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Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a two-year community college founded in 1909. It is located on a 74-acre campus right over the beach in the city of Santa Barbara, California, USA.


721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara


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Mission Statement
Santa Barbara City College is committed to the success of each student, providing a variety of ways for students to access outstanding and affordable higher education programs that foster lifelong learning. SBCC works to ensure academic success for all students as they earn a degree or certificate, prepare for transfer, or gain the occupational competencies and academic skills needed to advance in their careers. The college serves all segments of its diverse community by maintaining quality programs, by collaborating with local organizations to identify new educational needs and develop programs to meet those needs, and by continually expanding its efforts to meet the educational needs of traditionally underserved groups. The college responds to the needs of the South Coast community by offering a comprehensive continuing (adult) education program and developing programs that support economic development. As part of that larger community, SBCC is also committed to valuing the dynamic diversity of the community and to adopting sustainable practices and exercising good citizenship. SBCC promotes student learning and development through the attainment of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes that measure student achievement in critical thinking, problem-solving and creative thinking; communication; quantitative analysis and scientific reasoning; social, cultural, environmental and aesthetic perspectives; information, technology and media literacy; and personal, academic and career development.
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College History


Santa Barbara City College was established by the Santa Barbara High School District in 1909, making it one of the oldest community colleges in California. The college was discontinued shortly after World War I, and its work largely taken over by the Santa Barbara State Normal School, which became the Santa Barbara State College, and later, the University of California, Santa Barbara. SBCC was reorganized by the high school district in the fall of 1946. Called Santa Barbara Junior College from its inception, the Santa Barbara Board of Education formally changed the name to Santa Barbara City College in July 1959. Also in the summer of 1959, the institution moved to its present and permanent location on the Santa Barbara Mesa, former site of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Situated on a 74-acre bluff, the campus overlooks the harbor and Pacific Ocean. Passage of a 1969 construction bond issue and a 1973 land acquisition bond issue ensured that the college would have a single, consolidated Mesa campus

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The overall mission of the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research and Planning is to support the mission and goals of Santa Barbara City College through the application of research in institutional planning and evaluation, with a particular focus on measures of accountability. The office will provide leadership to integrate research and planning into appropriate college activities including program evaluation, student learning outcomes, class offerings, and budget. The ultimate goal of the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research and Planning is to support the decision making process at the institution through the increased visibility and utilization of research and planning, and thus contribute significantly to the continuing efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of Santa Barbara City College. A primary objective of the office is to provide pertinent information that can be used by the college, extending to the local community and beyond. Specific duties include to: collect, analyze, present and disseminate relevant data; house a central repository of college information that is easily accessible to interested parties on and off campus; work cooperatively with administrators and faculty to generate and analyze data related to program improvement and new program development; serve as a resource to college departments for research design and methodology related to individual research projects; provide leadership and serve as a resource in the area of student learning outcomes assessment; support the goals of Matriculation through research conducted in areas related to student retention, attrition, success, and service provision; performing research functions as related to accountability requirements (i.e., ARCC, accreditation); actively participate in the program review, accreditation, and strategic planning processes; track student satisfaction, needs, and outcomes; explore new opportunities for research that will contribute to institutional improvement and evaluation; meet state and federal reporting requirements; design, administer and analyze internal survey projects; complete external college surveys; assist in the generation of data needed for grant applications; and educate the campus community on the value and uses of research.



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Urban/Suburban�74 Acres (30�Ha)