BPP University

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BPP University
BPP University logo
Motto Your Ambition Realised
Established 1992
Type Private
Parent institution BPP Holdings
President Baroness Cohen of Pimlico
CEO & Vice Chancellor Carl Lygo[1]
Students 9,000
Location Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester, United Kingdom
Former names BPP University College of Professional Studies (2010)
BPP College of Professional Studies (2005)
BPP Law School (1992)
Website bpp.com/university

BPP University is a private university dedicated to business and the professions, based in London. The university is owned and run by BPP Holdings, a provider of professional and academic education that is part of the American higher education company Apollo Group which owns the Western International University in the USA, Universidad Latinoamericana in Mexico and University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communication in Chile.

BPP University is a UK degree-awarding body with four schools: BPP Business School, BPP Law School, BPP School of Health[2] and BPP School of Foundation and English Language Studies.

History[edit]

BPP was founded by Alan Brierley, Richard Price and Charles Prior in 1976 as Brierley Price Prior to provide exam training to accountancy students.[3] In 1992 BPP Law School was founded and in 2005 this joined forces with the newly formed BPP Business School under the name BPP College.[3]

In 2007 the Privy Council gave BPP College degree-awarding powers,[4] making it the first publicly owned private company in the UK to obtain degree-awarding powers, after undergoing examination by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). In July 2010 BPP College was granted university college status and from that point was known as BPP University College.[5]

In August 2013 BPP University College was awarded university status and changed its name to BPP University.[6] BPP University awards a growing number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at city-centre locations in the United Kingdom.

In November 2013 BPP won Education Investor magazine's "Higher/Professional Education Provider of the Year 2013" award. [7]

Also during 2013, BPP granted its 1,000th scholarship to promote diversity of access to the accountancy, finance and legal professions.[8]

Locations[edit]

BPP University has study centres in Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester [9]

Organisation and administration[edit]

BPP University is one of six private degree awarding bodies in the UK. As a private body, it receives no direct funding from the higher education funding council and can set tuition fees at the level of its choice. Undergraduate students do however qualify for student loan company loans.[5]

In 2011, BPP set its fees for 2012 undergraduate courses at £5,000, a much lower level than most publicly funded UK universities.[10]

Academic programmes[edit]

The university offers degree programmes in law,[11] business (management, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, leadership) accounting, finance, psychology and health studies. In 2011, it had 6,780 students taking courses in its Business School, Law School, School of Health and School of Foundation & English Language Studies. A further 30,000 took accountancy qualifications with BPP's professional training organisation BPP Professional Education. The university also manages and operates McTimoney College of Chiropractic[12] and through that partnership offers four year Master's degrees in Chiropractic.[5]

Pathway programmes[edit]

"Pathway programmes" are non-degree programmes. [13]

Executive Education[edit]

The university also provides a number of Professional Education courses also, leading to exams taken with professional bodies such as The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).[14]

Controversy[edit]

Since 2009 BPP has been owned by the Apollo Group, the leading for-profit educational corporation in the US.

In 2012, an investigation by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions, showed that 60 per cent of Apollo students dropped out within two years, while of those who completed their course, 21 per cent defaulted on paying back their loans within three years of finishing. It also revealed that 89 per cent of Apollo’s revenue comes from federal student loans and that it spends twice as much on marketing as on teaching. A lawsuit filed in 2003 alleged that the University of Phoenix (owned by Apollo Group) had wrongfully obtained at least $3 billion of federal student aid; in 2009 the Apollo Group agreed to pay $78.5 million to settle the suit, in one of the largest pay-for-performance compensation settlements ever reached. After a separate investigation in 2004, the Apollo Group paid about $10 million in fines to the US Department of Education, which had criticised UoP’s admissions practices: recruiters, for example, were paid bonuses depending on the numbers they signed up.[15] The report by the Department of Education concluded that Phoenix, as the Chronicle of Higher Education put it, had a ‘high-pressure sales culture’ that intimidated recruiters who failed to meet targets and encouraged the enrolment of unqualified students – in short that it rewarded ‘the recruiters who put the most “asses in classes”’. Apollo illegally withheld the report, but it was leaked and the group’s value on the stock market crashed. A suit was brought alleging that its management had ‘disseminated materially false and misleading financial statements in an effort to inflate its stock price and attract investors’.In 2006 the company’s controller and chief accounting officer resigned amid allegations that the books had been cooked; in 2007, the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council threatened to withdraw Apollo’s listing from the stock exchange; in 2008, a US federal jury in Arizona found Apollo guilty of ‘knowingly and recklessly’ misleading investors, and instructed the group to pay shareholders some $280 million in reparations. Apollo appealed, but the appeal was rejected by the US Supreme Court on 8 March 2011.[16]

In January 2008, Apollo was found liable for misleading investors by not disclosing a Department of Education report critical of the University of Phoenix's recruitment practices. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $280 million.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Janet Murray (9 May 2011). "BPP University College chief leads a university 'that is different'". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Private university expands into health sector". BBC News. 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "BPP FAQs: A little bit of history". BPP Website. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Marcus Leroux (25 September 2007). "FTSE company wins right to give degrees". The Times. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Sean Coughlan (25 July 2010). "First private university in decades to be created". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "For-profit college gains full university status". BBC News. 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.educationinvestor.co.uk/awards/awardsWinners2013.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.bpp.com/about-bpp/aboutBPP/press-releases#provider-of-the-year
  9. ^ http://www.bpp.com/university-college/l/about-bpp-university-college
  10. ^ "Private university's £5,000 tuition fees". BBC News. 6 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Melanie Newman, "For-profit college to offer two-year law degree," 17 January 2008, The Times Higher Education, found at The Times Higher Education website. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  12. ^ http://undergraduate.bpp.com/
  13. ^ BPP website pathway programmes list
  14. ^ http://www.bpp.com/postgraduate-course-details/d/postgraduate/PGCIMPGDip/10672
  15. ^ http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n20/stefan-collini/sold-out
  16. ^ http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n11/howard-hotson/short-cuts
  17. ^ Jury Finds U of Phoenix Parent Company Liable for $280 Million Chronicle of Higher Education January 16, 2008

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