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'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