2020-2021 Course Catalog

About Richland Community College

Richland Community College was founded in 1971. At that time, its mission statement identified it as a comprehensive community college, which required that it offer baccalaureate, technical, continuing education, and community service programs. For over 45 years, that is what the College has done. The people of the District have benefited and prospered from the services Richland has offered.

Since its founding, the basic purpose and mission have not dramatically changed. What have changed, however, are the scope of activities and the manner in which they occur. The 21st Century places demands on Richland that are far different than the demands in 1971. Today’s new economy retains the elements of mass production but adds new standards for quality, variety, sustainability, innovation, convenience, and timeliness. Yesterday’s community colleges measured their success by how many students they served. Today’s community colleges measure success by how well they serve. For a college to serve well, it must commit to improving standards of quality. It must commit to providing education, programs, and services in a variety of ways to diverse people at ever-changing times and places. It must commit to assisting students in completing their educational goals.

Richland’s faculty and staff are committed to meeting the challenges of the new economies and technologies. They are committed to providing the leadership and education required to create a talented pool of people who will help Central Illinois grow and prosper in an increasingly complex world. The statement of purpose, mission, vision, and goals outline the blueprint, the plan, and the process by which Richland will meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

As Richland Community College works to serve residents of the College District, it looks forward to meeting new challenges and fulfilling its most important mission – student success. 

Contact Us

Community College District 537

One College Park | Decatur, Illinois 62521

Telephone: 217.875.7200



Disclaimer: This Catalog should not be considered a contract. The College reserves the right to change at any time, without notice, tuition, fees, programs, graduation requirements, policies, procedures, and other such matters as may be within its control.

Non-Discrimination Policy

(Board Policy 5.12): Richland Community College subscribes to the principles and laws of the State of Illinois and the Federal Government pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity, including applicable Executive Orders.

Richland Community College policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital or parental status, national origin or ancestry, age, mental and/or physical disabilities (except where they are bona fide occupational qualifications), sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics or conduct.

The College’s nondiscrimination policy applies to the admission and retention of students; recruitment, employment, and retention of faculty and staff; and access to and treatment in the College’s programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator, Room N117, 217.875.7211, Ext. 6314

Dr. Leanne R. Brooks, Section 504 Coordinator, Room C138, 217.875.7211, Ext. 6379