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Agenda Item (IV-B-4)

Meeting6/12/2018 - Committee
Agenda ItemCommittee - Teaching and Learning (IV-B-4)
SubjectPresentation on the Institutional Reorganization of Norco College
College/DistrictNorco
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Background Narrative:


Nearly every student comes to Norco College with one of three goals in mind—complete a certificate, AA degree, or achieve transfer readiness. In a recent study of our students we found that given four years to complete these goals, approximately 19% of our students are successful while approximately 81% do not complete their goals. Disaggregating the students demographically, the completion rates are even more stark for historically underserved students.

This problem is not exclusive to Norco College; it is reflected throughout the community college system. But it is a problem all of us find unacceptable. We want to dramatically change this completion rate. To do this, we need to make bold changes, in a collaborative manner, with a sense of urgency. This reorganization captures these changes in two fundamental ways.

First, we have structured academic affairs and student services around guided pathways in accordance with a guided pathways framework. There is significant data and real examples substantiating this model and its impact on student success.

Second, we have created an office of strategic development to generate the additional resources the college needs to provide the services and resources our students need to be successful. This office will coordinate marketing, outreach, grant writing, strategic initiatives, media relations, fundraising, and more under a coordinated umbrella.

With these fundamental changes, we believe we can dramatically improve the number of students who find success at Norco College.
Prepared By: Bryan Reece, President Norco College
 Sam Lee, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Monica Green, Vice President, Planning and Development, RCC
James Reeves, Interim Vice President, Business Services (NOR)