All educational institutions in the state of Alaska must receive authorization to operate by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. Alaska Career College has been continuously authorized to operate by the state of Alaska Commission since March 1985. While it is not unusual for the Commission to authorize institutions for a maximum of three years, Alaska Career College received at its most recent renewal an unprecedented authorization of five years. This renewal included the following comments from Ms. Diane Barrans, Executive Director of the Commission:
Alaska Career College has been a trendsetter and leader of excellence in career education in Alaska. The Academy has a strong track record of engaging with the Greater Anchorage business community to identify current and anticipated workforce needs and responds with training programs to address those needs. These efforts serve the mutual interest of the community and Alaska Career College graduates.
Alaska Career College voluntarily undergoes periodic accrediting evaluations by teams of qualified examiners including subject experts and specialists in occupational education and private college administration. ACC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. ACCSC is a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditations (CHEA). ACC has been accredited by ACCSC since 1987.
Accreditation assures students that an institution has earned national standing through a respected voluntary peer review process. The integrity and honesty of an institution is fundamental and critical to the process. Accreditation serves as an indication of institutional quality. Accredited schools agree to, and must meet or exceed, the Standards of Accreditation. As a qualified institution of higher learning, Alaska Career College offers approved programs of study that meet specific academic goals and standards. Alaska Career College employs professional faculty, offers facilities and equipment to the public designed to meet the educational objectives of the institution, and ensures that the financial and organizational structure of the school has stability and permanence in the educational community.