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Message from the President


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Looking back at 2018, Rend Lake College has continued to be a progressive and effectual institution for our students, our employees, and in our communities. We intend to keep that momentum going as we enter this new year.

RLC was once again recognized for its achievements at the state and national levels. In 2018, RLC was ranked the number one community college in Illinois, as well as the best return on educational investment in the country, by the financial website WalletHub.

To further highlight an outstanding year, the college received maximum accreditation of 10 years following a visit by our regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, in December of 2018. We will continue to strive for and surpass standards set forth by HLC as we look to provide for the next generation of students.

In doing so, we will continue working with our local industry partners and communities to provide new opportunities for all of our students. In the last year, we have teamed up with the U.S. Department of Labor to offer four apprenticeship programs, created two new Information Technology programs to address growing needs, and added options for distance learners in the Office Systems Technology programs. We also established eight articulation agreements with four-year universities to help students take their next steps after graduation.

With the help of a dozen grants, the RLC community is continuing to make a difference through volunteerism and support services. Improved relationships with our local school districts brought hundreds of students to RLC through dual credit courses, College Signing Days, countless tours, and unique events.

The Foundation added to the list of over 250 scholarships designated for RLC students in honor of some of RLC’s biggest champions lost during the year. RLC athletics also continue to be a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the field, as student-athletes won major titles and championships in 2018, all while earning the grades to land spots on All-Academic teams.

As we move into 2019, Rend Lake College will continue to uphold its mission and core values, to be student-focused, authentic, and resourceful. As always, we’re here to serve you. Send us your comments, questions, and concerns - we look forward to hearing from you. 

Terry Wilkerson
President


President's Contract & Evaluation Instrument

President's Goals & Responsibilities

1. Provide overall leadership and unity of efforts for the total college program
2. Oversee and maintain the financial well-being of the college
3. Assume overall responsibility for establishing and maintaining an adequate public relations program
4. Oversee preparation for Higher Learning Commission review of the college and subsequent accreditation
5. Provide adequate information and opportunity for board development and preparation of supporting materials

We sat down with past and current leaders of Rend Lake College. They talked about their experiences, looking back over 50 years since RLC was established in 1967.

We Are Nationally Accredited


Rend Lake College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1969. Accreditation is extremely important because it ensures that RLC programs are effective and that we are delivering on our guarantees of educational quality. It also helps us identify things we do well, things upon which we can improve and how to go about making those improvements. Accreditation is critical for participation in many state and federal programs which benefit higher education.

 

RLC Mission Statement

Mission

The mission statement is the essential purpose of the college from which all college activities originate:

Rend Lake College provides educational opportunities across cultural and economic boundaries to the diverse student population we serve. We are committed to our students’ success in achieving their educational goals and to meeting our community-focused program objectives. With Rend Lake College, student journeys start here.

Value Statement

In serving our students and community, we strive to be student-focused, authentic, and resourceful.

Institutional Outcomes

Rend Lake College has adopted four essential learner outcomes, fundamental learning objectives embedded in every program of study, that all degree-completing students should be able to demonstrate. They are as follows:

Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to think in a self-directed, reflective manner when understanding, evaluating and solving problems.

Problem-Solving: Demonstrate the ability to resolve computational problems.

Oral Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively through verbal and non-verbal language.

Written Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively through written language.

Who We Are and Who We Serve

Who We Are and Who We Serve

Who We Are

The College history defines the College from the perspective of organization and assets; however, the personnel who operate within the college systems and manage those assets are the primary element for successful education. Rend Lake College believes all employees, regardless of their job description, are part of each student’s education. Administrative, community outreach, student service, and physical plant personnel all support the student learning process. Our instructors are primary points of contact with the Rend Lake College educational experience. These educators are generally organized into five divisions: Allied Health; Applied Science & Technology; Community & Corporate Education; Liberal Arts; and Math & Sciences. Whether in a supporting role or as a direct point of contact, each college employee draws upon professional expertise and academic accomplishment to promote the success of every student.

Who We Serve

Student-centered colleges are best defined by who they serve. An understanding of the distinctiveness of our College’s student population allows us to effectively meet the goals of our programs and succeed in our mission.

Diversity of Culture

Traditionally, Rend Lake College can be characterized as serving a relatively homogenous, rural, small-town culture. This population’s cultural distinctiveness is centered on age and socioeconomic status more than diverse ethnic origin. As global connectivity broadens, so too do Rend Lake College’s program offerings. We continue to serve groups with diverse characteristics, such as:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • National origin
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Special populations

Diversity of Purpose

Rend Lake College provides general, transfer, and career technical education to both traditional and non-traditional students through the use of reciprocal agreements; regional, state, and national education programs; dual-credit high school classes; and the endorsement of international students to help broaden our base. Rend Lake College offers skill and trade opportunities for students seeking employment and economic mobility. Additionally, Rend Lake College provides professional and personal fulfillment as well as growth through community and corporate education classes.

Often, an individual’s purpose for engaging with the college is a combination of factors such as:

  • Discovery/Curiosity
  • Educational Requirements
  • Enrichment / Hobby
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Life-long learning
  • New/Enhanced skills
  • Retraining
Common Outcome

Regardless of the diverse cultural backgrounds, purposes or origins of our constituents, Rend Lake College serves each individual equally with an open admission policy and an opportunity for success. Furthermore, Rend Lake College is united by the shared commitment of students, faculty, staff, and community to meet its institutional, educational, and program objectives.

RLC History


Rend Lake College has been the place “where learning never ends” for many years, serving thousands of in-district residents annually.

The college was founded in 1955 as Mt. Vernon Community College and officially became Rend Lake College when it was organized December 20, 1966, under the Illinois Junior College Act (Illinois Revised Statutes, 1967; Chapter 122, Sections 101-1 to 108-2).

Mt. Vernon Community College initially was approved by an overwhelming 25-to-1 vote and was under the supervision of the local high school board, with boundaries the same as those for High School District No. 201. The purpose of this two-year college was to provide postsecondary educational experiences, primarily university-parallel curricula, for the graduates of Mt. Vernon Township High School. Faculty and facilities were provided by the high school.

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Administration


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Terry Wilkerson
President

Administration Building Room 126
Phone Ext. 1242
President's Contract Documents

President's Goals & Responsibilities

1. Provide overall leadership and unity of efforts for the total college program
2. Oversee and maintain the financial well-being of the college
3. Assume overall responsibility for establishing and maintaining an adequate public relations program
4. Oversee preparation for Higher Learning Commission review of the college and subsequent accreditation
5. Provide adequate information and opportunity for board development and preparation of supporting materials

 

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Angie Kistner
VP - Finance & Administration

Administration Building Room 163
Phone Ext: 1221

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Lisa Price
VP - Student Services

Administration Building Room 110
Phone Ext: 1205

 
 

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Lori Ragland
VP - Career Technical Instruction

Administration Building Room 136
Phone Ext: 1367

 

Smoke-Free Policy


Rend Lake College campuses are smoke-free as of July 1, 2015.
The Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, signed in 2014 by former Gov. Pat Quinn, does not allow smoking on any public college or university campus, whether that is indoors, outdoors, or in parking lots. Staff, students, and visitors are prohibited from carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling any kind of cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette, or other smoking equipment. The one exception is for those who wish to smoke inside a privately owned vehicle.  

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