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Strategic Plan

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

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:

Goal 1: Establish effective pathways that optimize student access and success.

Indicators of Achievement:
  1. Increase the student degree and certificate completion rate from 12% to 17% by 2021.
  2. Increase the number of students who are transfer-ready by 5% by 2021.
  3. Define and increase the number of clearly identified pathways by 25% by 2021.
  4. Increase the percentage of full-time students from 30% to 35% by 2021.
  5. Provide maximum access to enrollment based on annual state funding (TBD annually).
  1. Inventory and evaluate existing pathways and identify opportunities for improvement, expansion and increased promotion to students.
  2. Implement improved class scheduling system to better meet student needs.
  3. Promote communication channels that increase awareness of course offerings, deadlines, services, programs, resources and events.
  4. Monitor student progress and proactively engage with at-risk students prior to key milestones (first semester, 30 units, 70 units, etc.).
  5. Develop a comprehensive recruitment and persistence plan to achieve enrollment goals.

Goal 2: Ensure equitable academic achievement across all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender groups.

Indicators of Achievement:
  1. Achieve 71% course success rate for each student group by 2021.
  2. Achieve a 17% degree and certificate completion rate for each student group by 2021.
  3. Achieve proportionality in transfer-ready preparation rates for each student group by 2021.
  4. Recruit faculty, staff and administrators to reflect the demographics of the District’s service area.
  5. Increase enrollment rates among groups who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education within the District’s service area.


  1. Develop and use culturally relevant curriculum and instruction.
  2. Address the disproportionate impact of assessment, placement and prerequisites.
  3. Promote courageous conversations that address institutional barriers and systems of oppression.
  4. Institute professional development programs that teach effective strategies for promoting inclusivity and social justice as well as mitigating bias inside and outside the classroom.
  5. Increase recruitment outreach to diversify applicant pools.

Goal 3: Provide exemplary teaching and learning opportunities.

Indicators of Achievement:
  1. Provide districtwide resources to ensure all new faculty have the opportunity to participate in a faculty academy at all four colleges by fall 2018.
  2. Increase student course success from 68% to 71% by 2021.
  3. Increase the number of students who say they feel “engagement with their learning experience” by 5% by 2021, as measured by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement.
  1. Collaborate with faculty to develop a new faculty academy at each of the colleges.
  2. Increase professional development opportunities related to teaching methods, equity, instructional technology, discipline-specific knowledge and student services.
  3. Explore the personnel review and evaluation process to improve the effectiveness of mentoring, peer input and student evaluations.
  4. Ensure that all classroom personnel, with a focus on new and adjunct faculty, have the necessary resources to engage in improvement of curriculum, teaching and learning.
  5. Ensure each college has regular opportunities outside of FLEX to support the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  6. Provide resources to enhance student learning outcomes, development and assessment.
  7. Improve the assessment-for-placement process through diagnostic assessment, multiple measures and increased preparation prior to assessment.
  8. Offer academic events, internships and other opportunities for teaching and learning outside the classroom.

Goal 4: Lead the region in workforce development.

Indicators of Achievement:
  1. Increase the number of students who participate in work-based learning experiences in their areas of study by 15% by 2021.
  2. Complete an enhanced industry alignment review of all CTE programs by 2021 to ensure the District is addressing regional workforce needs.
  3. Increase the number of completers and skills builders who secure employment at a living wage by 10% by 2021.
  4. Increase external funding by 50% by 2021 to support workforce and economic development.
  1. Develop regional advisory committees by industry sector to inform the program development process.
  2. Assess current CTE program offerings and align them with emerging and current regional industry needs.
  3. Increase dual enrollment for CTE programs.
  4. Expand work-based internships and learning opportunities by integrating these activities into CTE courses and programs.
  5. Increase marketing of CTE programs to students, employers and community partners.
  6. Increase support for CTE job placement services.

Goal 5: Foster an outstanding working and learning environment.

Indicators of Achievement:
  1. Increase employee satisfaction by 5% as measured by the biennial District Employee Satisfaction Survey to be conducted in spring 2017, 2019 and 2021.
  2. Increase the number of employees who participate in safety training programs by 25% by 2018.
  3. Complete the implementation of the District’s 2016 Five-Year Technology Plan by 2021.
  4. Expand and enhance a comprehensive wellness program by 2018.
  5. Produce an Annual Sustainability Report that highlights District efforts and results beginning in 2017.
  1. Increase staff and manager participation in professional development activities.
  2. Encourage broader participation in safety, health and wellness programs and explore developing employee incentives for engaging in health and wellness programs.
  3. Support leadership and career pathways for interested employees by utilizing professional development inventories and assessment tools and identifying cross-training and mentorship opportunities.
  4. Coordinate and communicate college sustainability efforts to further implement best practices across the District.
  5. Complete and implement a District Technology Plan.
  6. Streamline business processes, including appropriate use of technology to improve workforce efficiency and better serve students.
  7. Foster positive and respectful relationships across all constituencies.
  8. Maintain competitive salary and benefits packages for the District workforce.