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2013-2014 RACC Student Catalog 
2013-2014 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About RACC

Mission Statement

Reading Area Community College builds communities of learning committed to educational growth and to the economic vitality in our region.

At RACC...

  • We strive for excellence in all our actions.
  • We promote student learning and personal growth through teaching and mentoring.
  • We create welcoming and safe environments where intellectual curiosity and learning can flourish.
  • We value the diversity in our community and the richness it brings.
  • We connect students to resources within the College and the community at large that best meet their educational needs.
  • We are committed to lifelong learning both for students and ourselves.

At RACC, we are a community-focused institution.


Anna D. Weitz, D.Ed., President
Theodore Bassano, M.S.Ed., Senior Vice President of Business Services/Treasurer
Wade Davenport, Ph.D., Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Maria Mitchell, M.Ed.,Vice President of Student Affairs
Michael Nagel, M.P.A.,Vice President of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of Foundation
Robert Vaughn, Ed.D.,Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development/Community Education

RACC Board of Trustees 2012-2013

John C. Woodward, Chair
Edwin L. Stock,Vice Chair
Korie L. Sandridge, Secretary

Dr. Sam A. Alley
Connie M. Archey
Mary Ann Chelius Smith
Jermaine D. Edwards
Dr. Jeanne C. Hey
Zylkia R. Rivera
Jon C. Scott
Dean E. Sheaffer
Nancy L. Snyder
Michael Toledo
Victor R. H. Yarnell
James H. Yocum

Berks County Board of Commissioners

Sponsor of the College
Christian Y. Leinbach, Chair
Kevin S. Barnhardt
Mark C. Scott


Reading Area Community College is accredited by the following:

  • Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Associate in General Studies Degree, Certificate of Specializations and Diploma of Specialization.
  • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges - Full Accreditation (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215.662.5606)
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119) - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Committee on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) - Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care
  • The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Both programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. For more information regarding the NLNAC, contact 3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000


Reading Area Community College is a member of the following organizations:

  • The American Association of Community Colleges
  • The Association of Community College Trustees
  • The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National League for Nursing, Practical Nursing Program
  • National League for Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing Program
  • Pennsylvania Colleges of Associate Degree Nursing
  • League for Innovation in the Community College

Strategic Goals

(2008-2009 through 2012-2013)
Centered on Learning

Reading Area Community College
A Community of Learners Committed to Educational Growth and Regional Economic Development

Institutional Priorities

Student Learning • Planned Growth • Fiscal & Human Resources • Physical Environment

  • Improve student learning
    Become increasingly learning centered by providing quality educational programming, both in and out of the classroom, that meets the needs of our students.
  • Optimize enrollment in response to community needs for learning
    Systematically identify student markets, programs, and services to achieve optimal enrollment.
  • Effectively use technologies, where appropriate, to enhance learning
    Make effective use of technology in teaching and learning, providing services, and in communication, with special focus on increased use of on-line learning.
  • Systematize use of data to improve learning
    Create a campus culture that systematically uses data in all decision making
  • Enhance campus environments making them more conducive to learning
    Create campus environments in support of learning, and respectful of diversity, in which students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity for personal growth and can work effectively.
  • Increase student readiness for college-level learning
    Provide appropriate placement, coursework, student services to address student needs for developmental and ESL education.
  • Optimize resources in support of learning
    Assure the financial well-being and human resource needs of the institution thereby enhancing the ability to respond to varied educational needs of the community.