SAN MARCOS, CA (June 30, 2015) — Palomar College received official notification that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has reaffirmed the College’s accreditation .  ACCJC voted on this action at its June meeting.  The ACCJC accredits associate degree-granting institutions in the Western region of the United States.

“The ACCJC has recognized the College’s collective and focused efforts and we are very pleased to have received the news that our accreditation has been reaffirmed,” stated Robert P. Deegan, Palomar College President.  “I particularly want to acknowledge the Governing Board for their leadership.  I also want to thank the College’s Accreditation Writing Team and the faculty, staff, and administration for all of their work throughout this process.  I couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished on behalf of our students and the community.”

The ACCJC has asked Palomar College to submit a Follow-Up Report in October 2016, which will be followed by an external evaluation team visit.  The College was asked to address two recommendations:

  1. Ensure adequate tutorial support for distance education students;
  2. Create an environment that includes the participation of all employees in participatory governance and appropriate councils, committees, subcommittees, task forces, and workgroups.


For more information on the College’s Accreditation process and to view a copy of the Commission’s letter, go to


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