Cerritos College’s Accreditation Warning Lifted
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2009
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext. 2287
NORWALK, Calif. – July 6, 2009 - Cerritos College has been removed from warning status as a result of official action taken by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and College on June 11, 2009.
“This decision by the Commission reflects all of the progress we have made since last year,” said Acting President/Superintendent William C. Farmer. “This action confirms that we continue the good work of providing quality education and ensuring student success.”
Cerritos College administrators, managers, staff and the Board of Trustees worked very hard to address the recommendations of the Commission and submitted a progress report in March this year before a follow-up visit by Commission representatives in April.
The college addressed four accreditation recommendations by improving communication; completing program review for all non-instructional programs; improving the campus climate on issues of participation, empowerment, and entrepreneurship; and completing and evaluating its planning and budget allocation process.
A warning is the lightest sanction taken by the Commission to rectify areas of concern in community colleges. Cerritos College continues to be an accredited community college as well as one of the premier community colleges in the state.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 26,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.