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Strategic Planning / Achieving the Dream


Over the last couple of years, the college has been taking a hard look at what it will take to significantly improve the outcomes of all of our students. Through this dynamic process, we concluded that such improvements can only happen through a fundamental redesign our students' experience.

The college joined Achieving the Dream to support and assist us as we embarked on this redesign effort, the official launch of which has been the development of a new strategic plan. This planning process has included multiple college wide summits as part of gathering input from across the institution. The participation and engagement has been outstanding - there is clearly momentum for redesigning our students' experience.

Now we have reached a critical point: we have drafted a strategic plan - including new vision and mission statements - and we once again need the feedback of our community. We have worked very hard to get where we are now. Let's take the next step together and create a strategic plan that will guide us toward significantly improving the success of all of our students.

The draft of the strategic plan is now being shared with campus groups for feedback. For questions regarding the strategic plan, please contact the Achieving the Dream Team Leaders at Achieving the Dream Core Team Leaders are Tressa Tabares (Political Science Faculty) and Lisa Aguilera Lawrenson (Vice President of Instruction). Achieving the Dream Data Team Leaders are Yuj Shimizu (Psychology Faculty/Researcher) and Adam Karp (Dean of Planning, Research, and Technology).

Watch the video below for an overview from ARC President Thomas Greene.

American River College is proud to be a member of Achieving the Dream, a national network founded on the premise that redesigning key Achieving the Dream Logo aspects of a college is not an innate skill, but rather a learned one, where the efforts come through time, effort, the exercise of courage, and experiences of both failure and success.

To get involved in the strategic planning process, or if you have any questions, contact us at