For the Public

The ACCJC works to assure the general public that an accredited institution:


► Has clearly defined objectives appropriate to higher education

► Has established conditions under which those higher education objectives can be achieved

► Appears in fact to be accomplishing its objectives substantially

► Is organized, staffed and supported so as to accomplish its higher education objectives

► Demonstrates that it meets Accreditation Standards

Academic Quality and Student Achievement Information
The Commission requires each accredited institution to make public its Reports to the Commission, the external evaluation reports, and the Commission action letters, by placing the documents on the institution’s website as well as other locations accessible to students and the public.  ACCJC DIRECTORY OF ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS

Information about student achievement at any California Public Community College, can be found in the Student Success Scorecard located at: Student achievement data about programs at Hawaii Public Community Colleges is available at: Non-public member institutions provide gainful employment and other student success information on their websites. The U.S. Department of Education provides student retention and graduation information by college at:


The Fundamentals of Accreditation: What do you need to know?

Twelve Common Questions and Answers About Regional Accreditation, prepared by the ACCJC.


• Important information about degree mills and accreditation mills.

• State information from higher education authorizing agencies and about degree mills.

• Degree Mills and Fraudulent Higher Education Credentials-Certifications

• University of Newcastle Fake Diploma Mill Scam


• Discussion of partnerships for assuring educational quality.

• Link to video: Accreditation and its Value to You

• Link to video: Types of Accreditation: What's the Difference

CHEA Talking Points: Accreditation, Students and Society

Recent Commission actions taken on ACCJC member institutions and policies.

Policy and process for complaints against ACCJC member institutions.