Certification of Continued Compliance
with Eligibility Requirements
Feather River College is a public two-year community college that operates within the California Community Colleges system and is authorized by the State of California. The College has been recognized as a degree-granting institution by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1973.
The College’s mission statement is revisited every third year for currency per Board Policy 1200, and was last approved by the Board of Trustees in 2010. The mission statement reflects the College’s role as a degree-granting institution that provides general education, Associate Degrees, transfer programs, and life-long learning. The College’s mission statement is woven throughout the school’s planning processes, as defined in FRC guidelines on Institutional Planning (BP/AP 3250).
The mission statement and other guiding statements are available at http://www.frc.edu/administration
The six-member Board of Trustees is elected by residents of the Feather River College service district and includes one student trustee with an advisory vote. The Board serves as an independent policy-making body and acts in a manner that is consistent with the College’s mission. Additionally, the Board is responsible for upholding the institution’s financial integrity and stability. The Board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. All Board members adhere to college policy on conflict of interest.
Biographical information for governing board members forthcoming.
Chief Executive Officer
The superintendent/president of Feather River College is appointed by the Board of Trustees and has primary responsibility for the College, including instructional/distance education programs, and has executive responsibilities for administering Board policies. The superintendent/president may delegate any powers and duties entrusted to him or her by the Board but will be specifically responsible to the Board for the execution of such delegated powers and duties.
The superintendent/president of Feather River College is supported by a senior staff consisting of a chief instructional officer, chief student services officer, chief finance officer, human resources director, director of facilities, director of information services, and athletic director. All administrators meet or exceed the minimum qualifications for their positions. In turn, the senior staff members are supported by various classified staff and managers. Collectively, the administrative team works effectively to uphold the College’s mission.
Biographical Information About Administrative Staff
The 2300 students who are enrolled at Feather River College pursue a variety of educational goals including transfer education, degree and certificate achievement, and life-long learning.
As listed in the Feather River College catalog, the College offers a range of degree and certificate programs that serve its student population. A significant proportion of FRC students are pursuing degrees or certificates.
Successful completion of approved courses at Feather River College may lead to an associate’s degree, a certificate, or proficiency in a specific career or technical field. These educational programs reflect the College’s mission and are consistent with recognized areas of study. Degree programs at the College are generally two years in length.
Feather River College’s policies on the awarding of credit and transfer are clearly outlined in the College’s catalog. Credit is assigned to courses based on the “Carnegie unit.” The awarding of academic credit is consistent with relevant California Education Code and California Code of Regulations (Title 5) rules.
Student Learning and Achievement
Feather River College has established and published Student Learning Outcomes for all students who attend the College. Degree and certificate learning outcomes are published in the College’s catalog. The expected learning outcomes for a course or program are the same irrespective of location or delivery mode.
General education curriculum is integrated into all associate’s degrees and ensures competency in the following areas: communication and critical thinking; natural science and quantitative reasoning; humanities; social and behavioral sciences; American institutions; and health and exercise studies. The college wide Student Learning Outcomes are used to gauge the level of student success in their pursuit of general education. The rigor of the College’s general education courses is appropriate for an institution of higher education.
Course transferability for general education courses is documented in the catalog on pages 65-70 and additional documentation on course transferability is available on: www.assist.org
As stated in Feather River College Board Policy 4030, and in the college catalog, academic freedom is a right enjoyed and valued by all members of the Feather River College community: faculty, students, classified and administrative staff, and trustees. The Board of Trustees recognizes that academic freedom is necessary to the pursuit of knowledge and supports the principles of Academic Freedom enunciated in contracts negotiated between the District and bargaining units.
Feather River College employs 24 full-time faculty members and approximately eighty five part-time faculty members. As of fall 2011, full-time faculty teach 53% of the total teaching load. FRC faculty meet or exceed the minimum qualifications according to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The roles and responsibilities of faculty members are described in the full-time and part-time collective bargaining agreements and in the Faculty Handbook.
Student Services at Feather River College offers a wide range of academic support services to assist students in meeting their educational goals. The services are designed to help students build self-confidence, meet the many challenges of college life, and prepare for the future. In keeping with the College’s mission to assist a diverse student population in achieving their academic and career goals, Student Services staff oversee regular and special student programs including, but not limited to, TRIO, Disabled Student Programs and Services, EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services), and the Associated Students of Feather River College. The full offerings of Student Services are on the College’s website and catalog.
As a California Community College, Feather River College has an open-admission policy and admits any high school graduate or person eighteen years of age or older. All students who enroll in more than six units take an assessment test to help with their placement at the appropriate course level based on their reading, writing, and mathematical skills.
Information and Learning Resources
The College’s Learning Resource Center houses the Library and the learning center (now named the Instructional Resource Center). This facility serves an important role as the main source of information and learning services which support instruction across the campus. The Library houses books, periodical subscriptions, instructional media, and access to online full-text databases.
Feather River Community College’s Business Services Department facilitates communication and coordination of the annual budget development cycle, as well as monitoring and analysis of ongoing budgeted revenues and expenditures. The Business Services Department provides accurate and timely information/data that is supported by documented policies and procedures. Practices are supportive to the District and consistently applied in the decisions and interpretations of operational business practices. The College maintains a five percent reserve fund and presents a balanced tentative budget and a finalized budget to the Board of Trustees each fiscal year.
Feather River Community College District (FRC) is audited on a yearly basis by Perry-Smith LLP, a certified public accountancy firm. Their audit includes an initial and a final audit to verify adherence to policies and procedures set forth for the function of the institution in all aspects of business for an institution of higher learning. The final audit report is completed after the final audit visit at the conclusion of closing the books for the Fiscal Year. The final audit report includes district prepared financial statements, which are held to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards and include the financial data of the Feather River College Foundation, Inc. Part of the completed audit is a list of any findings for the new audit year, and the prior year’s list, if any, and the measures taken to address those findings. The certified audit is sent to the appropriate governmental officials for reporting requirements. At no time has the institution shown an annual or cumulative operating deficit.
Institutional Planning and Evaluation
Feather River College has as established planning and evaluation process as described in AP 3250 Institutional Planning. This planning process consists of annual and comprehensive program reviews that guide planning and budgetary decisions by describing program goals in relation to the College’s master planning documents as well as to the results from the assessment of student learning. The process allows for self evaluation, integrated planning, budgetary allocation, and finally, implementation.
Feather River College provides a print and online catalog with current information regarding the College’s mission, admission requirements and procedures, campus rules, academic programs and courses, services available to students, and other important information. The College’s catalog undergoes a complete revision every two years, with substantial changes between complete revisions added as addenda. Additional information is made public through the class schedule, the College’s website, the Student Handbook, and other materials.
Relations with the Accrediting Commission
Feather River College adheres to the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards set forth by the Department of Education and the ACCJC. The College is honest, accurate, and consistent in reporting to all accrediting agencies.