Santa Monica College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato CA 94949, telephone: (415) 506-0234. ACCJC is one of seven institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Eligibility Requirements, Standards, and Policies (including complaint policies) of ACCJC can be accessed at http://www.accjc.org
Accreditation is a voluntary system of self-regulation developed to evaluate overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness and to provide public assurance of the quality of education based upon this evaluation. Each institution affiliated with ACCJC voluntarily accepts the obligation to participate in a cycle of evaluation that requires a comprehensive evaluation visit by an external team of peers. The cycle includes a mandatory Midterm Report in the third year as well as any other reports requested by the Commission.
Santa Monica College's accreditation was most recently reaffirmed through a March 2010 comprehensive visit
. SMC submitted its Midterm Report in March 2013