Northwest Christian University

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Northwest Christian University
NCU Seal Blue Gold.png
Established 1895
Type Private
President Joseph Womack
Location Eugene, Oregon, USA
44°02′49″N 123°04′47″W / 44.047°N 123.0797°W / 44.047; -123.0797Coordinates: 44°02′49″N 123°04′47″W / 44.047°N 123.0797°W / 44.047; -123.0797
Former names Eugene Divinity School
Eugene Bible University
Eugene Bible College
Northwest Christian College
Colors Blue and Gold        
Website nwcu.edu
Northwest Christian University (logo).png

Northwest Christian University is a private, liberal arts college located in Eugene, Oregon and is historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. U.S. News & World Report ranked it in the top twenty-five baccalaureate colleges in the western United States in its 2011 rankings.[1]

History[edit]

Photo of Northwest Christian University (then Eugene Divinity School) and its founder, 1903

The school was founded as a divinity school in 1895 by Disciple of Christ preacher Eugene C. Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School (EDS). In 1908 it became Eugene Bible University; in 1930 that name changed to Eugene Bible College. Finally, after a merger with Spokane University in 1934, it became known as Northwest Christian College and then Northwest Christian University in 2008.[2] [3]

On December 8, 2009, Dr. Joseph Womack was named as Northwest Christian University's 10th president, taking office on June 1, 2010.[4] Womack is the son of NCU's eighth president, Dr. James Womack, who served from 1986 to 2004.[5]

Location[edit]

Northwest Christian University is located in east Eugene, at the corner of Alder Street and E. 11th Avenue, separated from the larger University of Oregon by the width of a single lane street. Founder Eugene Sanderson envisioned a school at which students would study the Bible and principles of Christian ministry under Eugene Divinity School's faculty, but take other subjects on the neighboring campus, a model he also attempted to set up at Manhattan Christian College, located near Kansas State University. The Eugene Divinity School and its successive institutions maintained this arrangement with the University of Oregon until 1995, when the University of Oregon unilaterally discontinued it. Since that time NCU has grown to become a comprehensive liberal arts college. Today, NCU students occasionally take University of Oregon classes, have checkout privileges from Knight Library, and take advantage of lectures and other events on the neighboring campus.

Schools and Academic Majors[edit]

Northwest Christian University is organized into two schools: Liberal Arts & Bible, and Professional Studies. The School of Liberal Arts & Bible houses the academic majors of Biology, Communication, English, Exercise Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, Bible and Theology, Christian Ministry, and Music. The School of Professional Studies includes both undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Teacher Education as well as graduate programs in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Teacher Education. Programs are offered in three different formats: traditional undergraduate daytime, adult degree evening and online, and graduate.[6]

Accreditation and Affiliations[edit]

Northwest Christian University has been regionally accredited since 1962 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).[7] [8] It is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (OAICU), the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), the business programs are accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the counseling programs are CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) equivalent.

Athletics[edit]

Northwest Christian teams, nicknamed athletically as the Beacons, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ America's Best Colleges 2011: Northwest Christian University
  2. ^ Quick Facts
  3. ^ [Richardson, William J. "Northwest Christian College" in The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, (eds) Foster, Douglas A., Blowers, Paul M., Dunnavant, Anthony L., and Williams, D. Newell. Grand Rapids, MN: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004, p 572-573]
  4. ^ Womack Named New NCU President
  5. ^ Northwest Christian College Alumni Bulletin, Spring 2004
  6. ^ Academic Majors
  7. ^ NWCCU
  8. ^ Accreditations and Memberships
  9. ^ Beacon Athletics

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