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Reach Higher

The CPCA Certification Commission helps private faith-based institutions of higher education improve the quality of their institutions and programs.

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Best Practices

The CPCA Certification Commission uses the best practices of higher education fused with the most advanced technology for administrative and academic programs.

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Collaboration

The CPCA Certification Commission values a collaborative process with Private Faith-Based Institutions seeking Certification of their Administrative and Academic Programs.

The CPCA Certification Commission provides administrative and academic certification to Private Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Learning.

Private – meaning that it is not public. That is, not designed, organized, or controlled by local, state or federal governments (such as community/state junior or senior colleges and universities).

Faith-based – meaning Christus Primum (Christ First), and that the foundation of the institution rests upon the Scripture with full confidence in its inerrancy and infallibility. It means that such a foundation rests not an antiquated and outmoded relic of a less enlightened age, but the wise and intelligent embrace of the true wisdom of the ages.

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CANDIDATE APPLICANT CERTIFICATION

Member Institutions of the Florida Council of Private Colleges or the Council of Private Colleges of America must APPLY for CANDIDATE APPLICANT CERTIFICATION with the CPCA Certification Commission.

The process starts by completing the Initial Candidate Applicant Form. The Annual Institutional Report is due during the CANDIDATE APPLICANT CERTIFICATION.

INSTITUTION WITH INSTITUTIONAL CERTIFICATION

Candidate Institutions of the CPCA Certification Commission develop a Self-Study that focuses on meeting the standards of Administration and Academics.

Following a successful review of the Self-Study a Site Visit comprised of Commission Staff and representatives from Commission Institutions is required.

A successful Site Visit results in Institutional Certification by the CPCA Certification Commission. The duration for CPCA Certification is from ​1 – 3 years. The Annual Institutional Report is due during the Certification period.

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INSTITUTION WITH COMPREHENSIVE CERTIFICATION

Institutions with CPCA Institutional Certification may choose to develop a Comprehensive Self-Study that focuses on meeting comprehensive standards of Administration and Academics.

Following a successful review of the Self-Study a Site Visit comprised of Commission Staff and representatives from Certified Institutions is required.

A successful Site Visit results in Comprehensive Certification by the CPCA Certification Commission. The duration for Comprehensive Certification is 5 years. The Annual Institutional Report is due during the Certification period.

The process starts by completing the Initial Candidate Application Form. The duration for Candidacy is up to 3 years. The Annual Institutional Report is due during the Candidacy period.

INSTITUTION WITH ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

Institutions with CPCA Comprehensive Certification may choose to develop an Advanced Self-Study that focuses on meeting advanced standards of Administration and Academics.

Following a successful review of the Self-Study a Site Visit comprised of Commission Staff and representatives from Certified Institutions is required.

A successful Site Visit results in Advanced Certification by the CPCA Certification Commission. The duration for Advanced Certification is 10 years. The Annual Institutional Report is due during the Certification period.

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