Topic of The Month

October’s Topic of the Month : CA Guided Pathways

CA Guided Pathways is a framework which RCC is using to evaluate and re-design student experiences. The CA Guided Pathways framework includes not only curriculum recommendations, course schedules, and ADT curricular maps, but also new student on-ramping including career guidance, integrated academic support throughout a student’s time at RCC, on-going guidance and counseling for career and transfer opportunities, robust assessment of student learning, and support as the student off-ramps to a career or four year university program.

Guided Pathways can be illustrated using 4 Pillars:

CA Guided Pathways
  • Clarify the Path (Clarity)
  • Enter the Path (Intake)
  • Stay on the Path (Support)
  • Ensure Learning (Learning)

Please spend 5 minutes during your discipline, department, committee, and council meetings talking about this Topic. Discussion prompts might include:

  1. What are some of the reasons RCC is participating in the CA Guided Pathways project?
  2. Five years from now, share one thing that a student might experience differently as a result of this re-design.
  3. Five years from now, share one thing that a faculty / administrator / staff (choose one) might experience differently as a result of this re-design.
  4. What is one thing you are excited about regarding CA Guided Pathways?
  5. What is something you’d like more clarification on regarding CA Guided Pathways?


To learn more about RCC’s Guided Pathways redesign, a Strategic Planning Retreat is scheduled for October 27th, 2017.

September’s Topic of the Month : Assessment

During your discipline, department, committee, and Councils meetings, please spend about 5 minutes discussing assessment.

Question prompts might include:

  1. Is there an example of how assessment has led to a change in how you taught a class, a change in curriculum, or in the program support structure for a co-curricular or student support program?
  2. How have you set up the rotation of SLO assessment in a 5 year cycle?
  3. How are adjunct faculty participating in academic assessment?
  4. For co-curricular and / or student support programs, how are you involving staff in the assessment? If any programs are using student feedback, are there any unexpected take-aways from the results?
  5. What is one thing you learned from participating in assessment?
  6. Have you looked at the difference between the % of students who meet an outcome and the % of students who pass the course? If there is a significant difference between the 2 percentages, why might that be?
  7. What additional support do you need to successfully complete assessment?


September Training Drop In Sessions:

  • Sep 6th from 10:00am –11:30am in DL 206
  • Sep 7th from 2:00pm –3:00pm in DL 206
  • Sep 12th from 1:00pm –2:00pm in DL 206
  • Sep 13th from 9:00am –10:30am in DL 206

Riverside Assessment Committee meets on the 2nd Friday of the month from 12:00 to 2:00 in DL409. ALL are WELCOME!

May’s Topic of the Month : Best Practices and ideas for partnering with co-curricular support.

It is important to note that many of Student Services’ programs are grant funded and rely on faculty for feedback on how the student can best be supported. This year student services created a new electronic form for faculty to work with our students. With faculty feedback all program can pay for the tutoring needed, extra counseling or advocate for more services. Many of our students are first generation students which mean that the only academic support they have is at school so the more faculty interact with our student the more support students feel.

Question prompts for this discussion might include:

  1. What can faculty do to assist the Outreach Center in marketing our academic programs and Pathways to high school students?
  2. The Associated Students of Riverside City College (ASRCC) need faculty sponsors for their clubs and organizations each year. What expertise do you have that would help enhance student involvement and success in the Clubs/Organizations?
  3. What are some general topics or areas of concern around Student Success and or Student Services that might be brought to the SAS-LC to be prioritized and addressed during the 2017-18 academic year?
  4. What should you do if you are seeing distressful and or disturbing behavior in a student while in class? What services are available to them? Should we fill out forms or send them to a specific office on campus? Are their strategies that you would suggest for me to use in class to diffuse the situation?
  5. What are some of the most effective partnerships between curricular and co-curricular organizations? What makes them so effectives?
  6. How can we better work together to seamlessly address students’ needs?

March’s Topic of the Month : How Departments worked with Deans to prioritize initiatives during the Program Review and Plan process. "

During discipline, department, committee, workgroup, and council meetings, please take 5 minutes to share best practices about last year’s process. These conversations should help better craft initiatives, goals, updates, and plans aligning with division and college-level strategic planning goals. Discipline and Department Program Review and Plan updates are due March 30th, 2017. Division plans are due May 31st, 2017.

Question prompts might include:

  1. Were Division goals established which helped inform discipline and department planning?
  2. What were some good ways student-focused inquiry questions were framed, helping contextualize how discipline and department efforts impacted overall success?
  3. What types of communication between departments and deans worked best to effectively craft a division-level plan?
  4. Provide 1 to 3 specific recommendations about how your dean can work with the departments the remainder of this academic year to best craft an effective division-level plan.

There are several Program Review and Assessment “drop-in” sessions scheduled the month of March to provide hands-on training:

  • March 3rd from 12:30 to 2:30 in Hall of Fame
  • March 8th from 11:00 to 1:00 in BE204
  • March 10th from 12:00 to 1:30 in BE204
  • March 15th from 9:00 to 10:30 in BE204
  • March 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 in BE204
  • March 21st from 3:00 to 4:30 in DL206
  • March 23rd from 10:00 to 12:00 in DL206
  • March 27th from 10:00 to 12:00 in BE204
  • March 30th from 12:35 to 2:00 in BE204

Additionally, information can be found at these links below:



​Contact​ Us

   Denise Kruizenga-Muro
   Riverside Assessment Coordinator
   Associate Professor, English
   (951) 222 - 8618
   Jude Whitton
   Riverside Assessment Coordinator
   Assistant Professor, 
   Communications Studies
   (951) 328-3774
   Wendy McEwen
   Dean, Institutional Effectiveness
   (951) 222-8148