’s is a review of RCC’s marketing plans in an effort to give the three campuses a more consistent and cohesive perception.

Opsis recently created a master plan for Umpqua Community College. Opsis recommended expansion of UCC’s growing Allied Health program, and the facilities necessary to house them, and well as additional common areas for students that they called “living room” for the college, according to The Mainstream, UCC’s student press.

Although the master plan is required for the college to remained accredited, the accreditation authority does not require the plan to be executed within a certain time-frame, according to Angstadt.

“The assumption is that we will follow the recommendations of the plan, but we aren’t expected to complete any of the recommendations by a specific date,” Angstadt said.

Both Angstadt and Swafford stated that if RCC were to follow recommendations of the plan, the funding would likely come from a bond, grants, or other outside source — not from the college’s general fund. The funds used to pay for the $100,000 institutional master plan did, however, come from RCC’s facilities budget.

The plan will  be completed by June 30.

More information is available at http://www.roguecc.edu/imp

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