Institutional Accreditation

Institutional Self-Evaluation Updates

A listing of updates to the campus from the Self Evaluation Team

2018 Self Evaluation Team
Della Teraoka and Donna Matsumoto, co-chairs
Susan Wood, editor

Standard I Team Leads: Brent Hirata, Eiko Kosasa, Jenny Watada

Standard II Team Leads: Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Piʻikea Hardy-Kahaleoumi, Junie Hayashi

Standard III Team Leads: Helmut Kae, Warren Kawano, Jan Shimabukuro Lee

Standard IV Team Leads: William Albritton, Lexer Scully Chou, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch

Details and timeline to be posted.

About Accreditation

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 six-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. In this report, we rigorously evaluate how well we meet or exceed the four ACCJC Standards:

  • Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity
  • Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services
  • Standard III: Resources
  • Standard IV: Leadership and Governance

Our self study will be submitted to ACCJC this summer. The accrediting commission has assigned a team of peer evaluators the task of conducting a multi-day visit to the college, where documentary evidence, interviews of faculty, staff, and students, observation of classes and support service programs are undertaken. This team’s task during the October 2018 visit will be to certify that the college meets all standards of good practice and to develop a comprehensive report and recommendation for consideration by the accrediting commission.

The intent of this website is to provide the public information on our accreditation reports, our actionable improvement plans related to the accreditation standards, and our efforts toward fully meeting the four accreditation standards. It is also a way for third party comments to be submitted and to insure that our students and the public understand how to submit complaints to the accrediting bodies.

Accreditation Status & Complaint Process

Leeward Community College is accredited by the 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.

Program Accreditations

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 webmaster@natef.org or visit www.natef.org.

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.

Third Party Comments

Individuals who wish to make comments on the institutions that are undergoing review, should follow the details listed by ACCJC and use the ACCJC Third Party Comment form.