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What is Accreditation?

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).

What is the 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.

Why is accreditation important?

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges 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.

Who oversees the ACCJC?

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

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