Thursday, February 14, 2013

FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Citrus College Receives Approval on Midterm Accreditation Report

Citrus College officials were pleased to learn that its Midterm Accreditation Report has been accepted and validated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC).

In a letter to Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, ACCJC/WASC noted that the college responded to each of the six recommendations made as a result of Citrus College’s 2009 accreditation site visit, plus five actionable improvement plans self-identified by the college.  The site visit, which occurs every six years, led to Citrus College receiving a six-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in February 2010, the highest rating possible.

“The Citrus College community is thrilled to receive such a positive letter from the accrediting commission,” said Dr. Perri. “As a result of the college’s willingness to engage in self-evaluation and improvement, we can celebrate the fact that Citrus College students have an extraordinary opportunity to successfully achieve their educational goals.”

Three years after receiving a six-year reaffirmation of accreditation, ACCJC/WASC requires its member institutions to submit a Midterm Report. This report provides evidence that the institution has made significant progress towards fulfilling ACCJC/WASC’s recommendations, as well as its own self-identified goals.

The areas in which Citrus College received approval include the establishment of an Institutional Effectiveness Committee that assesses the college’s integrated planning model and its effect on the budget process; the completion and implementation of student learning outcomes and assessment for all courses offered; the development and use of an Integrated Planning Manual that promotes a culture of evidence and data-driven decision making; a budget that provides detailed analyses, describes the college’s funds and sources of revenue, and outlines parameters for decision-making; and an assessment of program initiatives to ensure effective budget practices.

“Citrus College’s positive letter from the accrediting commission is further evidence of its effectiveness as a ‘college of completion,’ stated Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College Board of Trustees.  “The college community’s diligence in every phase of the accreditation process is a reflection of its commitment to student success.”

The Midterm Report letter and other accreditation documents can be accessed from the “Accreditation” button located on the home page of the Citrus College website,  Please click “Midterm Report 2012,” then “Midterm Response Letter from ACCJC” located on the left side of the webpage.