Butte College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation as a system of voluntary, non-governmental self-regulation and peer review is unique to American educational institutions. It is a system by which an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practices regarding goals and objectives; the appropriateness, sufficiency, and utilization of resources; the usefulness, integrity, and effectiveness of its processes; and the extent to which it is achieving its intended outcomes. It is a process by which accreditors provide students, the public, and each other with assurances of institutional integrity, quality, and effectiveness.
Each institution affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accepts the obligation to undergo a cycle of periodic evaluation through self study and professional peer review. The heart of this obligation is conducting a rigorous self study, during which an institution appraises itself against the Commission’s standards in terms of its stated institutional purposes.
The cycle of evaluation requires a comprehensive self study every six years following initial accreditation and a visit by a 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.
In November 2008, the Board of Trustees approved the college’s comprehensive Self Study. The college received its site visit in March 2009. Based on this site visit and Evaluation Report, the ACCJC fully reaffirmed the accreditation for Butte College. The college submitted a Follow-Up Report to the ACCJC in October 2010 and this report was accepted by the ACCJC in January 2011.
Butte College submitted the ‘Status Report On Student Learning Outcomes Implementation’ to the ACCJC on March 15, 2013.
Butte College requested a Substantive Change for the Skyway Center in March 2014 from the ACCJC. This Substantive Change was approved pending a federally mandated site visit which is scheduled on September 15, 2014.
In December 2014, the Board of Trustees approved the college's comprehensive Self Evaluation Report. The college will receive a site visit on March 2-5, 2015. Based on the result of the site visit the accrediting commission will make a determination about the college's status at its June 2015 meeting.