The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has voted to reaffirm Delta College’s accreditation, underscoring the value of Delta and its commitment to continually improve and better serve thousands of students each year across the region.
The June vote came after a team of experts from colleges across California reviewed Delta’s self-evaluation report, visited the College for three days in March, and recommended the reaffirmation of Delta’s accreditation.
Peer-review accreditation is critical to the success of any college and its students. Accreditation assures the public that a college meets certain standards, that the education earned is of value to a student, and that employers and other colleges and universities can accept a student’s credentials as legitimate.
“We are pleased and grateful that the Commission voted to reaffirm Delta’s accreditation,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Omid Pourzanjani. “The peer-review team of experts reviewed hundreds of pages of documents and spent many hours on Delta’s campus meeting with College representatives. We are thankful for their diligence and for their findings, which confirm that while there is still work to be done, Delta is on the right track.”
The Commission found that Delta exceeds standards when it comes to creating and encouraging engagement, transparency and innovation through support of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to improve practices, programs and services. The Commission’s June 29 letter references “several innovative program activities, student support services, and community partnerships with significant institution-wide implications.”
The Commission also identified two requirements where more work is needed. They are to evaluate student learning outcomes for library and other learning support services to assure their adequacy in meeting identified student needs and use these results as a basis for improvement; and, implement a systematic process for tracking and completing performance evaluations at the required intervals, ensure criteria for performance evaluations are documented, and update related Board policies and procedures.
Delta must report back to the Commission on these areas for improvement by October 2021.
“Identifying areas of improvement is an important part of any peer-review process,” Dr. Pourzanjani said. “We will focus on those areas identified by the Commission while also celebrating the reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.”
Delta College is a top destination for students in the San Joaquin Valley and Mother Lode wishing to learn a new trade, upgrade their skills, or earn transfer units to four-year colleges and universities. Established in 1963, the College serves over 20,000 students at its campuses in Stockton and Mountain House, as well as online and at satellite facilities across the region. In 2019, Delta was named the No. 1 community college in California and No. 4 in the nation by personal finance website WalletHub. For more information, visit www.deltacollege.edu.