Statement of Accreditation Status
Cogswell Polytechnical College

191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 19, 2015
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Brian Shepard President and Chief Academic Officer bshepard [at]
Board of Directors Chair Charles Cook Retired 383cmc [at]
Chief Academic Officer Brian Shepard President and Chief Academic Officer bshepard [at]
Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Banks Interim CEO; CFO, Senior VP Operations kbanks [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Banks Interim CEO; CFO, Senior VP Operations kbanks [at]
Director Institutional Research Milla Zlatanov VP of Institutional Research and Quality Assurance mzlatanov [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
BA Digital Art and Animation Bachelors 1992 On-Site
BA Game Design Art Bachelors 2017 Distance Education
BA Game Design Art Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelors 2016 On-Site
BS Digital Arts Engineering Bachelors 2002 On-Site
BS Digital Audio Technology Bachelors 2002 On-Site
BS Game Design Engineering Bachelors 2017 Distance Education
BS Game Design Engineering Bachelors 2013 On-Site
BS in Computer Science Bachelors 1992 On-Site
MA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Masters 2012 Distance Education
MA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Masters 2012 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2019 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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