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Guidance for CEHE Students

Information for Students Affected by the Closure of Center for Excellence in Higher Education Schools

Schools owned by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) - California College San Diego, CollegeAmerica Phoenix, Independence University, and Stevens-Henager College - informed the U.S. Department of Education (ED), state approving agencies, and ACCSC that the institutions would close on August 1, 2021. 

ACCSC is working with our triad partners and ACCSC-member schools to provide pathways and information for students to help them make informed decisions regarding their options, including transferring to another school. Please note that despite the fact that Independence University, California College San Diego, CollegeAmerica Phoenix, and Stevens-Henager College were on Probation with ACCSC, the campuses remained accredited institutions through the date of the school's closure.

Please bookmark this page for updates as well as the ED's guidance page.

Information Webinar

ED held webinar sessions in early August for CEHE students and the recorded version of one session is available below:

For help understanding the information in this webinar, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).


ACCSC has contacted the following schools that offer comparable programs to Independence University.



  • Business AAS
  • Business Administration BS
  • Cybersecurity and Networking BS
  • Health Services Management BS
  • Information Systems MS
  • Nursing Education MS
  • RN to BSN completer
  • Software and Mobile Applications Development BS



  • Business Administration Certificate
  • Academic Associate Degree in Accounting
  • Academic Associate Degree in Digital Marketing
  • Academic Associate Degree in Human Resources Management
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in HealthCare Administration

Full Sail University

  • Cyber Security & Networking BS
  • Graphic Arts BS
  • Software & Mobile Applications BS
  • Web Design & Development BS

For information regarding other programs at other ACCSC-accredited schools, visit the ACCSC School Directory and search by program.