Antioch University Los Angeles
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|Antioch University Los Angeles|
|President||Tex Boggs, Ph.D.|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Antioch College was founded in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president, was a renowned educator, architect of the American public school system, social reformer and abolitionist. His goal was to create an educational environment that was stimulating and unconventional in its approach to learning.
As early as 1863, Antioch embraced a policy abolishing race as a criterion for acceptance. Since then, Antioch has been a dedicated advocate for social equity. Antioch College was also the first college in America to educate women on equal terms with men. In addition, Antioch was the first American college to hire female faculty on an equal basis with male colleagues and the first co-educational college to have a woman on its Board of Trustees.
Since its creation in 1852 Antioch has evolved from a small liberal arts college to a multi-campus university system with five campuses located across the nation in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Keene, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington, Santa Barbara, California and Los Angeles, California.
Antioch University Los Angeles is one of the five campuses of Antioch University. The seeds of the modern Antioch University were sown in the birth of an independent, non-sectarian college founded in 1852 and then created in 1964 with the founding of the Putney School of Education in New England, the first of its present campuses.
Antioch University was originally a single campus college, Antioch College, and was the result of American educator Horace Mann's dream to establish a college comparable to Harvard but with some notable differences. This college was to be completely non-sectarian and co-educational, and with a curriculum that would not only include the traditional treatment of the classics, but would emphasize science and the scientific method, history and modern literature. Students would not compete for grades, but would be encouraged to pursue issues of interest to them, read what they considered worthwhile and present papers on topics of their own choosing. Founded in 1852 as Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Horace Mann became the first president in 1853.
From its inception, racial and gender equality, independent study and independent thinking were integral parts of Antioch College. Six students were accepted for the first quarter: four men and two women who came to share the same college classrooms for the first time in the U.S. The notion of gender equality extended also to the faculty. Antioch was the first U.S. college to designate a woman as full professor, and the original faculty included seven men and two women. Then, in 1863, the college instituted the policy that no applicant was to be rejected on the basis of race.
In the early 1850s, Rebecca Pennell offered a course on teaching methods which was the first of its kind, while John Burns Weston, class of 1857, established a long-standing precedent by being both student and faculty simultaneously. He taught Greek language and literature for 20 years and remained a lifelong student.
While Antioch College never diverged from the philosophy of Horace Mann, the final form of an Antioch education traced its roots from the election of Arthur Morgan as President of the college in 1920. Morgan, like Mann, believed in the development of the individual as a whole. Having seen the difficulty encountered by ivory-tower academicians attempting to participate in the business world, he resolved to change the cloistered educational experience by providing students with work experience in their field. He wrote “The Plan for the New Antioch” which was his vision for the future of the school. This was the beginning of Antioch's unique program of work and study, what Morgan termed, “industrial education.”
Morgan initiated the practice of student government. He also changed the nature of the admissions procedure. Rather than relying on entrance examinations, Morgan opted for more personal information on prospective students. In addition, senior exams were graded "honors" or "pass", and students who failed could retake the exam. Morgan remained at Antioch until 1933, when President Roosevelt requested that he assume directorship of the Tennessee Valley Authority Project.
Rooted in its rich tradition dating back to Horace Mann and its abolitionist heritage, Antioch University Los Angeles was established in 1972, with just 12 students, as Antioch University sought to provide greater access and innovative progressive education to students, with degree programs designed specifically for the mature adult learner. Still committed to its rich heritage and as one of the five campuses of Antioch University, Antioch University Los Angeles is committed to the core values of social justice, service to community, and lifelong learning.
The campus is located in Culver City, within the Greater Los Angeles area, approximately where the 405 and 90 freeways cross. The current student body consists of approximately 1200 learners and a faculty of distinguished scholars and educators, who share the historic values of the university. In 2011, Dr. Tex Boggs became President of Antioch University Los Angeles and Dr. Luis G. Pedraja became the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Antioch University Los Angeles is currently home to a number of undergraduate and graduate programs: BA in Liberal Studies, which includes the Bridge Program; MA in Clinical Psychology; A in Organizational Management; a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, the new MA in Urban Sustainability program (also a low-residency program), as well as a Masters in Education program. AULA also offers a teaching credentialing program, as well as several non-degree certificate programs.
B.A. in Liberal Studies 
The B.A. in Liberal Arts Program at Antioch University uses multiple learning formats and develops independent studies with the support of faculty mentors. Students can obtain academic credit for prior learning. The program promotes the values of academic excellence, experiential learning, and social justice. The program developed six structured areas of concentration based on the most popular student choices: Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology and Urban Community and Environment. In addition to the six concentrations students can create programs to stretch existing careers in new directions or fuel individual enthusiasm for specialized academic focus.
Program Chair: Kirsten Grimstad, Ph.D. Core Faculty: MeHee Hyun, Pchards, Ph.D., David L.D., Diana Pei Wu, Ph.D.
The Bridge Program at Antioch University Los Angeles offers BA credit to underprivileged adults. It provides free university classes for low income adults, including tuition, textbooks, instruction, tutoring, transportation, and meals during class for all Bridge students. The program, formerly called the CHE Program (Community Humanities Education), has been in existence since 1999, when it was founded by David Tripp and Shari Foos. Students in the Bridge Program are encouraged to think critically, participating in discussions and writing about philosophy, literature, and art history over nine months. Students are introduced to a variety of voices in these disciplines, from classical figures to contemporary authors. Students are also encouraged to examine the social and cultural constructs of our society. The Bridge Program was inspired by the Clemente Course at Bard College, which similarly provided free classes to economically disadvantaged students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.
Master of Arts in Organizational Management 
The Master of Arts in Organizational Management program at AULA is an established values-centered education for leaders, managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, that informs students in effectively working with and through people to accomplish organizational goals. The program tries to promote skilled leadership, team work, and a comprehensive systems understanding of organizations and their relationship to a larger environment. A combination of classroom and field-based activities are utilized by faculty to educate students. Graduates can apply skills learned in business, government and not-for-profit settings.
Program Chair: Susan Nero, Ph.D., Core Faculty: Bob Lazzarini, M.B.A.
M.A. in Psychology 
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program educates students for careers in the helping professions. Many students go on to take and pass the MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) licensure examinations. The curriculum is rigorous and eclectic and emphasizes the role of psychology in empowering people of all backgrounds, cultures, economic standing, sexual orientations and identities. AULA's coursework focuses on a wide range of theories and techniques for today's increasingly diverse society. Beyond the classroom walls, students implement their learning by practicing therapy under professional supervision at one of over 150 affiliated counseling centers.
Program Chair: Joy Turek, Ph.D. Core Faculty: George Bermudez, Ph.D., Andrew Jen, Ph.D., Truyen Nguyen, Ph.D., Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., Gregor V. Sarkisian, Ph.D., Sylvie Taylor, Ph.D.
M.A. in Urban Sustainability 
The Urban Sustainability program requires two years of full-time coursework that integrates theoretical learning with field-based practice. This 36 semester-credit degree program uses a low-residency format with on-campus residencies, off-site residencies, and structured project periods between those residencies. During their first year, students engage in two six-credit interdisciplinary seminar courses as well as two three-credit research-oriented courses. They also attend four residencies and begin their field work during this first year. The second year of the program requires students to continue their fieldwork and launch a capstone project while taking elective courses related to their individual disciplinary interests. Students attend two residencies during this second year and a final one at the end of their program.
Interim Chair and Core Faculty: Donald Strauss, M.F.A.
MFA in Creative Writing 
Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA program was founded in 1997 as the nation’s first low-residency creative writing program on the West Coast. At two 10-day residencies each year, students gather to discuss literature and the pursuit of social justice. The MFA Program educates students in the various roles of the Writer in Society, how to make a difference on the page and in the communities where writers work and live.
MFA students are admitted in a single genre: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The Core Faculty consists of Chair Steve Heller (fiction), Jenny Factor (poetry), and Bernadette Murphy. Associate Faculty includes Dodie Bellamy, Molly Bendall, Gayle Brandeis, Leonard Chang, Susan Taylor Chehak, Richard Garcia, Sharman Apt Russell, Alma Luz Villanueva and Terry Wolverton. Each MFA Residency includes distinguished guest writers, as well as literary agents and editors. Some recent guests include Steve Almond, Charles Baxter[disambiguation needed], Aimee Bender, Amy Bloom, Ron Carlson, Marilyn Chin, Bernard Cooper, Percival Everett, B. H. Fairchild, Thomas French, Diana Hume George, Jack Gilbert, Kate Haake, Donald Hall, Sam Hamill, Jonathan Hirsch, Michelle Huneven, Tyehimba Jess, Judith Kitchen, David Kipen, Dale Maharidge, Valerie Miner, Nila NorthSun, Josip Novakovich, Achy Obejas, Scott Russell Sanders, Mona Simpson, Kazuko Sugisaki, Alexis Smith, David St. John, and Sandra Tsing Loh.
Education Department 
Antioch University Los Angeles offers a Master of Arts in Education or Teacher Credentialing program. The curriculum prepares teachers and provides the skills and knowledge in leadership for education reform. The program is a half time, 6 quarter Master of Arts in Education that utilizes small classes and narrative grading.
Program Chair J. Cynthia McDermott, Ed.D. Core Faculty: Fred Chapel, Ed.D.; Richard Kahn, Ph.D.