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Named by EDSmart in 2016 as one of the top small community colleges in California, College of the Siskiyous (COS) serves the vast, beautiful, rural area of Siskiyou County. The main campus is located in the historic lumber town of Weed, California, at the base of 14,162 foot snow-capped Mt. Shasta. A campus center is located in the City of Yreka. Both locations feature brand new state-of-the-art facilities, an exceptional setting for learning, and quality instruction in a caring atmosphere.

The communities of Siskiyou County offer an assortment of quaint shops, restaurants, film and live theater, concerts, poetry readings, and art galleries. Outdoor activities include: fishing, camping, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, golfing, and much more. Siskiyou County also continues to enjoy a reasonable real estate market.

About Our College

College of the Siskiyous is located at the base of majestic Mt. Shasta in far northern California. One of the most beautiful campuses in the state, the primary campus is in the historic lumber town of Weed and is easily accessible from Interstate 5 and Highway 97. A second campus located in Yreka, 30 miles north of Weed.


History: Established in 1957, College of the Siskiyous is one of 112 publicly funded California community colleges. Classes began in fall of 1959 with 67 students and three campus buildings. Over the years, programs and services have continually expanded, and the number of students has grown to over 2400 each semester.


Programs: The College is widely recognized for its excellent programs in the humanities and arts, sciences and technology, and in athletics. The natural environment of mountains, forests, lakes, and streams, serves as an outdoor workshop for many classes such as art, geology, life sciences, physical and recreational education. Exceptional successes by COS students have been achieved in fire, nursing, music, drama, science, and athletics.


Our Local Area: Siskiyou County is located in far northern California, approximately 30 miles south of the Oregon border, with a population of about 45,000 residents. Opportunities for outdoor recreation and sports abound: hiking, camping, snowboarding and swimming, bicycling, rock and mountain climbing, hunting, fishing and boating. Rafting and kayaking on nearby whitewater rivers are special attractions. In the winter, there is superb snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing on Mt. Shasta (approximately 30 minutes from the Weed Campus).


Accreditation: College of the Siskiyous is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Fire/Emergency Response Technology Program is approved as an accredited regional academy for the State Fire Marshal's Office. The Emergency Medical Technician, Licensed Vocational Nursing and Registered Nursing Programs are accredited by their respective state agencies.


Transfer: Courses equivalent to college and university work are accepted for transfer by the California State University and the University of California as noted in the college catalog.

Planning by Design

At College of the Siskiyous, Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting are integrated into one cohesive system that allows employees to implement the Mission and Vision of the College.  Through a six-year model, all college planning is a shared, functional system unified by common set of assumptions.  College of the Siskiyous planning prioritizes collegial dialogue, effectiveness, and improvement and utilizes such tools as measurement, analysis, and feedback to reach goals that have been set through a college-wide process. 

The Planning by Design Document is a handbook that guides Planning, Assessment and Budgeting at the College of the Siskiyous. The document is updated annually and is meant to be a document under continuous review and improvement. 

Institutional Master Plan

The COS Institutional Master Plan (IMP) serves as the College's Strategic Plan.  The plan is focused on student learning and success.  All areas of the college contribute to the Institutional Master Plan.  By identifying clear and measurable outcomes, COS is able to put into operation the College's Mission, Vision, and Institutional Goals.


The Budget Committee serves as the primary advisor to the campus governance body on the short-term and long-term budget implications associated with the implementation of the College’s plans and vision. Consistent with established budget development guidelines, key outcomes include:

  • Developing, maintaining and communicating to the campus community budget development guidelines.
  • Making fiscal recommendations which support the College’s plans and vision.
  • Assisting in the development of a budget which supports the College’s plans and vision.
  • Promoting transparency of the budgetary process.
  • Aiding in communication of the budgetary information to the campus community.


Membership consists of the Superintendent/President (ex officio), Vice President - Administrative Services (chair), Controller, Planning Committee Chairperson, two faculty members, two classified members, one ASM member, and one additional administrator.

Volunteers are asked to commit to three-year terms so as to develop the expertise of the committee and its members. Over time, terms will be structured to allow for the staggered departure of volunteers. The Committee is relatively small, by intention, to promote effectiveness, response time and accountability.

Meeting Dates

The committee is scheduled to meet once a month during the fall and spring semesters, with meetings as needed during the summer.

Budget Committee webpage:


College of the Siskiyous participated in a comprehensive review and visit from February 29 - March 3, 2016. Based on the College's Self-Evaluation Report and accompanying evidence, the report prepared by the visiting team, the written response submitted by the College, the commission reaffirmed the College's accreditation for 18 months with a follow-up report due at that time. Reaffirmation for 18 months indicates the College is in substantial compliance with the Accreditation Standards. The report will address the nine compliance recommendations made to the College. More information is contained in the documents below.


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