The Dean College Master Plan guides the long-term development of the College mission, its physical campus, and its role in the growth of Franklin Massachusetts. Over its 140-year history the College purchased land and buildings in Franklin, investing significant resources in the downtown. Apart from its central academic core, Dean’s buildings were dispersed across the town, and College leadership wanted to ensure that the school’s future growth was coherent and sustainable.
As the college expanded its academic offerings to include a series of four-year bachelor degree programs in the fields of arts and business, the Board of Trustees envisioned a newly organized campus. The Dean College Master Plan strengthened the identity of its academic and residential sectors, and identified effective institutional growth opportunities. Planning included expansion of existing facilities, including the new Library & Learning Commons and a new 28,000 square foot performance and dining facility.