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Accreditation Liaison:
Dr. Peter Blakemore

ACCJC Commission Liaison:
Kevin Bontenbal

Student CollageCollege of the Redwoods (CR) holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The ACCJC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at  

The ACCJC reaffirmed CR's accreditation on January 26, 2018. Reaffirmation of CR's accreditation occurs every eight years, and we are currently in the 2024 accreditation process, having submitted our Institutional Self-Evaluation Report in December of 2023. 

CR offers various programs accredited by external agencies beyond ACCJC. Details about program accreditation, licensure, or approval can be found on the Program Accreditation Website. Moreover, designated lower-division, baccalaureate-level courses at CR are approved for transfer to all branches of the University of California (UC) and all California State Universities (CSU). CR is also approved for veteran education under public law. This website serves to inform our community about CR's accreditation status, activities, and general information about accreditation standards and processes.

A Message from President/Superintendent Flamer on Third-Party Comments

Accreditation is a very important part of continuous improvement that requires institutions to undergo an evaluation that focuses on quality standards that help strengthen colleges. In our long history, College of the Redwoods has maintained a well-deserved reputation for providing outstanding education and services that focuses on student success and achievement.

College of the Redwoods has prepared and submitted its Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) as required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in order to reaffirm CR’s accreditation. The report provided information and reflection on the College’s many accomplishments, challenges, and evolution over the past seven years, and also identified areas in need of improvement.

Members of the general public or college community are welcome to provide third-party comments to assists the Commission as it considers applications for candidacy, accreditation, or reaffirmation of accreditation. In order to ensure evaluation of applicable third-party comments by the peer review team, third-party comments should be received by the Commission staff no later than five weeks before the peer review team’s focused site visit. Third-party comments may be submitted by completing the Commission’s online third-party comment form available via the ACCJC’s website:

My gratitude goes out to Dr. Peter Blakemore, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dr. Crystal Morse and Dr. Sean Thomas, Co-Chairs of the Accreditation Leadership Team, and to everyone involved with this critical process.

Thank you for your continued support and service to CR,

Dr. Keith Flamer

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