• 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. (California, Hawai'i, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands). 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.


    Revision to the Policy on Commission Actions on Institutions – Invitation to Field for Comment

    At the recent Commission Development Workshop, the Commission voted for first-read to revise the Policy on Commission
    Actions on Institutions by adding an action to reaffirm accreditation for seven years and require a Follow-Up Report. Comments from the field are invited.

    Read More.


    Commissioner Nominating Committee, Announcement of Commission Vacancies, and Request for Nominations/Applications

    The Nominating Committee members and Commission vacancies are announched. The Commission is seeking nominations from the field and applications from individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the ACCJC Commission. Applications must be received in the ACCJC office by 5:00 pm, April 21, 2017. 

    Click here for complete information and Commissioner Application Background Form.


    Open Session Agenda

    01/10/2017 The January meeting of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges will take place January 11-13, 2017. The Open Session will be held January 13, 2017, beginning at 1:15 p.m.
    View Open Session Agenda.
    View Presentation of Polices: Items for First Read and Items for Second Read



    Annual Conference

    ACCJC Conference

    The 2017 ACCJC Inaugural Conference will explore the multiple ways in which we work together to ensure that each student’s experience is truly outstanding. This year’s agenda will feature multiple formats for learning, including plenary sessions featuring prominent speakers with a national perspective, concurrent break-out sessions, focus sessions and workshops.


    Click here to the view the conference website, read the Call for Presentations, find out about sponsorships, register for the conference, and more!


    CHEA Recognition Renewed

    At its meeting of September 28, 2016, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors renewed the recognition of ACCJC for four years. The Board acted on the recommendation of the Committee on Recognition, which recommended renewal after its meeting on July 25, 2016. ACCJC will submit a report to CHEA on March 1, outlining its progress in changes to practices and relations with member institutions. Then, ACCJC’s next application for recognition will be due in 2019-20 academic year.


    Becoming a Visiting Team Evaluator

    10/6/2016 Find out about Becoming a Visiting Team Evaluator


    New Accreditation Basics Online Training Course

    A newly updated version of the Accreditations Basics Online Training Course is available. Click to take the training now.