Mission and Vision


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Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision


Established in 1978, Rio Salado College is dedicated to providing innovative educational opportunities to meet the needs of today’s students. Rio Salado offers affordable access to higher education through college bridge pathways, community-based learning, corporate and government partnerships, early college initiatives, online learning and university transfer.

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Our Vision

Empower learners everywhere through innovative education.

Our Mission

We redefine the educational experience by anticipating the needs of our students and future workforce. We support learners where they are and provide high-quality, flexible, and accessible education to empower individual goal attainment, foster partnerships, and strengthen communities.

Our Values

Rio Salado College honors everyone’s unique qualities with respect and dignity.

We Value:

  • Innovation and Learning
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Integrity and Stewardship
  • Sustainable Practices
  • Collaboration and Service

Our Practices of Engagement

To uphold our commitment to equity and inclusion, the college focuses on four key practices of engagement: mindfulness, empathy, happiness, and resilience. These four tenets are fundamental to the work of the college and creating safe and honest dialogue and action. The college prides itself on holding conversations with intentionality that look at data, ensuring that the data are shared across the campus and continuously used to drive student success.

Our Strategic Goals 2020-2024

Goal 1. Increase student goal attainment 23% by 2024 with innovative and world-class experiences.

Goal 2. Offer 23 new micro-credentials by 2024.

Goal 3. Foster a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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