Crafton Hills College has received the highest level of accreditation an institution of higher learning can receive.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has notified the community college that it earned full reaffirmation of accreditation for seven years.

Crafton is one of only four two-year colleges in California to achieve this goal.

The accreditation process encourages institutions to improve academic quality, institutional effectiveness and student success.

"It takes a village as they say, and we have one awesome village," said Crafton Hills President Kevin Horan. "This reaffirmation demonstrates that we are keeping our promise to our students and our community, and that Crafton Hills College provides excellent educational opportunities."

The accreditation team gave accolades for the college's use of data to inform decisions, distance education training and verification program, and its ability to adapt and continue to serve students in a remote format throughout the pandemic.

The college will go through its next comprehensive accreditation review in the fall of 2027.