The Sanville Institute is a private, non-profit school approved by the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (www.bppe.ca.gov) to grant a PhD in clinical social work, an academic degree with no impact on licensure.
The Sanville Institute’s doctoral program has been approved continuously since 1979, with no complaints to the Bureau.
“Approved” means that the Sanville Institute is in compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 [California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8, §94897(l)].
Limitations of State Approval
Prospective students should be aware that a degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions within the State of California and most tenure track academic appointments. Graduates of Sanville, however, do hold teaching positions on the faculties of many university and institute settings. Additionally students enrolled in an unaccredited educational institution are not eligible for federal financial aid programs.
California legislation (SB1247), effective January 2015, requires the following notice to prospective degree program students:
This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:
- Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
- Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July1, 2017 and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation it must:
- Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
- Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
The Sanville Institute was granted eligibility to apply for initial accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in 2015. A determination of eligibility is not a formal status with WSCUC, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed to be reviewed for initial accreditation with WSCUC. The Sanville Institute’s first site visit for achieving initial accreditation took place in 2017. Questions about eligibility may be directed to the Sanville Institute or to WSCUC at www.wascsenior.org or at 510-748-9001.
Link to Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education website: www.bppe.ca.gov/