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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.

Success Strategies Updates

The three teams working on the college's success strategies have some updates to share:

Clarify Programs Paths

  • Areas of interest are defined and named. The teams has also determined which programs belong in each area.

  • Roadmaps are being created for programs. The team is prioritizing the top 5 programs in each area of interest.

  • So far, the team has completed mapping 38 certificates and 2 degrees and have begun the process of mapping over 60 more programs.

Integrated Planning and Support for Students (IPaSS)

  • IPaSS has developed a recommended student support plan that will help guide students "through" our pathways and towards degrees, certificates, and transfer. To do this, the team focused on creating a student support experience that is sustained, strategic, integrated, proactive, and personalized (SSIPP). Students will have the support of a dedicated counselor and an "Achieve Team" who will monitor their progress and check in periodically.

  • The team also recommends creating "Pathway Communities" for each pathway that are stewarded by a faculty member and a peer. These Pathway Communities would have both an online and in-person presence and would engage students with major and career-related activities, events, workshops, and information.

  • Finally, the team's recommendations are underpinned by both professional development and technology; these will create a foundation on which we can truly support students through the college towards their goals.

Start Right

  • On Friday April 13, the Start Right Design team submitted its final recommendations to ARC's new Student Success Council. Included were numerous recommendations for helping make students' first experiences at ARC more equitable and inclusive.

  • The team recommended both a student needs assessment (i.e. a student survey) and a career development tool (i.e. a career assessment) as early in the new student onboarding process as possible. The information obtained from these tools will be used to support students in the "process" of choosing a "pathway" option and to inform students of resources, programs,  and services  in a more intentional, personal, and  timely fashion.

  • Finally, the team recommended combining existing first-term support programs (e.g. EOP&S, TRIO, etc.) with newly proposed first-term support programs (e.g. a first-term seminar) to create an integrated framework with enough capacity to support, inspire, and be inclusive of all students during their critical first term at ARC.

Learn More About 3 Key Strategies


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.