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 email@example.com. We will continue to update our students, staff, and constituencies as we process information regarding these recommendations for improvement.
2016 REAFFIRMATION OF ACCREDITATION
The accreditation of San Diego Christian College (SDCC) was reaffirmed on July 8, 2016 (currently on probation). An overview of this two-year process and access to related documents are provided below.
SDCC’s 2016 Accreditation Steering Committee
To facilitate and coordinate the reaffirmation of accreditation process, SDCC formed a steering committee of representatives from across the campus community. This steering committee was responsible to producing all required documents on behalf of the campus and coordinating the Offsite Review and Accreditation Visit. We thank these individuals for their significant investment of time and energy in this process.
- Lisa Dunne, Dean/Social Sciences (Chair)
- Jon DePriest, Vice President Academics
- Lundie Carstensen, Dean of Assessment and Institutional Research (ALO)
- Lorri Ague, Dean/Adult and Professional Studies
- Teresa Demchak, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
- Kimberlee Mendoza, Director/APS Instruction and Services
Accreditation Review Team
The 2016 Review Team was selected to review and report on SDCC with respect to accreditation established Standards and Criteria for Review (see Standards at a Glance and 2013 Accreditation Handbook). We thank these individuals for their significant investment of time and energy in this process.
Jim J. Adams, President, Life Pacific College (Team Chair)
John A. Hughes, V.P. for Institutional Planning & Research, The Master’s College & Seminary
Dawn Dirksen, VP for Finance & Operations, Providence Christian College
Paula S. Krist, Director, Institutional Research & Planning, University of San Diego
Doretha A. O’Quinn, Provost, Vanguard University of Southern California
Christopher Oberg, WSCUC Liaison
Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process
August 2015: SDCC submitted the required documentation: Institutional Report
October 2015: The Review Team conducted its Offsite Review via video conference with representatives from SDCC’s Accreditation Steering Committee. Based on their examination of the submitted materials, the Review Team presented four Commendations and eight Lines of Inquiry for their upcoming Accreditation Visit to SDCC. Shortly after this Offsite Review, the Review Team issued their Offsite Review Report. The SDC Accreditation Steering Committee met with many individuals on campus to gather further documentation to respond to the Lines of Inquiry. The requested information and documents were submitted in January, 2016.
March 2016: The Review Team conducted its Accreditation Visit. An established schedule included meetings with a variety of campus constituents, open forums for faculty, staff, and students, and an exit statement of their initial findings and recommendations. To help prepare the campus for this visit, the Accreditation Steering Committee developed an Awareness Campaign that included several events, activities, and communiques to engage the Campus and keep them informed throughout the entire continuous improvement process. The President and Academic Vice President, shared the initial findings with the campus community.
March 2016: WSCUC issued the Team Report to SDCC.
April 2016: SDCC provided its Response Letter to WSCUC.
April 2016: WSCUC issued the Final Team Report to SDCC.
June 2016: WSCUC Commission Panel reviewed and discussed the Team Report and Response Letter. The Commission Panel met with SDCC’s President, Academic Vice President, CFO, and ALO to discuss the report further. The comments during this meeting informed the Commission’s deliberations and decision regarding official action.
June 2016: WSCUC Commission voted to reaffirm SDCC’s accreditation for eight years. They scheduled a Special Visit in spring, 2019 regarding the Review Team’s five recommendations; they scheduled a Mid-Cycle Review in spring 2020; and they scheduled the next reaffirmation review with the Offsite Review in fall 2023 and Accreditation Visit in spring 2024.
July 2016: WSCUC issued its Formal Notification and Official Record of Action to SDCC, including Commendations and Recommendations.
July 2016: SDCC’s leadership announced the Reaffirmation of Accreditation to the broader campus and initiated the plan to integrate WSCUC’s recommendations through Executive Task Force assignments. This will create the strategies and action steps to continue SDCC’s continuous improvement and provide the evidence for the Special Visit in 2019 and subsequent academic years.
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