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Understanding Accreditation


2018 ACCJC Letter (PDF)

2018 ACCJC Reaffirmation Letter (PDF)

2017 Follow-Up Report (PDF)

2017 ACCJC Approval of Substantive Change (PDF)

2016 DE Substantive Change Report (DOC)

2016 ACCJC Reaffirmation for Eighteen Months Letter (PDF)

2016 Visiting Team Report (PDF)

2015 ACCJC Letter (PDF)

2015 Visiting Team Report (PDF)

2015 Follow-Up Report (PDF)

2014 ACCJC Letter to LAVC July (PDF)


Cover of 2016 Self evaluation report


Los Angeles Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) -- -- of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204 Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

LAVC Programs that are accredited by external organizations:

The Nursing Program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – -- and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN) --

The Advanced Level Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) –


In June 2007, Los Angeles Valley College’s accreditation status was reaffirmed, based on the March 2007 visiting team report, which included conclusions that were based on our institutional self study report and the ACCJC team's visit. The college was asked to submit a progress report in March 2008 to demonstrate how we were addressing the team’s recommendations regarding progress toward resolving district-wide issues and another progress report in October 2008 on improvements at the college.

In June 2009, the ACCJC accepted the March 2009 follow-up report. A Midterm Report was submitted in March 2010, documenting the resolution of team recommendations and giving a summary of progress on college-identified action plans for improvement. In June 2010, the ACCJC accepted our report.

From spring 2011 to spring 2013, the college worked on its comprehensive self-evaluation.  The visiting team from ACCJC issued recommendations (several of which were issues in our self-identified improvement plans) and wrote a report for the Commission, which determined our status at its meeting in June 2013.

As part of the peer review process that colleges undergo, LAVC embarked on its self-evaluation in 2014. College constituents worked in teams to prepare a report to  address how well the college was meeting the ACCJC standards. In March 2016, a team of evaluators visited LAVC to verify the accuracy of the College's report and recommended ways to improve. Based on the visiting evaluation team's report and review by the ACCJC at its June 2016 meeting, the Commission reaffirmed LAVC's accredited status, requiring a follow-up report in 18 months to verify progress on the team's recommendations for improvement. 

Eighteen months later, the college submitted their follow-up report and the Commission acted to find compliance and reaffirm accreditation for the remainder of the cycle. The next report from the College will be the Midterm Report due on March 15, 2020. The college’s next comprehensive review will occur in the spring term of 2023.


Why Accreditation is Important

Los Angeles Valley College is a fully-accredited institution that complies with the standards set by the accrediting body that reviews community colleges in this region, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). This “stamp of approval” provides students, faculty, staff, and the public with assurances of our integrity, quality, and effectiveness. In addition, our accredited status allows us to receive federal funding for our students and enables credit for courses to be used for transfer to other institutions.

Information on filing a complaint against the college regarding a possible violation of accreditation standards can be found on the website of the ACCJC at

Who is Involved in the Accreditation Process?

Faculty, classified staff, administrators, and students participate in the process of evaluating our performance in light of the Commission’s standards as well as our own stated goals. Our comprehensive report, which sums up the findings of our research and discussions, will be an accurate reflection of our strengths as well as our challenges as an institution. We welcome your participation and feedback. Contact us at if you would like to be involved.


To find out more about our accreditation efforts or accredited status, contact Karen Daar, LAVC Accreditation Liaison Officer, at (818) 947-2378 or email her at