2015-2022 Accreditation Cycle

2022 Self Evaluation Process & Peer Review Site Team Visit

Southwestern College will submit its Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) no later than January 21, 2021. The ISER Review is scheduled for March 5, 2021. The Focused Peer Review Team will conduct a site visit the week of October 11 – 15, 2021. During that visit, team members will review evidence provided in the ISER and request additional information or evidence if necessary. The team may also plan public forums and opportunities for interaction with the College community if deemed necessary.

2022 Institutional Self Evaluation Report

The Southwestern College Governing Board approved the 2022 Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) at its December 8, 2020 meeting. Please use the link below to review the approved report. Questions or comments may be sent to swcaccreditation@swccd.edu 

2022 Institutional Self Evaluation Report (PDF) approved by the Governing Board on December 8, 2020

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2020 Accreditation Public Forums

SWC hosted several virtual, public forums to provide an opportunity for the public and the college community to comment on the draft Institutional Self Evaluation Report during its formation. These forums were held via Zoom at the dates and times indicated below.

  • SWC Accreditation Public Forum, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12 Noon - 1:00 PM
  • SWC Accreditation Public Forum, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • SWC Accreditation Public Forum, Thursday, October 15, 2020 12 Noon - 1:00 PM

Past Accreditation Institutional Self Evaluation & Mid-Term Reports 





For questions or comments related to accreditation at Southwestern College, please contact Silvia Cornejo, Accreditation Liaison Officer, at scornejo@swccd.edu or (619) 482-6337. Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the ACCJC about Southwestern College can view complaint requirements and processes at the following Complaint Process webpage.

The ACCJC is located at 10 Commercial Blvd, Ste 204, Novato, CA 94949, and can be contacted by phone at (415) 506-0234.

Programmatic Accreditation

Several academic programs at Southwestern College are accredited by other agencies apart from the ACCJC. More information for these “Programmatic Accreditors” including contact links to agency websites are listed below.

Professional Program Accreditor
Associate Degree Nursing Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Surgical Technology  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) in collaboration with Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
Dental Hygiene American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs (CoAEMSP) for the EMS Professions
Paramedic Training Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP)
Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)  California Department of Health Services Licensing and Certification Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS)
Licensed Vocational Nursing  California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
Paralegal  American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals
Police Academy Training Program  State of California Department of Justice Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)