California Coast University was founded in 1973 with the intent of reaching the student who, because of location, profession or time commitments, did not allow them to attend the traditional university.
The programs at CCU are directed to the mid-career adult that is self-motivated and an independent learner. The average student at CCU is 41 years old and works full time. Over 80% of the students have 3-15 years of experience in their field of study before they enroll at CCU. The pace of the course work is set by the student and supervised by a faculty member. This means that the desired degree is earned completely at the pace of the student but usually completed in 1-3 years.
California Coast University is completely online and targets the mature professional. The vast majority of their students have prior college/work experience so the courses are self-directed, self-paced and independent. Time limits are in place so a course cannot drag on forever.
Since students have already gained a plethora of knowledge or expertise working, they are able to obtain additional certification or degrees that will benefit them in their current job situation. Some graduated students were able to qualify for promotions or pay raises due to their additional education.
The programs offered at CCU are a bit limited. Their emphasis seems to be Business Administration, Psychology and Criminal Justice. They offer more Masters and Doctoral degrees than Bachelors and Associates.
While students can obtain undergraduate and even postgraduate degrees, prospective students should be aware of the subject manner California Coast University offers. These programs are broken down into the following: