Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
Together, the following documents demonstrate Cerro Coso's commitment to ongoing self-reflective dialogue about the linkages among the College's mission, master educational vision, strategic direction, individual department and unit goals, community needs, and student success as reflected in learning achievement data, SLO assessment, and program review.
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.
Contains: Final Self Study for 2012 Accreditation visit; Accreditation standards; Previous Self Studies.
At Cerro Coso, multiple planning efforts are underway at a variety of institutional levels. The college mission drives the revision of the strategic plan once every two years. Instructional departments and operational units write annual unit plans which lead to section, division, and resource support plans and ultimately to the yearly update of the educational master plan. The College submits special reports for state and federal agencies. And it also prepares a variety of documents for internal and external constituents, such as the Participatory Governance Manual and the annual Community Report.
Contains: Educational Master Plan; Resource Support Plans; Annual Section Plans; Annual Unit Plans.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning is central to Cerro Coso Community College's mission to educate, innovate, inspire, and serve our students and community. Student learning outcomes are defined, assessed, and used for planning and improvement for courses, programs, general education, and the institution.
Contains: Assessment Handbook; Planning Cycles; Tools, Resources, and Results.
Cerro Coso Community College employs Program Review as a major component of college planning for the improvement of student achievement. Program Reviews are conducted once every six years for each degree and certificate program, as well for basic skills, the Cerro Coso Local General Education pattern, and other college learning and student services units.
Contains: Program Reviews; Review Schedule; Review Template.