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RCC Board turns in positive annual evaluation of College President Kemper-Pelle

Cathy Kemper-Pelle, RCC PresidentGRANTS PASS, Oregon — The Rogue Community College (RCC) Board of Education has turned in a positive annual evaluation of RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Ed.D. The Board recognized her for exceptional leadership. It was her fourth annual evaluation since joining the college in 2016.

Board Chair Kevin Talbert, in a letter to Kemper-Pelle on behalf of the Board, noted this year’s evaluation was the most positive one to date, and that “it represents a tribute to your leadership. The Board is confident you are moving the institution forward to the benefit of our students and the community.”

In addition to its own review of Kemper-Pelle’s performance, the evaluation committee requested internal feedback from faculty, staff, Foundation and student leadership at the college as well as Kemper-Pelle’s self evaluation. The committee’s findings were discussed with the entire Board during the April Board meeting during its executive session.

The internal responses showed support for RCC’s institutional direction under Kemper-Pelle’s leadership. Respondents to the survey noted her for the following strengths: having a clear vision, setting high standards, and focusing on data and student improvement. Kemper-Pelle was viewed as an effective communicator, particularly in her external relationships with community, business, and political leaders.

Internal feedback also identified a need for more and better communication with faculty, staff, and students even though progress has been made. “Efforts at team building need to continue and the concerns of students need to be heard,” Talbert said.

The Board praised Kemper-Pelle for her unwavering focus in preparing the college for its successful reaccreditation this year, which resulted in updated policies and procedures and improved practices such as multiple measures for student placement. Under her guidance, accreditors from the Northwest Commission and Colleges and Universities praised RCC’s longstanding culture of commitment to students and the institutional mission, it’s valuable and innovative business partnerships and community collaborations, and coordinated support of 3 geographically diverse campuses. It also praised the RCC budget process that is inclusive and transparent and creates a fiscally strong position for the college.

In addition, the Board noted her success in guiding the college through student success strategies including Achieving the Dream, Guided Educational Pathways, and a modern student information system.

Finally, the Board recognized the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the response of RCC. In a matter of weeks, the college converted to an all-online teaching model, moved nearly all staff to a remote working environment, and still served the needs of students, especially those who are preparing to graduate. Thanks to decisive action by leadership, RCC graduated nearly 700 students in June.

“You have kept a clear focus on student success,” Talbert wrote. “This year’s feedback represents support for RCC’s institutional direction and your leadership.”