Formative/Summative Assessment Project

ACCJC Third Party Comment Form


Updates on the current accreditation reaffirmation cycle: 


Santa Barbara City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) 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 Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

SBCC's accreditation is reaffirmed every six years, most recently in the 2015-16 academic year. The College's next regular evaluation will be in 2021-2022.


The Purpose of Accreditation

Accreditation has three primary purposes:

  1. To provide assurance to the public that the education provided meets acceptable levels of quality
  2. To promote continuous institutional improvement
  3. To maintain the quality of higher education in the United States

Accreditation is a method for assuring that higher education institutions can continue to improve and offer a quality education to the men and women who will lead their communities in the future. By establishing high standards and then periodically evaluating themselves, colleges and universities can provide a degree or certificate that students and the community can trust.

Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. Following is the Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions which will explains the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint. For more information about the complaint process with ACCJC, please visit their website



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