Accreditation for Degree Granting Institutions Required (CEC sections 94885(b), 91885.1,

94885.5) Beginning January 1, 2015, institutions that are currently approved to offer degree

programs and are not currently accredited will have to submit a plan for accreditation by July 1,

2015, that demonstrates how the institution can achieve pre-accreditation by July 1, 2017, and

achieve full accreditation by July 1, 2020. After January 1, 2015, a non-accredited institutions

that wish to offer degree programs seeking approval to operate will be required to submit a

document with their application that outlines the plan to achieve pre-accreditation within two

years and accreditation within five years of approval to operate by the Bureau, and identify an

accreditation agency from which the institution plans to seek its accreditation. Such institutions

will be issued a provisional approval to operate and be limited to two degree programs during

the term of its provisional approval to operate.

**PLEASE NOTE** The Bureau will be providing institutions with guidance on the

requirements and how to fulfill them by February 1, 2015. The Bureau is in the process of

promulgating Emergency Regulations that implement the requirements for accreditation.

Those should be available on the Bureau’s website ( January, 2015.