Accreditation is the standard against which colleges and universities are evaluated for the quality of their education and operating practices, and California College San Diego is proud to be accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges). Accreditation agencies continuously evaluate colleges on their integrity, accountability, continuous improvement, and open communication, to make sure colleges on their roster carry on providing a high standard of excellence in education.
Medical Programs Accreditation
The Respiratory Therapy program at the San Diego campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)(www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
More About Accreditation
Higher education is a highly regulated industry. Postsecondary education is regulated through accreditation, federal requirements under the Higher Education Act of 1965 Title IV, and state regulatory and licensing.
Accreditation is the oldest and least understood part of regulation. Rooted in the Latin credito, "to trust," the term was meant to establish a peerage of trust. Accreditation of educational institutions has two fundamental purposes: quality assurance, and institutional and program self-improvement. It is a process for recognizing the quality of educational institutions and their programs, which instills confidence in the educational community and the schools' constituencies. Institutions are subject to periodic reviews to ensure that a specific level of performance is maintained, that there is evidence of institutional and program self-improvement, and that the institution demonstrates integrity and abides by requirements of the accrediting agency. Colleges and universities rely on accredited status in evaluating transfers of credit and applications for postgraduate study. Customers, which include students, parents, and potential employers, rely on accreditation for assurance of quality of the school and its programs. An accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is necessary for students at a college or university to qualify for federal financial assistance.