Making Nonprofit Investments in Our Students

As a 501(c)(3) educational organization, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) takes a philanthropy-driven approach to improving student lives through higher education. Our institutions include Independence University (online), Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, and California College San Diego.

Many nontraditional students strive for degrees while juggling work and family, and CEHE colleges help them fit their degree programs into their busy lives. Flexible, career-focused degree programs are available in healthcare, business, technology, and graphic arts. Our industry-experienced instructors provide ample attention to each student, helping them learn the skills required by today’s employers. CEHE’s institutions have not raised tuition since 2012.

With educational roots reaching back over 120 years, CEHE succeeds every time a student graduates and gets a better career or job to improve his or her quality of life.


From 2007 to 2012, CEHE operated as a public charity founded on contributions to higher education and philanthropy. It conducted a series of research programs and supported faculty interested in improving higher education at universities around the country and internationally. CEHE also engaged in several important research projects, acting in the background to help philanthropists who wanted to promote structural reform of higher education more generally.

In 2012, CEHE identified a unique opportunity to take a more hands-on, active role in career-focused higher education by acquiring its present group of colleges. The college's previous owner, Carl B. Barney, shared much of the same vision as CEHE for improving higher education and serving nontraditional student populations around the country.

Going forward, CEHE will continue to work to make improvements in delivery methods and content in higher education. Rather than focusing its work simply on advocating for change, CEHE, through its colleges, will be actively involved in providing educational opportunities to the thousands of students it serves.


The Center for Excellence in Higher Education is a private nonprofit educational institution incorporated under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. All gifts and donations to CEHE are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

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