Cerritos College
Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Accreditation for sports has its own rules

While the rest of the school is reviewed for accreditation, Cerritos’ athletics will not be reviewed for another four years. According to Daniel Smith, the last time the athletics were reviewed, Cerritos received good points throughout the examination.Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

While the school’s class rooms undergoes its accreditation, the fields, courts and pools get a different test. “A different type of accreditation,” Athletics dean Daniel Smith said.

Cerritos’ conference participates in a program called the athletic programs review and it happens every six years, according to Smith.

“We do an extensive review process.” Smith said, “we bring in a conference team to do program review.”

The team that reviews the sports is composed of other athletic administrators that are part of Cerritos’ conference.

The accreditation team that will be arriving does not have much to do with the intercollegiate athletics, according to Smith.

However, the review that will check the school does have to also review the instructional aspect of the sports.

“For example,” Smith said, “every one of our intercollegiate athletics classes, is a class, and students get credit for it.”

The fact that the credit given to students from the athletic class is a portion of what the state gives that automatically puts that under the academic accreditation review.

Smith said the last time Cerritos’ was overseen by the conference athletic programs review was three years ago.

According to Smith Cerritos got a very good program review.

Smith was also part of groups that went to do athletic programs review to different schools.

“I know the process very well.” Smith said, “they meet with the athletic administration, athletic councilors and some coaches.

“They meet with individual athletes and try to meet with the College president. There are certain questions that they ask that will give answers to see if you are in compliant or not in compliant with.”

The group that comes in to review athletic programs look for a variety of things.

According to Smith some groups may ask “do you have a good way to do eligibility, to make sure that you’re not a ineligible athlete.”

Groups look to see if there is enough athletic trainers to train the number of students that are taking the sport class.

“We have 19 athletic teams,” Smith said, “so we better have a councilor who is assigned athletics or we get dinged.”

Budgetary issues are also seen by the conference group, if money is taken from the games from tickets sold, they check to see what the athletic department does to handle that money.

“In fact it was probably patterned after that,” Smith said, who believes the athletic review process was mirrored after the academic review.

Athletic director Dan Clause was the one who set up the review program for athletics in his first year as athletic director.

“The athletic directors evaluate us to see if we are following the rules.” Clause said.

According to Smith, while the school will under go academic accreditation soon, athletics will not be reviewed four years from now.


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Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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