CAPPS - Avocacy and Communication Professional Development

California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

Please note our new location:
2520 Venture Oaks Way, Ste 170
Sacramento, CA 95833

32nd Annual Conference

October 5-7, 2016
The Langham, Pasadena, CA

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About Caps

Our Mission is to serve the California private postsecondary sector by advocating for the interests of our members and students, enhancing and promoting the image of the sector, communicating State and National issues, and providing professional development opportunities for our sector.

The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) is the only California State Association representing the many diverse kinds of Private Postsecondary Schools in California. CAPPS has a membership of more than 300 institutions; including for-profit, non-profit, religious exempt and approved only Institutions. These schools and colleges are nationally or regionally accredited or approved by the State of California’s Regulatory Agency—the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)—to offer educational services.

CAPPS’ works to ensure that the needs of the entire sector—from small approved schools to large publicly traded institutions—are met from a policy, educational and business perspective.

Since 1985 CAPPS has worked with California Governors, the State Legislature, other elected officials, and numerous regulatory agencies that provide oversight to the sector. CAPPS offers strong member services in professional development, whether it is online or live onsite training in important areas such as admissions, career services, financial aid, teacher training or through townhall meetings, and provides business and educational advice.

CAPPS is the foremost provider of real-time information about what is happening in California within our sector in order to provide all schools information and assistance; CAPPS covers it all.


CAPPS is headquartered in Sacramento, the State Capitol. From there, the CAPPS staff–aided by the CAPPS Lobbyist and General Counsel–support, oppose and influence to the fullest extent possible, the numerous legislative bills, policy directives, regulatory pronouncements and other actions taken by the government that could impact your institution.

CAPPS has the Independent Coalition of Educators Political Action Committee (ICEPAC) which helps elect those officials who support our sector of higher education. CAPPS holds regular fundraiser and PAC events throughout the year.

  • Advocacy


    Providing legislative representation, PAC fundraising and events, and resources and training, CAPPS empowers California’s private postsecondary schools. About CAPPS >

  • Communication


    Keeping schools up-to-date on the most important news and developments affecting our sector and businesses across the state of California. See all news >

  • Professional Development

    Professional Development

    Providing professional development resources for schools and opportunities for growth through conferences, workshops, webinars, and online training. Learn more >