Private Postsecondary Institutions

The Coordinating Board authorizes accredited degree-granting private postsecondary institutions under a Certificate of Authorization and provides oversight of degree-granting private postsecondary institutions under a Certificate of Authority while they seek recognized accreditation. While operating in Texas, out-of-state public institutions are also required to seek authorization. Administrative rules governing degree-granting colleges and universities other than Texas public institutions can be found here: Chapter 7.

The Coordinating Board's oversight also includes the following regulatory and coordinating roles:

  • Monitoring the accrediting agencies that are recognized by the Board to accredit degree-granting institutions in Texas.
  • Approving use of "protected terms" as determined by the Texas Legislature.
  • Registering institutional agents.
  • Providing letters of religious exemption.
  • Publishing information on institutions not authorized in Texas, including those institutions which have been found to be fraudulent or are deemed substandard based on the Coordinating Board’s standards.
  • Maintaining and preserving essential academic records.

Additional information regarding the Coordinating Board’s oversight:

Institutional Authorization to Operate in Texas

Find forms and information needed for private postsecondary institutions to be authorized to operate in Texas.

Recognition of Accrediting Agencies

Information on accrediting agencies recognized by the Coordinating Board and the US Department of Education.

Exemptions

Guidelines for religious, distance education, or military base exemptions available to private postsecondary institutions.

Institutional Annual Reporting & Compliance

Find forms and information needed for private postsecondary institutions’ annual compliance reporting and financial surety requirement.