East Los Angeles College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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An institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accrediation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S. ACCJC operates under the corporate entity the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is one of seven regional accrediting commissions. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
Accreditation is a voluntary system of self regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness (The Commission’s complete Purpose Statement is available in Article I, section 2 of its Bylaws). The ACCJC accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the Standards; the education earned at the institutions is of value to the student who earned it; and employers, trade or profession-related licensing agencies, and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credential as legitimate.
East Los Angeles College will be going through its comprehensive review in spring 2015. This evaluation takes place every six years and involves an in-depth self-evaluation period prior to a visit from an accreditation team. The self-evaluation will be an ongoing process untill spring 2015. If you would like more information about accreditation at ELAC, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, (323)265-8967. Additional information can also be found in the Updates section.