MJC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: www.accjc.org. The college's accreditation was reaffirmed on June 28, 2019.
Modesto Junior College students who complete appropriate lower division courses are given full credit upon transfer to the California State Universities, the University of California, and other four-year colleges as well as universities with which the college maintains articulation agreements. Modesto Junior College is approved by the State Department of Education for training veterans and is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students.
Accreditation is an institutional priority, and college committees continue to work diligently to address the Accrediting Commission's standards and expectations. The ultimate goal involves creating a stronger, more effective college for our students and our community. Modesto Junior College stands committed to student learning, educational excellence, and institutional effectiveness. Our college is therefore dedicated to a comprehensive, integrated and continual cycle of planning that uses the collection and evaluation of data, student learning outcomes and program review to measure and improve all aspects of student learning and student services at Modesto Junior College.
MJC's Current Six Year Accreditation Cycle and Timeline
2011-12 (1 st year)
- October 2011 = MJC submitted its Self-Evaluation; November 2011 = External evaluation visit
- February 2012 = ACCJC action letter: MJC sanctioned with probation; Eight recommendations for improvement given, two requiring "immediate attention."
- March 2012 = MJC filed a Special Follow Up report on immediate recommendations.
- July 2012 = ACCJC action letter stating immediate attention recommendations were addressed.
- October/November 2012 = MJC submitted the Follow-Up Report to address the remaining six recommendations; another team visit; report generated and sent to ACCJC.
2012-13 (2nd year)
- February 2013 = ACCJC action letter: MJC remained on probation; one recommendation considered met (faculty evaluations); five recommendations considered partially met
- October 2013 = MJC submitted additional Follow-Up Report to address five recommendations only partially met
- November 2013 = Team visit to see if all recommendations were fully met
2013-14 (3rd year)
- February 2014 = ACCJC action letter (reaffirming accreditation)
- October 2014 = Midterm Report Submitted (Accepted February 2015)
2014-15 (4th year)
- February 2015 = Begin MJC Institutional Self Evaluation process; report due August 2017;
- ACCJC suggests beginning this project two years before its due date. See revised Manual for Institutional Self-Evaluation.
- April 2015 = Standards committees established and co-chairs identified; stakeholders, including ALO and faculty leadership strategize how key areas are or will be addressed.
2015-16 (5th year)
- September - April = Standards committees meet, identify evidence, write
- April = Drafts from standards committees due
2016-17 (6th year)
- August = Institution wide dialogue and presentations
- August - December = Incorporate narrative and evidence from District departments
- August - December = Oral Accreditation Progress Report to Board of Trustees
- August 2017 = MJC submits self-evaluation
- October 2017 = Comprehensive site visit (Per Feb. 2015 ACCJC letter)