What is the meaning of accreditation?
Accreditation is defined as a type of quality assurance process in higher education under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are voluntarily evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency. In the Western region of the United States this is the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the accreditation arm of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A group of college presidents and public members make up the Commissioners of the ACCJC. ACCJC is the accrediting body for Southwestern College.

You can find out more about accreditation at the ACCJC website, http://www.accjc.org/, or at the U.S. Department of Education website


For further questions related to accreditation at Southwestern College, please contact Dr. Mink Stavenga, Dean of Instructional Support Services, (619) 482-6542.

Last updated: 8/24/2015 9:01:52 AM