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The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan was originally approved by the Los Rios Board of Trustees on May 11, 2016.

Los Rios has updated its strategic planning process in 2021-2022 to include an annual reaffirmation of vision, mission, and goals, as well as an annual reassessment of strategies to achieve stated goals and indicators of achievement.

In the spring of 2022, the Los Rios Community College District reaffirmed the vision, mission, and goals outlined below. The process of reviewing and making updates to indicators of achievement, aligned with the statewide Vision for Success, and specific strategies is. The Board of Trustees annually reviews progress towards indicators of achievement.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to transform the lives of students and enhance the vitality of our region.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a vibrant learning environment that empowers all students to achieve their educational and career goals.

Our Values

Our values guide and inspire how we manage the Los Rios District, interact with our students, colleagues and community, and establish programs that promote student success.

Students Are Our Highest Priority

  • Student Access: We are committed to providing educational opportunities that serve the needs of the greater Sacramento region’s diverse population.
  • Student Success: We support our students’ efforts to achieve success in their educational and career goals and as contributing members of society.
  • Lifelong Learning: We encourage a limitless spirit of openness and intellectual curiosity as enduring pursuits.
  • Student Support and Services: We promote a safe and supportive environment that serves the individual learning needs of all students.


  • Safe and Secure Work Environment: We embrace an accepting, inclusive and nurturing work environment that is free of threats and intimidation.
  • Professionalism: We encourage, promote and support the continuous professional development of all employees, acknowledging their unique contributions to creating a collegial workplace that is diverse in composition and thought.
  • Well-Being: We believe in a work-life balance and support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our staff and faculty.


  • Serving the Community: We address the cultural, economic and social needs of the region by building meaningful connections between our colleges and their communities.

Academic Excellence

  • Quality: We strive to deliver the highest quality programs, services and activities.
  • Academic Rigor: Los Rios’ educational standards emphasize critical thinking and writing, analysis and excellence in educational experiences, stimulating faculty members to challenge themselves and their students in an atmosphere that inspires thoughtful teaching and learning.
  • Academic Integrity and Freedom: Los Rios is committed to academic integrity and embracing forthright, honest and ethical behavior.


  • Social Justice: We acknowledge and embrace our responsibility to empower underrepresented segments of our community and to ensure that all populations have the access, support and opportunities to succeed.


  • Building Community: We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives contribute to the Los Rios District’s strength as a dynamic, inclusive educational community.


  • Mutual Respect and Consideration: We believe effective working relationships are central to achieving our Mission and employ an interest-based approach to solving problems through collaboration, empathy, mutual respect and integrity.

Participatory Governance

  • Encouraging the Contributions of All Our Members: All members of the Los Rios community have the ability to contribute to our organizational success and are encouraged to do so.
  • Informed, Collaborative and Integrated Decision-Making: We value informed decisions made by people with diverse perspectives who are close to the issues.


  • Building a Culture of Sustainability: The Los Rios community is a wise steward for all its resources, protecting, preserving and nurturing its people, its environment, its property, its capital and its educational programs.


  • Fostering Innovation and Responsible Risk-Taking: Los Rios supports and invests in change that increases the effectiveness of our programs, the productivity of our work and the successful outcomes of our students.


  • The Highest Ethical Standards: Los Rios values integrity, transparency, accountability, honesty and professionalism, both in the workplace and the classroom.

Our Goals

To fulfill our mission and uphold our values, we will: