You have a passion for education and have decided to start your own private university in the hub of the world's education center, sunny California. This is a challenging and overwhelming task with too many fine details to be considered all at once. First, you need to decide on the programs to offer, the structure of the program, faculty, mode of delivery, facilities, budget, state approval, accreditation, business plan. So where should you start?
My advice is to always start at the basics; what are your mission and goals? What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be? What is the scale of your university? Who will be your target audience - local students or international students? Undergraduates or graduates? full time or part time? Your answer to these very basic questions will decide your location, budget, strategy, faculty, and staff requirements. If most of your students are going to live overseas then it makes sense to have an online university with a hybrid option for local students.
It would also make sense to start with a small-scale facility and admin staff since most of the teaching and administration will be done online anyway. It would make sense to hire international faculty and not only local faculty. It would also be crucial to have a distance learning policy that includes all the details related to your Learning Management System, your Online Lecturing platform, your cloud servers, internet security measures, technical training for both faculty and students, and IT support for every member in your team. It would also make sense to subscribe to one of the Online Library service providers rather than have a physical library on campus.
Your next step would be to check the state license regulations for private postsecondary education providers in the state where you want to set up your university. In this blog, I will focus on the regulations of the State of California for obtaining a license to operate a postsecondary education organization. The regulating body in the State of California is the "Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education" or, as it is known to everyone who works in higher education in California, the BPPE.
I will also explain the accreditation process by the regional accreditor of the western states WSCUC (or WASC as it was previously known).
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In this blog, I will walk you through getting your state license and WSCUC accreditation in the shortest time possible by learning from other people's mistakes. I will answer all of your tough questions about what is the minimum level of investment and resources that you must demonstrate to get approved and accredited.
I will also explain the different steps of the process and how to prepare for each of these steps.
If you are considering to open a university in California, my team and I can help. Get in touch with me now to book your free consultation.