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What is Accreditation?

Sierra College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949 (415) 506-0234. ACCJC operates under the corporate entity the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions, and is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. ACCJC accredits associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S. 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.

Accreditation of Sierra College

Every six years Sierra College undergoes review and reaffirmation of our accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Accreditation is a quality assurance process that gives the college the opportunity to engage in institution-wide dialogue and self-evaluation activities in order to gain a comprehensive perspective of the state of the institution. The scope of accreditation is to promote quality student learning and continuous quality improvement to ensure high quality student learning. Accreditation status is a critical component that certifies and safeguards high quality student learning programs and services.

Accreditation allows us to provide federal financial aid to our students, receive federal funding, grant to students recognized degrees, and articulate our courses with other colleges and universities.

Report on the January 2017 Commission Meeting

ACCJC Statement of Accreditation Status 2016

Accreditation Midterm Report, November 15, 2016

Accreditation Reaffirmed, February 6, 2015

June 2015 Memo on Commission Actions

Rights and Responsibilities of Commission and Member Institutions, First Reading June 2015

Eligibility to Apply for Accredited Status, Adopted June 2015

Commission Actions on Institutions, Revised June 2015

Commission Good Practice in Relations with Member Institutions, Revised June 2015

Evaluation of Institutions in Multi-Unit Districts or Systems, Revised June 2015

Policy on Closing an Institution, Revised June 2015

Policy on Substantive Change, Revised June 2015

Bylaws of the ACCJC, Amended June 2015

Preliminary Agenda, January 2015

Follow-Up Report, October 2014

2013 Sierra Final Report 2.0

ACCJC Action Letter, February 7, 2014

Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) 2019

Substantive Change Proposal, March 29, 2017

Substantive Change Approval for New Roseville Location, April 21, 2017

ACCJC Agenda June 7, 2017