Each institution affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepts the obligation to undergo a cycle of periodic evaluation through institutional self-evaluation and external peer review. The heart of this obligation is conducting a rigorous self-evaluation during which an institution appraises itself against the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies in terms of its stated institutional purposes.
The cycle of evaluation requires a comprehensive self-evaluation every six years following initial accreditation and a visit by an external team of peers. The cycle includes a mandatory midterm report in the third year as well as any other reports requested by the Commission. All reports beyond the comprehensive self-study may be followed by a visit by Commission representatives.
Reaccreditation Fall 2013
This page provides information about the people, processes, and tasks related to the reaffirmation of Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC). The visit by representatives of ACCJC/WASC to determine whether the colleges will be reaccredited is scheduled for Fall 2013.
The primary undertaking to prepare for the ACCJC/WASC visit is the preparation of a Self Evaluation of Educational Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Report (also known as a "self study"). The self-study report is based on historical and contemporary information about the operations of Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College. It also contains analyses and recommendations regarding those operations that demonstrate institutional commitment to nurture its strengths and ameliorate its weaknesses through appropriate actions.
Because of the need to involve varied constituencies and use a spectrum of sources to prepare a self study that fairly represents the past, present, and future of the colleges, this website provides access to a variety of resources important to the construction of the accreditation document. The links to resources itemized on the left will help to develop an understanding of the nature of the task can be used to help create a self-study that offers a broad perspective on the heritage and prospects of the two colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.