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
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.
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