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Frequently Asked Questions about Accreditation

LACC's accreditation status has not changed - LACC is an accredited institution. For students, it is "business as usual;" nothing has changed. We continue to offer a high-quality education and remain an urban oasis of learning that educates minds, opens hearts, and celebrates community.

What is accreditation?

  • The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency. The agency that accredits LACC is the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

Why does accreditation matter?

  • Accreditation helps to “ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” This provides the basis for the quality of degrees and certificates awarded by the institution as well as the transfer of credits to other institutions. It also qualifies an institution for certain kinds of Federal funds (i.e., grants and financial aid).

 

What does probation mean?

  • To be accredited, an institution must go through an accreditation process, which includes the writing of a “self-study” and an evaluation of that self-study by ACCJC.  The ACCJC  then issues a finding which results in either the re-affirmation of accreditation if all of the standards are met or a sanction if one or more of the standards are not met. There are four levels of sanction: warning, probation, show cause and the termination of accreditation.

 

Why is LACC on probation?

  • The ACCJC ‘s accreditation process determined that LACC does not meet the standards for planning and research. Specifically, the ACCJC  has asked LACC to demonstrate its use of planning and research to improve the institution. The same accreditation process recognized the high quality of LACC programs.

 

What does “probationary period” mean?

  • The probationary period is the time which LACC has to address ACCJC’s recommendations. The accredited status of the institution remains in effect during this period.

Is LACC still open?

  • Yes, nothing has changed. LACC is open and operational. LACC is an accredited institution. For students, it is “business as usual.”

Can I still register for classes?

  • Yes, it is “business as usual.”

 

Do my classes qualify for transfer?

  • Yes, it is “business as usual.” There has been no change to our accreditation status.

 

What happens to my financial aid?

  • Nothing.  LACC’s accreditation status is unchanged – LACC is an accredited institution.

 

Where can I find out more information about accreditation?

Can I get a copy of the ACCJC Accreditation Report?

   

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