Accreditation is a comprehensive process for evaluating and assuring that the quality of education meets or exceeds standards of good practice. Leeward Community 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 on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
It assures the public that Leeward meets or exceeds specific standards of quality; makes us eligible to participate in Title IV student financial aid programs; and provides us with self and peer review and encourages us to improve. In addition, institutions rely on accreditation in their decisions to recognize transfer credit.
Leeward Community College follows a seven-year cycle during which institutional review is continuous, culminating in a comprehensive institutional self evaluation report and an on-site visit by a team of peer evaluators.
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234. ACCJC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education. To file a complaint with ACCJC, refer to the "Complaint Process" at http://www.accjc.org/complaint-process.
The programs in Culinary Arts are accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF),180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (904) 824-4468. To file a complaint with the American Culinary Federation, visit www.acfchefs.org.
The programs in Automotive Technology are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E. Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, (703) 669-6650. To file a complaint with NATEF, email email@example.com or visit www.natef.org.
Health Information Technology
The programs in Health Information Technology are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), 233 N. Michigan Ave. 21st Floor. Chicago, IL 60601-5800, (312)233-1166. To file a complaint with Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management visit cahiim.org
The Teacher Education Alternative Certification for Career and Technical Education program is accredited as by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 223-0077. To file a complaint with CAEP, email http://caepnet.org.