Private Postsecondary Institutions; Article 6. Approval to Operate
(a) The bureau shall adopt by regulation minimum operating standards for an institution that shall reasonably ensure that all of the following occur:
(1) The content of each educational program can achieve its stated objective.
(2) The institution maintains specific written standards for student admissions for each educational program and those standards are related to the particular educational program.
(3) The facilities, instructional equipment, and materials are sufficient to enable students to achieve the educational program's goals.
(4) The institution maintains a withdrawal policy and provides refunds.
(5) The directors, administrators, and faculty are properly qualified.
(6) The institution is financially sound and capable of fulfilling its commitments to students.
(7) That, upon satisfactory completion of an educational program, the institution gives students a document signifying the degree or diploma awarded.
(8) Adequate records and standard transcripts are maintained and are available to students.
(9) The institution is maintained and operated in compliance with this chapter and all other applicable ordinances and laws.
(b) Except as provided in Section 94885.1, an institution offering a degree must satisfy one of the following requirements:
(1) Accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of that accreditation covering the offering of at least one degree program by the institution.
(2) An accreditation plan, approved by the bureau, for the institution to become fully accredited within five years of the bureau's issuance of a provisional approval to operate to the institution. The provisional approval to operate to an unaccredited degree-offering institution shall be in compliance with Section 94885.5.
(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 593, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 94950.)