Announcing Saddleback College’s New Director of Planning, Research and Accreditation: Dr. Caroline Durdella

Saddleback College is delighted to announce and introduce Dr. Caroline Durdella as the new director of research, planning and accreditation.  Dr. Durdella is no stranger to community colleges; she has 13 years of director level experience and substantive teaching experience in the California Community College system.  Most recently, she served as the assistant dean of institutional effectiveness and assessment at Santiago Canyon College where she provided leadership in student learning outcomes assessment, accreditation standards compliance, and accreditation annual reports.  Dr. Durdella also led the college’s educational master planning committee.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Durdella served as the dean of institutional research at Santa Monica City College.  There, she served on and co-chaired several shared governance committees, including the student and institutional learning outcome committee, basic skills initiative, career and technical education committee, district planning and advisory committee, and accreditation standards and steering committees.  Dr. Durdella contributed to the development of new educational programs through grant applications and annual reporting for federally funded grants.

From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Durdella served as the director of research and planning at Cerritos College and was responsible for directing, designing, and evaluating research projects related to academic programs.  She was also in charge of the development and monitoring of college budgets, programs, goals, policies, and guidelines.

Dr. Durdella has taught undergraduate courses in sociology at the community college and university levels as well as courses in educational research methods and ethics to doctoral students.  Dr. Durdella holds the designation of doctoral affiliated faculty at CSU Northridge and is an adjunct faculty at CSU Fullerton.  Dr. Durdella has served on the board of directors for the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges and was a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and California Association of Institutional Research.  Currently, she serves as a consulting editor on the editorial board of the Community College Review, a national, peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Durdella earned a Doctor of Philosophy from UCLA, Master of Arts degree in sociology from CSU Fullerton, and Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from CSU Fullerton.  Welcome to Saddleback, Dr. Durdella!

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