San Jose City College Accreditation

​​San Jose City College students and Jaguar mascot

San Jose City College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits community colleges and other associate degree-granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S.  

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. 

The criteria are research-based guidelines for systemic school improvement that address accreditation’s central tenet: a school operates with a clear understanding of its purpose.

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate the 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.

Accreditation reports2020 Midterm Report Here

2018, 2020, 2022 Annual Reports & ISER Schedule

SJCC Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER)

 Accreditation Correspondence

P D F of A C C J C Mid-Term Accreditation Letter on February 1, 2021 advising S J C C made progress implementing improvements

Click Here to Read the Complete Letter

P D F of Letter from ACCJC June 13, 2018 reaffirming S J C C's continued accreditation

Click Here to the Read Complete Letter

Accreditation follow-up report ​

San Jose City College Accreditation Follow-Up Report Cover

THIRD-PARTY COMMENTS TO ACCJC 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.

To access the complaint process, click this link:

ACCJC, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA  94949


The following San Jose City College programs have additional accreditation, certification, or approval through their respective agencies:

  • Administration of Justice

  • Alcohol and Drug Studies

  • Certified Nurse's Assistant and Home Health Aide

  • Cosmetology and Esthetician 

  • Dental Assisting

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Real Estate                                                                                    Click Here for Additional Accreditations, Certifications and Approvals                                                             

Substantive Change Proposal 

The evidence housed here are documents with no other direct link from the Substantive Change Proposal.

Substantive Change Proposal

Substantive Change Proposal


Doc.3: SJCC Distance ED 12 FA-15SP Demographics District

Doc.3: Table 1 SJCC Distance Ed12FA-15SP Demographics

Doc. 4: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Management Information Systems Datamart 

Doc.5: SJCC Fall14 Distance Ed Enrollment

Doc. 8: TracDat San Jose City College

Doc. 9: Distance Education Supplement Form

Doc.11: Comprehensive Program Review Form Academic Affairs

Doc.12: Distance Education Meeting April 20, 2015 Minutes

Doc.13: 2015-16 Reassigned Time Available Positions

Doc.14: Dean of Library Learning Resources and Distance Education

Doc.16: Distance Education Coordinator 2015-16Doc. 17: Moodle Workshop Advertisement

 Doc.19: BSI Conference Funds Application

Doc.20: Professional Development Funds Application

Doc 22: SJCC Comprehensive Program Review Schedule 2014-2018

Doc. 35: Academic Senate Meeting Minutes 5-19-15

Doc.36: SJECCD Board Policy Chapter 5 Student Services

Doc. 46: SJECCD Delineation of Functions Map 2012-13

Doc.47: Perkins Professional Development Activity ApplicationDoc.-Activities at the Professional Development Center (GE-118)





Accreditation Liaison Officer:

Dr. Elizabeth Pratt

VP Academic Affairs

(408) 288-3142

Archive Reports

For Archive Reports contact Ms. Kristen Ruano:


Follow Up Visit Report from ACCJC for San Jose City College 04-03-18

Accreditation Reaffirmation Letter from ACCJC for San Jose City College 06-13-2018

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter 2-3-17

SJCC External Evaluation Team Report Final 2-3-17

Letter to Appear at January 2017 Closed Meeting

ACCJC External Evaluation Report letter 12-01-16

Visiting Team External Evaluation Report 11-30-16

2016 Accreditation Visiting Team Bios

08-23-16 ACCJC Letter - Team List

SER Acknowledgement Letter 08-10-16

06-24-16 Team Members and visit schedule

​Team Chair appointed for External Evaluation Visit - 04-04-16

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