2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report Summary

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau) protects students and consumers through the oversight and regulation of California’s private postsecondary educational institutions. The California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (Act) requires that institutions submit an Annual Report as part of the ongoing compliance program. The Annual Report is due by December 1 of each year, and is required to include specific information related to the educational programs offered by the institution in the reporting period.

There are approximately 1,040 institutions that were required to submit a 2016 Annual Report to the Bureau. 820 institutions submitted Annual Reports online prior to the deadline. These institutions enrolled approximately 455,738 students (data from institution section of the Annual Report). For the institutions that submitted within the Bureau’s deadlines, the Bureau was able to draw some conclusions about the sector. The information contained in this Annual Report Summary is based on self-reported data from reporting institutions; the information has not been independently verified by the Bureau.

2016 Student Enrollment

Of the 455,738 enrolled students, 281,538 students began the programs and were scheduled to complete the programs on-time in 2016 (data from program section of the Annual Report). The clear majority (168,820) of these students are enrolled in diploma and/or certificate programs. The types of diplomas and certificate programs offered by these institutions run the gamut, and include such programs as cosmetology, vocational nursing, truck driving, and computer training. In 2016, 14 percent of students were enrolled in bachelor programs, and a combined 7 percent were enrolled in graduate-level degree programs. “Other” programs offered by these institutions include professional development, English as a second language, test preparation, and language training programs, just to name a few.

The 820 institutions that submitted an online Annual Report prior to the deadline reported a combined 160,218 students graduating on-time. An estimated 66 percent of students received diplomas and certificates. Associate degrees were granted to approximately 5.5 percent of students and 6 percent of students received a bachelor degree. Graduate-level degrees were awarded to 5.5 percent of the 2016 graduating students.

Class of 2016 On-Time Graduates

The reported data allowed the Bureau to calculate the percentage of students who graduated on-time, organized by the degree offered:

Diploma/Degree Students who began the programs Graduates Completion Rate
Diploma/Certificate 168,820 105,70 63%
Associate 22,717 8,917 39%
Bachelor 39,378 9,545 24%
Master 17,969 8,578 48%
Doctorate 3,173 867 27%
Other 29481 26,441 90%

The following graph shows the 820 institutions broken down by certificate/diploma versus degree and separated by accredited and non-accredited. There are 411 (50%) institutions that are accredited through an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Of the 411 accredited institutions, 234 are issuing certificates or diplomas and 177 institutions are degree-granting. The remaining 409 institutions are non-accredited. 79 of these institutions issue degrees at an associate level or higher.

2016 Institutions

The graph below shows the degree programs type between accredited and non-accredited degree-granting institutions. 177 accredited degree-granting institutions offer a combined 936 bachelor programs, 987 master programs, and 283 doctorate programs. The 79 non-accredited degree-granting institutions offer 72 bachelor programs, 119 master programs and 67 doctorate programs.


2016 Programs

The chart below shows the average program cost by Bureau-approved institutions.

2016 Average Program Charge

The 2016 Annual Report marks the seventh year of institutional reporting to the Bureau. Under California Education Code (CEC) Section (§) 94934, institutions are required to submit: the total number of students enrolled by level of degree or diploma; the number of degrees and diplomas awarded; the degrees and diplomas offered; the total charges for each education program; along with other required data. CEC §94934 also authorizes the Bureau to add additional reporting elements as reasonably required to ascertain compliance with the law. The vast majority of the 2016 Annual Report information was collected through the Bureau's website. The information submitted through the Bureau's website was placed into an Excel spreadsheet organized by institutional program offering. The complete spreadsheet can be accessed through the link below.

2016 Annual Report Spreadsheet

To assist in reviewing the Annual Report spreadsheet, viewers may wish to download and print a copy of the 2016 Annual Report document, the link is provided below.

2016 Annual Report

In addition to the information and data elements collected through the Bureau’s website, institutions were required to submit a School Performance Fact Sheet and a school catalog. A copy of the Annual Report from institutions that did not submit their information through the Bureau website, or submitted after the deadline, can be accessed below. Institutions are listed in alphabetical order.