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ARC Redesign


American River College has a shared vision to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. In order to improve the outcomes of all students, ARC is redesigning the student experience.


In the coming weeks and months, you will start hearing about Achieve@ARC, which will be our mechanism for prototyping our redesigns of our student's experience.

The Achieve@ARC program will initially target newly entering recent high school seniors who have a degree, certificate, and/or transfer goal. Participants will be offered a variety of benefits, including hands-on assistance with admissions steps, a free summer experience, and coordinated and consistent support throughout their first year. The program will serve as the scaffolding for implementing, refining, and expanding (i.e., prototyping) the Start Right, IPaSS, and Clarify Program Paths (re)designs, as well as our responses to the legislative mandates of AB705 and AB19. The initial program is slated to launch in Fall 2018 so look for more information early in the spring term.

Learn More About Achieve@ARC


Our 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.



Achieving the Dream

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.

As part of ARC's participation in Achieving the Dream, the college prepared an Action Plan (PDF).

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.