The Los Rios Community College District is comprised of four colleges, American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City colleges, including their education and outreach centers; District Office; Facilities Maintenance; and the Ethan Way Center for Workforce and Economic Development. Together, the colleges serve over 75,000 students.
The District Technology Plan provides the framework to implement technologies to better support on-going district-wide technology needs.
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Also included are the district’s Vision, Mission, and 2016 Strategic Plan Goals [Ref 1], which are as follows:

Vision:Top of Page

To transform the lives of students and enhance the vitality of our region.

Mission Statement: The Los Rios colleges provide a vibrant learning environment that empowers all students to achieve their educational and career goals.

2016 District Strategic Plan GoalsTop of Page

  1. Establish effective pathways that optimize student access and success
  2. Ensure equitable academic achievement across all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender
  3. Provide exemplary teaching and learning opportunities
  4. Lead the region in workforce development
  5. Foster an outstanding working and learning environment

Technology Related Strategies for the 2016 District Strategic Plan GoalsTop of Page

The following technology related District Strategic Plan Goal strategies are addressed in various
sections of the District Technology Plan:
  • Goal 1, Strategy 2: Implement improved class scheduling system to better meet student
  • Goal 1, Strategy 3: Promote communication channels to create greater access to course
    offerings, deadlines, services, programs, resources and events.
  • Goal 1, Strategy 4: Monitor student progress and proactively engage with at-risk students
    prior to key milestones (first semester, 30 units, 70 units, etc.)
  • Goal 3, Strategy 2: Increase professional development opportunities related to teaching
    methods, equity, instructional technology, discipline-specific knowledge and student
  • Goal 3, Strategy 4: Ensure that all classroom personnel, with a focus on new and adjunct
    faculty, have the necessary resources needed to engage in improvement of curriculum,
    teaching and learning.
  • Goal 3, Strategy 6: Provide resources to enhance student learning outcomes, development
    and assessment.
  • Goal 3, Strategy 7: Improve the assessment-for-placement process through diagnostic
    assessment, multiple measures and increased preparation prior to assessment.
  • Goal 5, Strategy 1: Increase staff and manager participation in professional development
  • Goal 5, Strategy 4: Coordinate and communicate college sustainability efforts to further
    implement best practices across the District.
  • Goal 5, Strategy 5: Complete and implement a District Technology Plan.
  • Goal 5, Strategy 6: Streamline business processes, including appropriate use of technology
    to improve workforce efficiency and better serve students.

Accreditation Standard III.C: Technology ResourcesTop of Page

The District Technology Plan is also written to ensure that district and college technologies meet the
requirements of Accreditation Standard III.C Technology Resources, Sections 1 – 5, as excerpted from
ACCJC 2014 Accreditation Standards [Ref 2]:
ACCJC Standard C.III, Sections 1-5:
  1. Technology services, professional support, facilities, hardware, and software are appropriate
    and adequate to support the institution’s management and operational functions, academic
    programs, teaching and learning, and support services.
  2. The institution continuously plans for, updates and replaces technology to ensure its
    technological infrastructure, quality and capacity are adequate to support its mission,
    operations, programs, and services.
  3. The institution assures that technology resources at all locations where it offers courses,
    programs, and services are implemented and maintained to assure reliable access, safety, and
  4. The institution provides appropriate instruction and support for faculty, staff, students, and
    administrators, in the effective use of technology and systems related to its programs, services,
    and institutional operations.
  5. The institution has policies and procedures that guide the appropriate use of technology in
    teaching and learning processes.
Technology support services are provided by the District Office Information Technology Department (DOIT) and college technology personnel and supported by district and college budgets, as described in Appendix A of this plan. The development of the Los Rios District Technology Plan was informed by ACCJC Standard III.C regarding technology resources, the 2016 District Strategic Plan [Ref 1] and a district-wide assessment by CampusWorks, Inc. consultants in spring 2016 focusing on the student experience. The CampusWorks assessment process involved reviewing multiple district and college documents, as available, including district and college strategic plans, technology plans, and technology related program reviews, including DOIT 2016 Program Review and Unit Plan [Ref 3 and 4]. The document reviews along with visits to each site to meet with students, faculty, classified staff and administration stakeholders resulted in a comprehensive Second Opinion Technology Assessment Report [Ref 5] completed in May 2016. This District Technology Plan is designed to address the technology needs and interests resulting from the assessment process with a focus on resolving the 5 most urgent issues first. In addition, the creation of this plan addresses the first portion of the 2016 District Strategic Plan Goal 5, Strategy 5: “Complete and implement a District Technology Plan.”
Although not addressed specifically in this plan, the district has in place Board Policies and administrative Regulations regarding computer use [Ref 6] which include user rights, responsibilities and ethics; privacy and confidentiality; information security; copyright requirements; and distance education. These policies and regulations are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary to address changing internal and external requirements.