ACCJC Reaffirmation Action Letter

2021 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report

ACCJC Complaint Process

Santa Barbara City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814 (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 seven years, most recently in the 2021-22 academic year. The College's next regular evaluation will be in 2028-2029.

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 ensuring that higher education institutions continue to improve and offer a quality education to the people 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.

Accreditation Complaint Process

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. The Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions, which explains the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint, can be seen on the ACCJC website


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