California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs charged with regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions operating in the state of California.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
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Bureau overview
Formed2010
JurisdictionCalifornia
HeadquartersSacramento, California
Bureau executive
  • Dr. Michael Marion, Jr., Bureau Chief
Parent departmentCalifornia Department of Consumer Affairs
Websitewww.bppe.ca.gov

The BPPE is not an accrediting agency. Its primary purpose is to prevent fraudulent diploma mills.[1] Institutions that are approved to operate in California by the Bureau still need to separately obtain educational accreditation from national or regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its students to qualify for federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants.[2]

PurposeEdit

The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is not an accreditor, but rather approves postsecondary schools to operate in the state that meet "minimum standards established by the Bureau for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality".[3]

The BPPE provides "oversight of California's private postsecondary educational institutions by conducting qualitative reviews of educational programs and operating standards, proactively combating unlicensed activity, impartially resolving student and consumer complaints, and conducting outreach".[4] The Bureau conducts announced and unannounced compliance inspections, and investigates complaints about fraud.[5]

HistoryEdit

Private colleges were previously regulated by the California Department of Education. Reforms, including the Maxine Waters School Reform and Student Protection Act were implemented during the late 1980s and 1990s. These laws created the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE). The laws authorizing these reforms expired without immediate replacement, and from the start of 2007 until the end of 2009, California did not have any agency regulating private schools.[6]

The Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which was signed into law on October 11, 2009,[7] created the BPPE as part of the Department of Consumer Affairs to regulate private postsecondary educational institutions operating in California.[6] The BPPE began operation on January 1, 2010.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "More financial news". The Boston Globe. 2009-08-24.
  2. ^ "Glossary – Federal Student Aid". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education - BPPE". bppe.ca.gov. Retrieved 2022-07-10.
  4. ^ "Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education - BPPE". bppe.ca.gov. Retrieved 2022-07-10.
  5. ^ "Compliance Inspections". California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  6. ^ a b Private Postsecondary Overview Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine, California Department of Consumer Affairs, accessed June 8, 2008
  7. ^ California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education website, accessed September 6, 2010

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