Welcome to Riverside City College's accreditation website. Riverside City College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Accreditation as a system of voluntary, non-governmental self regulation and peer review is unique to American educational institutions. It is a system by which an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practice regarding goals and objectives; the appropriateness, sufficiency, and utilization of resources; the usefulness, integrity, and effectiveness of its processes; and the extent to which it is achieving its intended outcomes. It is a process by which accreditors provide students, the public, and each other with assurances of institutional integrity, quality, and effectiveness. Accreditation is intended to encourage institutions to plan for institutional improvement in quality and effectiveness.
Each institution affiliated with the Accrediting commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepts the obligation to undergo a cycle of periodic evaluation through institutional self study and professional peer review. The heart of this obligation is conducting a rigorous self study during which an institution appraises itself against the Accreditation Standards in terms of its stated institutional purposes.
When Riverside City College completes its self study, the accrediting commission assigns a team of peer evaluators the task of conducting a multi-day visit to the college, where documentary evidence, interviews of faculty, staff, and students, and observation of classes and support service programs is undertaken. This team's task is to certify that the college meets all standards of good practice and to develop a comprehensive report and recommendation for consideration by the accrediting commission. The cycle of evaluation requires a comprehensive self study every six years following initial accreditation and a visit by a team of peers. In addition, there is an annual report due each June with follow-up reports sometimes requested annually in the Fall. The cycle includes a mandatory midterm report in the third year as well as any other reports requested by the Commission. All reports beyond the comprehensive self study may be followed by a visit by Commission representatives.
Accreditation assures that college courses, credits, associate degrees, and occupational certificates will be recognized by other colleges and universities, guaranteeing that academic work may be transferred in pursuit of advanced degrees. Accreditation also assures the business community that the academic work a student completes best prepares her/him for employment in the workplace.
To find out more, please visit the RCC Accreditation website.