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Strategic Plan and Achieving the Dream 2017-21



September 19, 2017

The DRAFT Governance Task Force document (PDF file) is now available. The college's Planning and Coordination Council (PCC) has completed a first reading of the document and it is now being shared with the college. Please reach out to your representatives on the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, committees, and constituent groups for more information and to provide possible input on this important process. We need your participation!  

September 15, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - a college-wide summit is set for Friday, November 3. Mark your calendars and look for more details soon!

Thank you to everyone who attended President Thomas Greene's Sept. 14 listening session. It was a great discussion about how the college is moving forward with implementation of the new strategic plan. If you were unable to attend but want to share a thought, idea, or concern, please email

September 8, 2017

The college's Planning and Coordination Council (PCC) is currently reviewing a DRAFT document about a potential redesign of the college's participatory governance structure and processes. The PCC is expected to discuss the document at its Monday, Sept. 11 meeting, 3-5pm in the Community Rooms. Please reach out to your representatives on the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, committees, and constituent groups for more information and to provide possible input on this important process. We need your participation!

September 1, 2017

The teams are taking shape! Team members have been appointed to the three student success strategy teams: Start Right, Integrated Planning & Support for Students (IPaSS), and Clarify Program Paths.

Please save the date: President Thomas Greene will hold a "listening session" Thursday, Sept. 14, 3-4pm in Student Center Community Rooms 1 & 2. This will be an informal opportunity for the campus community to ask questions, share feedback, and learn more about the strategic plan. Hope to see you there!

August 25, 2017

At the Fall 2017 convocation, three student success strategies were announced to the college community: Start Right, Integrated Planning & Support for Students (IPaSS), and Clarify Program Paths. All strategies developed out of the strategic plan. Learn more about each strategy by clicking below!

Start Right Integrated Planning and Support for Students (IPaSS) Clarify Program Paths
Represents a structured early experience for large numbers of newly entering students Will provide all students with personal, individualized and integrated guidance and support. It will allow for more ease in monitoring student progress and proactively intervening to ensure students' timely progress along their chosen program of study. Will establish clear and coherent academic and career program pathways, and the creation of areas of interest that serve as a supportive foundation for the other redesign efforts

August 21, 2017

Want to get text alerts on your phone when there is an update about the redesign process? Text @ARCPLAN to 81010 -- or visit and fill out the form!

May 2017

The Los Rios Board of Trustees approved ARC's new vision, mission, and social justice statements, as well as strategic goals.

Our Vision

Transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education.

Our Mission

American River College places students first in providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.

American River College, serving the greater Sacramento region, offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve career as well as other academic and personal goals.

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Equity

American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community.

Strategic Goals

1. Students First - The College engages and connects students early and often to people, programs, and services as an integrated educational experience. By providing personalized, proactive support, the College fosters relationships that ensure all students, particularly the historically underserved and marginalized, persist, learn, and succeed.

2. Clear and Effective Paths - The College provides easily recognizable pathways to, through, and beyond ARC. Offering well defined and supported pathways provides a foundation for success as students enter the College, make timely progress toward achieving their informed educational goals, and seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities or find employment in their chosen career.

3. Exemplary Teaching, Learning & Working Environment - The College ensures an equitable, safe, and inclusive teaching, learning, and working environment. Culturally relevant curriculum, innovative, high- quality instructional methods and technologies, exemplary academic and student support services, and comprehensive and integrated professional development create the best conditions for teaching and learning. The College promotes liberation and honors the dignity, humanity, and contributions of all members of our community.

4. Vibrancy and Resiliency - The College promotes a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and transparent communication. Proactive, effective, and efficient operational systems and governance and data-informed approaches to planning, decision-making, and resource allocation provide a high level of service to our students, community, and to one another.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the strategic planning process. Your feedback and input has been crucial in the success of the new plan. Please look for more opportunities to be engaged!


Over the last couple of years, the college has taken 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.

ARC President Thomas Greene has two helpful videos for you to watch (clicking on the links below will open a new window to YouTube):

Achieving the Dream

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. As part of ARC's participation in Achieving the Dream, the college prepared an Action Plan, which is available as a PDF document.

Have Questions?

For questions regarding the strategic plan, contact us at!