Academic Catalogs


College Accreditation

Coastline College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and College.

ACCJC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education offered by the institutions it accredits in keeping with the Higher Education Act of 1965. ACCJC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which has established criteria that define a quality review system for accrediting agencies. ACCJC accredits institutions in the United States, its territories, and affiliates, with a primary mission of granting associate degrees; institutions accredited by ACCJC may also award certificates and other credentials, including bachelor's degrees, if those credentials are within the institution's mission and authorized by their governmental authorities. ACCJC may also accredit non-domestic institutions with a primary mission of granting associate degrees. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found on the ACCJC website.

Coastline's Paralegal Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1985. The American Bar Association approval process can be found in the ABA guidelines most recently published September 2021. Each ABA approved program must go through a re-approval every seven years. An interim report is due to the ABA every three years through that seven-year cycle. Coastline's most recent re-approval occurred in 2021. An interim report will be submitted for approval in 2024. The next cycle for Coastline’s ABA re-approval will occur in 2027. A directory of ABA approved programs can be found on the ABA’s website. If you have any questions regarding Coastline’s ABA approval, please contact program coordinator Stephen Barnes ( or the ABA directly.