2015 Accreditation Visit

Graduates Pacific Islanders Jazmine and Adam
Sacramento City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 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. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org


Sacramento City College is an open-access, comprehensive community college, serving a diverse student population. We provide a wide range of educational opportunities and support services leading to transfer, career advancement, basic skills development, degree and certificate attainment, and personal enrichment. Our commitment to continuous improvement through outcome-guided assessment, planning, and evaluation promotes student learning. Through these efforts, we contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of the community.


Sacramento City College seeks to create a learning community that celebrates diversity, nurtures personal growth, and inspires academic and economic leadership.


  • Working together
  • Pursuing excellence
  • Inspiring achievement


Accreditation is the process by which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education are evaluated and validated. It is public certification that institutions meet defined standards of quality and responsibility. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty, classified staff, administrators and elected officials from various accredited colleges and universities. Sacramento City College has enjoyed a maximum six-year accreditation from the ACCJC since 2009, and it is up for renewal this fall.

The last ACCJC Accreditation site visit to Sacramento City College occurred in October of  2009. Following that visit the Commission took action to reaffirm accreditation. SCC received the Evaluation Report and letter reaffirming Accreditation in February 2010.

In the meantime, SCC has filed Annual Reports with the ACCJC each year, and has occasionally filed Substantive Change Reports that reflect specific alterations that have been made to college programs, modalities and locations. We also submitted the required Midterm Report in 2012.

Being an accredited college is very important, for it ensures that our students will be able to use their classes to transfer to other institutions of higher education, and that they will be able to receive federal financial aid.

Sacramento City College takes accreditation very seriously. In order for the college to successfully proceed with a smooth accreditation process, we must demonstrate that we meet the general and specific standards set by the ACCJC. We are being evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Standard I – Institutional Mission and Effectiveness
  • Standard II – Student Learning Programs and Services
  • Standard III – Resources
  • Standard IV- Leadership and Governance

Each of the standards has several sections that must be addressed in a satisfactory manner, showing that SCC has improved its processes, procedures, policies and performance during the past six years. And, that the college has a plan to continue this growth during the next six years.

Sacramento City College is pleased to introduce the team of education professionals who will evaluate the college in the next few weeks. The team is expected to be on campus between October 5 and 8, 2015.

In addition, SCC’s Self-Evaluation is included in its entirety. Numerous members of the college community have spent countless hours working on this document over the past year-and-a-half. It spells out in fine detail how we believe we are doing in relationship to the standards and what we must do to further improve in the months and years ahead.

We expect to learn of our new accreditation standing in early 2016.

Finally, a  number of SCC programs have additional accreditation through industry or governmental groups.  Please see the Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Assisting program webpages for additional accrediting information.