Visiting Committees

The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is seeking individuals having experience with accreditation applications, plans, and processes, to periodically volunteer to serve as part of Visiting Committees empaneled to assess unaccredited degree-granting institutions’ progress toward successfully achieving accreditation plan goals. Although the positions are unpaid, Committee members may be reimbursed for actual travel and per diem expenses incurred during the evaluation. If you have accreditation experience and wish to volunteer your time and assist BPPE as a Committee member, please contact Ebony Santee, Education Administrator at (279) 895-6081.

94882. Visiting Committees

The bureau may empanel visiting committees to assist in evaluating an institution’s application for an approval to operate. The members of visiting committees shall serve at no expense to the state, except that the bureau may reimburse the members of visiting committees for actual travel and per diem expenses incurred during the evaluation. The bureau may seek reimbursement for the travel and per diem costs from the institution that is the subject of an evaluation.

Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 310, §6. (AB 48)

71471. Visiting Committees; Unaccredited Degree-Granting Institutions.

(a) The Bureau shall empanel a visiting committee to assess an unaccredited degree-granting institution's progress toward successfully achieving its accreditation plan submitted in accordance with either section 71105 or 71105.5.

(b) Upon notification of a visiting committee review pursuant to this section, an institution may challenge the committee by following the procedures in section 71455.

(c) The visiting committee shall review the institution's plan and initial documentation.

(d) The committee may request an update of the documentation submitted with the initial accreditation plan. The committee may, in its discretion, schedule a site visit.

(e) The Bureau's visiting committee shall prepare a report upon conclusion of the committee's work that shall include the following:

(1) The committee's findings regarding the institution's progress toward accreditation;

(2) The committee's assessment of the institution's ability to meet its stated accreditation goals in the time allotted;

(3) Suggested corrections for the institution to achieve accreditation; and

(4) The committee's recommendations on any action the Bureau should take.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94877, 94885.1, 94885.5 and 94888, Education Code. Reference: Sections 94882, 94885, 94885.1 and 94885.5, Education Code