Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). 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, and submit annual reports.
The Accreditation Team is held several forums to educate Bakersfield College Faculty and Staff on each standard. The following are the presentations from the forums:
The ACCJC adopted updated standards and eligibility requirements in June 2014.