Accreditation is the status granted to an educational institution by the regional accreditation commission when it is determined that the institution meets or exceeds the standards of educational quality and institutional effectiveness.
Accreditation provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the standards for a
degree-granting institution of higher education. It also includes the college among those eligible for Title IV student financial aid.
Accredited colleges complete a self-evaluation process every six years in order to have their accreditation status
re-affirmed by ACCJC. The process begins two years in advance and includes a self-evaluation of the college’s performance as defined by the ACCJC standards for:
- Institutional Mission and Effectiveness
- Student Learning Programs and Services
- Leadership and Governance
Los Medanos College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges part of Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and was last re-affirmed for accreditation in fall 2014.
- Accreditation Reference Handbook (July 2014)
- Guidelines for Preparing Institutional Reports (January 2015)
- Guide to Evaluating Institutions (July 2013)
- Guide to Evaluating Distance Education and Correspondence Education (June 2013)
- Substantive Change Manual (December 2014)
- Manual for Institutional Self Evaluation (February 2015)
- Team Evaluator Manual (January 2015)
- Checklist for Evaluating Compliance with Federal Regulations and Commission Policies (December 2014)
- ACCJC Cover Memo and External Evaluation Team Responsibilities for Compliance (Spring 2013)
- ACCJC Cover Memo & Rubrics for Evaluating Institutional Effectiveness-Planning, Program Review & SLOs (2011)