Making Nonprofit Investments in Our Students

As a 501(c)(3) educational organization, the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) takes a nonprofit approach to improving student lives through higher education. Our colleges include the online Independence University and Stevens-Henager College in West Haven (Ogden), Utah. Flexible, career-focused degree programs are available in healthcare, business, technology, and graphic arts.

With many nontraditional students striving for a degree while juggling work and family, CEHE colleges specialize in helping students fit their degree programs into their busy lives. Our industry-experienced instructors provide ample attention to each student, helping them learn the skills required by today’s employers. With educational roots reaching back over 120 years, CEHE succeeds every time a graduate gets a better job and improves his or her quality of life.


From 2007-2012, CEHE a 501(c)(3) organization operated as a public charity. 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. The sole stockholder, Carl B. Barney, of a group of colleges, including CollegeAmerica, Stevens-Henager College, and California College San Diego wanted to become a nonprofit institution. He shared much of the same vision for improving higher education as the founders of CEHE. The colleges embody many of the principles CEHE sought to promote in its efforts to improve higher education. It was a perfect match. On December 31, 2012 the colleges were merged into CEHE, which was restructured as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.

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