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  • Welcome to ACCJC

    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.


    The U.S. peer evaluation system of accreditation is one in which institutions voluntarily participate in self regulation and self evaluation developed to ensure overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness (The Commission’s complete Purpose Statement is available in Article I, section 2 of its Bylaws). The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credential as legitimate.


    ACCJC News – Changes in Accreditation Practice

    The Spring/Summer edition of the ACCJC News contains articles about 
    changes in accreditation practice which are being implemented in 
    response to input from the field. Please click on Newsletter in the 
    left column to see the Spring/Summer 2015 ACCJC News.

    ACCJC News Special Edition

    We invite you to check out a special edition of the ACCJC News, 
    featuring student learning outcomes projects at sixteen member 
    institutions. Read their stories and see samples of their project 
    work in this extended-length edition. Also visit the 8-10 minute 
    webinars from each college about their project on the NILOA website.

    Q&A from ACCJC Symposium

    The ACCJC has posted materials from the ACCJC Accreditation Standards 
    Symposium, including the presentation slides with answers to questions
    asked by participants. In addition, answers to a number of questions from
    audience members which were not addressed during the Symposium are 
    being posted as they are completed. Please click on Other Resources
    in the left column to see Symposium materials that are posted.