Building the Next Strategic Plan
Building the Next Strategic Plan
Setting the Stage for Exceptional College Planning
Successful College of the Desert planning is derived from a solid foundation, clear and transparent approaches, and input from leadership, faculty, staff, stakeholders and students. The District Strategic Master Plan (SMP) for the upcoming five-year timeframe will directly influence strategy and decision-making for allotting the necessary resources – capital and people – to fulfill our identified goals.
The 2022-2027 SMP will outline the goals, strategies, objectives, and tactics that will guide the future of College of the Desert.
The District has created this page as one of several means to gather input and communicate SMP progress. College of the Desert leadership is committed to ensuring that the planning process is anchored by transparency and inclusivity.
Following a timeline is key to creating, refining, adopting and launching the SMP, which will be conducted over an eight-month period. Critical SMP time points are noted below.
Phase 1: Pre-plan
This first phase includes coordination and meetings of Workgroups; project kick-off; draft of mission, vision, values and SWOTC Survey.
Phase 2: Investigate
Phase 2 focuses on finalizing data sets; completing internal/external environmental data scans, identifying key trends; reviewing work done in Phase 1 and identifying key themes; designing focus group sessions with internal and external stakeholders.
Phase 3: Formulate
September -October 2022
In Phase 3, focus group sessions are conducted; information from Phase 1, 2 and 3 is synthesized to develop strategic initiatives.
Phase 4: Complete
The SMP is developed in Phase 4; the SMP is designed and shared through the appropriate participatory governance groups; submit SMP for board approval; adopt and publish the SMP.
Participate in Our Plan
The 2022-2027 College SMP demands a thorough process that stresses the importance of input from newly created Work Groups. These Workgroups will help lead the Plan development effort with their input and provide the ability for individuals to submit feedback about our planning process. Anyone interested in submitting ideas can do so anonymously; individuals can also share their email addresses so that the College’s point of contact on this effort can provide information on the SMP progress and milestones.
Maria Elena Diaz
Director, Education Centers
Adjunct Faculty, Radio/TV
Distance Education & Instructional Design Coordinator
Director, Education Centers
ASCOD Officer of Academic Affairs
ASCOD Officer of External Affairs
Dean, School of Applied Sciences and Business
Interim Vice President of Instruction
Assistant Professor, History
Executive Administrative Assistant
Interim Executive Vice President
Adjunct Counselor Veterans
Dean, School of Math & Science
Adjunct Faculty, Economics
Computer Support Specialist
Dean, School of Communication & Humanities
Miguel Pena III
Media Support & Training Specialist
Assistant Professor, Health Science
This section contains various foundational and supplemental materials for the SMP and process; it will be updated with any new information, feedback and documents throughout the SMP development process.
“Crosswalk” document linking the goals and objectives of the SMP with those of the Educational Master Plan
Faculty and staff fulfill our vision and mission by creating and sustaining a community where all are welcomed and valued for their individual dignity and worth. We recognize the importance of diversity and acknowledge the rich and unique contributions each person makes to achieve the Vision and advance the Mission of the College. To this end, the following values guide our actions:
College of the Desert is a learning-centered institution that values:
Student Success: Student learning and growth are central to all we do.
Diversity and Inclusion: We embrace the diversity of our community and uphold the dignity and worth of the individual.
Integrity: We are open, honest and reliable.
Respect: We value the thoughts, words, and actions of our students, colleagues, and community.
Dedication: Our faculty, staff and administrators are responsible leaders who effectively implement programs in support of student learning and efficient college operations.
Professionalism: We are current in our areas of expertise and embody high standards of conduct.
Communication: We communicate with authenticity in pursuit of broad understanding, effective dialog, and inclusive decision-making.
Lifelong Learning: Learning is essential to living, for our students, faculty and staff.
We commit to ensuring access to educational opportunities for our students, employees, and the community to fulfill our mission and vision.
We value the thoughts, words, and actions of our students, colleagues, and community. We encourage open dialogue, healthy dissent, and varying opinions so that we may come together to serve our students, employees, and the community.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)
We embrace the diversity of our community and uphold the dignity and worth of the individual. We strive to create equitable and accessible safe spaces so individuals can learn, grow, and complete their educational goals.
We create safe spaces for empowerment, creativity, courage, and exploration to provide a unique student-learning-centered culture that fosters innovation.
We communicate openly, honestly, and with authenticity. We pursue broad understanding, effective dialog, and inclusive decision-making.
Learning is essential to living for our students, faculty, and staff.
We commit to a communal effort dedicated to creating and sustaining a fair and equal society in which all people and groups are valued and affirmed. We embrace efforts to end systemic violence and racism and all systems that devalue the dignity and humanity of any person. We recognize the legacy of past injustices and promote efforts to empower individual and communal action in support of restorative justice and the full implementation of human and civil rights. Source: John Lewis Institute for Social Justice: https://www.ccsu.edu/johnlewisinstitute/terminology.html
As good stewards of the public trust, we take thoughtful, intentional, and responsible action in allocating resources and fulfilling our mission and vision. We plan for and respond to dynamic fiscal conditions through ongoing evaluation, reallocating existing resources, and developing new funds.
We commit to student learning, goal completion, and personal fulfillment in alignment with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success.
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