What is Accreditation?
"Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of education used by the American higher education community. It is a uniquely American quality assurance process through which institutions collectively set standards for good practice, conduct peer-based evaluations of institutions on a regular basis, confer accredited status on institutions, and make the results of accreditation review of institutions known to the public".
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
The nine LACCD colleges participate in a comprehensive accreditation "Self Study" every six years. During this two-year process, teams of college faculty, administrators, support staff, and students work together to assess the effectiveness of current institutional efforts and to make plans to improve college performance. They are guided in this process by standards of good practice established by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), an arm of the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Action Letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
The 2013 District Governance and Functions Handbook
As part of the District’s response to accreditor requirements, this handbook was designed by the District Planning Committee to provide faculty, students, staff, and community members with a comprehensive guide to district-level planning, decision-making, and accountability processes.
The Handbook also offers a concise definition of the functional relationship between the District Office and the nine LACCD colleges as well as a detailed account of the organizational structure and functions of all administrative units in the District Office.