In 1978, the five presidents of Albany Business College, Monroe College, Rochester Business Institute, Utica School of Commerce and the Wood School formed the New York’s Association of Private Degree- Granting Institutions.
The organization was incorporated by the New York State Board of Regents. These college leaders successfully argued that their institutions were no different than other colleges and therefore should have the authority to award degrees.
The history of proprietary colleges in New York is rooted in tradition and quality education, and it extends back to the middle 1800s, far earlier than the creation of this association. Bryant & Stratton College, founded in 1854, Jamestown Business College (1886), and Utica School of Commerce (1896) are still operating successfully. Many other proprietary institutions were established in the first half of the 20th century; The College of Westchester was founded in 1915, Berkeley College (1931), Monroe College (1933) and Manhattan-based LIM College (1939).
Today, members of APC Colleges serve students year-round, granting degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs, including a variety of comprehensive online programs. Since 1980, enrollment in proprietary colleges has nearly doubled, dramatically outpacing the growth in other sectors of higher education, including public and private colleges.
APC member-colleges also are strong financial engines for New York’s economy and part of the state’s work force solution because we identify the needs of employers and adjust or develop curriculum to meet those needs.
Our colleges help employers throughout the state build their futures by turning out qualified graduates who are prepared to make an immediate contribution in the workplace.
From business administration to computer programming, health care to visual arts, APC students are offered degree programs in many traditional and emerging fields, including law enforcement, computer animation and the business of fashion.
Access to modern curriculum provides APC students with the advantage they need to succeed in today’s competitive work environment.