Butte College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation as a system of voluntary, non-governmental self-regulation and peer review is unique to American educational institutions. It is a system by which an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practices regarding goals and objectives; the appropriateness, sufficiency, and utilization of resources; the usefulness, integrity, and effectiveness of its processes; and the extent to which it is achieving its intended outcomes. It is a process by which accreditors provide students, the public, and each other with assurances of institutional integrity, quality, and effectiveness.
Each institution affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accepts the obligation to undergo a cycle of periodic evaluation through self study and professional peer review. The heart of this obligation is conducting a rigorous self study, during which an institution appraises itself against the Commission’s standards in terms of its stated institutional purposes.
The cycle of evaluation requires a comprehensive self study every six years following initial accreditation and a visit by a team of peers. The cycle includes a mandatory midterm report in the third year as well as any other reports requested by the Commission. All reports beyond the comprehensive self study may be followed by a visit by Commission representatives.
In December 2014, the Board of Trustees approved the college's comprehensive Self Evaluation Report. The college received a site visit on March 2-5, 2015. The site visit team developed a report from the visit. Based on the results of its June meeting the commission reaffirmed the college's accreditation and issued an action letter to the college. As part of the process, the college has submitted its Follow-Up Report which will be followed by a visit in November 2016 by an external evaluation team.
Butte College requested a Substantive Change for the Skyway Center in March 2014 from the ACCJC. This Substantive Change was approved after a federally mandated site visit that occurred in September 2014.