JULIE SLARK is recognized throughout the western region of the U.S. as an expert in strategic and educational master planning, research design and analysis, student learning outcomes, program review, and accreditation, as well as the development of related organizational systems and processes that are integrated and sustainable. In 2006, she was awarded the ACCCA Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence for her innovative student learning outcomes and research contributions to the community college system.
After 31 years of service, she retired recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational Services at Rancho Santiago Community College District, where she was a leader of major change efforts, including their transition from a single-college to a multi-college structure. Her experience is broad, with additional accomplishments in the varied fields of economic and workforce development, high tech business incubation, child development centers, redistricting of trustee areas, board policies and administrative regulations, grants development, textbook cost reduction, collaborative partnerships, innovative student success efforts, and system wide capacity development.
During the past 20 years, she has also provided consulting services to more than 30 colleges and agencies, providing group facilitation for planning, accreditation assistance for self studies and interim reports and to some colleges on “warning” status, program review assistance, research and evaluation design and oversight, presentations and workshops for professional development, and student learning outcomes expertise. She has served as the college accreditation liaison officer, responsible for innumerable self studies and leadership for the acquisition of eligibility status and initial accreditation and official recognition for a new college. Adding to her perspective and expertise, she has participated in more than 20 comprehensive and interim accreditation visits, and as a consultant to ACCJC for their most recent “Project Renewal”.In addition to authoring and publishing numerous articles on research, planning, and student learning outcomes, Julie was the principal author of the RP Group’s “Planning Resources Guides”, used today by many colleges, and has served on the editorial boards of the “Community College Review” and the “Journal of Applied Research in the Community College”.