Accreditation is a process by which institutions of higher education are evaluated to ensure that they meet acceptable levels of quality. These standards can be set at professional, national, and international levels. Kapi‘olani Community College is accredited both as a College as a whole and at the program level.
Kapi‘olani Community College, as a college, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. More information about the College’s ACCJC accreditation can be found at
Programs at Kapi‘olani Community College are accredited and certified separately by other standards organizations. More information can be found at and below.
The Office for Institutional Effectiveness provides data, data analysis, and support for accreditation.

Student Enrollment and Achievement (Data Book One)

Faculty and Staff Survey Results (Data Book Two)

Department Chairs, Unit Heads and Administrators Survey Results (Data Book Three)

Organizational Chart


KCC Strategic Plan

Office for Institutional Effectiveness Director Dr. Robert Franco, and Institutional Researchers Dr. Jeffrey Arbuckle and Dr. Yao Hill led the development of the 2008-2015 KCC Strategic Plan, with input from KCC faculty, administrators and students.  Browse the “Strategic Planning” section to view the KCC Strategic Plan, and University of Hawaii Community College System documents detailing anticipated goals and outcomes during KCC’s Strategic Plan timeline.

KCC Long Range Development Plan

The Long Range Development Plan serves as KCC’s master plan, which guides the form and character of its campus.  The LRDP anticipates the physical manifesations of the campus’ goals, as set forth in its Strategic Plan.  Please visit this section of the website to download a public version copy of the Kapiolani Community College Long Range Development Plan.  Visit the LRDP page to view information on the College’s long range planning, and campus presentations by Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton.

Department Tactical Plans

At Kapiolani Community College, each department develops and executes a tactical plan, which is developed with input from the dean, department chair and faculty constituents.  As each department executes their tactical plan, it accelerates the overall success of their respective programs, and the KCC Strategic Plan goals.  Browse the 2009-2012 versions of the KCC department tactical plans, AY2009 year one reports, and other related documents.

Guidance from the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Office

Kapiolani Community College spring 2010 campus visit

Kapiolani Community College fall 2010 campus visit, presentation entitled “Moving Forward”

UHCC Strategic Outcomes 2008-2015 

Program Accreditation

CTE Accreditation Report to UHCC

Accreditations have been granted for individual programs by the following entities:

Board of Nursing, State of Hawaii, for the Practical Nursing and Associate in Science degree Nursing programs

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for the Associate in Science degree Nursing program

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the Medical Laboratory Technician program

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for the Radiologic Technology program

Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assistant Education for the Medical Assisting program

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program

Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant program

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for the Respiratory Care program

Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute for the Food Service Patisserie and Culinary Arts programs.  Culinary Arts program accreditation documents available for download. 

The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.

The Hospitality and Tourism Education Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs (CAHM)

Kapiolani Community College spring 2010 campus visit

Kapiolani Community College fall 2010 campus visit, presentation entitled “Moving Forward”

UHCC Strategic Outcomes 2008-2015