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The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is a public community college division in the city of San Diego, California
California
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

. The district is one of the five community college districts in San Diego County; part of the greater California Community College system. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education
California Master Plan for Higher Education
The California Master Plan for Higher Education of 1960 was developed by a survey team appointed by the UC Regents and the State Board of Education during the administration of Governor Pat Brown. Clark Kerr, then the President of UC, was a key figure in its development...

, the California Community College system is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education
Higher education
Higher, post-secondary, tertiary, or third level education refers to the stage of learning that occurs at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology...

 system, which also includes the University of California
University of California
The University of California is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University...

 system and California State University
California State University
The California State University is a public university system in the state of California. It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College system. It is incorporated as The Trustees of the...

 system.

The San Diego Community College District consists of three two-year, associate's degree
Associate's degree
An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges, and bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years...

-awarding campuses: San Diego City College
San Diego City College
San Diego City College is a public, two-year community college located in San Diego, California. City College is part of the San Diego Community College District along with San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education...

, San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College is a public, two-year community college perched on a mesa in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California in the United States. It is the largest community college in the city of San Diego and part of the San Diego Community College District along with San Diego City...

, and San Diego Miramar College
San Diego Miramar College
San Diego Miramar College is two-year community college located in San Diego, CA, USA. It is administered by the San Diego Community College District.-History:...

; and six San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Continuing Education is a public, non-credit educational institution in San Diego, California. It is part of the San Diego Community College District along with three two-year community colleges: San Diego City, San Diego Mesa and San Diego Miramar colleges. It is administered by the...

 campuses: Centre City, César Chávez, Educational Cultural Complex (ECC), Mid-City, North City, and West City. SDCCD is one of the 72 districts containing the 112 public community colleges
Community colleges in the United States
In the United States, community colleges are primarily two-year public institutions of higher education and were once commonly called junior colleges....

 in the state of California.

The three community colleges are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. The Western Association of...

 (WASC), Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges , one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. The ACCJC accredits private and public colleges that provide students two-year education programs and...

 (ACCJC). In late 2010, the colleges were visited by the accrediting commission team in preparation to the renewal of the colleges' credentials. In January 2011, the accrediting commission will act on the team’s recommendation regarding the reaffirmation of the colleges’ accreditation status for the next six years.

Serving more than 100,000 students, it is the second largest community college district
Community College District
A community college district is a United States school district associated with a community college or colleges. Some community college districts are run by state governments; others are separately governed by an elected school board....

 in the state of California and one of the largest districts in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. City College became the third community college in the state and Mesa College is one of the largest in the state today.

The District is in the midst of $1.555 billion in new construction and renovations at the three colleges and Continuing Education campuses throughout the city.

History


Community college education
Education
Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts...

 in San Diego can be traced to 1914 when the Board of Education
Board of education
A board of education or a school board or school committee is the title of the board of directors or board of trustees of a school, local school district or higher administrative level....

 of the San Diego City Schools
San Diego City Schools
San Diego Unified School District is the school district of San Diego, California. It was founded in 1854...

 authorized postsecondary classes for the youth of San Diego. Classes opened that fall at San Diego High School
San Diego High School
San Diego High School is an urban public educational complex comprising six small schools located on the southern edge of Balboa Park, in San Diego, California. It is part of the San Diego Unified School District. It is the oldest high school in the San Diego Unified School District and one of the...

 with four faculty
Faculty (university)
A faculty is a division within a university comprising one subject area, or a number of related subject areas...

 members and 35 students, establishing San Diego City College.

In 1921, City College moved from the high school to share facilities with the State Normal School
Normal school
A normal school is a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers. Its purpose is to establish teaching standards or norms, hence its name...

, the four-year teachers' college which, in 1898, became San Diego State University
San Diego State University
San Diego State University , founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area , and is part of the California State University system...

. For 25 years, the Junior College
Junior college
The term junior college refers to different educational institutions in different countries.-India:In India, most states provide schooling through 12th grade...

 program remained at San Diego State University. During this period, in 1938, the San Diego Vocational Junior College was established to offer training in technical-vocational skills to post high school students. The following year, the San Diego Evening Junior College was set up to provide college classes in the evening for adults who were unable to attend classes during the day.

In 1946, City College moved back to San Diego High School and reorganized into three branches: San Diego Vocational High School, San Diego College Arts and Sciences, and San Diego Evening Junior College. City College continued to grow during the 1950s and 60s as land was acquired to allow expansion through various blocks of today's northeast Downtown San Diego.

In 1964, San Diego Mesa College was opened to 1,800 students. Five years later, in 1969, San Diego Miramar College opened on 140 acres in what was then undeveloped land north of the Miramar Naval Air Station, now known as Mira Mesa
Mira Mesa, San Diego, California
Mira Mesa is a large suburb that is part of the city of San Diego, California.Mira Mesa is bordered by Interstate 15 to the east, Interstate 805 to the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the north and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to the south. The west end of Mira Mesa is a business and...

. Unlike City and Mesa Colleges which offered a wide range of general education classes, Miramar College began by concentrating on law enforcement
Law enforcement agency
In North American English, a law enforcement agency is a government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.Outside North America, such organizations are called police services. In North America, some of these services are called police while others have other names In North American...

 and fire science training. It has since broadened its curriculum to include the general education college courses needed by students in the rapidly growing northern area of the city, as well as new transfer and vocational programs.

In November 1972, the voters approved separating the San Diego Community College District from the San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District is the school district of San Diego, California. It was founded in 1854...

. The first election of community college district trustees was held in November 1973.

The year 1976 brought the opening of a unique district campus, the Educational Cultural Complex, dedicated to offering both college and continuing education
Continuing education
Continuing education is an all-encompassing term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. The term is used mainly in the United States and Canada...

 classes to the multicultural population surrounding its Ocean View Boulevard site. In 1979-80 the administration of the Evening College program was merged with those of the day college programs at San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, and San Diego Miramar Colleges. With both college and continuing education programs, as well as extensive educational programs at military bases across the nation, the San Diego Community College District became second largest community college district in California, offering a choice of educational programs unparalleled in the region.

Recent times


All campuses have receive extensive expansion and renovations in the last 20 years:

At City College, a bigger Fitness Center opened in 1992. The Educational Technology Center opened in 2000 along with the Learning Resource Center (LRC) in 2002. The Harry West Gymnasium opened in 2005, the Academic Success Center in 2009 and Career Technology Center was inaugurated in late 2010.

At Mesa College, the Learning Resource Center opened in 1998 and the Allied Health Education and Training Facility opened in late 2009 along with a new parking structure finished the same year.

At Miramar College, the Southern California Biotechnology and Advanced Transportation and Energy Centers opened in 2004. The last phase of the 32-acre Hourglass Park Field Athletic Complex was completed in 2009 and the new Business and Math building in 2010.

The Continuing Education Mid City and West City campuses were completed in 2009.

The latest projects are being funded by the bond measure, Propositions S and N, passed in 2002 and 2006, of $1.555 billion. Further construction and renovations are taking place and will continue through 2014 at the three colleges and Continuing Education campuses, including construction of new Arts and Humanities, Math and Science and Engineering Technology buildings at City College; Student Services and Math and Science buildings at Mesa College; Police Station/parking structure and Cafeteria/Bookstore/Student Center buildings at Miramar College; and construction of new Continuing Education Cesar Chavez and North City campuses and a brand new Continuing Education Linda Vista campus as well as a new building extension to the ECC campus.

Governance


The San Diego Community College District is governed by a five-member, locally elected Board of Trustees and three student members serving on a rotating basis, representing each of the three colleges. The sitting student trustee has an advisory vote on the Board. Shared governance activities involve faculty, students and staff in the development of solutions to key policy and budget issues. The five trustees are elected in even-numbered years to four-year terms by the voters of San Diego. Trustee candidates first run in district-only elections. The top two vote-getters in each district run citywide in the general election.

Each college of the SDCCD, including Continuing Education, is headed by a president and three vice presidents overseeing instruction, administrative services, and student services, respectively. Each academic school department is headed by a dean.

Administration


The San Diego Community College District has five major operational components: City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, Continuing Education, and the District administrative departments that support campus and overall operations. The administrative departments include Business Services, Facilities Management, Human Resources
Human resources
Human resources is a term used to describe the individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, although it is also applied in labor economics to, for example, business sectors or even whole nations...

, Instructional Services and Student Services.

Functions that are the responsibility of the District administrative departments are intended to provide for efficiency and continuity of services and programs. Compliance and functions that are statutorily required are also the responsibility of various District operations. The provision of educational programs, student support services, staff development, direct campus operations, and various ancillary functions are the responsibility of each College and Continuing Education.

All administrative departments and operations in the District Office are under the final authority of the Chancellor and the College/Continuing Education operations are under the final authority of the President
School president
School President is a common position in Student Governments in any schools, such as elementary schools, middle schools, high schools colleges, etc. Having school presidents is a systematic way in which leaders in the school receive ideas from fellow students and make decisions, often for the...

, who reports to the
Chancellor
Chancellor (education)
A chancellor or vice-chancellor is the chief executive of a university. Other titles are sometimes used, such as president or rector....

. The Board of Trustees is the final level of authority for all functions within the District.

Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policies that govern all activities related to conducting the business of the District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education. Development and review of policies and procedures are collegial efforts involving
a variety of participatory governance groups. For policies and regulations that affect academic and professional matters, the Board relies primarily on the Academic Senates
Academic Senate
An Academic Senate is a governing body in some universities and colleges, and is typically the supreme academic authority for the institution.-Scotland:...

; on matters defined as within the scope of bargaining interests, the Board follows the requirements of negotiations. For administrative matters, the Board relies primarily on the recommendations of staff with input from various constituencies in the development and review process. The general public may comment at public Board meetings
Public opinion
Public opinion is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the adult population. Public opinion can also be defined as the complex collection of opinions of many different people and the sum of all their views....

 on any policy consideration before the Board.

2008-2012 Board Members

2010-2011 Student Trustees:
  • Danielle Coulter (City)
  • Cherie Deogracias (Mesa)
  • Victor P. Bohm (Miramar)

  • District Chancellor


    The Chancellor, is the District's chief executive officer
    Chief executive officer
    A chief executive officer , managing director , Executive Director for non-profit organizations, or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or administrator in charge of total management of an organization...

     and is responsible for carrying out the policies approved by the Board of Trustees and for providing overall leadership for the District. The Chancellor maintains a Cabinet
    Cabinet (government)
    A Cabinet is a body of high ranking government officials, typically representing the executive branch. It can also sometimes be referred to as the Council of Ministers, an Executive Council, or an Executive Committee.- Overview :...

     composed by the Presidents of the Colleges/Continuing Education, five Vice Chancellors overseeing the District's departments of Business Services, Student Services, Human Resources and Administrative Services, Facilities Management, and Instructional Services; and the Director of Public Information
    Public relations
    Public relations is the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc....

     and Government Relations.

    Current Chancellor


    Current Vice Chancellors
    • Lynn Ceresino Neault - VC of Student Services
    • Bonnie Anne Dowd - VC of Business Services
    • David Umstot - VC of Facilities Management
  • Will Surbrook - Acting VC of Human Resources and Administrative Services
  • Otto Lee - VC of Instructional Services and Planning
  • Richard Dittbenner - Dir. of Public Information and Government Relations

  • College Presidents


    The President is the institutional Chief Executive Officer of the College/Continuing Education. The President reports to the Chancellor. The President is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the total College/Continuing Education program and provides leadership and coordination for the College/Continuing Education community. The Presidents and Chancellor provide overall leadership and authority on all of the functional areas. Each President maintains a Cabinet composed of three Vice Presidents overseeing Instruction, Administrative Services and Student Services and the Dean of each School of each College including the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Development and Matriculation
    Matriculation
    Matriculation, in the broadest sense, means to be registered or added to a list, from the Latin matricula – little list. In Scottish heraldry, for instance, a matriculation is a registration of armorial bearings...

    .

    Current Presidents


    Finances


    For the 2009-2010 academic year, the SDCCD's budget reached almost $780 million including almost $383.4 million from the voter-approved Proposition S and N bond measure. In response to the state and local financial crisis, the San Diego Community College District conducted a $30 million budget cut for the 2009-10 academic year.
    2009-2010 Revenue Sources Amount Percentage
    General Fund Unrestricted 211,100,501 27.08%
    General Fund Restricted 65,833,571 8.44%
    Proposition S 155,808,883 19.98%
    Proposition N 227,568,677 29.19%
    Reserves and Contingencies 46,653,033 5.98%
    Other Sources 72,671,580 9.32%
    Total 779,636,245 100%
    2009-2010 Expenditures Amount Percentage
    Academic Salaries 106,523,659 13.66%
    Administrative Salaries 64,646,022 8.29%
    Employee Benefits 46,822,860 6.01%
    Supplies and Materials 18,521,386 2.38%
    Operating Expenses 55,495,651 7.12%
    Capital Outlay 12,297,446 1.58%
    Financial Aid 37,646,818 4.83%
    Reserves and Contingencies 46,653,033 5.98%
    Other Outgoing 7,651,810 0.98%
    Prop S Developments 155,808,83 19.98%
    Prop N Developments 227,568,677 29.19%
    Total 779,636,245 100%

    Salaries


    The District Chancellor and Board of Trustees members earn salaries above $200,000. For the 2009-2010 academic period, annual salaries were broken down as follow:
    Position Medium Salary Less than 40,000 $40,001 to $50,000 $50,001 to $60,000 $60,001 to $70,000 $70,001 to $80,000 More than $80,001
    Educational Administrator
    Academic administration
    An academic administration is a branch of university or college employees responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the institution and separate from the faculty or academics, although some personnel may have joint responsibilities...

    $139,398 - - - - - 100%
    Tenured/Tenured track Faculty
    Tenure
    Tenure commonly refers to life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic's contractual right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause.-19th century:...

    $69,482 12.5% 4.2% 15.7% 19.9% 15.6% 32.1%
    Classified Administrator
    Office management
    Office manager is a profession related to office supervisory positions.People that hold office management positions conduct special studies and based on the results of these special studies, they develop reports. Apart from developing reports, they also provide input to management on the...

    $85,667 - 1.6% 7.4% 30.5% 15% 45.5%
    Classified Professional
    Professional
    A professional is a person who is paid to undertake a specialised set of tasks and to complete them for a fee. The traditional professions were doctors, lawyers, clergymen, and commissioned military officers. Today, the term is applied to estate agents, surveyors , environmental scientists,...

    $74,174 1.4% 4.0% 6.7% 29.3% 29.3% 29.3%
    Classified Support staff
    Maintenance, repair, and operations
    Maintenance, repair, and operations or maintenance, repair, and overhaul involves fixing any sort of mechanical or electrical device should it become out of order or broken...

    $43,998 29.8% 40.9% 22.4% 4.4% 2.4% 0.1%

    Campuses


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    The San Diego Community College District consists of three two-year community colleges and six continuing education complexes. For the 2009-10 school year, all institutions were serving 102,649 students. The three colleges offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing Education's Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) also offers classes leading to associate degrees and certificates.

    The Continuing Education campuses offer adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills, and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. A number of special programs are unique to the city, including KSDS-FM all-jazz radio, the Center for Competitive and Applied Technologies, and the Workplace Learning Resource Center.

    San Diego City College


    Located in Downtown San Diego as the first community college in the city and the third in California, City College sits on 60 acres and offers over 100 majors to more than 20,000 students. Besides general education, transfer and AA/AS degree programs, some of the unique disciplines available at City are:
    • Alcohol and Drug abuse counseling
    • Cooling and Heating technologies
    • Cosmetology
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Graphic Design
  • Machines and Manufacturing
  • Nursing
  • Radio and Television
  • Small Business operation

  • San Diego Mesa College


    As one of the largest and most successful of California's 112 community colleges, and as the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, Mesa College focuses on high academic standards to maintain one of the highest student transfer rates in California. The college opened in 1964 and it now serves over 24,000 students on a campus of 104 acres offering more than 150 programs of instruction. Among its unique programs available on campus are:
    • Animal Health technology
    • Dental Assisting
  • Health Information technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiological technology

  • San Diego Miramar College


    Located on 120 acres in the Mira Mesa
    Mira Mesa, San Diego, California
    Mira Mesa is a large suburb that is part of the city of San Diego, California.Mira Mesa is bordered by Interstate 15 to the east, Interstate 805 to the west, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon to the north and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to the south. The west end of Mira Mesa is a business and...

    /Scripps Ranch
    Scripps Ranch, San Diego, California
    Scripps Ranch is a community of San Diego, California in the northeastern part of that city. Its ZIP code is 92131. It is located east of Interstate 15, North of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and South of Poway....

     suburban area of San Diego along the I-15 corridor, Miramar opened as a training facility for San Diego's law enforcement personnel and firefighters in 1969.

    Today, Miramar College offers over 120 certificates, associate degrees, and comprehensive 4-year university transfer programs and is home to the Southern California Biotechnology Center, the Advanced Transportation and Energy Center, and the San Diego Regional Public Safety Institute which provides training for nearly all law enforcement officers and firefighters within San Diego County and also trains EMTs and offers the only open water lifeguard degree in the world. Miramar has the only FAA-certified and entry-level biotechnology programs in San Diego County. Miramar boasts unique career training in the following:
    • Alternative fuels
    • Automotive technologies
    • Aviation maintenance and Operations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Biotechnology
  • Diesel technologies and Heavy equipment repair
  • Fire technology
  • Hazardous materials
  • International business
  • Paralegal

  • San Diego Continuing Education


    San Diego Continuing Education was the first and remains the only community college continuing education institution in California to meet the standards for independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. SDCE was also one of the first in California to establish a Joint High School Diploma partnership with the local school district. San Diego Continuing Education was also among the first continuing education programs in California to serve 100,000 students per academic year.

    Today, the San Diego Continuing Education system consists of six campuses and 56 partnered locations throughout the city where instruction may be offered in collaboration with schools, community service providers, and other institutions. Instruction offered at SDCE includes:
    • Computer Information Technology
    • Career Training
  • Disability Support programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • GED/High School Diploma
  • Parenting Education
  • U.S. Citizenship preparation

  • Rankings


    There is no official ranking for community colleges in California or the United States. Community colleges vary widely in terms of student population, faculty and classes available and students' reasons for enrollment and commitment to their educational goals. All of this directly affects the overall annual amount of degrees awarded and transfers to 4-year universities at each college. Additionally, community colleges are aimed at providing educational opportunities to their immediate and local region to allow the local population to expand their knowledge, education and to prepare them for further education for those seeking 4-year college degrees and beyond.

    Among the various reasons local residents seek enrollment at community colleges are the flexibility they provide to accommodate daily life with a college education; their much lower cost of attendance than for-profit schools, and their open enrollment which allows for virtually anyone to pursue a higher education including those who must start from scratch and do not immediately possess the academic background
    Articulation (education)
    In Australia and United States education, articulation or more specifically course articulation, refers to the process of comparing the content of courses that are transferred between postsecondary institutions such as TAFE institutes, colleges or universities...

     required for admission to universities.

    For statistical purposes, community colleges do collect comparable information following usual criteria such as demographics, size and attendance, number of degrees awarded, numbered of transfers to higher institutions, spending, etc.

    By comparison, for the 2009-2010 academic year, the San Diego Community College District had the same associate's degree-awarding rate as the Los Angeles Community College District
    Los Angeles Community College District
    The Los Angeles Community College District is the community college district serving Los Angeles, California and some of its neighboring cities. In addition to typical college aged students, the LACCD also serves adults of all ages. Indeed, over half of all LACCD students are older than 25 years...

     in relation to each districts' annual student population. For the same academic year, the Coast Community College District
    Orange Coast College
    Orange Coast College is a community college in Orange County, California. It was founded in 1947, with its first classes opening in the fall of 1948. It provides two-year associate of art and science degrees, certificates of achievement, and lower-division classes transferable to other colleges...

     granted almost 3 times as many more associate's degrees in relation to both districts' annual student population.

    Within the SDCCD 2009-2010

    Campus Acreage Founded Enrollment Operations Full-time Equivalent Students AA/AS Degrees awarded Certificates of Achievement awarded High School Diplomas awarded GED Certificates awarded Total transfers to 4-year schools Transfers to CSU Transfers to UC Transfers to other in-state Transfers to out-of-state
    SDCCD
    San Diego Community College District
    The San Diego Community College District is a public community college division in the city of San Diego, California. The district is one of the five community college districts in San Diego County; part of the greater California Community College system...

    314* 1972 131,403 US$331,183,193 42,376 2,043 2,137 329 196 2,915 1,264 484 577 591
    City
    San Diego City College
    San Diego City College is a public, two-year community college located in San Diego, California. City College is part of the San Diego Community College District along with San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education...

    60 1914 30,626 US$161,558,353 11,153 628 429 **** **** 660 273 98
    Mesa
    San Diego Mesa College
    San Diego Mesa College is a public, two-year community college perched on a mesa in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California in the United States. It is the largest community college in the city of San Diego and part of the San Diego Community College District along with San Diego City...

    104 1964 39,710 US$116,298,024 15,216 845 317 **** **** 1,682 729 291
    Miramar
    San Diego Miramar College
    San Diego Miramar College is two-year community college located in San Diego, CA, USA. It is administered by the San Diego Community College District.-History:...

    120 1969 22,593 US$110,054,183 7,085 570 467 **** **** 573 262 95
    SDCE
    San Diego Continuing Education
    San Diego Continuing Education is a public, non-credit educational institution in San Diego, California. It is part of the San Diego Community College District along with three two-year community colleges: San Diego City, San Diego Mesa and San Diego Miramar colleges. It is administered by the...

    23** 1976 60,273 US$ 60,542,492 8,920 **** 924*** 329 196 **** **** **** **** ****

    *Combined land space of all SDCCD campuses including District Office's land space. **Combined land space of all SDCE campuses. ***Vocational Certificate. ****Not Applicable.

    Statewide


    The San Diego Community College District has the largest Continuing Education institution of its kind in the United States. The District has the second largest operational expenditures in the state, excluding voter-passed bond measures. It is California's third largest community college district in terms of annual unduplicated enrollments and in 2010 was the fourth highest associate's degree awarder. San Diego Mesa College is the 16th largest community college in the state in terms of enrollments.

    Ten largest California community college districts


    2009-2010 academic year
    District Acreage Founded* Enrollment Operations** Full-time
    Equivalent
    C/NC(a)
    Faculty
    and Staff(b)
    AA/AS
    Awarded
    Total
    Awards(c)
    Total
    Transfers
    Transfers
    to
    CSU
    Transfers
    to
    UC
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Community College District
    The Los Angeles Community College District is the community college district serving Los Angeles, California and some of its neighboring cities. In addition to typical college aged students, the LACCD also serves adults of all ages. Indeed, over half of all LACCD students are older than 25 years...

    810 1933 252,990 $574,052,479 111,698 6,813 5,134 6,987 2,577 861
    Los Rios
    Los Rios Community College District
    The Los Rios Community College District is a special district providing administrative services and governance for the community colleges serving the greater Sacramento area and points east all the way to Lake Tahoe...

    435 1965 131,166 $340,589,755 64,882 3,862 4,650 5,743 3,949 1,642 570
    San Diego
    San Diego Community College District
    The San Diego Community College District is a public community college division in the city of San Diego, California. The district is one of the five community college districts in San Diego County; part of the greater California Community College system...

    338 1914 102,649 $396,258,865 41,873 3,961 2,070 3,300 2,915 1,264 484
    Rancho Santiago
    Rancho Santiago Community College District
    The Rancho Santiago Community College District , one of four community college districts located in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees and adult education certificates through its two colleges: Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in Orange.The RSCCD serves...

    145 1915 102,052 $157,872,222 44,677 2,179 1,919 2,229 2,347 648 203
    San Francisco 100 1935 94,895 $187,154,088 41,602 2,807 1,145 1,605 648 324
    North Orange County
    North Orange County Community College District
    The North Orange County Community College District , located in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees and adult education certificates through Cypress College, Fullerton College and the School of Continuing Education...

    210 1913 85,449 $202,274,100 41,569 2,573 1,146 2,570 1,174 317
    Foothill-De Anza
    Foothill-De Anza Community College District
    The Foothill De Anza Community College District is a community college district headquartered on the grounds of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. The district operates Foothill College and De Anza College in Cupertino.-External links:*...

    234 1957 75,349 $318,748,251 38,427 2,111 1,763 2,347 1,070 951
    Coast
    Orange Coast College
    Orange Coast College is a community college in Orange County, California. It was founded in 1947, with its first classes opening in the fall of 1948. It provides two-year associate of art and science degrees, certificates of achievement, and lower-division classes transferable to other colleges...

    310 1947 72,720 $236,483,631 37,455 2,476 4,194 5,351 1,340 622
    South Orange County
    South Orange County Community College District
    South Orange County Community College District , founded in 1967, has three separate campuses: Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California and the Advanced Technology & Education Park in Tustin, California. The District is governed by a seven-member...

    308 1967 67,071 $198,685,536 27,667 2,664 1,763 4,340 810 599
    Contra Costa
    Contra Costa Community College District
    The Contra Costa Community College District is a community college district that encompasses three community colleges in Contra Costa County, California - Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College. Headquarters office is located in the George R...

    270 1948 64,985 $196,171,210 35,874 2,091 1,271 1,971 1,132 789

    *Year first college was founded. **Excludes bond measure monies. (a)C=credit/NC=non-credit. (b)Excludes student workers and part-time non-college-affiliated staff. (c)Chancellor's Office-approved awards requiring 18+ semester units only.

    Admissions



    The San Diego Community College District conducts open enrollment in all of its three community colleges and six continuing education campuses. With this in mind, admission is open to anyone who meets one of the following criteria:

    Community College admission

    1. Persons who possess a high school diploma or California high school proficiency exam certification or GED with an average score of 45 or higher.
    2. Persons 18 years of age or older or emancipated minors who do not possess a high school diploma or equivalent may be admitted by the college under provisional admission status.
    3. High school students requesting concurrent enrollment may be admitted as "special part-time" students.
    4. Persons who are under 18 years of age who do not have a high school diploma and are not enrolled in a high school may be admitted as a special full-time student pursuant to Education Code 48800.5
      California Codes
      The California Codes are 29 legal codes enacted by the California State Legislature, which together form the general statutory law of the state of California. Due to tradition and inertia, they have never been consolidated into a single unified code, unlike the United States Code or codifications...

       subject to approval of the high school governing board and the college President where the student is planning to attend. Special full-time student will be admitted under provisional admission status.
    5. Persons 18 years of age or older currently pursuing their high school diploma or GED at a joint-high school diploma/GED-granting continuing education institution may also be admitted.

    Continuing Education admission

    1. Persons 18 years of age or older and residents of California.
    2. Persons younger than 18 who are high school graduates, married or in the military and a resident of California.

    Matriculation


    Matriculation
    Matriculation
    Matriculation, in the broadest sense, means to be registered or added to a list, from the Latin matricula – little list. In Scottish heraldry, for instance, a matriculation is a registration of armorial bearings...

     is a state-mandated program to enhance access to the California Community Colleges and is the process in which a student's educational endeavors are systematically analyze, executed and enforced. There are five steps in the process of matriculation:
    1. Applying to a college and being admitted.
    2. Orientation to familiarize the student with the college, faculty, administration, academics, regulations, and other college/student-related matters.
    3. Assessment to measure the student's current articulative level of English and math to allow proper placement in courses and determine which prerequisites must be met.
    4. Program Planning to provide comprehensive counseling and advise in order to establish educational goals and to identify support services to achieve such goals.
    5. Educational Plan Development to organize the student's educational goals (earn a degree, transfer to a 4-year school, update skills, learn a new skill, etc) and how to meet them.

    Cost of Attendance


    Attendance to any of the District's three community colleges will incur fees and expenses. Several fees are mandatory and may only be waived upon eligibility of the student and approval by the college. The following are mandatory fees for all students seeking enrollment:

    Enrollment Fees


    As established by the California Community Colleges, both residents of California and non-residents pay $26 per unit at any of the 112 public community colleges in the state.

    Health Services Fee


    All students are assessed a mandatory fee for health services and accident insurance, whether or not they choose to use the health services.
    • $17 at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges per fall and spring semester
    • $14 at City and Miramar Colleges for summer semester
    • $13 at Mesa College for summer semester

    Non-Resident tuition


    Students who are not legal residents of California at the time of enrollment, aside from the $26 per-unit enrollment fee, will be charged as follow:
    • $183 at City and Miramar Colleges per unit
    • $190 at Mesa College per unit

    Student Representation Fee


    As required by California Education Code 76060.5, all students will be assessed a Student Representation Fee of $1 upon enrollment.

    Parking permits


    Students wishing to park their vehicles on campus must display the required parking permit. The following applies for all three community colleges:
    • $5 for a daily permit
    • $30 for a semester permit for automobiles
    • $17.50 for a semester permit for motorcycles

    Additional Fees


    The following fees are incidental and may only be waived upon eligibility of the student and approval of the college.
    • Associated Student Membership fee is $8 per academic year at all three community colleges.
    • Credit by Examination fee is $20 per unit at City and Miramar Colleges and $26 per unit at Mesa College.
    • Liability Insurance fee (if required) is $7 per semester at all three community colleges.
    • Transcript of Record fee (first two transcripts are free) is $5 for each additional transcript at all three community colleges.


    Other costs associated with attendance include books, supplies, transportation to/from campus, food and housing. These costs vary widely depending on the student's academic workload and individual personal necessaries and requirements. On average, a full-time student should generally plan on spending approximately $312 on enrollment fees and $420 for books and supplies each semester. A 3-unit course will cost $78 while a 4-unit course will cost $104 and the less common 5-unit course costs $130.

    Schools at Mesa College



    Schools at Miramar



    Schools at Continuing Education


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