University of the Rockies Catalog - Introduction
University of the Rockies is a private, independent graduate school offering Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees. University of the Rockies is accredited by The Higher Learning. For additional information about the University’s accreditation, please contact:
The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association
A copy of the documentation describing the University’s accreditation will be made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. Please contact the University Provost at Provost@rockies.edu.
Diversity at University of the Rockies means encouraging students of all cultures and experiences to seek higher learning opportunities and learn from one another. At University of the Rockies, diversity is defined by the difference made in people’s lives. Diversity is more than just a mission statement — it is a Core Value.
Understanding that issues of diversity are integral to the successful and ethical functioning of institutions of higher education, University of the Rockies demonstrates its commitment to diversity by advocating for inclusivity throughout our curriculum and establishing an infrastructure that fosters a welcoming and respectful learning environment. Additionally, administrators, faculty, and students strive to encourage and support diversity in their actions with individuals both inside and outside the Rockies community.
University of the Rockies was founded on June 18, 1998, as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (COSPP), to provide a professional graduate education in psychology to individuals who seek licensure as psychologists or practice in other arenas of the profession. In 2007, the University was acquired by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Since that time, University of the Rockies has broadened its focus as a private graduate school to include both social and behavioral science. University of the Rockies offers Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees.
Prospective and current students can locate important information about University of the Rockies on the Student Consumer Information page on the University website at www.rockies.edu/about/consumer-information. This page includes links to helpful information on a variety of key information and disclosures. The presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which requires colleges and universities to publicly disclose various aspects of their policies and procedures.
The Student Consumer Information page is designed to provide open, pertinent information and disclosures for both prospective and current students.
The 2016-2017 University of the Rockies Academic Catalog presents the policies and procedures for graduate programs offered by the University. The University reserves the right to make alterations to this Catalog and the policies and procedures therein as deemed necessary by the University. Changes may also be necessitated by federal, state or local law, other regulatory requirements, accreditation, or licensure. Changes may include but are not limited to curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, procedures, and costs. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, University of the Rockies will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any policy changes through communication methods deemed appropriate by the University administration. In the event that the University plans to change a program such that it will impact a student’s graduation requirements, the information will be posted at the following website address www.rockies.edu/catalog. Please refer to the Plans to Improve an Academic Program policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog for more information.
University of the Rockies reserves the right to refuse to admit or readmit any applicant. Furthermore, University of the Rockies reserves the right to dismiss any student, at any time, who fails to give satisfactory evidence of academic or clinical ability, earnestness of purpose, or active cooperation in all requirements for acceptable program completion.
University of the Rockies cannot guarantee that a student will earn a Doctorate degree or a Master’s degree or qualify for licensure in Colorado or any other state. Students residing in, or seeking licensure in, states other than Colorado are responsible for assuring that their program at University of the Rockies will meet the licensure requirements of that state.
A copy of the documentation describing the institution’s licensure, registration, authorization or certification will be made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. Please contact Bridgepoint Education, Inc.’s Regulatory Compliance team at RegCompliance-State@bpiedu.com.
The University of the Rockies has been approved by Colorado to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information and a list of states where the university is authorized under this approval please go to http://www.nc-sara.org/
Additionally, the University of the Rockies continues to monitor developments in state laws for non-SARA member states in which it enrolls students and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, will promptly seek to obtain such approvals. Please be aware that individual programs may not be approved or may be pending approval by a state licensing authority and cannot be offered to students residing in that state.
In addition to the approved SAA-member states, the University of the Rockies is approved and legally authorized to do business in the state of Wisconsin as a private, post-secondary school, subject to the provisions of §38.50 Wisconsin Statute, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statute.
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
13500 Evening Creek Drive North, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92128
The Denver Campus, located at 1201 16th Street, Suite 200, Denver, Colorado, 80202, has approximately 30,000 square feet of space, which includes classrooms, a library, student study areas, a student lounge, staff offices, and a 150-seat auditorium. “Coaching” classrooms are also available for observation and video feedback. All areas of the campus have wireless access and the public areas have power and network outlets.
Throughout the facility, technology has been incorporated to aid the teaching and learning process. Classrooms have projection systems, high definition cameras, conferencing capabilities and computer and Internet access. The coaching classrooms have one-way glass windows and video control systems, enabling faculty to provide feedback and coaching to their students.
The library has approximately 8,000 square feet of space with study rooms and a lounge area. The library provides university-wide access to a variety of research resources both online and on ground. The library also offers interlibrary loan services allowing students to obtain books, articles, and other documents not currently in the electronic collections.
University of the Rockies’ Denver Campus is open for business from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. To reach our staff, please dial (303) 446-5867 or (855) 531-4705 (toll-free), and then dial the appropriate extension.
Facilities ext. 13041
Financial Aid ext. 3083
Business / Finance Office ext. 30161
Deans & Academic Support Services ext. 30230
Registrar ext. 30175
University of the Rockies online is open for business from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Please dial (866) 621-0124 (toll-free) to reach contacts for the online delivery format.