Our Values

Our Values (listed in alphabetical order)


Students are the reason we are here, and their education is our primary responsibility.  We recognize that residents of the region should have an opportunity to enroll and be successful in college. 

Benefit of Education

Individuals who have the opportunities to (1) develop their abilities, (2) engage in critical and creative thinking, (3) participate in lifelong learning, (4) succeed in a competitive global work environment, and (5) exhibit responsible citizenship benefit society as well as themselves. 


Achieving the ARC mission and vision requires effective communication within the college and with the communities served by the college; civil and honest, this communication should promote mutual respect and trust.

Community Development

The college's curriculum in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, mathematics, career and technical education, and the college's co-curricular programs and support services benefit the community by promoting cognitive development, intellectual growth, physical well-being, student volunteerism, and economic progress.


Because ARC is a community valuing the varied perspectives and experiences of students, faculty and staff, the college offers educational opportunities for enhancing cultural awareness, supporting diversity, and promoting the free exchange of ideas and the development of a culturally competent and inclusive college community. 


As our most valued resource, faculty and staff members are entitled to a safe, secure and supportive work environment and a culture that recognizes excellence, encourages meaningful involvement in interest-based, decision-making process; and provides opportunities for professional development, service and leadership. 


Excellence is essential for accomplishing ARC's mission to help students identify their educational goals and achieve successful learning and for supporting the college's employees and serving ARC's community and region. 

Fiscal Responsibility

Observing fiscally sound, efficient, transparent, and accountable practices is essential to achieving our mission.

Innovation and Risk Taking

Creativity, flexibility and responsible risk-taking support achievement of the college's mission. 


Responsible leadership and service by faculty, staff and students is actively cultivated so the college can achieve improvement in student learning and support positive contributions to the community. 

Research and Evaluation

Ongoing, data-based research and evaluation contribute to achieving student learning outcomes and the assurance that all operations support the vision, mission and values of the college. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Student success results from identifying, assessing and improving student learning outcomes and allocating resources that support effective, innovative, and flexible learning opportunities. 


Recognizing its leadership role in the stewardship of natural resources, ARC is committed to reducing its negative impact on the environment. 


Responsible and effective use of technology supports the college's mission and helps students develop the skills necessary for being successful in the contemporary environment.

Approved by LRCCD Board of Trustees 5/10/17

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Upon achievement of their intended educational goal (degree, certificate, or set of courses) at American River College, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate personal and professional readiness for career and/or academic advancement.
  • demonstrate skills and behaviors which contribute to inclusive and respectful communication of diverse ideas and beliefs.
  • utilize a variety of methods to communicate effectively.
  • work cooperatively and effectively with others.
  • use various technologies to collect information and solve problems.
  • critically evaluate information to develop informed perspectives on a variety of issues, problems, and challenges.
  • contribute to society using personal knowledge, resources, and skills.
  • for students earning degrees, demonstrate an understanding of basic content and methodology for the major areas of knowledge: arts and humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences.

ARC Vision, Mission, and Values

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.