Developing a planned approach to meeting CLC's future facilities needs.
About the Master Plan
With a new strategic plan now in place, the College of Lake County is preparing a comprehensive update of its master plan for facilities. The last major revision of the master plan occurred in 2003, with an update in 2006.
"The strategic plan sets the priorities and future direction for the college," said David Agazzi, vice president for administrative affairs. "The master plan will lay out how we will provide the facilities needed to support those priorities."
Among the priorities identified in the strategic plan are initiatives that will:
- Advance student learning and success
- Maximize educational opportunity within the college district,
- Integrate sustainable practices and stewardship of resources throughout college operations,
- Enable a culture of innovation
- Advance CLC's reputation as a premier institution.
"Obviously, we live in a physical world, so many of the strategic plan initiatives will have facilities implications," Agazzi said. "Maximizing educational opportunity, for example, involves offering courses in convenient locations throughout the district."
The Master Plan Process
The master planning process began in June 2010 with the selection of Legat Architects of Waukegan to assist the college. Legat will work with a steering committee composed of faculty, staff and community representatives, and the completed master plan is scheduled for submission to the board of trustees for approval in March 2012.
Development of the master plan will include a thorough review of such data as demographic projects and road building plans as well as CLC's current facility use patterns. Based on the best available data and projections, the college will develop options for future building and campus development at all three CLC locations-Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills).
The steering committee's role in the planning process will be to assist in analyzing data, identifying implications, recommending facilities options and communicating with the greater college community. Surveys and focus groups will also be held to obtain feedback from the internal college community and district residents.
"Having a plan to meet our future facilities needs is essential," said CLC Board Chairman Barbara D. Oilschlager. "It will help us make smarter decisions about how we allocate resources. That's always important, but it is especially so as we face the ongoing uncertainties of the current economic climate."
David Agazzi, vice president for administrative affairs, explains the key elements of the new master plan, including improvements in student services areas, energy efficiency and more.
Contact College Master Plan
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Phone: (847) 543-2203