Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Every six years as part of the accreditation process, Bakersfield College must undertake a comprehensive self study that culminates with a multi-day visit from a team of evaluators. This team, from the ACCJC, evaluates the quality of the college and assesses the degree to which the college meets the accreditation standards.
Bakersfield College must also submit a midterm evaluation in the third year of the cycle, as well as annual reports.
Bakersfield College accreditation was reaffirmed by the visiting in 2012 and by a follow-up visit in 2013.
The ACCJC adopted updated standards and eligibility requirements in June 2014.