Statement of Accreditation Status
Laguna College of Art and Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 23, 2017
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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No Related Entity
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Nicole Lesher Director of Assessment and Accreditation nlesher [at]
Board of Directors Chair Jared Mathis Chair of the Board of Trustees jaredmathismmb [at]
Chief Academic Officer Helene Garrison Provost hgarrison [at]
Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Burke President jburke [at]
Chief Financial Officer Jim Godek Chief Financial Officer jgodek [at]
Director Institutional Research Laura Patrick Registrar and Director of Institutional Research lpatrick [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Animation Non-degree 1999 On-Site
Animation Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Creative Writing Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Drawing Masters 2006 On-Site
Drawing & Painting Non-degree 1989 On-Site
Drawing & Painting with Sculpture Emphasis Non-degree 2005 On-Site
Drawing and Painting Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Drawing and Painting with Sculpture Emphasis Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Game Art Non-degree 2007 On-Site
Game Art Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Game Design Masters 2015 Distance Education
Graphic Design + Digital Media Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports Emphasis Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Graphic Design + Digital Media with Illustration Emphasis Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Graphic Design and Digital Media Non-degree 1989 On-Site
Graphic Design and Digital Media with Action Sports Emphasis Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Graphic Design and Digital Media with Illustration Emphasis Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Illustration Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Illustration in Entertainment Design Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Illustration in Entertainment Design Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Illustration with Drawing and Painting Emphasis Non-degree 2005 On-Site
Illustration with Drawing and Painting Emphasis Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Illustration with Entertainment Emphasis Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Illustration with Entertainment Emphasis Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Painting Masters 2006 On-Site
Post Baccalaureate in Drawing and Painting Non-degree 2010 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2019 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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