Cosumnes River College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Ste 204, Novato, CA 94949, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
CRC has received reaffirmation of accreditation from the ACCJC.
CRC underwent a comprehensive review for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2022. The review followed a formative/summative model and took place in two portions.
First, there was a review of the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) that the college prepared to show how it meets the expectations for accreditation. Following this initial review, the College received a set of Core Inquiries from the review team.
Second there was a focused site visit for the review team to gather additional information via interviews, data requests, and meetings to discuss the Core Inquiries. The Team ISER Review and Focused Site visit informed the review team’s report. This was reviewed by the commission to direct the decision on the college’s reaffirmation. CRC’s review took place during the following timeframes:
- Team ISER Review: February 23, 2022
- Focused Site Visit: Week of October 10, 2022
Any member of the college community or public could submit a third-party comment by completing the Commission’s online third-party comment form. Third-party comments assist the Commission as it considers applications for candidacy, accreditation, or reaffirmation of accreditation.
For more information on the accreditation review process and the College’s ISER, please visit CRC’s self-enroll Canvas course on accreditation.
- CRC Midterm Report (2019)
- CRC Full Accreditation Reaffirmation Letter 2017
- CRC College Response to ACCJC (2017)
- Read the Feb. 5, 2016 ACCJC letter
- Read the Press Release (2016)
- Accreditation External Evaluation Report 2015
- CRC Self-Evaluation Accreditation Report 2015
- CRC Self-Evaluation Supplement 2015
- CRC Committee Membership 2015
- CRC Visiting Accreditation Team
- View Accreditation Midterm Letter 2013
- Midterm Report (2012)
- View Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter 2010
- Accreditation Report 2010
Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about Cosumnes River College or another one of its member institutions may do so following the process outlined on the ACCJC website. For concerns that fall outside the scope of the ACCJC, complaints may be directed to the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office complaint process. For further information on student grievances and in-class concerns, please see CRC’s policies and resources.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a system of peer-review in which educational institutions are held responsible for a set of requirements and standards to ensure the quality of education provided to students. "The purposes of regional accreditation include encouraging institutions to improve academic quality, institutional effectiveness, and, ultimately, student success." To learn more about accreditation, take a look at the following sites:
Program Accreditation and Regional Memberships
Automotive Mechanics Technology (AMT)
The Automotive Mechanics Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) in all eight areas of Automotive Service Excellence.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SONOG)
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Fire Technology (FT)
The Fire Technology program is accredited by the California State Fire Marshal – State Fire Training.
Health Information Technology (HIT)
The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), a commission of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Veterinary Technology and Medical Assisting
The Veterinary Technology program has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
College and University
The University of California, California State University system, and all other accredited colleges and universities give full credit for appropriate courses completed at Cosumnes River College. The college holds institutional memberships in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the Community College League of California.