Find out why and how to become an RP Group member or renew your membership. 

Who can join the RP Group?

Membership is limited to individual California community colleges and district offices. Once your college or district office joins, any number of employees may access the RP Group’s services. If a district office joins the RP Group, individual institutions within the district still need to pay membership fees in order for its employees to access member benefits (and vice versa).


See “What if I don’t work at a California community college or district office?” below for more information on how to join as an associate if you are an individual or organization working in support of community colleges.


What does membership cost?

Current membership fees (July 2016 - June 2017):

Individual community college: $350

Community college district office: $350


Why should my college/district become a member of the RP Group?

As a member you have access to a wide-range of free or discounted professional development and training opportunities (e.g., regional research groups, the RP Conference, the Strengthening Student Success conference, Leading from the Middle Academy, webinars, Perspectives newsletter). These events, activities and resources offer a chance to grow relationships with peers, build skills, test new tools, design change initiatives and reflect on improvement efforts. Members can also vote for RP Group board representatives.

Members can also tap a vast community of practitioners through the organization’s listservs, offering immediate connection to specific resources and insights on how to approach day-to-day research and planning issues. Members are often the first to receive findings from pioneering research and evaluation projects conducted by the RP Group on issues of critical importance to California’s community colleges. Additionally, members have access to our highly qualified staff and consultants who can provide assistance on issues associated with planning, professional development, research and evaluation.

Ultimately, membership places you in a vibrant network of dedicated individuals and organizations focused on helping colleges ensure the success of all students and the effectiveness of every institution across California’s community college system.


What do my membership fees support?

RP Group dues contribute to providing affordable professional development to members. These funds also enable us to keep our website resources up to date, cover regional research group costs, facilitate our work on SLOs, give the RP and POWER Awards, and in part, support a variety of conferences and institutes.


What if I don’t work in a community college or district office?

Individuals who are not employed at a California community college and organizations working in support of community colleges are welcome to join the RP Group at the associate level. Individuals and organizations that join as associates have access to the RP Group’s network and will receive information on our numerous professional development opportunities, research and evaluation projects, tools and resources for practitioners, etc.

Organizations: $150

Individual associate: $75

Associates do not have voting rights and do not receive discounted member rates at RP Group sponsored conferences, academies or institutes.


How can my college/district join or renew its membership?

If you or your college, district office or organization is new to the RP Group, please follow the process outlined below to join.

Current members and associates will need to renew their memberships at the beginning of each academic year and should include an updated contact form with their dues.

Paying by Credit Card

1. Fill out the contact form (see link in the right column) and mail it to the RP Group.

2. Choose a membership type and pay by credit card through Paypal:

Fee Level

Paying by Check

1. Fill out the contact form (see link in the right column).

2. Print out this form and submit it, along with a check, to the address below.

3. If you need an invoice, you may download one from the right column.

Make your check out to "RP Group" and send to:

The RP Group

1102 Q Street, Ste. 3500

Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone: (510) 527-8500

E-mail: Lila Tavelli


Contact Lila Tavelli at or 510-527-8500 ext. 264