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Our Values

ARC Vision, Mission, and Values

Transform the future of all students and community through inclusive, equitable education.


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.

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.

Indigenous Land Use Statement

"We acknowledge the land which we occupy today as the traditional home of the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok tribal nations. These sovereign people have been the caretakers of this land since time immemorial. Despite centuries of genocide and occupation the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok continue as vibrant and resilient tribes and bands, both Federally recognized and unrecognized. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the generations that have gone before as well as the present-day Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok people."

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.