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Consumer Information Disclosures


The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap for certain topics.

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Institutions are required to make information available to students and others. Such information includes general institutional operation, copyright infringement, financial aid, general completion and graduation rates, annual security report, completion and graduation rates for students, and financial support.

The provision of this information is regulated by the Federal government. The disclosures below and referenced herein are provided in accordance with these federal regulations:

Accreditation & State Authorization

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Westcliff University is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Westcliff University has maintained accreditation since it was initially granted on June 13, 2014.  The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. All CSU programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC

HEA Consumer Information Disclosure Requirements

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires that higher education institutions participating in federal student aid programs disclose information to current and prospective students.

Final regulations implementing the legislative provisions for consumer information are available from the Federal Registers website. For more information on the HEOA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call or email the appropriate office.

Adverse Actions

No state entity or accrediting agency has initiated any adverse actions against Westcliff University.

State Authorization

Westcliff University has been approved for authorization in the following states.

           Home State

            California

Westcliff University received authorization from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer its programs online.

            Other States

            Arizona

Westcliff University’s programs are not under the jurisdiction of the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education since the university has no physical presence in Arizona.

            Colorado

Westcliff University’s online programs and activities do not constitute physical presence within Colorado; therefore, Colorado Department of Higher Education approval is not required to continue offering online degree and certificate programs.

           Florida

Westcliff University is not required to be licensed with the Florida Commission for Independent Education (Commission) since the institution is not physically located in Florida and instructors do not have face-to-face contact with students.

           Hawai’i

Westcliff University does not have physical presence in the State of Hawaii; therefore, authorization from the Hawai’i Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) is not required.

           Illinois

Westcliff University received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education to operate in Illinois.  State of Illinois Limited Physical Presence Letter 

           Massachusetts

Westcliff University is not required to seek licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to enroll residents of Massachusetts into online courses and programs.

           Missouri

Westcliff University does not have a physical presence in the State of Missouri and, therefore, is not required to be licensed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

           Nebraska

Westcliff University has no physical presence in Nebraska and is not required to seek authorization from the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to offer online courses or programs.

           Nevada

Westcliff University is not required to be licensed in Nevada by the Commission on Postsecondary Education due to lack of physical presence.

           New Hampshire

Westcliff University offers online education to New Hampshire residents, which does not require authorization by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

           New Jersey

The New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education notified the Distance Education and Training Council on June 21, 2012 that N.J.S.A. 18A:3-15.3 regulation includes all out-of-state institutions that have received accreditation from bodies recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or U.S. Department of Education as a duly authorized institution of higher education. Westcliff University fully meets this requirement.

           New Mexico

Westcliff University is not required to register in the State of New Mexico Higher Education Department, since the institution offers online courses and programs and does not require an internship/externship.

           Ohio

Westcliff University is exempt from the authorization of the Ohio Board of Regents.

           Pennsylvania

Westcliff University is not required to seek approval with the Pennsylvania Department of Education since a physical presence has not been established.

           South Carolina

Westcliff University is not required to seek licensure with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, since physical presence in the state is not established.

           Texas

Westcliff University is exempt from oversight of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since there is no physical presence in the state. The Board recognizes the accrediting commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

           Washington

Westcliff University is not currently required to be authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council.


General Institutional Information

Name of Institution:           Westcliff University

Locations:    4199 Campus Drive, #650

                       Irvine, California   92612

                       888-491-8686

 

                       18000 Studebaker Road, #300

                       Cerritos, California 90703

                       562-865-7111

                       Year Founded:    1993

 


University’s Mission:

Westcliff University’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower students from around the world  to acquire the competencies to excel personally and professionally through innovative, high-quality distance and campus programs.

 


Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Contact:        Westcliff University Registrar

Phone:          949-825-5563

Email:           registrar@westcliff.edu

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows present and future students to have access to their individual educational records, provides basic protections of privacy of their records, and allows them to request that certain “directory information” be kept confidential.

 


Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities

Contact:        Westcliff University Student Services

Phone:          949-825-5040

Email:           services@westcliff.edu

Westcliff University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for student success through accessible education programs. It is the policy of Westcliff University to provide reasonable accommodations to students who qualify.

 

Student Activities

Contact:        Westcliff University Student Services

Phone:          949-825-5040

Email:           services@westcliff.edu

 

Accreditation, Approval and Licensure

Contact:        President of Westcliff University

Phone:         949-825-5988

Email:          president@westcliff.edu

Westcliff University is an accredited member of the Distance Education and Training Council. The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. All Westcliff University programs have been reviewed and approved by DETC.

 

The accrediting Commission of DETC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation academic quality through accreditation.

Distance Education and Training Council 

1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808

Washington, D.C. 20036

Phone: 202-234-5100

URL:     http://www.deac.org/

Westcliff University is licensed by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA 95833

URL:      www.bppe.ca.gov

Phone: 888-370-7589

Fax:      916-263-1897

 

Educational Programs and Instructional Facilities

Contact:        Director of Academics Affairs

Phone:          949-825-5040

Email:           academics@westcliff.edu

         

College of Business

Contact:        Dean – College of Business

Phone:          949-825-6040

Email:          gsayegh@westcliff.edu

 

College of Education:

Contact:        Director – TESOL Programs

Phone:          949-825-5049

Email:          aprilvuong@westcliff.edu

         

Textbooks

Contact:        Westcliff University Student Services

Phone:          949-825-5040

Email:           services@westcliff.edu

 

Computer Use

Contact:        Director of Technology

Phone:          949-825-5565

Email:           vnguyen@westlicff.edu

 

Leave of Absence

Contact:        Registrar

Phone:          949-825-5563

Email:         registrar@westcliff.edu

 

Administration

Contact:       President of Westcliff University

Phone:         949-825-5040

Email:           president@westcliff.edu

 

Admissions

Contact:        Director of Admissions

Phone:          949-825-5048

Email:           admissions@westcliff.edu


State Contact Information for Student Complaints

Please click HERE for state consumer complaint contact information.


Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

 


Summary – Requirements for Completion of Academic Programs Offered

 BBA

Required Courses: General Education 20 courses
Business 20 courses
Final tests or examinations: None
Required internships or externships: None
Total Number of Credit Hours: General Education 60
Business 60
Description of Instruction: See course descriptions on pages 19-21 and 39-44 in the catalog

 MBA

Required Courses: 12 (9 core courses, 3 electives)
Final tests or examinations: None
Required internships or externships: None
Total Number of Credit Hours: 36
Description of Instruction: See course descriptions on pages 25-29 and 44-50 in the catalog

DBA

Required Courses: 20
Final tests or examinations: Doctoral Qualifying Exam
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
Doctoral Project/Dissertation Presentation
Required internships or externships: None
Total Number of Credit Hours: 60 credit hours
Description of Instruction: See course descriptions on pages 37-38 and 50-53 in the catalog

 MA TESOL

Required Courses: 12
Final tests or examinations: None
Required internships or externships: 1 Practicum – TSL 600
Total Number of Credit Hours: 36
Description of Instruction: See course descriptions on pages 84-88 and 86-87 in the catalog

 TESOL Certificate

Required Courses: 1
Final tests or examinations: None
Required internships or externships: None
Total Number of Credit Hours: 135
Description of Instruction: See course descriptions on pages 89-91 in the catalog

 



Information About Selected Policies

 


ED Gainful Employment Disclosure

 


Health and Safety

Additional information may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Campus Safety and Security website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/. Crime statistics are reported to the Department of Education annually.

 

 Clery Act Statistics


 

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Contact:        Westcliff University Human Resources

Phone:          949-825-5563

Email:          hr@westcliff.edu

Westcliff University is committed to providing a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. The policies promulgated by Westcliff University regarding drug and alcohol prevention apply to the entire university community, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Vaccination Requirements

Westcliff University has no vaccination requirements

Securitysecurity

Contact:        Westcliff University Human Resources

Phone:          949-825-5563

Email:          hr@westcliff.edu

Westcliff University is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe working environment.

 


Community Information

Voter Registration 

All students are encouraged by Westcliff University to participate in their respective local, state, and national elections.  As part of the university’s responsibility to promote good citizenship, the university urges all students to register to vote. US Voter registration forms are always available to US students upon request of  Student Services  Additionally, the applicable registration form is available at:

The applicable registration form – (Click Here)

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in United States

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States on September 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become US citizens.

With regard to the U.S.A. constitution, in the summer of 1787 delegates convened in Philadelphia to create “a more perfect union” and to craft the country’s constitution. They worked to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. The delegates signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17 that year. By June 21, 1788, the constitution was effective, having been approved by nine of the 13 states.

On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law “Citizenship Day”. On August 2, 1956, the Congress requested that the president proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week”. A federal law enacted in December 2004 designated September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day”.

When Constitution Day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or on another holiday, the day must be held on a weekday during the preceding or following week.

All students are invited to view the following video:

 


Student Outcomes

Student Success/Satisfaction/Graduation Rates

 


Advertisement and Promotional Disclosure

 

Use of “Free” and “Guarantee”

All advertisements and promotional literature accurately reflect the programs and services offered by Westcliff University. The word “guarantee” is never used in advertisements. Under limited and exceptional circumstances, the institution may use the word “free” when it is appropriate to the mission and purpose of the Westcliff University. Advertisements are appropriately published under a section identified for education, training, or instruction and do not imply that employment is being offered.

Westcliff University provides applicants only with information authorized by my institution regarding the occupational opportunities for graduates, and never make claims “guaranteeing” employment, job promotion prospects or income increases to an applicant.

Westcliff University provides only full and accurate information on the transferability of academic credits and acceptance of degrees or credentials by other educational institutions, and discloses affirmatively the fact that the acceptance of credits and degrees is entirely the prerogative of the receiving institution and acceptance cannot be “guaranteed.”