Fullerton College completed a regular evaluation by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). On October 9-12, 2017, a team of evaluators visited the campus to complete its evaluation of the college’s performance on a set of accreditation standards. To prepare for the visit, the Accreditation Steering Committee prepared an Institutional Self-evaluation Report.
On January 26, 2018, Fullerton College received the ACCJC action letter pursuant to the accreditation site visit. The Commission acted to reaffirm the college’s accreditation for 18 months. The Commission is requiring a follow-up report due by March 1, 2019, which will be followed by a visit from a peer review team. The college’s midterm report is due by October 15, 2021. The college’s next comprehensive review will occur in the fall of 2024.
FC Accreditation 2017
Community colleges in California are evaluated by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. As explained by the ACCJC, accreditation is “a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness. 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.”
Fullerton College’s Accreditation Philosophy and Goals
The reaffirmation of accreditation process provides an opportunity for Fullerton College to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs, practices, and policies. The college is committed to a self-evaluation that draws on campus-wide engagement at all stages. It will employ a process that facilitates accurate and thorough identification and documentation of best practices at Fullerton College that meet or exceed accreditation standards, as well as noting opportunities to improve. The resulting ACCJC Institutional Self-Evaluation Report will accurately document the nature and substance of Fullerton College and will reflect a broad consensus of faculty and staff.
Spring 2015 to Fall 2015
Assemble subcommittees for each standard.
Gather information, data, and evidence.
Identify themes for self-evaluation report.
Spring 2016 to Fall 2016
Preparing first draft of self-evaluation report.
Getting feedback to first draft from campus, district, and community.
Spring 2017 to Summer 2017
Revising self-evaluation report.
Compiling and cataloguing evidence and data.
Preparing campus for site team visit.
Site team visit.