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January 2018 – Merritt College Reaffirmed for Accreditation
(See 1-26-18 Reaffirmation Letter from the ACCJC to President Burns )


Accreditation Follow-Up Report 2017

The College submitted an Accreditation Follow-Up Report to the ACCJC in October 2016. An external evaluation team conducted a follow-up visit on November 9, 2016. The team forwarded an External Evaluation Follow-Up Report to the ACCJC on November 29, 2016, and the ACCJC issued an Accreditation Action Letter on February 3, 2017.  Merritt was then required to submit another Follow-Up Report in October 2017, as well as a Midterm Report in March 2018. The College submitted the Follow-Up Report and received the ACCJC Action Letter, January 26, 2018, receiving full reaffirmation of its accreditation (see the link below for a copy of the letter).  The Midterm Report will be submitted in March 2018.

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 document provides 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.