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Accreditation Status

Merritt College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The following ACCJC documents provide further details about Merritt’s current accreditation status:

Accreditation Process

Merritt College maintains accreditation by meeting standards established by the ACCJC. Throughout the continuous six-year accreditation review cycle, the College engages in internal evaluation, external evaluation by its peers, Commission evaluation, and institutional self-improvement. This process results in the publication of several review instruments, including a comprehensive institutional self-evaluation report, an external evaluation report, and a midterm report, as well as annual reports and annual fiscal reports.

The College submitted its Institutional Self-Evaluation Report to the ACCJC in January 2015; an external evaluation team conducted a site visit March 9-12, 2015, and released an External Evaluation Report on May 8, 2015; and the ACCJC issued an Accreditation Action Letter on June 29, 2015. At this time, Merritt is required to submit a Follow-Up Report to the ACCJC in October 2016.