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ACCREDITATION STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dr. Barry Gribbons, LAVC President

Ms. Karen Daar, Accreditation Liaison Officer and VP of Academic Affairs

Ms. Michelle Fowles, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Yih-Mei Hu, Faculty Accreditation Chair

Mr. Chauncey Maddren, Academic Senate President

Dr. Ruby Christian-Brougham, AFT President

Mr. Florentino Manzano, VP of Student Services

Mr. Mike Lee, VP of Admininstrative Services

Ms. Sarah Song, Associate VP of Adminstrative Services

Dr. Matthew Jordan, Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Sally Raskoff, Professional Development Coordinator

Ms. Jeanne Owens, Professional Development

Mr. Jonathan Hooker, AFT 1521A Chair

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Accreditation

Accreditation

RECENT DOCUMENTS

2019 Midterm Report (PDF)

2017 Follow-Up Report (PDF)

2016 DE Substantive Change Report (DOC)

2016 Self-Evaluation Report (PDF)

2015 Follow-Up Report (PDF)

ACCJC LETTERS

2020 Approval of Midterm Report (PDF)

2018 Certificate of Accreditation (PDF)

2018 Reaffirmation Letter (PDF)

2017 Approval of Substantive Change (PDF)

2016  Reaffirmation for Eighteen Months (PDF)

2016 Visiting Team Report (PDF)

2015 Reaffirmation Letter (PDF)

2015 Visiting Team Report (PDF)

2014 Continue Warning Letter (PDF)

past documents

2007 Visiting Team Report

2007 Institutional Self- Study Report 

March 2008 Progress Report

October 2008 Follow-Up Report

2009 Follow-Up Report

2010 Midterm Report 

 

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) – http://www.accjc.org/ – 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) – http://acenursing.org – and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN) – http://www.rn.ca.gov/

The Advanced Level Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) – http://coarc.com

LAVC ACCREDITATION history

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 College then submitted a Midterm Report on March 15, 2020, which was approved at the end of June 2020. The College’s next comprehensive review will occur in the spring term of 2023, and preparations for the self-study will commence in August 2020.

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 www.accjc.org.

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. Please contact Karen Daar at daarkl@lavc.edu or Yih-Mei Hu at huy@lavc.edu if you would like to be involved.

Questions and resources

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 daarkl@lavc.edu. Links to external resources can be found below.