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Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle
Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Ed.D.
RCC’s College President

Greetings from your president!

I thank everyone in the community and at RCC for participating in the development of our new strategic plan for 2017-2020. We had wide participation in the business/industry sector focus groups, employee and student focus groups, in surveys, and the steering team; this ensured that multiple perspectives were heard.  The extent of your interest in helping establish the direction of the college shows your strong commitment to education and economic development in our region. 

All of this input resulted in our wildly important goals:

  1. Increase access to educational opportunities
  2. Improve student success
  3. Create more collaborative partnerships

By focusing on just three wildly important goals, RCC will be able to demonstrate measurable progress during this strategic planning cycle.

We will reach our access goals by improving the path to educational and support systems for our prospective and current students. This will include creating smoother transitions for all students, making support systems more student-friendly, and improving course entry requirements and prerequisites.  We will also increase participation of under-served populations and connect students to faculty, staff and local employers in collaborative learning spaces.

We will reach our student success goals through the development of guided pathways and educationally logical programs, and improved student engagement strategies that motivate students to learn. These, and better support systems, will help decrease student time to completion while maintaining the quality of our educational programs.

We will reach our collaborative partnership goals by increasing the alignment between college programs and local employers, ensuring that an RCC education leads to good jobs in the Rogue Valley.  We will also find ways to leverage local partnerships to improve effectiveness and reduce costs while also maximizing resources and problem-solving strategies internally at RCC.

By achieving these wildly important goals, RCC will continue to be an economic engine in our community. We employ over 975 people, and our alumni contributed approximately $240 million to the local economy in fiscal year 2015-2016.  In addition, our Small Business Development Center ranked first in the state in new business start-ups.  We appreciate your continued support and look forward to our continued service in Josephine and Jackson counties.

Rogue Community College is committed to providing quality learning that helps our students achieve their goals and support the vitality of our communities. We believe that a college culture of integrity, collaboration, inclusion, stewardship, and courage are essential to the fulfillment of our college goals and our students’ goals.