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Take advantage of these in-person group Advising 101 sessions at Rio Salado valley-wide locations this summer! You can also take part via webinar! Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details.

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.
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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic still has a few openings for this Saturday's free dental clinic for kids! The goal is to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children and young adults ages 17 and younger. Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/5hPv301zuTe

The #fox10phoenix Arizona Morning team plans to join us as we kick off this event-- to help increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene. Tune in at 8 a.m. for live coverage.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable!

‪#‎free ‪#‎dental ‪#‎dentalhygiene ‪#‎dentalcare ‪#‎children
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June 21, 2016: We are sorry to announce this event has been cancelled.

The Diversity Leadership Alliance will host a free community workshop called SexAbility - Sex is for Everyone, Including the Disabled—presented by Kelly Falardeau, June 23, 8 a.m. to noon at the Rio Salado Conference Center.  RSVP required.

Learn more about this event and presenter by visiting: ow.ly/PtUX301sy2w
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Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.  Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/sV37301iZ7j
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Rio Salado College will offer group advising sessions in-person and via webinar beginning June 20 to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track!

These Advising 101 sessions satisfy Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” registration requirement in my.maricopa.edu.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details
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The Rio Salado Library proudly features EBSCO’s Military & Government Collection database, which offers current news about all branches of the military and government through a collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to these areas.

Key Publications Include:
● Air Force Comptroller
● JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly
● Military Technology
● Combat Edge
● FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
● Defense Studies
● Foreign Affairs
● Naval Forces

Check it out today at ow.ly/Vhzo301HjGW. Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.
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All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Visit RioNews for additional details about services available this weekend. ow.ly/RzdA301GIrN

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are also closed on Fridays, until Aug. 12, 2016.
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Please join us in welcoming Kate Smith-- Rio Salado's new Vice President of Academic Affairs!

Smith, who begins her tenure this week, will be responsible for the oversight of Faculty, academic support services, Community Development, Dual Enrollment, Educational Service Partners, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Institutional Integrity. Learn more in RioNews: ow.ly/XCwX301uBVd
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A shout out to Rio Salado 2016 dual enrollment grads from Horizon High School-- Connor Little, Matthew Thomas and Peter Godfrey-- who were recently featured in this Scottsdale Independent story. They were among a record-breaking 64 dual enrollment grads who earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College-- before graduating from high school. Congratulations!

See related stories about Rio Salado's extraordinary dual enrollment class of 2016 in RioNews:
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Learn more about Rio Salado's dual enrollment program: www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual

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Three Horizon High School students earned their Associate of Arts degree through the Dual Enrollment program with Rio Salado College.
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The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month. Learn more in RioNews.

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Men's Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males. It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men's Health ...
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The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, June 18 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, June 19 at noon. The following services will be unavailable during this time:

● Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
● Enrollment for classes
● Grade reports
● Transcripts
● Financial aid information
● Student message center

Visit this web page for the latest details and updates: ow.ly/jEmI301giNJ
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Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion. Meet the man featured on this billboard-- 2015 ‪#‎RioGrad‬ Joseph Mercado-- and learn how it inspired him to reevaluate his life.  ow.ly/IlYB301dQ0T
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2323 W 14th St Tempe, AZ 85281
2323 West 14th StreetUSArizonaTempe85281
(480) 517-8000riosalado.edu
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Rio Salado College was founded in 1978 and serves one of the largest online enrollments nationwide. Rio Salado offers general education courses as well as a variety of degree and certificate programs.
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"Horrible. The administration and financial aid department are incompetent."
"To bad I can't give negative stars."
"I was falsely accused of plagiarism on the very first homework."
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Suzanne Reinhardt
a week ago
I'm having similar experiences as several of the other reviewers, and I wish I had chosen another school. I'm only two weeks in, but my only real complaint is that I've been given incorrect information from the Admissions department -- twice. This has delayed whatever financial aid I could receive for two weeks. It's stressful being unsure about my finances especially because I'm depending on this. There are better ways to manage something as important as how people will support themselves while trying to improve their lives. After taking classes for a few weeks, I now have more to add. Their online classes are pretty basic, as far as I'm concerned. Mostly what's involved is a presentation of the material then it's up to you to take what you can from that and apply it to the project that is given at the end of that lesson. I have a graduate degree in educational technology and a certificate in online teaching and learning, so I want my classes to be of higher quality.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Suzanne. Thank you for sharing your comments, which we will forward to our student services team to investigate. Would you please contact annette.flores@riosalado.edu to confirm your student name so we can cross-reference your records-- and let us know whether you're willing to talk to a member of our team to provide more details? Many thanks.
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Tom Chavez
a week ago
Don't ever go here!! This place sucks the worst!! They take your money and they are happy to help UNTIL and this is a big UNTIL...you have issues with faculty, classes or any other dispute!! I hate this college and don't suggest it to anyone. They suck, they suck, they suck!! Ruby Miller is not only uncaring, but negligent in her handling other student affairs. Also, Jennifer Gresko and countless others!! Don't ever go here!! They are horrible!!
Response from the owner - a week ago
Dear Tom. We are very sorry to hear this. We will forward your comments to our student affairs and executive teams to investigate. When time permits, would you please reach out to annette.flores@riosalado.edu to confirm your student name and best way and time to contact you?
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Alan Sullivan
2 weeks ago
20 years ago I earned a Technical Associates degree. Now I want to earn a 4 year degree, but the credits from the Technical AA does not transfer to ASU, so I am starting over at Rio Salado College. Every semester I must submit a Maximum Timeframe Appeal to explain why I am taking AA level courses when I already have a AA degree. No problem, I understand, it's their way of doing things. My problem is I have to submit the Max Time Frame Appeal 3 or 4 times, EACH SEMESTER, before it is received. Their document control is horrendous, pathetic and not confidence inspiring at all considering they are an Institute of Higher Learning, seemingly employing people with remedial skills. Rio Salado wants said document. I send in said document, Rio Salado doesn't know where they put it... REPEAT!.. .... .... Repeat!..... .. ....... Repeat!
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Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Dear Alan. We're sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing your comments, which we will forward to our students services and executive teams. When time permits, would you please confirm that Alan Sullivan is your registered student name, whether you would be willing to share more details and what are best ways/times to contact you. Please share your reply with annette.flores@riosalado.edu. Thank you.
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Ayan Bille
2 months ago
Financial Aid dept is very difficult, extremely incompetent reps who hate their jobs and a result take it out on the students. Whatever you do, do not take a course by Anna Rodriguez, she's impossible to deal with. Has no remorse, doesn't seem to understand that adults in college have other personal lives, such as work and family. Faculty chair, Otis White, will never respond to your emails or calls for when you need him to correct a grade. Victoria Hauri, useless advisor. She never answers her phone, calls back 2 weeks after leaving voicemails. Darcy is another Advisor, who'll literally yell at you if you ask more than 1 question. The two stars are for the best Advisors, Slyvia DeLeon and Miranda. Wonderful ladies, who always go above and beyond. I can't wait to finish my final semester at Rio Salado.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Dear Ayan. We appreciate your comments, which we will forward to our executive team right away to investigate. We would like to get some additional details from you. We invite you to expand upon your comments by joining us for a student focus group with our VP of Student Affairs. The next luncheon is likely to be in May. Would you please email annette.flores@riosalado.edu to let us know whether you are interested in taking part in a focus group? You are also welcome to share additional details you think are important-- and suggestions on how we can help you succeed via that email account. Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. 04/26/2016 Dear Ayan, we cannot find your student information in our databases. Would you please confirm your legal name, student ID and contact information by contacting Annette Flores at 480-517-8467? Thank you!
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Robert Cave
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After trying for 5 days to talk to a person, leaving multiple messages, and spending a considerable amount of time listening to the dreadful hold music I finally was able to talk to a person. This person was short and determinedly unhelpful. I was hoping to talk to a human being of intelligence, which was why I called in the first place. Sadly all I got was a robotic reading of the information posted online, as if I was too stupid to read it or even find it. The end result is I am now behind where I could be in my degree and I will take my business elsewhere. There is no shortage of community colleges and many of them can actually answer the phone and employ intelligent human beings.
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Robert, we are truly sorry to hear this news, which we will relay to our student affairs teams to investigate. when time permits, would you please confirm your student name and best way/time to contact you by emailing annette.flores@riosalado.edu.
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Stephanie Strobel
a month ago
I liked taking several classes at this university to include Marine Biology and Ecology. The positives of this school include online convenience. I can study whenever I want which allows for better work life balance. In order to make this work however, students must be prepared to put in a lot of work and teach yourself the material. The instructors will help you but they are full time professors or have private industry jobs. They can't help you at the last minute. A lot of posts I read describe this school rather poorly. If you follow APA format, you will not be accused of plagiarism even if you copy the whole book because you don't want to learn and are doing your homework at the last minute. Most of the people who gave negative reviews, it sounds like, did so because they were trying to do things at the last minute. That strategy rarely goes well especially in college where, you are expected to act as an adult and take care of yourself. This is not high school people. The classes are time intensive. For each science class, plan on 16 hours per week. You do have to go to the testing center to take your finals. With that said, you actually do have to learn the material rather than read over it and expect to do well. Financial aid and the registrar do their jobs well. For all of those who whine about going to college, realize it is a luxury item for some people. Instead of whining about your life and making excuses, work hard and accept personal accountability and responsibility for when things don't go as planned. This is why you plan ahead and follow up. If you feel someone isn't doing their job, report it or find someone else to help you. I am tired of so many people in life playing the victim and whining about things they do have the power to change and fix. If you really hate the school, take your money and go elsewhere.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Stephanie, we appreciate your comments, which we will forward to our student affairs team for review. When time permits, would you please reach out to annette.flores@riosalado.edu for follow up? Many thanks.
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Alicia B
a month ago
Highly recommend avoiding this school. I have had two bad experiences. Thought the first one was just a fluke. The second one was awful and resulted in my getting my first D ever. Literally ever. Anne Eldenstein (professor) completely negligent in her class scheduling, grading, and even assignments. Her spelling, punctuation, and formatting made me wonder how she was fit to grade and assess my learning! In the end, she refused to address SEVERAL question throughout the course I answered correctly and when I send a letter to the board, they were completely unconcerned and unapologetic, nor did they offer a reason why her negligence towards the end of the course was justified. They just acknowledged her poor performance. No apologies. No offers to reimburse me for the class. No offer to have me take the class again. If you must take Online courses at least take Biology and Math somewhere. But AVOID AT ALL COST taking Anne Eldenstein's Biology course. It should be mentioned that I graduated from SCC with a 3.91, so I am no dummy OR nor am I a lazy student. When you attend a school, you want to make sure that you education is a priority. It's not here.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Dear Alicia. We're sorry to hear about your experience. Would you please share your name and contact information with annette.flores@riosalado.edu when time permits. We will have a student specialist contact you for more details and investigate. Thank you.
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Christina Hamm
a week ago
Worst college experience, incredibly frustrated with the lack of simplistic knowledge of the registration and admissions staff. Curriculum is extremely outdated and irrelevant to life in 2016.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Dear Christina, We are sorry to hear this. When time permits, would you please confirm your student name and best points of contact with annette.flores@riosalado.edu? We would like to have a student services agent follow up to get more details. Thank you.