MONTEREY, CA – Monterey Peninsula Community College District (MPC) is pleased to announce its full reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) until October 2023. The ACCJC announced their decision to fully reaffirm MPC’s accreditation for the remainder of its 7-year cycle following a review of MPC’s Follow-Up Report and related evidentiary materials at its meeting January 9-11, 2019.
ACCJC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education offered by institutions that they evaluate. Every seven years, an institution is required to be in full compliance with ACCJC standards by virtue of an extensive institutional self-evaluation and peer review process. Only accredited institutions are eligible for Federal Student Aid and federal grants.
MPC earned its reaffirmation following a rigorous review process ensuring that it is providing the resources, programs, and services necessary to accomplish its mission to foster student learning and achievement. “This good news is welcome and reaffirming of more than our accreditation,” said Dr. Walter Tribley, MPC Superintendent/President. “It shows that MPC can pull together and achieve positive results for the good of the institution and the students we serve.”
MPC’s notable achievements are extensive, and include:
- fixing the structural deficit that was created when MPC lost more than 2,000 FTES due to changes in California regulations, beginning in 2010-11, that resulted in the loss of funding for repeated enrollments;
- integrating our planning and developing a process for prioritizing and allocating our resources;
- expanding dual enrollment with local high school partners;
- increasing online course offerings;
- strengthening enrollments at the Education Center in Marina; and
- expanding student services to provide students in Marina, Seaside, and online with services equitable to that of the students at our Monterey campus.
“These improvements are due to the tireless and dedicated efforts of the entire institution and are something of which we should all be proud.” stated Dr. Tribley. “And we are committed to continuing this progress for the benefit of our students and our community. It is not sufficient simply to meet the standards; we must continuously strive to exceed them.”
Monterey Peninsula College – established in 1947
Monterey Peninsula College, part of California’s public community college system, is an open-access institution, committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities, and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to the scenic Monterey campus located on 90+ acres, MPC’s district includes two excellent facilities in the former Fort Ord, to serve the residents in north Monterey County. As a comprehensive community college, MPC responds to the educational and cultural needs of its diverse community, distinguished for its outstanding academic programs and strong commitment to student success. To learn more about Monterey Peninsula College, please visit www.mpc.edu and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.