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Cerro Coso Seeks Public Input for Accreditation Evaluation
April 26, 2012
Cerro Coso Community College is seeking public feedback on its Accreditation Self Evaluation Report available for review online at www.cerrocoso.edu/accreditation. The college is preparing for its accreditation visit conducted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). This visit, and the preparation that it involves, usually occurs on a six year cycle.
A team of community college professionals is scheduled to visit Cerro Coso this October. A critical part of the preparation for their visit involves compiling a college Self Evaluation Report to addresses the mandated themes established by the accrediting commission.
"Cerro Coso is requesting feedback from members of the communities in the Cerro Coso service area on the completed document. The report is posted online and comment boxes have been provided for each standard evaluated," stated Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Corey Marvin. The web site will remain active until May 11, 2012.
Accreditation is a voluntary, dual-purpose process that schools undergo to ensure they are worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement. An accredited school is focused on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and examines its students' performance continuously; it accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by WASC; it maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school; it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis; and it plans for the future.
Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is fully approved by the Board of Governors, California Community Colleges and other state and federal agencies.
"Community feedback, including suggestions and/or criticisms, is an important component of our ability to validate what we do as a college," concluded Dr. Marvin.
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