Accreditation Question & Comments

Q: What is Accreditation

A: 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.