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Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Every six years as part of the accreditation process, Bakersfield College must undertake a comprehensive self study that culminates with a multi-day visit from a team of evaluators. This team, from the ACCJC, evaluates the quality of the college and assesses the degree to which the college meets the accreditation standards.
Bakersfield College must also submit a midterm evaluation in the third year of the cycle, as well as annual reports.
Nearing its centennial, Bakersfield College is one of the oldest community colleges in the nation, having been founded in 1913. It is one of the three colleges of the Kern Community College District and part of the California system of 112 such colleges. Bakersfield College serves a diverse population of over 26,000 students on the 153-acre Panorama Drive (primary) Campus, at the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, at the Delano Center 35 miles to the north, and at various outreach sites.
Bakersfield College presents a rich history of programs and services to meet student needs in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester calendar as well as in a variety of non-traditional scheduling options: evenings, weekends, short-term vocational programs and online.