Saddleback College’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017

A letter received today from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges reaffirmed Saddleback College’s accreditation. 

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “I am thrilled Saddleback and the South Orange County Community College District achieved the most successful accreditation results in more than 20 years. We owe this success to the outstanding collaborative efforts of our students, faculty, staff, management, and community.”

The ACCJC gave Saddleback high marks, with the college and district receiving 10 commendations highlighting some of the college’s efforts. Especially impressive was one commendation that read, “The team commends the college for its student-centered approach to learning and student services. There is an enthusiastic collegial spirit and a commitment to student success exhibited by faculty, staff, and managers throughout the college. Saddleback College has demonstrated that it has a student-centric culture that is integrated with each area of the campus; the staff, faculty, managers, areas, and programs work in concert to provide the student with a consistent structure of support, recognition, and inclusion.” Dr. Burnett said, “This commendation says it all about Saddleback.”

The commission’s other commendations include: exemplary tutoring program; maintaining an aesthetically pleasing campus; information technology tools and practices that maximize the quality of interaction between students and counselors; high quality Emeritus Institute; becoming an area leader in developing a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Faculty Center for Student Success providing innovative instructional support; implementation of basic aid allocation creating stable base funding; ongoing training for the accreditation process and ongoing review of student success and equity data; and district-wide planning. 

The ACCJC recommended Saddleback develop a more consistent mechanism to ensure that all program reviews are up to date and all programs contain action plans to improve the quality of the program. The commission also recommended the district implement a system that ensures the effectiveness of human resources. The college will submit a follow‐up report to the commission in October 2018. 

For more information and to see the commission’s letter and External Evaluation Report, visit 

Accreditation ensures the public that an institution evaluates its educational quality and institutional effectiveness on a regular basis, and promotes institutional improvement. In this voluntary process, all colleges must complete an accreditation self‐study every seven years. 

The primary purpose of an ACCJC-accredited institution is to foster student learning and student achievement. An effective institution ensures that its resources, programs, and services, whenever, wherever, and however delivered, support student learning and achievement. The effective institution ensures academic quality and continuous improvement through ongoing assessment of learning and achievement and pursues institutional excellence and improvement through ongoing, integrated planning and evaluation.
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 665,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 renowned degree, certificate, transfer, and lifelong learning programs to help students succeed in reaching their personal and career goals. For more information, please visit 

Originally published on June 23