The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S. ACCJC operates under the corporate entity the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 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.
- Accrediting Commision for Community & Junior Colleges: Western Association
- Accreditation Standards
- Accreditation Reference Handbook - July 2011
- Rubric for Evaluating Institutional Effectiveness - July 2011
- Guide to Evaluating Distance Education - June 2011
- Self Study Manual - June 2011
- Substantive Change Manual - June 2011
- Team Evaluator Manual - August 2010
- Guide to Evaluating Institutions - August 2010
- Eligibility, Candidacy, and Initial Accreditation Manual - August 2009
- Institution Fiscal Data & Documents To Be Used In Comprehensive Evaluation - January 2009
- Required Evidentiary Documents for Financial Revew - January 2009