How to regulate the development of independent colleges is one of the major problems confronting China’s higher education. The Order No. 26 (第26号令) issued by the Ministry of Education (教育部) in 2008 requires a transformation of independent colleges in accordance with the standards of independently established regular colleges and universities within five years. Until the deadline of March 2013, 90% of the independent colleges in China had not completed their transformation due to political reasons or the difficulties schools encountered. It is suggested that schools should understand various interests and provide differentiated treatment to resolve the issues faced by independent colleges.