Accreditation Partnership with College of the Desert

While undergoing the accreditation process, California Indian Nations College (CINC) offers fully-accredited courses through its partnership with the College of the Desert (COD). Students are dually enrolled at both schools and take courses at CINC. The classes transfer to any California State University and University of California campus as well as many private institutions. Enrolled CINC students receive the benefit of access to services from both colleges as well as receiving culturally-responsive academic curriculum rooted in Native American values.

College of the Desert is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). More information about ACCJC can be found on their website.

California Indian Nations College is currently in the process of applying for eligibility with ACCJC. The planned timeline for accreditation is as follows:

December 2022: Apply for Eligibility status with ACCJC
June 2025: Achieve Candidacy for Accreditation status with ACCJC
Fall 2025: Offer course and programs independent of College of the Desert.

CINC Staff undergo training with ACCJC. Certificates of completion are available here.