At its annual meeting June 7-9, 2017, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting agency that evaluates two-year colleges in California, took action to reaffirm San Diego Miramar College’s accreditation for seven years through 2024.
In a letter from ACCJC Interim President Richard Winn, the Commission reaffirms that San Diego Miramar College has provided evidence that it continues to be in compliance with accreditation standards, policies and eligibility requirements. The full letter can be found here.
"With the entire college's involvement in preparing for the 2017 College’s Self Evaluation Report (SER) and Accreditation Team visit, ACCJC’s action to reaffirm the College's accreditation for seven years is a confirmation of the College’s commitment to student access, equity, and success," said San Diego Miramar College President Dr. Patricia Hsieh. The College’s Self-Evaluation Report (SER) can be found here.
As part of the regular seven-year evaluation cycle, a visiting team from the ACCJC reviewed the college’s comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report (SER) and interviewed dozens of San Diego Miramar College faculty, staff and students during its campus visit March 13-16 of 2017.
Upon completion of that visit, San Diego Miramar College received 13 commendations from the visiting team in March 2017 and 8 recommendations for improvements. Campus leadership has moved swiftly to address the recommendations by the visiting team.
The next report due from the College will be the Midterm Report in spring 2021.
Accreditation is the primary means that educational institutions assure and improve quality. California community colleges must apply to the ACCJC, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education. The process focuses on self-evaluation, peer review and quality improvement. Institutions are either reaffirmed or placed on sanction, which include four levels: warning, probation, show cause and termination of accreditation.
About San Diego Miramar College
One of three colleges within the San Diego Community College District, San Diego Miramar College offers associate degrees, certificates of completion, and the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Founded in 1969, and located in Mira Mesa, the college services 14,000 students annually with 68 associate degrees and 93 career technical education certificates. Miramar College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A recent Community College Week study found that Miramar College is the nation’s 17th fastest growing community college with at least 10,000 students