College of Alameda logo COA Accreditation Status

College of Alameda is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The College first was accredited in 1973, with the most recent affirmation in 2012.

Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The Accrediting Commission for Colleges and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accreditation process provides assurance to the public that the accredited member colleges meet the standards for a degree-granting institution of higher education.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949; 415/506-0234

While COA continuously strives to improve our quality teaching and learning, you can provide feedback by making informal comment via our online Comment Form, or formal comment using the ACCJC Third Party Comment Form.

Every six years colleges complete the ACCJC self-study process; this process evaluates the college’s performance as defined by the ACCJC standards for:

  • Institutional Mission and Effectiveness
  • Student Leaning Programs and Services
  • Resources
  • Leadership and Governance


2015 External Team Report and ACCJC Actions


Preliminary Public Session Agenda (June 3-5, 2015)

2015 Substantive Change Report(s)

Substantive Change Report- Distance Education

ACCJC Letter December 2015: Substantive Change Report- Distance Education

Substantive Change Report- Science Annex

ACCJC Letter May 2015: Substantive Change Report- Science Annex

2015 Self-Evaluation

Team Visit: March 9-12, 2015

The primary purpose of the College of Alameda Accreditation Self Evaluation is to provide the college with the opportunity to look carefully at itself and to document what it is doing in preparation for the visit by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) team visit which will take place in March 2015. This is an important process that all colleges in this country go through. We appreciate your involvement in the self evaluation process. Thank you for all your feedback and reflection over the past few months.

Please provide feedback and/or comments related to the upcoming Accreditation Site Visit March 9-12, 2015. Comment Form

Campus Accreditation Resource Guide 2015

Accreditation Forums 2015

Accreditation Update: Spring 2015 Opening Day Presentation

Accreditation Update: Fall 2014 Opening Day Presentation

Meet the ACCJC Site Visiting Team


Final Self-Evaluation and individual Standards

Accreditation Supplemental Report 2015

COA Self Evaluation Report (8MB)

Certification and Table of Contents


Prior Recommendations

Standard I: Intuitional Mission and Effectiveness

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Services

Standard III: Resources

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance


Actionable Improvement Plans