The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) accredits community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S.  The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

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Accreditation Reference Handbook:  This Handbook contains the Eligibility Requirements for initial accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation, the ACCJC Accreditation Standards, and all Commission policies. 

Guide to Evaluating and Improving Institutions: This Guide contains questions that might be asked about institutional quality as each Accreditation Standard is considered. 

Accreditation Standards Adopted June 2014.pdf

ACCJC Accreditation Basics

  • Accreditation Basics: An online workshop that offers a comprehensive overview of higher education accreditation in the United States, including regional accreditation, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as an in-depth look at the ACCJC Accreditation Standards. Participation in the workshop will be required for new team members and is recommended for all those interested in learning more about accreditation and/or for team members who are interested in an update on the principles of accreditation or learning more about the Accreditation Standards.

    The workshop will offer a flexible, self-paced learning opportunity.  Participants can register and complete the workshop at any time that suits their schedule. The workshop, if taken in full, requires approximately two hours.

  • Register for Accreditation Basics here.

  • Accreditation Basics Course Content.pdf

  • 12 Commonly Asked Questions About Accreditation