What is ACCJC?
ACCJC stands for Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The ACCJC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and was formed in 1962 when several accrediting agencies joined to create WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
It accredits both private and public colleges which offer a two-year education program like an Associate degree. This accreditation has scope in the California, Hawaii, American territories and protectorates in the Pacific Ocean.
ACCJC is not a government authority but a group of educators and others working towards public interest. Colleges apply to become a member of this accreditation body and volunteer to participate in the accreditation process.
Purpose of ACCJC
ACCJC focuses on community colleges, career and technical colleges, and junior colleges through the creation and application of standards of accreditation and related policies and through a process of review by higher education professionals and public members.
Mission of ACCJC
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges works with its member institutions to advance educational quality and student learning and achievement. This collaboration fosters institutional excellence and continuous improvement through innovation, self-analysis, peer review, and application of standards.
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Core Values of ACCJC
The mission statement is grounded by a set of core values that embody the principles and practices that align and balance the dual purposes of ACCJC. The core values are given here.
Integrity - Every interaction with our members is guided by our commitment to the principles of transparency and consistency.
Quality Assurance - Because their processes are based on thorough and recognized best practices, their determination is that an institution is, in fact, providing a quality educational experience for its students is respected by multiple stakeholders.
Institutional Improvement - ACCJC Standards create an institutional culture reflective of higher education’s best practices to guide and strengthen an ongoing culture of continuous quality improvement.
Peer Review - One of America’s best contributions to education is the peer review process. Through its proven powers, the peer review process allows members of the academic community to serve their colleagues by providing rich feedback that identifies commendations and areas for improvement.
Student Learning and Achievement - Students are the grounding point for every standard and aspect of the review process, the end goal of each evaluation, and the driving passion of the faculty and staff at our member institutions.
Collegiality - The work of accreditation is mediated through the relationships that are formed among all the participants, characterized by mutual respect, collaboration, and engagement around common interests.
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ACCJC Strategic Plan 2017-2025
Goal 1. Align accreditation processes and structures to support the dual purposes of institutional quality assurance and improvement
Outcome 1 - Support member institution's efforts to increase student achievement and address low performance as identified by the US Department of Education
Outcome 2 - Create and implement strategies to support institutions assessed to be in financial risk.
Outcome 3 - Develop a new taxonomy of standards to enable a more holistic institutional review.
Goal 2. Improve educational programming to add greater value to the peer review process and ensure an effective and meaningful outcome
Outcome 4 - Reconstruct all aspects of peer review team training, including updates to manuals to reflect current ACCJC principles and approaches to peer review, online education, and operational processes to support an effective peer review model.
Goal 3. Establish and enhance communication strategies that reflect integrity, collegiality, and transparency of accreditation practices and actions
Outcome 5 - Provide greater support to member institutions through transparent, collegial and open communication
Outcome 6 - Cultivate relationships with organizations in the field to leverage partnerships in support of improving educational quality.
Goal 4. Implement strategic plan activities including processes for comprehensive evaluation, to inform, monitor, and guide progress toward ACCJC mission fulfillment.
Outcome 7 - Improve evaluation instruments and develop regular procedures to ensure that the results of the evaluation are used in the improvement of all activities
Commission of ACCJC
The Commission consists of 19 members elected by ACCJC member institutions and comprises the Board of Directors of ACCJC. It is the responsibility of the Commission, as a decision-making body, to determine the accredited status of an institution.
Benefits of ACCJC
ACCJC provide assurance to students regarding the quality and integrity of the institution.
It provides ease of transfer of credits to a recognized institution.
This accreditation also helps students to get an opportunity to access financial aid.
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Colleges and Universities under ACCJC
ACCJC accreditation provides assurance to students, public and educational institutions regarding the quality and integrity of education programs in that particular college. Some of the colleges and universities accredited by ACCJC are mentioned below.
|Institutions Accredited by ACCJC|
|Allan Hancock College||American River College|
|Crafton Hills College||Santa Barbara City College|
|Carrington College||San Joaquin Valley College|
This blog explains how the ACCJC accreditation standards work to maintain the quality of the institutions. ACCJC is mainly associated with two-year degree programs like an associate degree.
ACCJC accredited degree programs conform to a comprehensive set of global standards which help the students to make decisions about their colleges.