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What is Institutional Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, independent review of educational programs to determine that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality. Being awarded accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it met set standards of quality determined by the accrediting organization granting the accreditation. A college's accreditation is maintained by continued adherence to the set criteria. Courses offered at an accredited institution generally are transferable to other institutions and qualify for financial aid.

American River College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the US Department of Education.

ACCJC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education offered by the institutions it accredits in keeping with the Higher Education Act of 1965. ACCJC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which has established criteria that define a quality review system for accrediting agencies.

ACCJC accredits institutions in the United States, its territories and affiliates, with a primary mission of granting associate degrees; institutions accredited by ACCJC may also award certificates and other credentials, including bachelor’s degrees, if those credentials are within the institution’s mission and authorized by their governmental authorities. ACCJC may also accredit non-domestic institutions with a primary mission of granting associate degrees.

2022 Accreditation Review

ARC underwent a comprehensive review for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2022. The review followed a formative/summative model and took place in two portions. First, there was a review of the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) that the college prepared to show how it meets the expectations for accreditation. Following this initial review, the College received a set of Core Inquiries that the review team would like to know more about. Second there was a focused site visit for the review team to gather additional information via interviews, data requests, and meetings to discuss the Core Inquiries. The Team ISER Review and Focused Site visit informed the review team’s report.

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Additionally Accredited Programs

The following American River College programs are accredited by other external agencies.

American River College

Certificate of Accreditation

March 5th, 2018

American River College Certificate of Accreditation

American River College

Certificate of Accreditation Letter

January 26, 2023

American River College Certificate of Accreditation Letter