2015-2022 Accreditation Cycle

Accreditation at Southwestern College

Southwestern College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Accredited colleges are recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) as providing educational programs, services, and training that meet acceptable levels of quality.

The accreditation process assists colleges in improving institutional effectiveness to ensure colleges offer high quality educational programs and services. During the 2015-2021 Accreditation Cycle, Southwestern College continues its focus on providing the community with high quality educational programs and services. Areas of particular focus include:

  • Supporting Student Learning Outcome (SLO) assessment and the use of SLO results to make improvements
  • Bolstering Distance Education (DE) offerings and services
  • Maintaining an environment that promotes inclusivity, civility, and diversity

Southwestern College has maintained its accredited status since it opened in 1961.

View the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) issued by ACCJC.

You can learn more about accreditation on the ACCJC website, and the DOE website.

ACCJC Accreditation Certificate 2017

2015-2021 Accreditation Cycle Documents

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For questions or comments related to accreditation at Southwestern College, please contact Minou Spradley, Accreditation Liaison Officer, at mspradley@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.