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What is the meaning of accreditation?
Accreditation is defined as a type of quality assurance process in higher education under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are voluntarily evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency. In the Western region of the United States this is the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the accreditation arm of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A group of college presidents and public members make up the Commissioners of the ACCJC. ACCJC is the accrediting body for Southwestern College.

You can find out more about accreditation at the ACCJC website,, or at the U.S. Department of Education website

What is the meaning of Southwestern College’s probation accreditation status?
Probation accreditation status is a level of sanction by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).  It means the college needs to respond directly to questions being asked by the ACCJC during a follow-up visit and report in October 2010. Another report will be due in March, 2011. All deficiencies must be corrected by October, 2011.

The accredited status of the college remains intact during the Probation period.

There are four levels of sanctions: warning, probation, show cause and the termination of accreditation

Do my classes qualify for transfer during the probation period?
Yes.  SWC is an accredited institution.

Can Southwestern College still issue degrees or certificates while it is on probation?
Yes. SWC continues to maintain its accreditation status.

Can students still receive financial aid during the probation period?
Yes. There is no impact. 

For further questions related to accreditation and SWC’s accreditation response, please contact Office of Academic Affairs, (619) 482-6442.

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