This year Sierra College is celebrating it's 80th Anniversary. Since 1936, Sierra College has been a cornerstone of the communities we serve. As Sierra's president, I am honored to be a part of a vibrant organization that helps students move on to achieve success at four year colleges, go directly into the workforce, and advance in their careers. Everywhere I go, I find examples of how Sierra has enriched lives and helped local businesses thrive. Sierra truly is a special place.
With my position comes the responsibility of assuring quality education, building on community relationships, and helping the college manage its growing needs during times of economic uncertainty. Sierra is fully committed to stimulating regional economic success as well as assisting our citizens, our students, and our campuses reach their full potential.
As your community college, Sierra is here to serve your needs. I have an open door policy and welcome your feedback on how we are doing. We appreciate your support over the past 80 years and look forward to the future as we begin our next 80.
Superintendent and President
If you have ever been stuck in traffic arriving or departing the Rocklin campus, you will understand why we continually strive to improve the traffic flow. After a study of traffic flow patterns, and in partnership with the City of Rocklin and the Rocklin Police Department, we made a few small changes this year we hope will help.
We have new walk-up daily permit dispensers instead of the drive-up dispensers which clogged the parking lot. The new dispensers are solar powered and take credit cards and cash (no coin). The parking areas around the dispensers are designated as Pay Per Day Permit lots, to try to keep that traffic confined to those areas. Students who buy a semester permit can go directly to a Semester Permit lot or they can park in the Pay Per Day lot as well. More information is available here.
We hope these improvements result in a more enjoyable journey to and from the campus!
Sierra College follows California’s Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS) integrated with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This system allows us to respond to emergency situations using the same structure and language as local authorities and organizations (i.e. police, fire, hospitals, local, state and federal offices).
The college has a Crisis Response Plan for use during the planning, response and recovery phases of an emergency or disaster. The Placer County Grand Jury recently examined the emergency operations plans of schools and districts within the county. After review, the Grand Jury stated, “Sierra College and the Rocklin Police Department should be commended for taking the initiative in providing for the safety of the college, staff and students.”
Additionally, Sierra College has an alert system that will notify you in the event there is an emergency situation on campus. Take the time to sign up now. (Click the “register” button on the right; the user name and password are not necessarily your Sierra log in, you create them yourself.)
Sierra College’s accreditation evaluation will take place this October 2013. Detailed information and reports may be found here.
The accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member college meets the accreditation standards, the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it, and employers, trade/profession-related licensing agencies, other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credential as legitimate. The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) is responsible for community colleges in the western region of the US. The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions and it is authorized by the US Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
Accreditation is viewed as a quality assurance process which gives colleges the opportunity to engage in institution-wide dialogue and self-evaluation activities that promote student learning and continuous quality improvement. The six-year cycle of evaluation includes an institutional self-evaluation (the Self-Study Report) and an external review by teams of peer evaluators (the Evaluation Visiting Team). The Evaluation Visiting Team generally spends 3-4 days on the college campus, reviewing processes, meeting with staff and students, and verifying information contained in the Self-Study Report. The team will report their findings to the college and the commission. The 19-member commission will review the Self-Study report, the evaluation report, and the accreditation history of the college to determine the accredited status of the college. Following the review, the commission will act to: Reaffirm accreditation; Reaffirm accreditation and request a Follow-up Report; Reaffirm accreditation and request a Follow-up Report with a visit; Defer a decision on reaffirmation of accreditation.
If institutions are found to be out of compliance with the standards, a sanction may be issued. Sanction actions are: Issue Warning; Impose Probation; Order Show Cause; Terminate Accreditation. Accreditation status remains fully intact during the sanction actions (except termination). Following a sanction action, colleges are given an opportunity to respond to the commission’s recommendations through a continued cycle of reports and evaluation visits as outlined by the commission.