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Cuyamaca College just completed its comprehensive self-evaluation process in support of accreditation reaffirmation. As part of this process, the Accreditation Steering Committee led college-wide efforts to compile the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER), actionable improvement plans arising from the self-evaluation, and the College's Quality Focus Essay (QFE).


The final ISER, ACCJC Action Letter, and Peer Review Team Evaluation Report can be accessed via the links below:


2019 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER)

ACCJC Action Letter (January 27, 2020)

Fall 2019 Peer Review Team Evaluation Report

Spring 2021 Follow-Up Report (February 28, 2021)

ACCJC Action Letter (June 28, 2021)

In addition, the Guide to the 2019 Accreditation Site Visit, which includes an overview of the accreditation process, actionable improvement plans, and Quality Focus Essay projects, can be accessed via the following link:

Guide to the 2019 Accreditation Site Visit




Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Complaint Process


Complaints Against Member Institutions


Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. The following is the Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions which will explain the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint. Please visit:


ACCJC Complaint Process Webpage


The Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions may be found via the following link:


Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions


Complaints Against the Commission


Individuals who wish to file a formal complaint to the Commission about the ACCJC should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. The following is the Commission’s Policy on Complaints Against the ACCJC which explains the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint. Please visit:


ACCJC Complaint Process Webpage


The Policy on Complaints Against the ACCJC may be found via the following link:


Complaints Against ACCJC


The complaint form can be accessed via the following link:


Complaints Against ACCJC Form


Third-Party Comments


Individuals who wish to make comments on the institutions that are undergoing review in the current semester and that are being considered by the Commission at its next meeting, should use the Third Party Comments Form and be sure to include their name, address, phone number, and email address. The comments must be received five weeks before the scheduled Commission meeting. Please visit:


ACCJC Complaint Process Webpage


The Third-Party Comments Form can be accessed via the following link:


ACCJC Third-Party Comments Form


Questions and Comments Regarding Cuyamaca's Self-Evaluation Process


If you have any questions about the accreditation self-evaluation process, please contact the College's Accreditation Co-Chairs:

Meet the Fall 2019 Peer Review Team!

Dr. Kristin Clark, Team Chair
Kristin Clark, Ed.D.
Kristin L. Clark, Ed.D. Kristin Clark is the President at West Hills College Lemoore. She has worked in higher education administration for over 25 years. Prior to her current position, she held positions as the Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Enrollment Services, and Director of Admissions, Records, and Enrollment Technology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s in Educational Technology, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught courses in project management and graduate level courses in educational leadership. She has co-authored white papers on student success, guest lectured on various leadership topics, and presented at international symposiums in Canada and Kazakhstan.
James Preston, Team Assistant
James Preston

James Preston is the Vice President of Educational Services and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at West Hills College Lemoore. He has worked in the education field for 24 years including time at both the k-12 and community college level. Prior to his current position at the college he served as the Dean of Educational Services for five years and was a faculty member in English and Education for 12 years which included a term as the Academic Senate President. James is passionate about program development, professional development, and student success. The past year he has been working on key college initiatives such as Open Educational Resources, Teacher Preparation Pipeline, Career Technical Education Academies, and effective AB 705 implementation.

Rebecca Benes
Rebecca Benes

Rebecca Benas teaches English at Fresno City College. She has served on the Curriculum Committee, Assessment and Placement Committee, and various state and federal grant committees and programs. She is a guest presenter for online training sessions, and facilitator for accelerated teacher training programs. Rebecca has also worked in international education, leading study abroad groups in Europe and hosting groups in Fresno. This is her second time serving on a peer review team.


Dr. Renee DeLong
Renee DeLong

Renée DeLong serves as the Dean of Counseling at Orange Coast College. She oversees programs including general counseling, Transfer Center, Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP), EOPS, CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars, Puente, UMOJA, Counseling Latin@s for Equity and Engagement at OCC (CLEEO), instructional counseling, and counselors in Career, Financial Aid, Global Engagement/International Students, and Veterans. Renée is the lead manager for the Guided Pathways Intervention Design Team at OCC and participates on many academic and student services committees on campus. Prior to her arrival at OCC last year, Renée served twelve years as the Dean of Counseling and five years as the Director of the CalWORKs/PACE Weekend College program at Cerritos College. She has been a faculty member for both counseling and psychology.

Dr. DeLong has extensive accreditation experience. She was a member of the accreditation committee and standard lead at Cerritos College for three accreditation cycles. This will be her eighth ACCJC peer review visit where she has served colleges as diverse as those seeking candidacy, reaffirmation, and one college outside of the United States.

Dr. DeLong is a proud community college graduate and holds degrees in psychology, theology/marriage and family therapy, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Alfred Gallegos
Alfred Gallegos

Alfred Gallegos currently serves as Dean at Los Angeles Southwest College and he has been with the Los Angeles Community College District since 2007. His responsibilities include oversight over all research and planning activities for the college. Mr. Gallegos collaborates regularly with the college’s ALO and faculty co-chair to address accreditation related matters. Additionally, Mr. Gallegos has served on college accreditation groups and in the development of the Institutional Self Evaluation Report for colleges he’s supported since 2007. He has also previously served on a peer review team and led review of Standards IB., IC., and IIC. 

Christopher Howerton
Christopher Howerton

Professor of Communication Studies, SLO Coordinator, Academic Senate President. Mr. Howerton has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the California Community College System. He has been with Woodland Community College (WCC) since 2007.  He is a tenured professor of Communication Studies and holds a BA in Theatre/Communication Arts (University of Memphis), a MA in Communication Studies (CSU,Chico), and an Ed.S in Higher Education/Adult Learning (Walden University). In addition to his program responsibilities, he has served continuously as WCC’s SLO Coordinator since 2008. During his tenure with WCC and the Yuba Community College District (YCCD), he has served and led numerous governance committees including WCC’s College Council, Communication Resource Committee, Curriculum Committee, Staffing Committee, Accreditation Steering Committee, and YCCD’s Institutional Effectiveness Resource Team. Currently Christopher is a co-chair for his college’s Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee, and serves as President of WCC’s Academic Senate. Christopher has serve on prior accreditation teams for ACCJC and on a Project Resource Team under the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI).  For the state senate (ASCCC) He was appointed to the following sub-committees: Educational Policies (2017-2018), Accreditation (2018-2019), and Standards and Practices (2019-2020). Finally, he is excited for this opportunity to visit and learn more about Cuyamaca College.

Dr.Tina Inzerilla
Tina Inzerilla

Dr. Tina Inzerilla is the Library Coordinator at Las Positas College. She has worked at Las Positas College for 14 years as a librarian and five years as the library coordinator. She served as Vice President of Academic Senate and on the Accreditation Steering Committee.

Dr. Joumana Mcgowan
Joumana Mcgowan

Dr. Joumana Mcgowan is the Associate Vice President of Instruction at Mt. San Antonio College. She plans, organizes, and provides administrative direction and oversight for the instructional unit composed of eight divisions.

Prior to being appointed as the Associate Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Mcgowan served in numerous capacities within academia including: Dean of Business, Dean of Instruction (CTE and Business), Academic Senate President, Business Management Department Chair and Tenured Business Management Professor.

Sarah C. Schrader, Ed.D.
Sarah Schrader

Sarah C. Schrader joined Yosemite Community College District as Controller in 2013. In this role, she ensures overall compliance with all governmental agencies impacting District operations, including direct management and oversight of the Accounting, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Student Loan Collections and Grants departments. She directs the preparation and management of the District’s $100 + million annual operating budget and alignment of its resources. She also serves on the Board Finance Committee and on the District Fiscal Advisory Council, providing financial leadership on key District initiatives.

Prior to joining Yosemite Community College District, Dr. Schrader served as the Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance at Peralta Community College District where she developed new procedures instituting measures of control and fund accountability. Prior to Peralta, she served as a Supervising Associate with Perry-Smith, LLP, auditing various local educational agencies, community colleges, and not-for-profit entities.

Dr. Schrader currently serves as the Vice Chair for California Community College Colleague User Group and is an active member on both the Association of California Community College Administrators and the Fiscal Standards Committee for the Association of Chief Business Officials. She received her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, her Masters of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from American InterContinental University and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting, International Business and Economics from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Mario Tejada
Mario Tejada

After a varied career as a restaurateur, software developer and technical consultant, in 1996 I applied for a full-time CIS teaching position and was fortunate to be hired by the CIS Department as an instructor.

I am currently teaching in the Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking Technologies and Computer Science areas. I teach courses in traditional, hybrid and online formats. I have been teaching online for approximately 20 years.

Besides my work in the classroom, I was department chair for 16 years, I am the current Co-Chair of the Distance Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Student Learning Outcomes committee, Co-Chair of the Technology Committee, a member of the President’s Accreditation Advisory Group, the District’s Learning Management System Work Group, the District’s Distance Education Council and a past member of DVC’s curriculum committee (6 years).

Outside of the college, I have worked with the ACCJC as a visiting team member (this is my eight visit). I enjoy working with visiting teams because it gives me an opportunity to see the successes of my colleagues across the state, how they respond to challenges at their colleges and what they are doing to achieve the mission of community colleges in the state.

Assisting the Team:
Dr. Stephanie Droker, ACCJC
Stephanie Droker, Ed.D.

Dr. Stephanie Droker joined the commission staff in August 2016 and currently serves as senior vice president. Prior to joining the Commission, she was the vice president of educational services and accreditation liaison officer at West Hills College Coalinga from 2012-2016. Previous to her administrative experience, Dr. Droker served as faculty of political science and interdisciplinary studies at West Hills College Lemoore.  During her faculty tenure, she served as academic senate president, curriculum committee representative, faculty lead of the college’s institutional self-evaluation report, and strategic planning committee chair.  



Executive Summaries of Self-Evaluation Findings

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services

Standard III: Resources

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance



Related Resources

2017 ACCJC Action Letter

2019 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER)