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 (www.bppe.ca.gov) January, 2015.