The Role of Accreditation
How Accreditation Supports LBCC & Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes assessment informs LBCC faculty, administrators, and staff of student learning and guides improvements to courses, programs, and students’ general educations. It is also a requirement of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and informs other outside agencies, such as the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
The primary purpose of an ACCJC accredited institution is to foster learning in students. According to the 2020 Guide to Institutional Self-Evaluation, Improvement, and Peer Review, “accreditation is the proven method for assuring the public that a college or university meets established standards of quality and that it grants degrees, certificates, and/or credits that students and the community can trust.” An effective institution ensures that its resources and processes support student learning, continuously assesses that learning is taking place, and pursues institutional excellence and improvement. Effectiveness is measured by the extent to which institutions maintain an ongoing, self-reflective dialogue about quality and improvements.
Long Beach City College is accredited by ACCJC, and as such, adheres to the ACCJC Accreditation Standards and Commission Policies. To support faculty in efforts toward continuous quality improvement that ensures student learning, the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (ASLO) Subcommittee has established cycles of assessment for course, program, and institutional learning outcomes. Outcomes assessment is also integrated into the College’s annual program planning/review process and hiring priorities process. Outcomes assessment supports the college in achieving the goals of the 2016-2022 Strategic Plan, in alignment with the College’s mission and values.