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The Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) was created in 1990. The primary purpose for NPEC is to ensure that each authorized college or school is educationally sound and financially stable. Specifically, NPEC works to 1) assure prospective and enrolled students that the program of study and supporting elements of, the institutions meet minimum standards, 2) assure prospective employers that graduates have acquired appropriate job skills, 3) assure the general public, federal agencies, and other state agencies that programs meet minimum standards.The Commission administers the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990 by providing standards, procedures, and evaluation for the oversight of postsecondary institutions. The staff reviews and authorizes each college or school annually, provides consumer information and protection, resolves student complaints, manages institution closures and resulting student records, prepares required publications and grants exemptions as applicable. The staff also develops new and/or revised standards, procedures, regulations and schedules in response to changing laws, needs and circumstances.