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COMPTON COLLEGE Accreditation

Compton College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation serves the public interest by certifying that the institution meets or exceeds specific standards of quality. This certification is also used by the federal government and other entities to determine whether an institution and its students are eligible for participation in federal financial aid programs or other forms of financial assistance to institutions. The peer-based nature of accreditation helps to maintain the values of higher education, particularly the values associated with academic freedom.

To maintain accreditation, colleges complete a peer review process designed to ensure that eligibility requirements and standards are met. The review process occurs on a six-year cycle and involves a comprehensive Institutional Self-Evaluation Report prepared by a college team of faculty, staff, and students. A campus visit from peer reviewers follows.


On June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., Compton College began to operate as an independent college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, per Executive Order 2018-01 issued on August 29, 2018, by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley. Compton College became the 114th California Community College under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Compton College is now preparing for a Midterm Report due in March 2021. The Accreditation Steering Committee has already begun the process to complete this report.

Compton College Midterm Report


This following information provides the public with a comprehensiveoverview of Compton College's Process to Accreditation and the conclusion of the partnership with El Camino College.

Compton College Accreditation Update - August 29, 2018

On August 27, 2018, Compton College received notification from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that its Substantive Change Application: Change in Local Control, which was submitted on June 20, 2018, has been approved by the Committee on Substantive Change of ACCJC. The action letter from the ACCJC's Committee on Substantive Change is available here.

The CCCD then submitted a request to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for the issuance of an executive order declaring that Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees. On August 29, 2018, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued Executive Order 2018-01 declaring Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The California Community Colleges Chancellor Executive Order 2018-01 is available here. At that same time, the partnership between Compton Community College District and the El Camino Community College District will come to an end.

Initial Accreditation Status Granted June 7, 2017

At its June 7, 2017 meeting, the ACCJC granted initial accreditation status to Compton College; the action established Compton College as an accredited college. This action came after the ACCJC, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, reviewed the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) submitted by Compton Center and the report prepared by the evaluation team that visited the Center March 6-9, 2017. The purpose of the Commission's review was to determine whether the Center meets Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies.

After considering all of the written and oral material provided, the Commission acted to Grant Initial Accreditation to Compton College. Granting Initial Accreditation indicates that the Commission has determined that the institution is in substantial compliance with its Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies.

To view the ACCJC Action Letters, Substantive Change Application, or the Process to Accreditation documents, click below.

Executive Order 2018-01 (Letter from Chancellor Eloy Oakley) - August 20, 2018 (PDF)
ACCJC Action Letter: Approval of Substantative Change Application - August 27, 2018 (PDF)
ACCJC Action Letter - June 7, 2017 (PDF)
External Evaluation Report (PDF)
Compton College Receives Accreditation (PDF)
Compton College Quality Focused Essay Special Report (PDF)
Compton College Substantive Change Proposal - Change in Control of Institution Timeline (PDF)
Compton College Substantive Change Application (PDF)


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Communications from ACCJC

ACCJC ACTION LETTERS

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COLLEGE REPORTS TO ACCJC

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