Have you wondered why an accreditation e-mail keeps popping up in your Lancer inbox? Pasadena City College is currently going through their annual Accreditation process. Accreditation is the process in which PCC gets certified on its competency, authority and credibility.

This means that as you’re currently enrolled in your Fall 2014 classes you are 1) able to receive financial aid to help pay for your education (when applicable) and 2) the units you complete for each class are transferable. PCC, along with the 100+ Community Colleges in California, is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

PCC is ranked in the top ten California community colleges transferring students to the California State University and University of California systems, according the PCC website.

“We have a system unlike any other in our nation,” said Kathy Scott, the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

ACCJC holds PCC to four standards: institutional mission and effectiveness, student learning programs and services, such as libraries and student services, resources, human, financial, technological and physical, and leadership and governance, which is overseen by the Board of Trustees. It is a lengthy process of internal and peer evaluations, visitors from other junior colleges, feedback, and institutional self-improvements. After the ACCJC evaluates the campus it can either reaffirm the accreditation, give a follow-up report with recommendations or sanctions, or even terminate the accreditation altogether.

As students of PCC we have a voice in the accreditation process. Student feedback is encouraged by the Academic Senate. In the mass e-mail sent out to PCC’s more than 29,000 students, a link directs students to a 378-page document of PCC’S Accreditation Self-Evaluation. The PCC website offers a breakdown of the four aforementioned standards you can single out and voice your feedback in accordance to whichever catches your interest.

“It is really important to get the students to voice their feedback,” said Stephanie Flemming, the faculty accreditation coordinator. Students have until Oct. 13 to voice their feedback and be a part of the accreditation system before the ACCJC publishes its final decision in June or July of 2015.

For more information about the accreditation process of PCC, refer to your student e-mail or contact Matthew Jordan, the interim dean of instructional support and accreditation liaison officer, at (626) 585-7631.

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