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Accreditation 2020

ACCJC Action Letter   Peer Review Team Report

February 1, 2021

ACCJC Reaffirms ECC Accreditation

Today we received the very exciting news that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has reaffirmed El Camino College’s accreditation for seven years. The Commission also commended the College for its exemplary performance in providing professional development to faculty, classified professionals, administrators, and student leaders, noting that these efforts encourage leadership and innovation.

The Peer Review Team Report also recognized several areas where the College excels. These areas include the Program Review Process, Planning Process, Online Student Support, Fiscal Stability, and Student Engagement and Leadership Governance. In addition, peer review team members found the College’s Institutional Self Evaluation Report to be a comprehensive and well-written document detailing the processes used by the College to address Eligibility Requirements, Commission Standards, and Commission Policies.

In addition, the report also recommended three areas of quality improvement: cultivating a consistent approach to the analysis and use of disaggregated data, ensuring consistent regular and substantive interaction in courses offered via distance education modalities, and enhancing the regular assessment of Board Policies.

The next report from the College will be the Midterm Report due on October 15, 2024. The institution’s next comprehensive review will occur in the fall term of 2027.

Please take the opportunity to view the ACCJC’s Action Letter and Peer Review Team Report to learn more about this important achievement. This accomplishment marks significant and prolonged work by all members of the campus community. Congratulations to all!

El Camino College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Colleges must meet 21 eligibility requirements to be accredited by the ACCJC and then also meet standards that address the college’s mission, academic quality, student learning and support services, resources, and governance. Colleges undergo a peer review process to ensure that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and standard. The review process occurs on a six-year cycle and involves a comprehensive Institutional Self-Evaluation Report prepared by college faculty, staff, and students followed by a campus visit from peer reviewers.  El Camino College was fully accredited in 2016. The next full review will occur in fall 2020.  The college is currently preparing for the ACCJC visit.

2020 Institutional Self Evaluation Report

The Institutional Self Evaluation Report is currently in development by the Accreditation Steering Committee. The timeline for the completion of the report can be found here.  The timeline will include dates for the review of each of the sections. 

Third Party Comments

El Camino College has completed its reaccreditation evaluation, which was held September 28 – October 1, 2020. The campus community had the opportunity to ask questions during Open Forums during the visit.

A third-party comment may be submitted to the Commission at any time as it relates to the compliance of a member institution with Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, or Commission policies. Such comment must be submitted in writing, signed, and accompanied by the affiliation, return address and telephone number of the correspondent. Commission staff will review all third-party comments to assess its applicability to Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, or Commission policies. Institutions will be provided with an opportunity to review applicable third-party comments.

Individuals who wish to make comments on the institutions that are undergoing review in the current semester and that are being considered by the Commission at its next meeting, should use the Third Party Comment Form and be sure to include their name, address, phone number, and email address. The comments must be received five weeks before the scheduled Commission meeting.

Find more information and the Third Party Comment Form on the ACCJC Third Party Comments page.

Public Comment

The public is encouraged to review drafts and provide feedback on the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report. To that end, the College will hold a series of public forums to solicit comments. The date, time and location and topic of these public forums are below. Drafts of the standards will be available on the accreditation web page at least 1 week in advance of the public forum. Please focus on content-related feedback. Document formatting and some evidence links will take place at a later date. When emailing comments, indicate the standard draft to which you are referring.

For those unable to attend in person, comments will be accepted via email at:  accreditation2020@elcamino.edu

Date  Location Time Standard
Nov. 6, 2019 SSVC 141 3:00 pm Std I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity
Nov. 13, 2019 DE 166 3:00 pm Std II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services
Nov. 20, 2019 SSVC 287 3:00 pm Std III: Resources
Dec. 4, 2019 DE 166 3:00 pm Std IV: Leadership and Governance
Mar. 5, 2020 SSVC 287 1:00 pm Institutional Self-Evaluation Report


The ACCJC Comprehensive Evaluation Visit
will occur September 28 - October 1, 2020.



ACCJC Eligibility Requirements & Standards

Eligibility Requirements for Accreditation (PDF)

2014 Accreditation Standards (PDF)

Complaint Process

Here you will find information that will assist students and members of the public who wish to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions.


Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

10 Commercial Boulevard
Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949



ECC Accreditation Documents

Past Self Evaluation Reports

2014 Institutional Self-Evaluation (PDF)

2008 Institutional Self-Study (PDF)

Compton College Accreditation Update - June 8, 2017

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, at its meeting June 7-9, 2017, reviewed the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) submitted by Compton Center and the report prepared by the evaluation team that visited the Center March 6-9, 2017. The purpose of the Commission's review was to determine whether the Center meets Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies.

After considering all of the written and oral material provided, the Commission acted to Grant Initial Accreditation to Compton College. Granting Initial Accreditation indicates that the Commission has determined that the institution is in substantial compliance with its Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies.

To view the ACCJC Action Letter, Evaluation Report and El Camino College news release, click below:

ACCJC Action Letter - June 7, 2017 (PDF)
External Evaluation Report (PDF)
Compton College Receives Accreditation (PDF)