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Rio Salado Community College

Rio Salado College
Motto Take the Next Step
Established 1978
Type Community College
President Chris Bustamante
Academic staff 22 Faculty, 1400 Adjunct Faculty [1]
Students 60,000
Location Tempe, Arizona, United States of America

Rio Salado College is a community college headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers associate degree and certificate programs in online, in-person, and hybrid formats.


Rio Salado College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Rio Salado College was founded in 1978 as one of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. At the time, the college offered remote classrooms in 180 facilities throughout the Valley of the Sun.[2] Rio Salado College offered its first online classes in 1996 and by 2006 had converted a majority of its course offerings to an online format. The school is recognized as a leader in higher education innovation,[3] specializing in online education and distance learning.


Tempe Headquarters

The administrative headquarters of Rio Salado College are in Tempe, Arizona. Rio Salado relocated from its original location in Phoenix to Tempe in 1996. The Tempe location houses three main buildings: The Conference Center at Rio, the Tower at Rio, and the Rio at Hohokam administrative building.[4]

Satellite Locations

Rio Salado College is affiliated with 15 physical locations across Maricopa county including 11 RSC locations, two Communiversities, SPOT 127 Youth Media Center and the East Valley Veterans Education Center. Services and hours of operation vary by location. The college also provides educational services through its incarcerated re-entry program at ASPC-Lewis and ASPC-Perryville.[5]

School of Dental Hygiene

The Rio Salado College School of Dental Hygiene offers the highest accredited dental hygiene program in the state of Arizona. The school has been training students since 1998. It is a partnership between Rio Salado College, The Arizona Dental Association and Delta Dental Insurance. The School of Dental Hygiene moved from the West Valley to its current location at the Tempe HQ in 2012.[6]

Awards and recognition

One of Eight Highly Productive Higher-Education Institutions in, Winning by Degrees, a report which profiles cost effective best practices by McKinsey & Company [7]

Rio received a Sloan Award for exemplary workplace practices by the Families and Work Institute in 2011 and 2012. [8] [9]

Recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for innovative delivery of postsecondary education in the HCM Strategists report,"Beating the Odds:What It Means and Why It's important"[10]

Recognized by Forbes magazine as a "Visionary Higher-Education Leader."[11]

Featured in Focus Magazine for "Using High Tech Tools to Open Doors."[12]


External links

  • Official website

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