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 Handbookcontains 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 Guidecontains questions that might be asked about institutional quality as each Accreditation Standard is considered. 

Accreditation Standards (Adopted June 2014)

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.

  • 12 Commonly Asked Questions About Accreditation

Why is Accreditation Important?

Positive student learning outcomes are the primary goal of San Diego City College. As a student-centered institution, we pride ourselves at putting students at the center of all we do. We are committed to quality and continuous improvement, and welcome the accreditation process as a vital element of our ongoing improvement efforts.

Accreditation standards reflect standards of good practice. The standards were developed by professional peers (faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the public) and reflect minimum conditions of quality and service for accredited institutions. Maintaining an accredited status is a collective responsibility of all members of the San Diego City College community.

Being an accredited institution allows our students to receive financial aid and transfer credits to other institutions.