California Preparatory College is Awarded Initial Regional Accreditation

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 California Preparatory College (CPC) announced today that it has earned its initial regional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Junior and Community Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a term of 7 years, the maximum length of time that it can be awarded. To gain its initial accreditation, CPC submitted a Follow-up Report in March following the commission’s January decision to grant CPC “candidacy accreditation.” The candidacy decision was based on a thorough self-study report prepared by CPC, an off-site review of that report by an ACCJC evaluation team composed of faculty and administrators from academic peers in the region and a three-day campus visit by that same team last October.

“CPC is honored to be publicly recognized for the quality of education we provide. We have demonstrated to our regional accreditation body and academic peers that we provide an all-around excellent, faith-based education,” said Gene Edelbach, president of CPC. “As a two-year Christian college based on Seventh-day Adventist principles, we are proud that ACCJC commended us for providing a ‘well-rounded approach’ in our efforts to support our students and in ‘addressing the whole student, not just academics.”

The ACCJC evaluation team also commended the College for its “clear demonstration of utilizing the college mission as its true and purposeful guiding principle. Through staff, faculty, administrative and student interviews, the team found overwhelming evidence that supporting students to become holistic contributors of their community, while offering rigorous academics, was a central focus of everything done by the College.”

Regional accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets acceptable levels of quality. Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency, like ACCJC, to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs that provide grants and low-cost loans to students.

Attending a regionally accredited institution is also an important consideration for students who want to transfer credits to another institution or will want to pursue admission to four-year colleges or graduate programs later on. Regionally accredited colleges and universities typically accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Each individual institution may decide which transfer credits to accept, however.

CPC is currently registering students for fall semester which begins in August. Due to Covid-19 precautions, CPC plans on teaching classes both in-person and via distance learning.

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About California Preparatory College

California Preparatory College, with its Colton campus located in beautiful Southern California, offers associate degrees and certificate programs and exists to provide affordable higher education in a Christ-centered, diverse learning environment, focusing on rigorous academics, mission service and life skills while preparing students for continued education, job placement and service to humanity.

CPC creates educational opportunities for students through small classroom sizes, affordable tuition, individualized attention, and a safe and diverse Christian campus life.

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