Diverse group of ten students with their professor, smiling on the main Laney College quad


Laney College Accreditation

Laney College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949
(415) 506-0234 Phone    (415) 506-0238 Fax     Email:

June 2021 Action Letter from ACCJC: Action_Letter_Laney_College_2021

Special Site Visit Team Report: Laney_SpecialSiteVisitTeamReport_2020_Final

Peer Review Report: Laney_PeerReviewTeamReport_2021_FINAL


“The June meeting of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), will be held June 9 – 11, 2021; the meeting will be conducted online via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings… The Open Session of this Commission meeting will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 1:00p.m. PDT and is open to the public. Instructions for registering to participate in the Open Session, along with the URL for the meeting broadcast, will be posted with the final agenda prior to the meeting.”

Full memo and preliminary agenda: Memo – Preliminary Agenda ACCJC Open Session – Wednesday, June 9, 2021

UPCOMING MARCH 2021 VISIT: An ACCJC peer review team will visit Laney College (virtually) from March 1-4 2021. More information about that visit, and how the College will prepare for it, can be found HERE.

Accreditation Liaison Officer: Rupinder Bhatia, Director of College IT Services –

Faculty Accreditation Coordinator: Chris Weidenbach, English department chair –

PLEASE JOIN US:  College Community Open Forums with the Visiting Team

Monday, March 1 from 12:30-1:25pm. Attendees must register via this link:

and Tuesday, March 2 from 2-2:55pm. Separate registration is required for this session, at this link: – After you register, you will receive an email with the link(s) to the webinar(s).

Laney College Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER)

This is Laney College’s deep, thorough report on the students and community we serve, the processes and resources we utilize, and how well we meet the standards of competency and excellence required for accreditation. Those standards are defined by educators from colleges throughout the western United States. The ‘ISER’ provides the basis for the accreditation commission (ACCJC) as it conducts a full review the College’s accreditation status.


ACCJC Letter 2020_01_06 Acknowledging Receipt of ISER

Final Laney Team Special Report 12.31.20

ACCJC_Feb_1_2021_Action_Letter_re_Laney College


Laney College ACCJC November 2020 Response

ACCJC Action Letter-January 27, 2020

(Previous years’ documents and files can be found in the Archive.)


ACCJC Meeting, January 2021: President Rudy Besikof, accompanied by Chancellor Carla Walter and Vice President for Administrative Services Derek Pinto,  addressed the ACCJC at its January meeting to provide additional information and clarifications on the Special Report.

December 2020 Visit: A three-person Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) team headed by Dr. Kindred Murrillo, Superintendent/President, Southwestern College/Chair for the Peralta CCD Fiscal Monitoring Site, visited the District (virtually) on December 16 – 17, 2020. Other members of the team are Administrative Member Mr. Mario Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor of Finance Los Rios Community College; and the team’s ACCJC STAFF LIAISON, Dr. Stephanie Droker President of ACCJC. The team interviewed District and College personnel as follow-up to a Special Report submitted by the College in November to correct deficiencies related to compliance with ACCJC regulations.


Individuals who wish to make comments on the institutions that are undergoing review in the current semester and that are being considered by the Commission at its next meeting, should use the Third Party Comments Form ( and be sure to include their name, address, phone number, and email address. The comments must be received five weeks before the scheduled peer review team visit. (Five weeks prior to the March 1-4 visit is Jan. 25th.)


Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. The following is a link to the Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions along with the appropriate forms. This information will assist the user in understanding the issues the Commission can and cannot address through its complaint process. Complaints may be submitted at