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), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814, P: (415) 506-0234 | E: accjc@accjc.org. 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


On March 15, 2020, the College submitted a Midterm Report, 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. The Accreditation Steering Committee oversees the process and writing of all reports.

LAVC embarked on its previous 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.


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.


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.


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.


A third-party comment assists the ACCJC as it considers applications for candidacy, accreditation, or reaffirmation of accreditation. To submit a third-party comment to the ACCJC, please go to the ACCJC Third-Party Comment Online Form.


  • Dr. Barry Gribbons, LAVC President
  • Ms. Karen Daar, Accreditation Liaison Officer and VP of Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Michelle Fowles, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Mr. Chauncey Maddren, Academic Senate President
  • Dr. Yih-Mei Hu, Faculty Accreditation Co-Chair
  • Dr. Ruby Christian-Brougham, AFT 1521 Chapter President
  • Mr. Jonathon Hooker, AFT 1521A Chapter Chair
  • Mr. Florentino Manzano, VP of Student Services
  • Ms. Sarah Song, VP of Admininstrative Services