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Compliance and Information - Glossary of Terms

Catalogs, Addenda, and Related Information
Contains information about the college, the programs offered, the admissions requirements, and other institutional standards and requirements, along with the accreditation and licensing information.

Consumer Information Guide
Federal regulations require institutions to provide certain consumer information annually to its students, along with a statement of procedures regarding where to obtain that information. This guide accomplishes that objective.

Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is a tool that you can use to estimate your “net price” to attend our college. Net price is the difference between the “sticker” price (full cost) to attend, minus any grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses). The information used to calculate these costs is taken directly from the information submitted in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Occupational Listings
The occupational listings are presented in accordance with the Gainful Employment requirements as defined by federal regulations. The lists represent a sample of identified occupations for which an institution's graduates may typically find employment within a few years after completing a program. In addition, each occupational name is a link to the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) where various information can be obtained for a particular area of interest.

On-Time Completion and Median Loan Debt
On-Time Completion Rates and Median Loan Debt are calculated in accordance with federal regulations specifically pertaining to the required Gainful Employment disclosures. On-Time graduation rates represent the percentage of students who completed the program no later than the published length of the program, as defined by the institution's catalog. Median Loan Debt is the middle loan amount, extracted from a range of students who have graduated from a particular program, and only includes debt incurred at the institution. The debt incurred includes living expenses.

Notes to consider:

  1. The institution considers an on-time graduate to be a student who completes their program within the specified timeframe (in months). Four weeks of instructional time equals one month of program length.
  2. The published length of each program can be found in the applicable catalog. The published length may not include scheduled breaks or the time required to complete clinical or externship requirements due to the inherent nature of these courses. Therefore, the calculation used to determine the rates accounts for normal lengths of time associated with the curriculum that extend the period longer than the actual course of time.
  3. Per federal regulations, any program that graduated less than 10 students has been excluded from this disclosure.
  4. Median Loan Debt is the middle loan amount, extracted from a range of students who have graduated from a particular program, and only includes debt incurred at the institution. The debt incurred includes living expenses. Students are arranged in ascending order, including students who have zero debt. Therefore, it is possible to have programs with a median loan debt amount of zero.
  5. The On-Time Completion Rates and Median Debt Burden are calculated on an OPE basis (OPE is an assigned identification number used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools.) This means that the numbers are compiled using the main campus and all the branch campuses associated with the main campus.

Placement Rates
Accreditation Rates

Accreditation placement rates are calculated in accordance with each institution's accrediting body and in accordance with federal regulations. The rates are updated annually based upon Annual Reports submitted to each accrediting agency. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires that Institutions make available to their students information regarding placement rates, including the methodology and time frame applicable to the rates.

This information is compiled based on the requirements of our accrediting body. Information is maintained, tracked and updated in our student data base system.

The “Accreditation Placement Rate” Disclosure is still being maintained on the website to meet the requirements of each accrediting agency.

Retention Rates
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and in addition to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended), each postsecondary educational institution must disclose information about retention rates to current and prospective students. The retention rates are calculated in accordance with federal regulations and are based upon the information submitted annually to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The retention rate is a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage. This is the percentage of degree- or certificate – seeking students from the previous fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the current fall.

The current disclosure represents students from the Fall 2014 cohort and the retention percentage represents those students still enrolled or completed as of August 1, 2015. The above data was extracted from the most recently submitted survey as completed by the institution. The rate is listed by campus.

State Rates
State placement rates are calculated in accordance with each institution's state agency and in accordance with federal regulations. The rates are updated annually based upon Annual Reports submitted to each state agency.
Certain states are not required to submit placement rate data or programmatic placement rate data to its state agency. As a result and per federal regulations at 34 CFR 668.6(b)(1)(iv), state based rates are not required to be disclosed for those institutions. These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Utah

Student Right-to-Know Graduation/Completion Rates
The Student Right-to-Know Act, as regulated by the Department of Education, requires all institutions who participate in any Title IV program to calculate graduation/completion rates. This act was passed by Congress November 9, 1990. Title I, Section 103, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students. The rate required for disclosure and/or reporting purposes under Student Right-to-Know Act. This rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised adjusted cohort. Further, the law requires that these rates be disaggregated by gender, race, and ethnicity. The Graduation Rates component of IPEDS was developed specifically to help institutions respond to these requirements. See the Student Right to Know - Graduation Rates disclosure for the current description of data collected and the applicable cohort.
We have elected not to report transfer-out rates because our institution mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in another eligible institution without completing or graduation.
Data used to calculate an institution’s graduation rate comes from an institution’s annual submission to the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). For more information about IPEDS, please visit http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/about.

Textbook Listings and Costs
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and in addition to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended), each postsecondary educational institution must disclose information on the recommended and required textbooks needed to complete each course of study. The prices listed for reflect what a student is estimated to pay for each textbook.