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  • Student SucceSS teaching & Learning effectiveneSS acceSS & growth

    charting our courSe 2011-2012 AnnuAl report

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  • acceSS & growth community & economic deveLopment organizationaL effectiveneSSPage 12 Page 16 Page 20

  • charting our courSe our viSion

    preSidentS meSSage

    Cosumnes River College is an innovative educational and community center that prepares and empowers students to realize their unique potential to transform their lives and contribute to a just and democratic society as global citizens.

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    Colleagues and Friends of CRC,I am pleased to present CRCs annual report Charting Our Course to the campus and the community. This second edition of the colleges annual report showcases our instructional, support services and organizational accomplishments, and offers an abridged yet vibrant glimpse of the colleges 2011-12 progress and successes. Aligned with our Strategic Plan, the work we did and are doing focuses on student access and success, teaching and learning effectiveness, community and economic development, and organizational improvement.

    Cosumnes River College is an academically distinctive institution and its accomplishments of the past year affirm its exemplary reputation. More than 15,000 students enroll each term, pursuing degrees and certificates, transfer and general education, technical proficiencies, and basic skills development. During 2011-2012, CRC broke ground on new educational facilities, including the Winn Center for Construction and Architecture and the colleges first outreach center located in Elk Grove. The college continued to offer a broad array of courses, programs, support services and co-curricular activities to its students. These eager and diverse students engaged with faculty and staff, and emerged with new knowledge, perspectives, and understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. I am proud of CRCs exemplary academic history and the progress we have made this past year in educating our students and advancing their career and life goals. And as you will see in these pages, many employers, organizations, and supporters share in the colleges success and are helping the college achieve its vision. Our south Sacramento and Elk Grove communities are key collaborators in these remarkable accomplishments and have participated in CRCs growth and development over its decades of service. I invite you to review this annual report, Charting Our Course, and experience the passion and commitment we have to making a difference in our students lives through exceptional education opportunities!

    Deborah J. TravisPresident

  • 4Student SucceSSCosumnes River College strives to support student success, promote educational equity, and offer programs that empowered students to contribute to a just and democratic society as global citizens.


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  • courSe SucceSS rate


    academic & Support programS

    Coursesuccessratesincreased3.1%inFall2011comparedtoFall2010,averaging69.7%for all students, with improvements shown across all student demographic groups (age, ethnicity, gender) and instructional mode.

    Degreeandcertificateawardstotaledover1,237with635degreesand602certificatesearned by CRC students.

    LibraryservicesforCRCstudentswereenhanced through increased availability of in-demand reserve books, new group study rooms and a mini-computer lab designed for smaller class sessions.


    CRCTutoringServices,includingtheGeneral,Math, and Reading and Writing Centers, supported more than 4,200 students in their academic and career coursework.

    TheCareerCenterandExtendedOpportunityProgram and Services (EOPS) assisted students through monthly workshops on career exploration, learning styles, and job search and study skills.

    FreshmanSeminar,servingover600studentsto date, received the statewide Academic SenateandCommunityCollegeFoundations2012 Exemplary Program Award.

    SeventeenCRCMESAstudentssuccessfullytransferred to four-year universities, including CSUSacramento,UCDavis,UCBerkeley,UCSantaBarbara,UCRiverside,CalPolySanLuisObispo,andUCIrvine.

    TheDiopScholarProgramhasserved188students since its inception and students have completed 105 community service hours assisting in local neighborhood projects.

    Student ServiceS & Support

    CommittedtoYourSuccess,awelcomeandresourcesevent,andaFirst-YearMaleStudentOrientationwereintroducedinFall2011toenhance African American student success.

    AnewBackonTrackprogramwascreatedto support students transition from academic and progress probation or dismissals to more successful outcomes.

    In-classtutorsforEnglishandMathcourseswere trained and assigned to provide direct and accessible peer support in specific gateway classes.

    trAveling tHe JourneY oF Student SucceSS

    s t u d e n t s i n f R e e e n t e R p R i s e ( s i f e ) R e C e i v e d f i R s t p l aC e i n R e g i o n a l C o m p e t i t i o n

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    *latest numbers available from 2010-11


    Twenty-fourcommunitymembersfromdiverse personal backgrounds and professional fields, including teaching, molecular biology, health care, law, architecture, and public administration, provided academic mentoring and support to Puente Project students.

    TheHawksNestBookstoreexpandedtheavailability of textbook rentals and provided increased access to E-books to support student needs for low-cost academic materials.

    Plansforanon-campusVeteransResourceCenter(OpenedFall2012)weredevelopedtorespond to resources and support needed by an expanding CRC student population.

    CRCCounselorsassistedstudentswithacademic planning through scheduled appointments, drop-in sessions, online interactions, and at accessible locations across campus during the first weeks of each semester.

    Learning outSide the cLaSSroom

    CRCBaseballTeam,conductingitsentireseason off-site due to construction, maintained ahigherthanaverageGPA,earnedtheBig8Conference Champion Title and became the colleges first-ever State Championship Sports Team. With the exception of one, all the players received athletic scholarships or transferred to universities throughout the country.

    Scholarlyandculturalevents,attendedbymore than 2,000 individuals, included the BridgingtheGaps:StrategiesEmpoweringStudent Success colloquium, an inaugural MartinLutherKingJr.Celebration,theWhatIBeprojectandphotographicexhibit,theProsecutingHumanRightsViolators:AnEveningwithAlmudenaBernabeupresentation,BlackHistoryMonth,theAnthropologyExpo,theLiterarySeries,IndigenousPeoplesandDisability Awareness Weeks.

    SenatorsoftheCRCAssociatedStudentsorganized nearly 50 students and staff to participateintheSpring2012FundOurFutureMarch to emphasize the importance of access to higher education to the broader public.

    TheStudentsInFreeEnterprise(SIFE)ClubreceivedfirstplaceintheSIFEregionalcompetition held in Southern California and sponsored successful workshops including Womens Empowerment and the Extreme Entrepreneur.

    ConstructionManagementstudentsparticipatedwiththelocalHabitatforHumanityorganizationandassistedinbuildingtwo new, affordable homes for families in need.

    CRCsVoluntaryIncomeTaxAssistance(VITA)programprovidedfreetaxpayerassistanceandpreparednearly350taxreturnsfor local community residents.

    CRC veteRan Jason silveRhoRn, a photogRaphy student, paRtiCipated in the what i Be pRoJeCt

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    teaching & Learning effectiveneSS

    Cosumnes River College promotes collegiality, data-driven decision making, continuous improvement, innovation, and flexibility to support teaching excellence, facilitate educational equity, and promotes the success of its diverse student population.

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    Support for teaching and Learning

    TheCenterfortheAdvancementofStaffandStudentLearning(CASSL)providedFallandSpringInstitutesonBridgingtheGaps:StrategiesforEmpoweringStudentSuccess and awarded $2,000 in innovation grants to faculty to implement and assess innovationprojectsinEnglish,ESL,andCommunications.

    ProfessionalDevelopmentCommitteeallocated$16,000insupportofmorethan50 individual faculty and staff professional development activities.

    CASSLandtheCollegeResearchOfficesponsored webinar presentations on various teaching topics including a Webinar on SupportingFosterYouth,MeetingtheneedsofBasicSkillsStudents,andtheStudentSuccessTaskForcerecommendations,anddisseminated data on Online Course Success to support faculty review of curricular content and instructional methodologies.

    FundingfromeightFederalandStategrantsprovided11FTEtosupportclassesinavariety of disciplines including Sonography, HCIT,Construction,EMT,EnglishWriting,Architecture, Photography, Psychology, and Architecture Design Technology.

    MApping A CourSe For teaching & Learning effectiveneSS

    h u m a n i t i e s p Ro f e s s o R m au R e e n m o o R e l e a d s o n e B o o k d i s C u s s i o n i n t h e B o o k s to R e

    I just wanted to say thanks to you all for the skills you taught me and the encouragement you gave. I really appreciate it and am using it to make a difference.