Institutional Proposal for GNPEC Authorization

Institutional Proposal for GNPEC Authorization

The mission of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC or the Commission) is to ensure that each authorized nonpublic postsecondary educational institution doing business in the State of Georgia is educationally sound and financially stable. In order to support this responsibility, GNPEC requires the submission and approval of an Institutional Proposal prior to providing access to the Initial Authorization Application.

The following is a list of items that must be addressed in the Institutional Proposal:

  1. Institutional Profile- Basic information must be provided including name, address/proposed address, mission statement, and names of known institutional representatives and personnel.
  1. Programs- All proposed programs must be listed including program name, level (certificate and/or degree to be awarded), and objective.
  1. Needs Assessment- Using Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) data (, the institution must submit a narrative justifying the need for the proposed training within the State.

a. To begin gathering information, choose “Occupation” within the “Labor Market Analysis” in the left column.  

Choose “Occupation” within the “Labor Market Analysis” in the left column

b. While the site provides multiple options for obtaining information, the “Occupation Employment by Industry” provides easy access to information. 

Select "Occupation Employment by Industry"

c. Furthermore, while any tab may be used, please note the “Occupation Listing” will provide access to a database of employment fields, each with relevant job market data. 

Select "Occupation Listing"

Should DOL data not be applicable, a statement relative to educational needs associated with the proposed program offering(s) may be presented.

The institution must also review the following documents to ensure that it is informed regarding institutional requirements and costs associated with authorization.

A. General Institutional Procedures for Submission of Initial Authorization Application

B. Minimum Standards

C. Schedule of Fees

D. Bonding Requirements 

Institutional Proposals should be submitted by email to Deputy Director, Laura Vieth (  Requests for additional information or scheduling an invitation for an initial interview will be delivered via email within 10 business days of receipt of the proposal.

NOTE:  Please be aware that Standard 8 of the Minimum Standards requires access to liquid funds held strictly for the purposes of the institution, which can support one full year of institutional expenses. The expenses figure is provided to the Commission as estimation in the GNPEC Financial Statement, required as part of the Initial Authorization Application. A bank statement documenting available funds is also required as part of this application.  The Commission will allow a Letter of Credit or Line of Credit (LoC) from a bank in lieu of Cash on Hand (CoH) documented by a current bank statement if the institution is able to provide for all of the following conditions:

  1. Quick Asset/Liability ratio (QAL) of .5 or greater (Cash + Net Annual   Revenue/Current Liabilities)
  2. Collateral on LoC is stable (cash/CD or real estate/property)
  3. LoC is from a banking establishment in good standing with the Georgia Banking Commission or other banking oversight authority.