Dedication of new Center for Business & Technology (BT Building) at San Diego Mesa College, providing a contemporary new home for Mesa’s business, computer information, digital technology, fashion, hospitality and web development programs.
June 23, 2017
San Diego, CA. – In two notification letters received today by San Diego Mesa College, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting agency that evaluates two-year colleges in California, took action to reaffirm San Diego Mesa College’s accreditation through 2024. This included accreditation for Mesa Colleges Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management.
“This is great news for our students, especially for those enrolled in our Bachelors program,” stated Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President of Mesa College. “The Commission has reaffirmed that San Diego Mesa College continues to be in compliance with accreditation eligibility requirements, which guarantees our students will continue to receive the excellent education that Mesa provides.”
San Diego Mesa College faculty, staff and students were interviewed during the campus visit by the ACCJC team in early March of 2017. As part of the regular seven-year evaluation cycle, the visiting team reviewed the college’s comprehensive 500+ page 2017 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER). The ISER was compiled over a 6-month period by multiple faculty and staff to document all the programs provided at Mesa, and to demonstrate Mesa’s commitment to equity and excellence.
San Diego Mesa College received multiple commendations, in areas such as the development of operational data reports and survey results which facilitate dialogue and decision making, the overall emphasis on Equity and Diversity, committed tutoring services employees and collaborative team oriented environments. Additional commendations included Mesa’s commitment to the ongoing professional learning of all employees, student-centered approaches utilizing technology resources, and Mesa’s leadership for instilling a student-centered culture across the campus.
Accreditation is the primary means that educational institutions assure and improve quality. California community colleges must apply to the ACCJC, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education. The process focuses on self-evaluation, peer review and quality improvement. Institutions are either reaffirmed or placed on sanction, which include four levels: warning, probation, show cause and termination of accreditation.
About Mesa College:
San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive two-year college serving 24,000 students per semester. Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa offers 196 associate degree and certificate programs and is among 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. With offerings that include fine art and music, language and humanities, math and science, allied health fields, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), business, multimedia, hospitality, culinary arts, fashion, architecture, and interior design, Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution. Mesa College’s small classes, award-winning faculty, and reputation for quality offer an unparalleled academic experience. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Mesa College is the leading college of equity and excellence and committed to the success of all students, including underrepresented students, and more than 2,400 veterans and their families.
Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications