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National University (California)

National University (NU) is a private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. Founded in 1971, National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California, United States. National University offers academic degree programs at campuses located throughout the state of California, one campus in Nevada, and online.

National University
Logo for National University in La Jolla, California.jpg
Motto Discendo Vivimus
(Latin)
Motto in English
We live through learning
Type Private, nonprofit
Established 1971
Endowment $558.9 million[1]
Chancellor Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.
President David W. Andrews, Ph.D.
Academic staff
2,721 (full & part-time)[2]
Students 23,909[3]
Undergraduates 12,089[3]
Postgraduates 11,820[3]
Location San Diego, California, United States
Campus Urban, 28 campuses
Alumni 150,000[4]
Colors

Blue and Light Gray

        
Affiliations National University System
Website www.nu.edu
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National University is organized into four professional schools and two colleges: the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies. National University's online academic programs are interactive with streaming videos, real-time discussions, multimedia learning material, and online classrooms.

Programs at National University are concentrated (typically 4 weeks in length) and are designed primarily for adult learners. On campus classes are mainly scheduled during weeknights with an occasional Saturday.[5]

Contents

AcademicsEdit

National University's academic programs include associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, teaching credentials, and certificate programs.

National University is organized into four professional schools and two colleges: the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies. The university offers over 130 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as 23 teacher credential/certificate programs.[6] Participating in online education since 1996, National University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and over 1,500 courses online.[7]

College of Letters and SciencesEdit

National University’s College of Letters and Sciences provides the undergraduate general education courses to the students enrolled in all of the schools of National and the college itself offers liberal arts programs from bachelor's degrees in biological science, history, and psychology to master's degrees in creative writing, English, film studies, gerontology, and strategic communications.

The College of Letters and Sciences has four departments and offers an Associate of Arts degree and various bachelor's degree majors and master's degree fields of study, as well as bachelor's degree minors:

School of Business and ManagementEdit

The School of Business and Management offers business degree programs on campuses and via online in an interactive learning environment. The school is composed of three departments and offers various bachelor's and master's degrees. Examples of programs offered by the school include Bachelors in Business Administration, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Accountancy, and Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership.[8]

Sanford College of EducationEdit

National University's Sanford College of Education offers bachelor's degrees, master’s degrees, certificates, and education credentials in areas including teaching, school counseling, school psychology, special education, early childhood education, and school administration. National holds teaching contracts with 643 California school districts[9] and approximately 70% of the 26,000 teachers in San Diego County earned their credentials at National University.[10] Programs are offered on campus and online.[citation needed]

At the Henderson, Nevada campus, the Sanford College of Education offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree teacher licensure programs in elementary education, secondary math, and secondary English.[citation needed]

In 2015, National University renamed the School of Education to the Sanford College of Education in honor of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford.[11]

School of Engineering and ComputingEdit

The School of Engineering and Computing offers degree programs in engineering, technology, computer science, and related fields. Students can focus on management information systems, construction engineering, electrical engineering, and information technology management.

School of Health and Human ServicesEdit

Healthcare undergraduate and graduate degree academic programs offered to students include clinical health sciences careers, healthcare administration programs, nursing degrees, public health, allied health, clinical laboratory science, radiation therapy, clinical regulatory affairs, and more.

School of Professional StudiesEdit

The School of Professional Studies offers several graduate and undergraduate academic degree programs such as digital media, law, criminal justice, and continuing education programs.

Campus locationsEdit

National University is geographically dispersed, with its academic and administrative centers located in La Jolla, California. These centers include all administrative offices of the president, vice presidents, school deans and department chairs, financial aid, registrar, and admissions. From its administrative center, the university maintains more than 28 academic campuses throughout urban areas in California and one in Nevada. Campus locations include:

OrganizationEdit

The Board of Trustees of the National University System is the governing body and consists of 25 voting members. Two ex-officio members, the president of the university and the chancellor of the system, also have voting privileges. The Board meets three times a year in San Diego.

Student bodyEdit

National University has an enrollment size that represents the second-largest private, non-profit institution of higher education in California.[12] The average age of a NU student age is 32[13] and roughly 23,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled.[3] Nine percent of the student body are in the military.[14] National University ranks as one of the largest graduate student institutions of higher education in the United States with 23,909 students officially enrolled.

There are approximately 135,000[4] National University alumni in all 50 states and around the world.

Graduation rateEdit

National's graduation rate for the 2014 academic year is 71% at undergraduate level and 65% at the graduate level.[15]

Sanford Education CenterEdit

National University is the home of Sanford Education Center.

Harmony ProgramEdit

The Sanford Harmony program promotes respect and understanding of differences among children. The goal is to expand understanding and acceptance of gender differences at an early age with a result of positively affecting adult relationships.[16]

Institute of PhilanthropyEdit

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers a Master of Arts in Cause Leadership, a Certificate in Cause Sales, and a Certificate in Education Foundation Leadership (in partnership with the National School Foundation Association.[17]

HistoryEdit

National University founder David Chigos, a retired United States Navy lieutenant commander and a director of employee training for General Dynamics Corporation in San Diego, saw a need for a non-traditional university education format with relevant and high-demand degree programs to serve working adults. In November 1971, National University was organized as a private, non-profit institution with 27 students attending classes in 1972. National's first commencement ceremony included 143 graduates.[18]

In 1975, National purchased two properties on Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley.[18]

Two years later, in 1977, National opened up facilities in Kearny Mesa and then expanded in San Diego County.[18] At that time, National had some 1,000 alumni. It also received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[18]

By 1979, National had a 15-acre (6.1 ha) campus with 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2) of classroom and library space and some 3,500 alumni.[18] Also in 1979, National acquired the Cabrillo Pacific College of Law, becoming National's School of Law.[18]

During the 1980s, National expanded with campuses in California's largest cities.[18] National's School of Education was established in 1980. In 1988, Chigos retired as president, with approximately 7,000 students enrolled at 35 established campuses in California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Costa Rica.[18]

Jerry C. Lee was National University’s second president from 1989 until 2007. During his tenure, the number and locations of the university's campuses were restructured, the university’s finances were stabilized and strengthened, National’s academic programs were further enhanced and reviewed by outside specialized accrediting bodies for quality and rigor, and affiliate educational institutions were added to the university.[citation needed]

In 1991, a tiered faculty structure model was developed. National University's School of Law was dissolved.[citation needed]

In 1996, the academic and administrative headquarters was moved from Mission Valley to La Jolla. Online classes and academic degree programs became available.[citation needed]

In 2000, over 17,000 students were enrolled at National.[citation needed]

In 2001, the Board of Trustees established the National University System[19] and Lee was appointed Chancellor. The National University System is a multi-tiered alliance of individual educational and research institutions with each of its respective leaders (including the National University president) reporting to the chancellor.[20]

In 2007, Dana Gibson was appointed as National's third president, and Lee became President Emeritus.[20]

In 2009, Gibson left National, and Patricia E. Potter served as Interim President. Michael R. Cunningham became President on July 1, 2013.[20]

As of 2010, National University was the second-largest private, non-profit institution of higher education in California and the 12th largest private, non-profit in the United States.[21]

In 2011 and 2012, National University had its 40th anniversary with an endowment of over $400 million and real estate property valued at over $145 million.[22]

As of 2014, National had over 24,000 enrolled students with over 130 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs and 23 teacher credential programs at 28 campuses in California and one in Henderson, Nevada, with over 100 academic programs offered online.[23]

RecognitionsEdit

National University is one of the "great colleges to work for" (Honor Roll) according to a 2010 survey of university professors and instructors in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education.[24]

According to an annual report by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) released October 11, 2011, National University prepared more candidates for teaching credentials than any other university in California for the school year 2009-2010.[25]

In 2006, National University earned an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter, for its "One University" commercial.[26]

Accreditation and approvalsEdit

National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[27]

In addition to being accredited by WASC, National University also is:

Notable alumniEdit

National University SystemEdit

National University is the flagship institution of the National University System, which was established in 2001.[19]

In addition to National University, the affiliates of the National University System are:[19]

Other entities in the National University System include:

  • the Center for Performance Psychology[citation needed]
  • the National University System Institute for Policy Research[30]

The NU System is governed by a Board of Trustees and is headquartered in La Jolla, California.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2015. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2015 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2014 to FY 2015" (PDF). 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  2. ^ Fischman, Josh (2010-07-25). Faculty count. Information on faculty number at web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved on 2010-09-05 from http://chronicle.com/section/The-Academic-Workplace/156.
  3. ^ a b c d Western Association of Schools and Colleges (2016). Student enrollment. Information on Student Enrollment at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges web site. Retrieved on 2016-09-02 from https://www.wascsenior.org/institutions/national-university
  4. ^ a b National University (2016). NU alumni. information from NU alumni web site. Retrieved on 2016-04-20 from http://www.nu.edu/Community/AlumniandFriends.html.
  5. ^ Program offerings
  6. ^ Programs: NU website. Retrieved on July 19, 2013.
  7. ^ National University (2012). University Guide. Information on NU Facts at NU web site. Retrieved on 2012-09-04 from http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms.cfm.
  8. ^ "Accounting Degree Courses On-Campus & Online | National University" (PDF). www.nu.edu. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  9. ^ Teacher contracts. information on teaching credentials. NU web site. Retrieved on 2010-09-19 from http://www.nu.edu/assets/resources/pageResources/Online.pdf.
  10. ^ S.D. teacher credentials. information on teaching credentials. NU System video. Retrieved on 2010-10-07 from http://www.nu.edu/Videos/Overview.html.
  11. ^ "National University Names Sanford College of Education in Honor of Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford". 2015-12-11. 
  12. ^ Information on National University, San Diego: Universities.com website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  13. ^ [1]: College Board website. Retrieved on September 4, 2012.
  14. ^ Military: NU website. Retrieved on September 20, 2010.
  15. ^ Graduation Rate: NU website. Retrieved on September 02, 2016.
  16. ^ [2]: Sanford Education Center website. Retrieved on Dec 30, 2014.
  17. ^ [3]: Sanford Education Center website. Retrieved on Dec 30, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h National University (2011). NU History. NU History Information from "Vision" Alumni Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-09-04 from http://www.nu.edu/assets/resources/pageResources/vision-2011.pdf.
  19. ^ a b c NU System. National University System web site. Retrieved on 2010-06-03 from http://www.nusystem.org/.
  20. ^ a b c President. NU web site. Retrieved on 2013-07-19 from http://www.nu.edu/OurUniversity/TheUniversity/Presidents-Page.html.
  21. ^ college database. information on colleges. Retrieved on 2010-10-15 from http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/.
  22. ^ NU property. National University System web site. Retrieved on 2012-02-01 from http://www.nusystem.org/Governance/Chancellor.html.
  23. ^ NU 2007 enrollment. U.S. Dept. of Ed. statistics web site. Retrieved on 2010-11-04 from http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_236.asp.
  24. ^ Great Colleges to Work For (Honor Roll) information on Great Colleges To Work For, 2010 at The Chronicle of Higher Education website. Retrieved on September 4, 2010.
  25. ^ Highest Number of Teachers Credentialed information on teaching credentials issued by colleges and universities: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  26. ^ Emmy Award 2007 (Commercial, "One University"): National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  27. ^ WASC Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges website. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
  28. ^ IACBE Business School Accreditation: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education website. Retrieved on November 12, 2010.
  29. ^ [4] NCATE.org website. Retrieved on April 17, 2015.
  30. ^ NUS (date unknown). National University System Institute for Policy Research. Retrieved from http://www.nusinstitute.org/.
  31. ^ NUS (2010). NU System Governance: National University System web site. Retrieved on 2010-08-28 from http://www.nusystem.org/Governance.html.

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