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Accreditation Liaison:
Dr. Peter Blakemore

ACCJC Commission Liaison:
Kevin Bontenbal

Student CollageCollege of the Redwoods (CR) holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at  

The ACCJC reaffirmed CR's accreditation on January 26, 2018. Reaffirmation of CR's accreditation occurs every eight years, and we are currently in the 2024 accreditation process, having submitted our Institutional Self-Evaluation Report in December of 2023. 

CR offers various programs accredited by external agencies beyond ACCJC. Details about program accreditation, licensure, or approval can be found on the Program Accreditation Website. Moreover, designated lower-division, baccalaureate-level courses at CR are approved for transfer to all branches of the University of California (UC) and all California State Universities (CSU). CR is also approved for veteran education under public law. This website serves to inform our community about CR's accreditation status, activities, and general information about accreditation standards and processes.

A Message from President/Superintendent Flamer on Third-Party Comments

Accreditation is a very important part of continuous improvement that requires institutions to undergo an evaluation that focuses on quality standards that help strengthen colleges. In our long history, College of the Redwoods has maintained a well-deserved reputation for providing outstanding education and services that focuses on student success and achievement.

College of the Redwoods has prepared and submitted its Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) as required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in order to reaffirm CR’s accreditation. The report provided information and reflection on the College’s many accomplishments, challenges, and evolution over the past seven years, and also identified areas in need of improvement.

Members of the general public or college community are welcome to provide third-party comments to assists the Commission as it considers applications for candidacy, accreditation, or reaffirmation of accreditation. In order to ensure evaluation of applicable third-party comments by the peer review team, third-party comments should be received by the Commission staff no later than five weeks before the peer review team’s focused site visit. Third-party comments may be submitted by completing the Commission’s online third-party comment form available via the ACCJC’s website:

My gratitude goes out to Dr. Peter Blakemore, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Crystal Morse and Dr. Sean Thomas, Co-Chairs of the Accreditation Leadership Team, and to everyone involved with this critical process.

Thank you for your continued support and service to CR,

Dr. Keith Flamer

ACCJC Peer Review Team

Dr. Vince  Rodriguez, ChairDr. Vince Rodriguez, Chair
Coastline Community College
Telephone: 714-241-6152
Cell: 714-287-7210

Dr.  Rodriguez has been with Coastline College for 26 years. He served as classified employee, a director, dean, Vice President of Student Services (2 years) and Vice President of Instruction (9 years), and he is in his 3rd year as President of the College. He has served on multiple ACCJC peer review teams and has also served as Coastline's Accreditation Liaison Officer. 

Dr. Kim E. ArmstrongDr. Kim Armstrong, Vice Chair
Clovis Community College

Dr. Kim E. Armstrong was appointed to serve as the third president of Clovis Community College on January 3, 2023.  Under her leadership, she is leading the college in implementing the new educational master plan and strategic plan, expanding the Career Technical Education program, and new facilities project. Previously, Dr. Armstrong served as the Vice Chancellor for Student, Equity, and Community Affairs at Arkansas State University Three Rivers. 

Ms. Cheryl BaileyMs. Cheryl Bailey
Instruction Librarian; SLO Coordinator
Irvine Valley College

Greetings! I am Cheryl Bailey, and I serve as the library chair and Online Education co-chair at Irvine Valley College in South Orange County. This past year I have also helped to establish an AI Taskforce and a Guided Pathways completion team for the student support centers at IVC. I focus a lot of my work with DEIA in mind, to make online education robust and accessible and the library welcoming and safe for all.

Mr. Caleb FowlerMr. Caleb Fowler
Professor Computer Information Science; Business
Folsom Lake College

I have been teaching at the college level for over 30 years. I was an adjunct professor in the Schools of Business and Information Science at Philadelphia University and Drexel University. Currently, I am a professor in the Computer Information Science Department at Folsom Lake College, where I have taught full-time for the past ten years. I have served as department chair and on many academic committees, including the Academic Senate and the Accreditation Steering Committee. I have just completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Davis. My research interest is in facilitating change in Community Colleges. I live with my wife and three daughters in Granite Bay, California. 

Dr. Michelle Vogel TrauttDr. Michelle Trautt
Instructional Faculty / Academic Senate Executive President
Mt. San Jacinto College

Dr. Michelle Vogel Trautt is a full-time Psychology instructor at Mt. San Jacinto College. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Psychology department and as the Academic Senate Executive President. Dr. Vogel Trautt earned her BA & MA in Psychological Science at CSU San Marcos, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from SDSU. Dr. Vogel Trautt frequently presents on an array of topics including, active learning strategies, high-impact practices for multiple modalities, flipped classrooms, OER course redesign, culturally responsive teaching, equitizing course syllabi, assignments, and assessments, equitable program review, assessment, and planning, and much more. She also serves as an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and she is responsible for student leadership development programs. Dr. Vogel Trautt sits on numerous participatory governance groups, has attended multiple equitable hiring recruitment process trainings and contributed to EEO plan revisions. As an accreditation team lead and steering committee member, Dr. Vogel Trautt has experience with outlining and writing the ISER, compiling evidence, finalizing Accreditation documents, and participating in site visit interviews. She serves on the ASCCC Accreditation Committee and has facilitated sessions for the Accreditation Institute and collaboratively written rostrum articles and resolutions. As a social scientist Dr. Vogel Trautt is trained to ask questions, critique and vet processes and procedures, and propose ideas and structural redesign recommendations for intentional and lasting change that serves and supports all students in realizing their fullest potential. 

Dr. Kristi WoodsDr. Kristi Woods
Dean of Instruction
Riverside City College

Dr. Kristi Woods is Dean of Instruction for the Division of Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences at Riverside City College.  She is also a tenured Professor of History and Ethnic Studies. Kristi views her work as service leadership through a lens of equity-mindedness and a practice of cultural proficiency. At RCC Kristi has led the Student Equity Committee and several student equity initiatives including developing college Student Equity Plans and long service as the Umoja faculty coordinator.  She is a co-chair of the Region 9 Student Equity Leaders Network.   

As dean, Dr. Woods sits on two Strategic Planning Councils:  the Teaching and Learning Leadership Council and Educational Program Oversight Committee.   She also serves on the following committees:  Accreditation Steering Committee, Enrollment Management Committee, Grants Advisory Council, Guided Pathways Committee, Student Success Committee, and the Student Equity Committee.   

Dr. Woods has twenty years' experience in faculty leadership including serving as the chair of the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy, and Ethnic Studies at Riverside City College.  She has served on several District committees including the Academic Standards Committee, the District Diversity and EEO Committee, and the Professional Growth and Sabbatical Leave Committee.  She has been active in the Academic Senate and served as Secretary of the California Teachers Association, RCCD chapter.   

Dr. Jon KnolleDr. Jon Knolle
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Monterey Peninsula College

Dr. Jon Knolle currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Monterey Peninsula College where he provides leadership for operations and activities within Academic Affairs, including supporting programs and faculty in areas including curriculum, instruction, scheduling, enrollment management. Previously, Dr. Knolle served as Dean of Instruction responsible for leadership of MPC's online education program, Library services, dual enrollment, adult education, and Career Education Division. 

Ms. Leah AlarconMs. Leah Alarcon
Dean of Student Success
Oxnard College

Dr. Leah Alarcon serves as the Acting Vice President of Student Development and Title IX Coordinator at Oxnard College (a Hispanic Serving Institution). Her responsibilities include oversight of all functions of Student Services that include the Student Equity and Achievement Program, Admissions & Records, Student Health Center, Financial Aid, DSPS, EOPS/CARE/Next Up, Counseling, Veterans, CalWORKs, the College Welcome Center and 1st STEP Center, University Transfer Center, Career Center, several Title V HSI grants, TRIO programs, Basic Needs, Dream Resource Center, and Associate Students. Dr. Alarcon is one of the chairs of the Guided Pathways taskforce and works with Oxnard College classified professionals, faculty and students in implementing this framework. Dr. Alarcon serves as co-chair of the Student Equity and Success Committee and Professional Development Committee in addition to supporting the College and District in various committees and planning. 

Dr. Stephen KibuiDr. Stephen Kibui
Vice President of Finance & Business
Rio Hondo College

I have been with Rio Hondo Community College District for the last 10 years on full-time basis. This is my 4th year was the CBO of the District. I served as the Director of fiscal at my previous role with the District for 6 years. 
I also served as CBO with Compton Community College District for a short term. 

Ms. Zahra MojtahediMs. Zahra Mojtahedi
Senior Planning & Research Analyst
Skyline College

Zahra Mojtahedi is the Senior Planning and Research Analyst in the Office of Planning, Research, Innovation and Effectiveness (PRIE) at Skyline College. Some of her primary areas of focus include leading data report design and data integrity improvement projects, developing and coordinating college-wide surveys, and presenting on student outcomes data across the College. She also serves as co-chair of Skyline College's Accreditation Oversight Group (AOG). 

Vice President, ACCJC
428 J Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Cell: 415-706-0264

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