|Motto||Where Your Passion Becomes Action|
|Location||Oakland, California, United States|
|Campus||Urban, 15 acres (61,000 m2)|
Patten University is a private for-profit institution of higher education in Oakland, California. Originally, founded in 1944 by Bebe Patten as the Oakland Bible Institute, it was acquired in 2012 by the UniversityNow and became a secular for-profit institution.
Patten University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and authorized by the California State Board of Education. It offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in biblical studies, liberal studies, management, pastoral studies and psychology. Master’s degree programs are available in education and business management.
According to the university website, for over 60 years Patten University has earned a reputation for carefully mentoring and guiding students in making a difference in their communities. Founded in 1944 as the Oakland Bible Institute by Dr. Bebe Itanimulli Patten, Patten University emphasized faith-based teaching and created programs for students with broad academic and career interests. In 1980, Patten received initial accreditation by the WASC Senior College Commission and changed its name to Patten College.
In December 2012, Patten University began the transition from a non-profit, sectarian institution to a for-profit, secular institution under the umbrella of the parent company UniversityNow.
In 1980, the university received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; the regional accrediting body. Then in February 2011, WASC put Patten University on probation citing problems with four specific areas and there will be a fall 2012 review of the progress.
The Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC) changed Patten University's accreditation from 'Probation' to 'Accredited' in July 2013, after changes made by UniversityNow were implemented and reviewed by the accrediting body in June 2013.
Patten University is a member of the Regional Association of East Bay Colleges and Universities; the American Library Association; the Pacific Coast Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers of the American Association of Higher Education; the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors; the National Association of College Admissions Counselors; and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The university is approved by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance of nonimmigrant international students under the Immigration and Nationalization Act, and is approved for veterans. It Title 4 eligible but does not participate in its programs. Qualified students are eligible to receive state scholarships.
- "Statement of Accreditation Status: Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- "Public Statement Regarding Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- "Actions: Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14.