Accreditation 2020

West Valley College is applying for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2020. A peer review team will be visiting from March 9 through March 12, 2020.

General Information

West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

Accreditation Reaffirmation Process

West Valley College maintains its accreditation by fulfilling criteria that are determined by the ACCJC. Throughout the continuous six-year review cycle, the college conducts and publishes several review instruments, including an annual report, annual fiscal report, midterm report, comprehensive institutional self-study, and an evaluation review by a team of peers.

West Valley College is applying for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2020. A peer review team will be visiting from March 9 through March 12, 2020.

Comments may be submitted to ACCJC for review via this link:

Public Forums

Date Time Location
Tuesday, March 10 12:30 PM Campus Center – Baltic Room
Wednesday, March 11 9:00 AM Campus Center – Baltic Room
See Accreditation Status

Grievance Process

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding West Valley's accreditation status or process please contact the West Valley ALO – Stephanie Kashima. Any grievances must be initiated by contacting the ALO and follow Policy on Student and Public Complaints Approved Revision Against Institutions.


Fall 2018

Task Due Date
Standard teams complete Draft One of the ISER December 7
ASC submits Draft One to Editor December 14
ASC assigns work to Editor as appropriate throughout the term Open

Spring 2019

Task Due Date
ASC Meeting: Release Draft 1 Edited to standard writing teams February 8
ASC Meeting: Standard Team Reports March 8
Deadline to re-submit Revised Draft 1 Edited (HQ Sloppy Copy) March 22
ASC/ ALO/ Editor Review/ Standard Teams keep working March 25 – April 12
ASC Meeting: Plan for Advanced ISER Training April 12
Draft 2 Preview for campus and governance groups April 15
Collect feedback and continue to refine work. Begin campus messaging; inform community that we will rely on the ASC composition during the Summer term for feedback. Stipends available for interested faculty; reviewing resources for classified. April 15 – May 3
Advanced ISER Training (confirmation pending) April 16–17
Deadline to submit Draft 2 May 3
ASC Meeting: Make arrangements for Summer 2019 May 10

Summer 2019

Task Due Date
Draft 2 Edited is returned to standard writing teams May 27
Deadline to submit Draft 3 July 22
Deadline to submit Draft 3 to Editor July 29

Fall 2019

Task Due Date
Draft 3 Edited is ready for final review. Made accessible to standard writing teams and community on All College Day August 22
Campus–wide review August 22 – September 20
Revised Draft 3 Edited presented to the Board at Mission College October 1
Deadline to submit Draft 4 to Editor October 18
Editor returns complete ISER December 1
ALO submits complete ISER to ACCJC December 9

Spring 2020

Task Due Date
ACCJC Peer Review Team Visit March 9–12


  • Doonu Barife
  • Jasmine Colon
  • Chris Dyer
  • Gretchen Ehlers
  • Pat Fenton
  • Max Gault
  • John Hannigan
  • Hideo Ikeda
  • Stephanie Kashima
  • Ana Lobato
  • Jose Martinez
  • LeAnn McGinley
  • Sonia McVey
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Leslie Pollock
  • Betsy Sandford
  • Meghan Vaughn
  • Mel Vaughn

Standard Writing Teams

Standard IA: Mission

  • Donna Breckenridge
  • Jasmine Colon
  • Sonia McVey

Standard IB: Assuring Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Academic Quality

  • Gretchen Ehlers
  • Ray Gamba
  • John Hannigan
  • LeAnn McGinley

Standard IC: Institutional Integrity

  • Chris Dyer
  • Max Gault
  • Ana Lobato
  • Leslie Pollock

Lead: Stephanie Kashima

Standard IIA: Instructional Programs

  • Angelica Bangle
  • Laura Hyatt
  • Faun Maddox
  • Tanya Southworth

Standard IIB: Library and Learning Support Services

  • Betsy Sandford
  • Rachel Sandoval
  • Meghan Vaughn

Standard IIC: Student Support Services

  • Maritza Cantarero
  • Elise Johnson
  • Scott Ludwig
  • Aleksandra Martin
  • Angela Sias

Lead: Pat Fenton

Standard IIIA: Human Resources

  • Stacy Hopkins

Standard IIIB: Physical Resources

  • John Hannigan
  • Jennifer Johnson

Standard IIIC: Technology Resources

  • Miqueas Dial
  • Pat Fenton
  • Daniel Niemann
  • James Robertson

Standard IIID: Financial Resources

  • Heidi Davis
  • Pat Fenton
  • John Hannigan

Lead: Brad Weisberg

Standard IVA: Decision-Making Roles and Processes

  • Gretchen Ehlers
  • Ana Lobato

Standard IVB: Chief Executive Officer

  • Brad Weisberg

Standard IVC: Governing Board

  • Ana Lobato
  • Brenda Rogers

Standard IVD: Multi-College Districts or Systems

  • Ngoc Chim
  • Ana Lobato


Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity

The institution demonstrates strong commitment to a mission that emphasizes student learning and student achievement. Using analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, the institution continuously and systematically evaluates, plans, implements, and improves the quality of its educational programs and services. The institution demonstrates integrity in all policies, actions, and communication. The administration, faculty, staff, and governing board members act honestly, ethically, and fairly in the performance of their duties.

Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services

The institution offers instructional programs, library and learning support services, and student support services aligned with its mission. The institution’s programs are conducted at levels of quality and rigor appropriate for higher education. The institution assesses its educational quality through methods accepted in higher education, makes the results of its assessments available to the public, and uses the results to improve educational quality and institutional effectiveness. The institution defines and incorporates into all of its degree programs a substantial component of general education designed to ensure breadth of knowledge and to promote intellectual inquiry. The provisions of this standard are broadly applicable to all instructional programs and student and learning support services offered in the name of the institution.

Standard III: Resources

The institution effectively uses its human, physical, technology, and financial resources to achieve its mission and to improve academic quality and institutional effectiveness. Accredited colleges in multi-college systems may be organized so that responsibility for resources, allocation of resources, and planning rests with the district/system. In such cases, the district/system is responsible for meeting the Standards, and an evaluation of its performance is reflected in the accredited status of the institution(s).

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance

The institution recognizes and uses the contributions of leadership throughout the organization for promoting student success, sustaining academic quality, integrity, fiscal stability, and continuous improvement of the institution. Governance roles are defined in policy and are designed to facilitate decisions that support student learning programs and services and improve institutional effectiveness, while acknowledging the designated responsibilities of the governing board and the chief executive officer. Through established governance structures, processes, and practices, the governing board, administrators, faculty, staff, and students work together for the good of the institution. In multi-college districts or systems, the roles within the district/system are clearly delineated. The multi-college district or system has policies for allocation of resources to adequately support and sustain the colleges.

Last Updated 2/29/20