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Accreditation Message from President Burns

Good morning, Merritt Community,

As you are aware from my email of December 14, 2018, the College responded to the letter from ACCJC that outlined significant deficiencies in the College and District finances.   Yesterday, Merritt College (and our three sister institutions) received its response from ACCJC.  Please read the attached letter from the Commission.

The good news is that the Commission has given us or basically agreed to the College’s request for an extension of May 1, 2019 to submit the plan. This now allows the Colleges and the District sufficient time for governance participation and Board of Trustees approval prior to submitting the final plan.  For additional details please see the updated attachment, 5 Year Fiscal Plan prepared by Dr. Brown.

To get the work done, there are two workgroups:  Enrollment Management & Student Success workgroup and the Finance Workgroup.  If you are interested in participating in either of the groups,

  • Please contact Dr. Siri Brown at to participate in the Enrollment Management & Student Success workgroup which will meet this Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00-11:00 am at the District Office.
  • To participate in the Finance workgroup, please contact Dr. Romaneir Johnson, VC, Finance at

Please let me know if you have questions.

Thank you, Marie-Elaine


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 action letters 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.