Accreditation

Accreditation

About the Accreditation Process

Colleges are granted accreditation when they meet or surpass stated standards of educational quality. De Anza College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415.506.0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation is important because it certifies to the public, students and our employees that De Anza is fulfilling its mission and goals to maintain the best practices in higher education, recognized at local, state and national levels. It certifies that De Anza has:

  • Appropriate purposes
  • Resources to accomplish its purposes
  • Evidence to support its stated accomplishments
  • Given assurance that it will continue to accomplish its purposes

The primary purpose of an ACCJC-accredited institution is to foster learning in its students. An effective institution ensures that its resources and processes support student learning, continuously assesses that learning, and pursues institutional excellence and improvement. An effective institution maintains an ongoing, self- reflective dialogue about its quality and improvement.

During the process of accreditation, the college conducts a thorough self-evaluation of its activities and compliance with ACCJC Standards, producing a comprehensive report with extensive evidence and data. The report concludes with a Quality Focus Essay that identifies plans and projects for future improvement.

An institution-wide dialogue must be at the heart of the self-evaluation process for the college community to gain a comprehensive perspective of the institution. Although the standards are presented in four parts, they work together to facilitate this dialogue on the institution’s effectiveness and on ways in which it may improve. 

The current process of reaffirming De Anza's accreditation has been underway since 2016 and will culminate in an evaluation visit by a team from the ACCJC in October 2017. After considering the report and findings from its visit to campus, the ACCJC completes its evaluation and determines whether to reaffirm accreditation and whether to issue any commendations or recommendations.

The institutional mission provides the impetus for achieving student learning and other goals that the institution endeavors to accomplish. The institution provides the means for students to learn, assesses how well learning is occurring, and strives to improve that learning through ongoing, systematic, and integrated planning (Standard I). Instructional programs, student support services, and library and learning support services facilitate the achievement of the institution’s stated student learning outcomes (Standard II). Human, physical, technology, and financial resources enable these programs and services to function and improve (Standard III). Ethical and effective leadership throughout the organization guides the accomplishment of the mission and supports institutional effectiveness and improvement (Standard IV).

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
accjc@org
Approved, June 2014

Accreditation Standards, downloadable PDF version
For comments, suggestions or contributions contact:

Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mallory Newell



Accreditation
Accreditation Liaison
Mallory Newell
Phone: 408.864.8777

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Last Updated: 9/12/17