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LEARNING INNOVATING PARTNERING
Visionary Higher Education Leader - Forbes magazine
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHO WE ARE
WHO WE SERVE
THE SMART CHOICE
PARTNERSHIPS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
EAST VALLEY VETERANS EDUCATION CENTER
DIVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Pictured left: Rio Salado College Administrative Headquarters2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Published March 2012
Dr. Jennifer Shantz Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Jim Paluzzi Dean of Public Service
Todd Simmons Vice President of Administrative Services
Kishia Brock Vice President of Student Affairs
Edward Kelty Vice President of Information Services
Pictured from left to right:
Dr. Chris BustamanteRio Salado College President
Community colleges are the most accessible, flexible and affordable means of preparing todays students for the jobs of tomorrow. Knowledge will help open the doors to a successful future and career. That is why its never been more important for individuals to pursue a higher education.
To help meet our nations current and future job needs, a national mandate is
calling for an additional five million degree and certificate completers over
the next 10 years. Thats where Rio Salado College comes in.
Pictured from left to right:
WHO WE ARERio Salado College transforms the learning experience and takes pride in providing educational pathways for our students! Pioneer and innovator in online learning
Dedicated to student success
National award winner
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Our VisionWe astonish our customers!
Our MissionRio Salado College transforms the learning experience through:
Choice, Access and Flexibility
Customized, High-Quality Learning Design
Personalized Service and
Our PurposesServing our local, national, and international communities through online learning and collaborative partnerships, we provide:
General Education and Courses for
Programs for Workforce Development
Adult Basic Education
Comprehensive Student Services
Cultural Enrichment and Community Service
Continuing Education and Lifelong
Our Core PracticesIn the context of our core values, and sustained by disciplined people, thought, and action, our work is focused on the following core organizational practices:
Our Core ValuesThrough living our values, Rio Salado College creates a climate of high expectations for the success of our current and future students, clients and employees. We are committed to demonstrating, assessing and being accountable for the following core organizational values:
Our Service StandardsIn order to implement our vision, we are committed to the following service standards:
in Business, Industry and Government
WHO WE ARE
As the largest online public community college in the nation, Rio Salado College is dedicated to serving our local, national, and international communities through adult basic education, collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives, and online learning.
WHO WE SERVE
Business & industry partnership students
High school students
Military service members
Working adults with families
Our students include:
As a leader in online learning, Rio Salado College incorporates the latest technologies to better serve our diverse student population.
Online Student Services
24/7 Instructional Helpdesk
24/7 Technical Helpdesk
Financial Aid & Scholarships
RioLounge Online Student Union
RioLearn is an innovative and reliable online course management, support
and delivery system. It was developed specifically for Rio Salado College
and was designed to maximize the teaching and learning experience.
RioLearns platform and online support system seamlessly integrate for a
completely user-friendly experience. Students, faculty and staff members
each have separate portals for their specific purposes while benefiting from
the many options available.
Innovative Delivery of Postsecondary Education - Beating the Odds Report
GenderRio Salado College, the largest of the 10 Maricopa
Community Colleges in terms of headcount, serves nearly
70,000 students each year through: adult basic education,
collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives and
Rio Salado College is committed to the assessment and
improvement of the following student learning outcomes:
critical thinking, information literacy, reading, writing,
and sustainability. Our students are frequently recognized
among the nations top community college scholars
through All-USA Academic Team competitions.
Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates.- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2011
19 and Under20-2930-3940-4950 and OverUnknown
White, not of Hispanic OriginHispanicBlack, not of Hispanic OriginOther/Not SpecifiedAsian or Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaskan Native
Demographic/statistical data from the IRIS database & MCCCD Web trends provided by Institutional Research (Oct. 2011).
Rio Salado College is proud to offer our students exceptionally
qualified and experienced faculty who are dedicated to higher
learning and education. Full-time faculty chairs oversee teaching
and learning and lead nearly 1,500 adjunct faculty members. Our
instructors are actively employed in the disciplines they teach,
so they can share valuable, real-world experience that can be
immediately applied to their students long-term career success.
Addictions & Substance Use Disorders
Dental Office Management
Early Childhood & Human Development
eLearning Design Specialist
Language/Literary Culture of the USA*
PROGRAMS at RIO SALADOLaw Enforcement Technology
Quality Customer Service
Small Business Start-up
Sustainability & Ecological Literacy*
Sustainable Food Systems
*Academic CertificateFor program details such as estimated costs and graduation rates please visit www.riosalado.edu/programs.
When analyzing the cost of attending a four-year university,
Rio Salado College is a smart financial decision. Arizona
students can save thousands of dollars, because tuition at
community colleges can be up to 75% less than tuition rates
at public and private universities.
THE SMART CHOICE
Average Annual Tuition Comparison
Rio Salado College AZ State Universities* AZ Private Universities
$2,280 $9,500 $16,500
Figures based on two 15-credit semesters. *Source: Arizona Board of Regents.
Each year, Rio Salado College prepares thousands of students for
todays careers. We partner with local corporations, government
agencies, community organizations and other educational
institutions. We provide access to training and career-path
programs, create added value to the learning model, and
provide a gateway for degree completers.
Corporate, Government, Community and Educational Entities
Each location is uniquely tailored to the community it serves.
Students can take advantage of classes, programs, and services
to improve their lives and empower the surrounding community.
The locations also provide meeting hubs for community leaders
and organizations to network, dialogue, collaborate, and to
improve services for local residents.
Rio Salado has many locations throughout the Valley to serve students.
(See all of Rio Salado locations on pages 23 and 24.)
Rio Salado is the first college in Arizona to educate employees where they work.
The Maricopa Community Colleges East Valley Veterans Education Center
(EVVEC) provides educational outreach and college advisement services
to veterans and their family members at no cost. The EVVEC offers a
one-stop-shop where veterans can get practical information about the
educational resources available to successfully pursue a college education.
EVVEC Services Offered:
Assistance in applying for VA educational benefits
Educational and employment development workshops
Tutoring and academic skill building
Activities to ease transition to college life
Referrals to community services
EVVEC educational partners include: Rio Salado College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Mesa Community College and GateWay Community College.
The Communiversity concept is a new model of higher education, with several
institutions partnering to offer students certificates, and associate through
masters degrees, all under one roof. The first Communiversity opened in
Surprise, Arizona, with an additional location planned for the southeast Valley
in the town of Queen Creek.
How it works:
Students have access to several educational pathways
Partnering institutions jointly provide dozens of educational programs
Classes are offered online, in-person and a combination of both
Students can earn progressive degrees through partner institutions
Students save money by taking up to 90 credits at community college tuition rates
Communiversity partners include: The City of Surprise, Rio Salado College, Glendale Community
College, Phoenix College, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and West-MEC.
Rio Salado College serves as the host institution for the EVVEC and Communiversity @ Surprise.
Rio Salado College was named
Americas Greenest Campus
by Climate Culture for having
the highest average of carbon
reduction per person.
For Rio Salado College, caring about the environment represents a
lifestyle that blends into daily routines. We practice a comprehensive
approach to sustainability, including socio-cultural, environmental
and economic dynamics and have adopted significant measures to
think green and beyond. Rio carefully weighs the benefits and costs
to meet the needs of the present while taking care of the future.
Rio Salado College owns and operates two radio stations; KJZZ 91.5 FM,
KBAQ 89.5 FM, as well as Sun Sounds of Arizona. The college also supports
SPOT 127, a youth media initiative.
DIVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICE
S U N S O U N D S O F A R I Z O N A
KJZZ (91.5FM)Source for news, entertainment, jazz and blues. KJZZ is an NPR, PRI and APM member station.
KBAQ (89.5 FM)Source for classical music, arts, culture and news.
Sun Sounds of ArizonaAward-winning radio reading service for people who cannot see, hold or understand print due to disability.
SPOT 127KJZZs new youth media after-school initiative designed to train the next generation of digital content producers.
College LocationCommuniversityComing Soon
Rio Salado College - RSCAdministrative Headquarters2323 W. 14th StreetTempe, AZ 85281480-517-8000 or 1-800-729-1197
East Valley Veterans Education Center
RSC Luke Air Force Base (LAFB)
RSC Lifelong Learning Center
Communiversity @ Surprise
Communiversity @ Queen Creek
Union Hills Dr
Indian School Rd
Rio Salado College is establishing new locations and improving existing facilities to better serve and expand its educational offerings to students and the community. For the most current information, visit www.riosalado.edu/locations.
Union Hills Dr
10 Queen Creek Rd
480-517-8000 or 1-800-729-1197www.riosalado.edu/about