Accreditation

Mendocino College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The public is invited to submit comments about Mendocino College to our accrediting body by completing a third party comment form on the ACCJC website.

At its meeting of June 4-6, 2014 the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges took action to reaffirm accreditation for Mendocino College.

Mendocino College will have its next full evaluation in the spring of 2020.

The community is invited to attend an exit presenation for the accreditation visit on February 26 at 4 pm. Fore more information visit: https://www.mendocino.edu/event/accreditation-exit-presentation

he peer review visiting team roster is listed below: 

Chair

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Chris Vitelli, Ed.D., Superintendent/ President Merced College

Prior to his role as Superintendent/President, Chris Vitelli was the Vice President of Student Services at Merced College.  He has extensive years’ experience in management and administration, including senior administration-level experience serving in various capacities, including Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO), Chief Instructional Officer (CIO), and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO).  Vitelli has also served as Dean of Instruction and interim Vice President of Student Services at Columbia College in Sonora, California.  Other professional experiences include Director of Student Services for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida and Director of Business, Industry, and Community Services at Merced College.

Each of these roles required leadership and collaboration with the implementation of educational and instructional programs, special projects, and budget management.  These experiences have shaped Vitelli’s career trajectory as a “can do,” innovative leader with strong vision and have prepared him to lead MCCD by providing a deep knowledge base and familiarity with all aspects of a community college organization.

Vitelli has led efforts to make “students first” while at Merced College.  Since his arrival as Vice President of Student Services, the College has expanded outreach efforts in the community and strengthened relationships with high school partners and four-year institutions, increased student equity and success initiatives, supported efforts to grow special services and programs such as veterans’ resources and foster youth, and enhanced student support services through technology and data.

Vitelli’s value of education is derived from a broad perspective of its benefits, as well as from personal experience.  As a first-generation college graduate, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida, a Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and Doctor of Education from Arizona State University.

Team Assistant

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Kelly Fowler, Vice President of Instruction, Merced College

Kelly Fowler has served as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction and the Accreditation Liaison Officer at Merced College since July of 2018.  She served as President of the California Community College Chief Instructional Officers organization from 2017 – 2019. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services and the Accreditation Liaison at Clovis Community College since January of 2013. Prior to these positions, she served as the Interim Vice President of Instruction at Fresno City College from 2011-2013

 From 2007 to 2011, she served as the Dean of Instruction and Technology for the Clovis Community College (known at that time as Willow International Community College Center). Kelly provided leadership in an integrated program approach that includes basic skills, academic and occupational education, and transfer programs. She worked closely with faculty to develop, implement, and assess student learning outcomes at the course, program and institutional level.

 Before moving to California in 2007, she worked for Gaston College, a community college located in Gaston County of North Carolina. As a faculty member of Gaston College since 1996, she taught a wide range of mathematics courses that included basic skills, transfer, continuing education, and the first online mathematics course offered by the college. From 2003-2007, Kelly served as the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Gaston College. During her tenure at Gaston College, she assisted the college in various activities related to the SACS (Southern Accreditation of College and Schools) accreditation process.

ACCJC Staff Liaison

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Gohar Momjian, Vice President, ACCJC

Gohar Momjian joined the commission staff in September 2017.  Accreditation is the cornerstone of her 20+ years’ experience in higher education.  As Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Development, and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for City College of San Francisco from July 2012 until June 2015, she helped to lead the College’s improvement processes.   Most recently, she served as Interim Director of Operations at Cañada College.  Prior to that, Momjian gained in-depth knowledge working with the WASC Senior College and University Commission as the ALO for the American University of Armenia.   She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Business Administration from UCLA, and an M.A. in International Education, Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Vice President Momjian supports the Commission’s Evaluation and Planning Committee (which includes planning for the annual Commission Development Workshop) and Policy Committee.”

ACADEMIC REPRESENTATIVES

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John “Randy” Beach, Professor of English, Curriculum Committee Faculty Co-Chair Southwestern College

John "Randy" Beach is Professor of English and Education at Southwestern College. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Charleston, a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston, and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as a Jaguar Pathways Faculty Coordinator and the Faculty Curriculum Committee Co-Chair. Randy is currently a commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Randy served three years as a board member for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and is a past president of the SWC Academic Senate. 

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Anne Kingsley, PhD Professor of English Diablo Valley College

Anne Kingsley is a Professor of English and Distance Education Coordinator at Diablo Valley College. Anne began her teaching career in 2002 teaching at a non-profit social justice organization (Friends of Island Academy in New York City) that functioned as an alternative-to-prison school. She helped students gain literacy, GED, and Career skills. This solidified her commitment to equitable, accessible, and high quality education for all communities of students. She received her MA in Literature and Writing from City College of New York, and a PhD in English Literature and a Women’s Studies Certificate from Northeastern University. She taught English Composition classes at Northeastern, Santa Clara University, and Menlo College before receiving her full time faculty position at Diablo Valley College. She now helps manage and coordinate the development of Distance Education programs and online teacher training.

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Kimberly Nickell, Professor Academic Development & Student Success Lab Coordinator Bakersfield College

Kimberly has worked in the Academic Development Department at Bakersfield College for 30 years.  Eleven of those years as a full time faculty member. She is currently the coordinator of the Student Success Lab, and in her fifth year as faculty chair of Program Review and serve on the Budget Committee, Accreditation and Institutional Quality Committee, and the Curriculum Committee. She served on two of Bakersfield’s accreditation self-study cycles. She also served on several ACCJC visiting teams and an IEPI team. 

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Jennifer Thompson, Librarian, College of the Canyons

Jennifer Thompson is a Librarian-Tenure Track Faculty at the College of the Canyons. Her position is responsible for library outreach and implementing tools and programs related to equity initiatives on the campus. Previously, she held archivist, subject librarian, and supervisory positions at The Claremont Colleges, UC Santa Barbara, and Duke University. She has an MLS from the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from Swarthmore College.

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Leslie Minor, PhD, Vice President of Instruction Taft College

Leslie Minor is currently the Vice President of Instruction at Taft College. She has been in community college education for more than 25 years, as both an instructor and an administrator. Dr. Minor completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle; and MA and PhD degrees from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. She is committed to her students' academic engagement and success.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

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Meeta Goel, PhD, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning, and Library Studies Antelope Valley College

Dr. Meeta Goel has over 30 years of education-related experience, including such roles as Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Colorado Mountain College for over eight years, where she led the college’s institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, institutional research, accreditation, marketing, and grants functions; Senior Officer for Institutional Effectiveness at Mountain State University; and Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Richland Community College. During the past seven years, Dr. Goel has been the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning, & Library Services at Antelope Valley College, along with serving as the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. She has been an Adjunct for two Research Methods classes at CSU-Bakersfield since spring 2018 where she has also taught a senior seminar on leadership and change during that time.

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Janet Houlihan, Vice President, Administrative Services, Golden West College 

Janet M. Houlihan is the Vice President of Administrative Services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA.   As such, her responsibilities and expertise includes all aspects of administrative services: maintenance and operations, budget planning and management, fiscal services, facilities, auxiliary operations, community services, technology support services, food services, public safety, emergency preparedness, and bond management.   She is a dedicated visionary leader and college administrator with over 30 years of experience as a successful problem solver, school administrator, and a strategic planner for school improvement at the school and district level.   Mrs. Houlihan also has extensive experience in professional development and in the supervision of diverse learning groups.  She is an active member and holds a senior management level role on a number of College and District-wide committees and is the founder and chair of Golden West College’s Behavioral Assessment Team.  Mrs. Houlihan earned a MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and is a member of the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO).  She has served on several college accreditation review teams contributing her knowledge of procedures, standards, compliance, and goals, as well as using data collected to inform institutional decision making, planning, and improvement.

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Kevin O’Rorke, PhD, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College, CEO-North State Together

Dr. O’Rorke began his career in Higher Education in 1998 where he was an Academic Counselor at Northern Arizona University.  He then migrated to nearby Yavapai College to serve as Advisor/Financial Aid Coordinator. By 2001, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University and taught courses in Curriculum/Instruction and Educational Psychology.

From there he accepted the position of Associate Dean of Students at Broward College in South Florida. In 2006 he joined Shasta College as the Dean of Enrollment Services, and has been the Vice President of Student Services since 2013. He serves as the CEO for a five county collective impact network called “North State Together” and is also a member of the Advisory Council for the CA Rural Ed. Network. Additionally, he was recently appointed to the Shasta County Children and Families Commission.

He has served as the Chief Student Services Officer Association Region 1 representative and is a former member of the Board of Directors for California Community College Athletic Association.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.