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Interim Superintendent/President Jeff Baker


Since its founding in 1958, College of the Desert has grown into a vibrant, state-of-the-art center for higher education and an economic engine for the community – preparing students to transfer to a four year university or providing them with the skills to begin their career while securing our investment in the desert’s future. Over the years, our 120,000 alumni have gone on to fulfill their dreams, have successful careers and positively impact hundreds of thousands of lives across our valley.

Looking to the future – the needs of Coachella Valley residents have grown more complex as our demographic and economic diversity continues to evolve. When we think about tomorrow, we know that success for our students has to start with instilling the goal of a college degree and building an effective educational pipeline long before it’s time to fill out a college application! The reason is more education equals more success for our students, our economy and our community.

Over the past few years we have been fortunate to have some of the strongest enrollment in the region. However, the future will require a commitment to initiatives that improve student retention, completion and graduation rates. Our first challenge is to insure students arrive prepared to meet the expectations of academic performance. Our second challenge is to increase the college going rate and likelihood a student will succeed once in college. I am committed to expanding efforts to work with our K-12 systems and university partners to improve academic preparedness and increase the college going rates. I am also committed to expanding our efforts to help students overcome obstacles to meet their academic goals and graduate sooner.

As we think about the future, dream of that day when our educational and community leaders have provided all students an opportunity to fulfill their educational goals. The College has never been more relevant or more in demand as we expand our efforts to fulfill this dream. College of the Desert will continue its rich tradition of serving the community; but, pledges to expand our efforts to increase opportunities for the next generation to realize their dreams.

Jeff Baker
Interim Superintendent/President