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february 27, 2020 President's message update


Dear Colleagues,

By all accounts, we had an incredible Accreditation site visit this week. As part of ACCJC’s peer review process,the visiting team, led by Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent/President, Gavilan College, conducted over 40 interviews and held two open forums to assess the degree to which the college meets the ACCJC accreditation standards.

At today’s exit forum, Dr. Rose shared the team’s effusive praise of our student-centered campus. It was indeed a very proud moment for me when the team recognized our “active culture of service” at Cerritos College. Focusing on our students is what we do best, and it was quite an honor that our peers recognized our continuous effort to be a student-centered institution.

Dr. Rose highlighted the exemplary work being done in the following areas:

  • Teacher TRAC
  • Automotive Technology
  • Our partnership with National University
  • Basic Needs Taskforce
  • Embedded Tutoring Program
  • Cerritos Complete
  • Dual Enrollment
  • CTX
  • Art Gallery
  • Adult Education and Non-credit Integration
  • Culinary Arts Program
  • Woodworking Program

Dr. Rose also shared a commendation for Cerritos College for creating and encouraging innovation leading to institutional excellence.

Please click here to continue reading Dr. Fierro's President's Message.


2020 Team Visit February 24-27


  1. Open Forum 1: Tuesday, February 25 TBA
  2. Open Forum 2: Wednesday, February 26 TBA
  3. Exit Report: Thursday, February 27, 1:00pm TBA

Accreditation is the primary process by which colleges and universities in the U.S. assure and improve educational quality. Accreditation provides assurance to students that the educational activities of a college have been found to meet Accreditation Standards and are satisfactory. A college’s accredited status assures to students easier transfer of earned academic credits, the opportunity to receive federal financial aid, and greater acceptance of students’ credits, certificates and degrees by employers, licensing agencies, and other colleges. 

The ACCJC utilizes a peer review process on a six-year cycle to assure and improve educational quality. Peers from other colleges in the region form a Site Visit Team to evaluate our college based on the Accreditation Standards, Eligibility Requirements and Commission policies. During the visit, the team will meet with employees, review evidence as part of the college’s Self Evaluation report, and write a team report with recommendations to the ACCJC regarding the college’s accredited status.

Cerritos College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its evaluation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The College will host a visit from a team representing the ACCJC from February 24 to February 28, 2020. Cerritos College is currently accredited by ACCJC. The team will review the College’s ongoing ability to meet ACCJC’s criteria for accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College by either emailing Cerritos College at or by filling out the following form on the ACCJC website:

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the College or its academic programs. All comments must be received by January 19, 2020.


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