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.
Accreditation is a voluntary system of self regulation developed to evaluate 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 Accreditation Standards Symposium
Program is Sold Out
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
April 23-24, 2015
Thursday (afternoon), April 23 – ALO & CEO Preconference Meetings
Friday (all day), April 24 – ACCJC Accreditation Standards Conference
Thank you for the expressions of interest in the upcoming ACCJC Accreditation Standards Conference. ACCJC is pleased to present the new 2014 Accreditation Standards at this special event, resulting from the Review of Accreditation Standards and Practices which concluded in 2014. On February 26, 2015, invitations to the Standards Symposium were emailed to CEOs and ALOs of member institutions. CEO and ALO registrants for the Symposium were invited to also register for the CEO or ALO Preconference Meetings. The limited registration period ended on March 15.
On March 16, 2015, registration for the April ACCJC Accreditation Standards Symposium was opened to anyone from a Member Institution or District. An email was sent to Member Institution ALOs and CEOs with the open registration link. The ACCJC asked that the email with registration link be forwarded to anyone at their Member Institution or District Office who would be interested in attending the Symposium. After that second notification, registrations reached the conference capacity before the March 25, 2015 close of open enrollments.
Thank you in advance for your interest in this event. Information from the conference will be posted on this website under Events in mid-May, 2015.
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