ASSOCIATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT CALIFORNIA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (AICCU)
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 83 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California with a core mission to improve lives through higher education. The AICCU members range from small to large traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional” programs of study; as well as professional schools that specialize in business, law, and medicine. www.aiccu.edu
GOLDEN STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (GSAC)
Established in 1986 by like-minded institutions, the GSAC members are all church-related Christian colleges. They are purposely aligned to be similar in mission, academics, athletics and student life. Current members are: Arizona Christian College, San Diego Christian College, Life Pacific College, Master’s College, Menlo College, Ottawa College, Hope International University, Vanguard College, Westmont College, and William Jessup College. www.gsacsports.org
COUNCIL FOR CHRISTIAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (CCCU)
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international higher education association of internationally Christian colleges and universities. Founded in 1976 with 38 members, the council has grown to 103 members in North America and 58 affiliate institutions in 21 countries. The CCCU is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Mission: To advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. The CCCU provides a variety of professional development programs and resources for member schools as well as cooperative academic programs for students. www.cccu.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS (NAIA)
Through the NAIA the College has the opportunity to participate in regional and national athletic competition and the Champions of Character program. SDCC participates in the Division I level and awards athletic scholarships. Current intercollegiate sports at SDCC include: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. www.naia.org
CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CTC)
Teaching credentials of SDCC graduates are certified by the CCTC an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government in 1970. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in California. www.ctc.ca.gov
WASC SENIOR COLLEGE AND COLLEGE COMMISSION (WSCUC)
San Diego Christian College is accredited by the WASC Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC). WASC is the regional accrediting body authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the academic integrity of its member institutions. Accreditation means that the Commission has determined that the College offers educational opportunities in a manner consistent with Commission standards, and that it is likely to continue to do so. www.wscuc.org
Overview of Accreditation
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is the regional accrediting agency that serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a number of international institutions. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by its members, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their respective established missions in service to their students and the public good. The WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.
Since 1984, San Diego Christian College has been accredited by the Western Association of Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC). Accreditation is a voluntary process that helps schools strive toward continuous improvement, and SDCC is grateful for its long-standing relationship with WSCUC. The accreditation process provides guidelines and standards to support consistency and improvement for colleges and universities, and academic institutions like ours elect to undergo these reviews because we are committed to ongoing organizational development. In fact, after the comprehensive visit in 2016, the WSCUC team commended SDCC for embracing accreditation as a “beneficial, value-added process for institutional improvement.”
In every accreditation visit, the team identifies commendations, which are areas of exemplary institutional accomplishment, as well as recommendations, which are areas of needed improvement. To this end, the 2019 visiting team identified some areas of focus for SDCC to improve upon in order to comply with accreditation standards. We are currently working to address these areas and will provide an updated report in November.
SDCC continues its standing as an accredited institution during this probationary period, and there is no impact on our students, our classes, our articulation agreements, or our services to campus and community. Our students and alumni enjoy the rights and privileges of accreditation during this period of organizational improvement, and we continue to offer our full range of traditional, non-traditional, and graduate education while we improve our processes for current and future students.
For more information on our accreditation, please see the links below. If you would like to talk with someone in person about SDCC’s accreditation, please feel free to contact our Executive Vice President, Bill Crawford, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to update our students, staff, and constituencies as we process information regarding these recommendations for improvement.
REAFFIRMATION OF ACCREDITATION
Our most recent visit in 2020 was a Special Visit associated with the 2019 Sanction of Probation.
San Diego Christian College’s public statement
- Commission Letter to the President
- 2020 Special Visit Team Report
- WASCUC Public Statement on the College
2019-2020 WASCUC Task Force Members:
Rina Campbell (Dean of Enrollment Management)*
Lundie Carstensen (Dean of Institutional Effectiveness/ALO)
Kevin Corsini (President)
Bill Crawford (COO)
Katina Evans (VP Academic Affairs)
Lisa Dunne (Communications Chair)*
Allen Garrett (CFO)
Matthew Owen (Director of Campus Technology)
Carolyn Peters (Director of Athletics)
Ricardo Ramos (Dean of Students)*
*Positions have changed
2020 Visiting Team Members:
Helen J D Whippy
Professor Emerita of Mathematics
Vice President Emerita
University of Guam
AVP Accreditation/ALO, Licensure & State Authorizations
The Chicago School of Psychology Los Angeles
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Providence Christian College
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