Cypress College

Cypress College Administration and Organizational Structure

Mission Statement

Cypress College enriches students’ lives by providing premier educational opportunities including transfer to four-year institutions, associate degrees, certificates and a baccalaureate degree. The college offers comprehensive career technical education programs, basic skills and lifelong learning. Multiple educational-delivery methods meet the varied needs of our students. The college is dedicated to supporting the success of our students, fostering diversity, enriching society, and contributing to the economic development of our community and beyond.

Vision Statement

A premier learning community recognized for supporting student success and enriching society.

Excellence in Education

Cypress College emphasizes education for the individual student. Excellence of instruction and individualized learning laboratories enhance the possibility for students to achieve their highest potential. In addition, a staff of tutors and full-time counselors provides instructional support and extensive guidance information to aid students in their choice of programs and classes. For the student who plans to complete a Baccalaureate degree, the college provides a smooth transition from high school to colleges and universities.

Numerous occupational programs are available for the student who desires preparation for immediate employment. Each occupational program is planned with the aid of a local advisory committee to insure relevance to changing career opportunities in each area of employment.

The College is composed of twelve major instructional buildings located on a 110-acre site. The campus buildings contain conventional classrooms as well as laboratory facilities for science, art, computer technology, photography, automotive services, dental clinic, mortuary science, physical education and other specialized programs. The college’s Educational Services provide opportunities for students with disabilities to be fully integrated into various college programs.

In addition to these instructional facilities, the campus is provided support services by a bookstore, and food service centers. There are nine parking lots with an aggregate of 4,000 parking spaces designed to service students and staff, with an appropriate number of spaces reserved for individuals with disabilities.

Cypress College serves the educational needs of its entire community by providing a variety of occupational programs, transfer programs, and special interest classes. The College offers something for everyone, regardless of the student’s individual background or educational goals. Since opening in 1966, Cypress’ population has grown from an original enrollment of 1,200 to a student population of almost 15,000.

Core Values

Cypress College is committed to:

Excellence: quality and high standards in instruction and student services, enhanced by professional growth for faculty and staff.
Integrity: an ethical standard of honesty, fairness, accountability, and trust.
Collegiality: teamwork, collaboration, communication, courtesy and respect both on campus and with the surrounding community.
Inclusiveness: a community that embraces diversity, fosters individuality, provides an accessible, supportive climate, and encourages a variety of perspectives and opinions.

Strategic Plan Directions

Direction 1: The District will annually improve the rates of completion for degrees, certificates, diplomas, transfers, transfer-readiness requirements, and courses.

Direction 2: The District will annually make progress toward eliminating the documented achievement gap among race/ethnicity groups.

Direction 3: The District will annually improve the success rate for students moving into:

  • The highest level possible credit basic skills courses in mathematics, English, and English as a Second Language from noncredit basic skills instruction in the same discipline
  • College-level courses in mathematics, English, and English as a Second Language from credit or noncredit basic skills instruction in these disciplines and
  • The next higher course in the sequence of credit or noncredit basic skills courses in mathematics, English, and English as a Second Language

Direction 4: The District will implement best practices related to planning, including transparent decision-making processes, support of strategic and comprehensive planning activities at campus and district levels, and the allocation of resources to fund planning priorities.

Direction 5: The District will develop and sustain collaborative projects and partnerships with the community’s educational institutions, civic organizations, and businesses.

Cypress College Institutional Learning Outcomes

Approved by Academic Senate on May 11, 2012, and by the President’s Advisory Council on May 18, 2012

Students leaving Cypress College will demonstrate common learning outcomes according to the pathway they have chosen: transfer, degree, GE certification; career and technical certification and/or licensure; and/or life-long learning. These Institutional Learning Outcomes encompass the whole student experience. Cypress College uses these ILOs to connect or link student learning outcomes at the course and program levels in instruction, student support services, and learning support services to the overall mission of the college and the success of our students.

Pathway I: Associate Degree and/or CSU/IGETC Transfer Curriculum

  1. Breadth of Knowledge, Experiences, and Skills
    1. Humanities and the Arts: aesthetic awareness, critical analysis, creativity, human reason and culture
    2. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: scientific principles, scientific method, mathematical systems
    3. Social Sciences: cultural competence, global perspective, human experience
    4. Physical Education: fitness, health and nutrition, movement competence
  2. Communication
    1. Reading: comprehending, interpreting, and/or evaluating various written information
    2. Writing: communicating thoughts, ideas, information and messages in appropriate writing
    3. Listening: perceiving and responding to verbal and/or nonverbal messages
    4. Communicating: organizing ideas and communicating verbal and/or nonverbal messages appropriate to audience in group setting
  3. Critical Thinking and Information Competency
    1. Analysis: application of rules and principles to new situations, use of logic to draw conclusions, differentiation of facts/inferences/assumptions/conclusions
    2. Computation: using basic numerical concepts, tables/graphs/charts, and basic geometrical shapes
    3. Research: effectively and ethically acquiring information and data through print and electronic technology, and then organizing, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information
    4. Problem-Solving: defining a problem, creating a plan of action to resolve problem, executing and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan
  4. Personal, Academic, and Professional Development
    1. Self-Integration: Understanding the person as an integrated physiological, social, and psychological being
    2. Personal Responsibility: Self-assessment, development of skills, identifying values and developing goals for personal, academic, and professional growth and life-long independent learning
    3. Global Citizenship: Understanding the interconnection between current events, ethics, and personal and societal choices within our world

Pathway II: Career and Technical Education Certification

  1. Breadth of Knowledge, Competencies, and Skills
    1. Acquisition of a specified set of principles and skills required for a particular profession, industry, or employment opportunities
    2. Achievement of the necessary competencies to enter a particular employment field
  2. Communication in a Particular Field or Employment
    1. Comprehending, interpreting, and/or evaluating written information
    2. Communicating thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing appropriate to a career
    3. Communicating ideas and verbal and/or nonverbal messages in the language, mode, and/or medium of a particular field according to industry standards
  3. Analytical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Information Competency
    1. Diagnosis, analysis, and application of rules and principles of a particular profession according to professional or industry standards
    2. Use of numerical concepts, tables/graphs/charts, and numerical principles for computation in a particular field
    3. Defining a problem, creating a plan of action to resolve problem, executing, and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan in a particular field of employment
    4. Effectively and ethically acquiring information and data through print and electronic technology, and then organizing, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information
    5. Effectively, efficiently, and ethically utilizing current and learning emerging technologies of a particular field of employment
  4. Personal, Academic, and Professional Development
    1. Self-assessment, development of skills, identifying values and developing goals for personal, academic and professional growth, career resilience, and life-long independent learning
    2. Demonstration of professional and ethical responsibilities of the individual
    3. Awareness of additional educational and career opportunities within a particular field and an understanding of the life-long learning requirements of the field

Pathway III: Personal, Academic, and Professional Development

Personal Responsibility

Self-assessment, identification and development of skills and goals for personal, academic, and professional growth and life-long independent learning