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EXTERNAL EVALUATION REPORT

Cerritos Community College 11110 Alondra Boulevard Norwalk, CA 90650

A Confidential Report Prepared for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

This report represents the findings of the External Evaluation Team that Visited Cerritos Community College on March 3, 2014 through March 6, 2014

Dr. Gilbert H. Stork, Chair

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LIST OF TEAM MEMBERS

Dr. Gilbert Stork (Chair) Superintendent/President Cuesta College

Dr. Kelly Cooper Instructor West Valley College

Dr. Deborah Wulff (Assistant) Vice President, Academic Affairs Cuesta College

Dr. Marcia Corcoran Dean, Language Arts Chabot College

Ms. Shannon Hill (Assistant) Executive Director, Institutional Advancement/ Foundation Cuesta College

Dr. James Dire Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Kauai Community College

Mr. Dennis Bailey-Fougnier Vice President, Student Services Cabrillo College

Mr. Brent Hastey Trustee Yuba Community College District

Dr. Charles “Kale” Braden Instructor, Theater Arts Cosumnes River College

Ms. Michelle Johnson Institutional Research Coordinator Reedley College/Willow International Center

Mr. Stan Carrizosa Superintendent/President College of the Sequoias

Ms. Eve Kikawa Instructor/Interim Dean Santa Ana College

Ms. Meghan Chen Dean, Library &Learning Resources Mr. San Antonio College

Dr. Greg Nelson Vice President, Finance and College Operations College of Marin

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SUMMARY OF EVALUATION REPORT INSTITUTION:

Cerritos College

DATES OF VISIT: March 3-6, 2014 TEAM CHAIR:

Dr. Gilbert H. Stork, Superintendent/President, Cuesta College

A team of ten professional educators and two team assistants visited Cerritos College from March 3-6, 2014, to evaluate the institution for reaffirmation of accreditation according to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies. In preparation for the visit, team members attended an all-day training session on February 11, 2014 conducted by Commission personnel and studied Commission materials designed for visiting teams. Team members read the College’s Self-Evaluation Report, including the recommendations from the 2008 evaluation team, and assessed the various forms of evidence provided by the college. In addition, team members read the 2009 Follow-up Report, the 2010 Follow-up Report, the 2011 Mid-term Report, as well as other materials submitted to the Commission by the college since its last comprehensive visit. Prior to the visit, team members completed written assessments of the college’s selfevaluation report and began identifying areas for further investigation. During the visit, the team members met with approximately 85 college faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Team members also met with the college president and all of the members of the Board of Trustees. The team conducted two open meetings to allow for comments from faculty, staff, students, and interested parties. The college provided excellent logistical support during the visit. All members of the college were welcoming, hospitable, and gracious. The team found the college’s Self-evaluation Report to be complete and included responses to all Accreditation Standards. In addition, the college provided access to electronic versions of the self-evaluation report, evidence to support the report, catalogs, and class schedules which helped team members do ample research prior to the visit. The team wishes to express its appreciation to the institution. Team members commented on the quality of the college, its employees, its students, and the manner in which everyone made the team feel welcome.

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Major Findings and Recommendations of the 2014 Visiting Team Team Reco