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.
In 2013, at the annual conference of the Society of University and College Planners, Julie presented on the topic: Using Integrated Planning for Right-Sizing, Retrenching, and Reorganizing. At that same conference, shewas awarded SCUP's 2013 K. C. Parsons Founders Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning.