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: