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Understanding Accreditation

East Los Angeles College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

In March 2020, the College submitted its Midterm Report addressing the Commission’s improvement recommendations, self-selected actionable improvement plans, and quality focus essays from the College’s Institutional Self-Evaluation Report.

In June 2020, the ACCJC determined that the College’s progress was appropriate and accepted the report.


East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully pursue their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.

Goal 1: Increasing student success and academic excellence through student-centered instruction, student-centered support services, and dynamic technologies.

Goal 2: Increasing equity in successful outcomes by analyzing gaps in student achievement and using this to identify and implement effective models and programming to remedy these gaps.

Goal 3: Sustaining community-centered access, participation, and preparation that improves the college’s presence in the local and global community, maximizes access to higher education and opportunities for adult learners, and provides outlets for artistic, civic, cultural, scientific, and social expression as well as environmental awareness.

Goal 4: Ensuring institutional effectiveness and accountability through data-driven decision-making as well as evaluation and improvement of all college programs and governance structures.

In collaboration with the LACCD Mission, ELAC is committed to advancement in student learning and achievement that prepares students to transfer to 4-year institutions, successfully complete workforce development programs, earn associate degrees, and pursue opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement.


Through our emerging focus on student-centered instruction, student-centered services, and integrated learning, East Los Angeles College will be an exemplary model for student academic achievement, skill development, and artistic expression.


We cultivate global citizenship and community: Our community begins with the campus and local area but extends past our borders and encompasses people from around the world who benefit from collaboration and interconnectedness.

We advance social responsibility: With our agency as a campus, we are accountable to act for the benefit of all and actively participate in civic institutions.

We foster lifelong learning: We are committed to the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and experience and seek to facilitate that process of personal growth.

We advance equity: We consciously evaluate and study all aspects of the student experience to foster success and inclusivity for students of all backgrounds and levels of ability.

We uphold integrity: We are committed to honesty and transparency in our institution to ensure accountability and trustworthiness.

MONTEREY PARK, CA – The East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Professional Development Committee and Recognition Subcommittee is honoring four ELAC employees for their outstanding commitment to the ELAC campus, students, and community. Their peers nominated each employee because of their strong work ethic, outstanding service to our campus and students, and inspirational leadership, continued excellence, and spirit.

The following employees will be recognized at the upcoming Faculty & Staff Recognition event on June 8th and will also be featured on the Professional Development website. They will also receive a plaque commemorating their hard work.

  • Distinguished Faculty Award (Full-Time Faculty Recognition) – Lisa Hashimoto Stone
  • Distinguished Faculty Award (Adjunct Faculty Recognition) – Joanna Flores
  • Distinguished Classified Award (Staff Recognition) – Tony Lin
  • Outstanding Campus-wide Award (all ELAC employees are eligible) – Julie Benavides

“Congratulations to all of our award winners. The service to our campus and students shown by these four individuals is inspirational. This type of leadership and work ethic help to provide positive examples for our students,” said ELAC President, Dr. Alberto Roman.

ELAC Office of Professional Development is committed to providing faculty, staff and administrators opportunities for improvement that enhance and support student learning and student success, as well as encourage innovation and professional growth. To learn more about them visit their webpage.

ELAC is in its 75th year as an academic institution and continues to serve the Los Angeles area with education needs. This academic year is a celebration of our past and an excitement for our future. To learn more about some of the key alumni in our 75 years of history please click here.

International Students

East Los Angeles College International Student Program offers Associate Degrees in various majors and transferable university credit courses. Our primary goal is to provide the first two years of education leading to a four-year degree. The majority of our students transfer to into their final two years of study at the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU) or private universities. Our campus has unique transfer relationships with prestigious universities throughout the United States including UCLA, UC Berkeley and USC.

We invite you to spend the first two years of your education with us and also to participate in our numerous academic, cultural and social opportunities. We are committed to providing an invaluable introduction to our country; it’s university systems, and the delights of California. We are confident that you will have a great experience learning, exploring and growing with us.

Associated Student Union

What is ASU?

The Associated Student Union (ASU) is the official Student Government of East Los Angeles College. The ASU board is made up of Executive officers, and Senators which seek to represent its’ constituents. ASU advocates the needs of the student body at the College, District, and State levels. We encourage student involvement and participation in the Student Government. Do you know who is reprensenting you at East Los Angeles College Student Government? Click here to get to know who the Board for ASU 2020 – 2021, that advocates for you as a student. Want to be part of the Student Government? ASU currently has Senator positions available, click here to download application.

Make sure to check this page often for updates. Do you like social media better? You can follow ASU official Facebook and Instagram account!


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