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ARC Redesign Updates

Here (in chronological order) are updates about American River College's redesign work.

2018-18 Project Teams

There are a number of new project teams to 2018-19, plus the continuation of the work done by the Clarify Program Paths team. Here are the new project teams:

  • ARC Online 2.0
  • Enterprise-Level Scheduling Solution
  • Facilities Master Plan
  • Institutional Equity Plan
  • Integrated Planning Improvement
  • Wellness Center

Visit the ARC Governance website for more information.

Success Strategies Updates Summer 2018

The three teams working on the college's success strategies completed their final reports. Please click on the team name below to see the final report (all are PDF documents):

Clarify Programs Paths

Integrated Planning and Support for Students (IPaSS)

Start Right

April 30, 2018

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.

January 3, 2018

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.

December 1, 2017

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. Why? We've come up with a quick quiz about student success data to provide some context and background. Click below to take the quiz!

Take the Redesign Quiz Now

November 6, 2017

Thank you to all those in the ARC community who participated in the recent activities: guest speaker Tim Wise on Nov. 2 and the college- wide summit on Nov. 3. Your engagement and involvement is appreciated! If you were not able to participate, don't worry - there will be more opportunities to learn about our new strategic plan and also share your thoughts. You can always email at any time.

October 24, 2017

A new feature event has been added! ARC welcomes guest speaker Tim Wise on Thursday, November 2, 6pm to 8 pm in the Student Center Community Rooms. No RSVP is needed - just join us! Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, "A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown," is among the nation's most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

This evening event helps kick-off the college-wide summit on Friday, November 3. Check-in and continental breakfast for the summit begins at 8:30am with the program from 9am to 2pm in the Student Center Community Rooms. Please RSVP now to reserve your boxed lunch for the summit - and we look forward to seeing you there!

October 17, 2017

As you may know, the college is changing its committee structure as part of its redesign work to implement our new strategic plan. On October 2 the Planning Coordination Council voted to approve the adoption of a new governance framework. To learn more, please join us for open conversation at one of the following times:

  • Friday, October 20, 11am-12noon, Liberal Arts room 121
  • Monday, October 23, 4-5pm, Student Center Board Room

In addition, don't forget the college-wide summit on Friday, November 3, 9am-2pm, in the Student Center Community Rooms.If you are unable to attend these events, we welcome you to contact us at with your questions or to invite us to meet with your department or program.

October 6, 2017

The Planning & Coordination Council approved the governance document at its Oct. 2 meeting. The new Student Success Council and student success strategy teams (Start Right, IPaSS, and Clarify Program Paths) held a retreat Oct. 6. Look for more information soon!  October 2, 2017 We have added a new Resources webpage with documents and links. Check it out now!

September 27, 2017

Want to learn more about the Governance Task Force? Check out the new Governance webpage.

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, 9am-2pm in the Student Center Community Rooms. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!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 27, 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!