Cerro Coso Community College

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Institutional Effectiveness

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 Homepage

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.

Contains: 2012 Self Evaluation of Educational Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, Commission Action Letter, External Evaluation Team Report.

Contains Links To: Student and Public Complaints, Previous Self Studies, Substantive Change Proposals, Accreditation Resources

Planning Documents

List of Documents

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 three years. Instructional departments and operational units write annual unit plans which lead to section, division, and resource support plans--and ultimately to a yearly update of the College's student success plan and budget. 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, 2012 ACCJC Institutional Self Evaluation, Strategic Goals, Annual Integrated Planning Documents, Student Success Plan, College Report Cards, Comprehensive SLO Assessment Reports, Community Reports, Participatory Governance Model, Student Equity Plan.

Contains Links To: Annual Unit Plans, Section Plans, Division Plans, Resource Request Analyses

Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Program Review

Program Reviews

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 instructional programs, student services programs, and programs in administrative services. In addition to degrees and certificates, instructional program reviews are also completed for basic skills, the Cerro Coso Local General Education pattern, the honors program, and departments and units like the Library and the Learning Assistance Center.

Contains: Program Reviews, Program Review Schedule, Program Review Template, Program Review Annual Timeline and Committee Schedule.

IEPI Targets

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

The goal of this initiative is to help advance colleges’ institutional effectiveness and in the process, significantly reduce the number of accreditation sanctions and audit issues, and most importantly, enhance the system’s ability to effectively serve students. An important focus of the grant is to draw on the exceptional expertise and innovation from within the system in advancing best practices and avoiding potential pitfalls.

Contains: IEPI goals, components and targets.

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