National University (California)
Motto in English
|We live through learning|
|Chancellor||Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.|
|President||David W. Andrews, Ph.D.|
|2,721 (full & part-time)|
|Location||San Diego, California, United States|
|Campus||Urban, 28 campuses|
Blue and Light Gray
|Affiliations||National University System|
National University (NU) is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th largest in the United States. Founded in 1971, National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California, United States offering academic degree programs at campuses located throughout the state, as well as in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Virginia through an online learning environment.
National University is organized into five professional schools and one college: the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the Sanford College of Education; 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 for adult learners and on-campus classes are scheduled during evenings and on weekends.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Campus locations
- 3 Organization
- 4 Student body
- 5 Sanford Education Center
- 6 History
- 7 Recognitions
- 8 Accreditation and approvals
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 National University System
- 11 References
- 12 External links
National University is organized into five schools and one college; the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the Sanford College of Education; 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. Participating in online education since 1996, National University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and over 1,500 courses online.
College of Letters and Sciences
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 applied linguistics, creative writing, English, film studies, gerontology, rhetoric, history, 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 Management
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. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program features a curriculum delivered exclusively through distance-learning technologies.
Sanford College of Education
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 and approximately 70% of the 26,000 teachers in San Diego County earned their credentials at National University. Programs are offered on campus and online.
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.
School of Engineering and Computing
The School of Engineering and Computing offers degree programs in engineering, technology, computer science, digital media, and related fields. Students can focus on management information systems, environmental or construction engineering, project management, wireless communication, and information technology management.
School of Health and Human Services
Healthcare undergraduate and graduate degree academic programs (including a Doctor of Nursing Practice program) 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 Studies
The School of Professional Studies offers several graduate and undergraduate academic degree programs focusing on community improvement, law, criminal justice, public service, and continuing education programs.
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:
National University offers reduced tuition for classes on base for qualified military students and their dependents. Admission offices and Learning Centers are located on many U.S. military bases in the San Diego area and in Twentynine Palms which include:
- Naval Air Station North Island Learning Center, San Diego
- Naval Base Coronado Learning Center, San Diego
- Naval Base San Diego Learning Center, San Diego
- Naval Hospital Learning Center, San Diego
- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Learning Center, San Diego
- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Learning Center, Camp Pendleton, California
- Marine Corps Base Quantico and indirectly all the Marines in Washington DC.
- Marine Corps Recruit Depot Learning Center, San Diego
- Twentynine Palms Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center Learning Center, Twentynine Palms, California
- Fleet AntiSubmarine Warfare Training Center Learning Center, San Diego
The Board of Trustees of the National University System is the governing body vested with "supreme control" over National University. Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to the university as a whole. Among other responsibilities, the board elects the president, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, and establishes degrees to be awarded. Board oversight is also provided through its committee structure consisting of an Advisory Executive Committee, a Nominating Committee, an Investment Committee, an Audit Committee, the Committee on Academics, the Committee on Advancement, and the Committee on Resources. Day-to-day responsibility for administration of the university is delegated by the trustees to the president.
The Board of Trustees 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.
National University has an enrollment size that represents the second-largest private, non-profit institution of higher education in California. The average age of a NU student age is 32 and roughly 23,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled. Nine percent of the student body are in the military. National University ranks as one of the largest graduate student institutions of higher education in the United States with 23,909 students officially enrolled.
National's graduation rate for the 2014 academic year is 71% at undergraduate level and 65% at the graduate level.
Sanford Education Center
National University is the home of Sanford Education Center.
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.
Institute of Philanthropy
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.
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.
Two years later, in 1977, National opened up facilities in Kearny Mesa and then expanded in San Diego County. At that time, National had some 1,000 alumni. It also received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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. Also in 1979, National acquired the Cabrillo Pacific College of Law, becoming National's School of Law.
During the 1980s, National expanded with campuses in California's largest cities. 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.
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.
In 1991, a tiered faculty structure model was developed. National University's School of Law was dissolved.
In 2000, over 17,000 students were enrolled at National.
In 2001, the Board of Trustees established the National University System 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.
In 2009, Gibson left National, and Patricia E. Potter served as Interim President. Michael R. Cunningham became President on July 1, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results in The Chronicle’s third annual report on The Academic Workplace are based on a survey of more than 42,000 employees at 277 colleges and universities.
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.
Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, 1,653 teachers earned their single-subject, multiple-subject, and education specialist teaching credentials through National University, accounting for ten percent of the statewide total. National University has led California in preparing credentialed teachers every year since 2000.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, National University conferred more master's degrees in education to minority students – including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans – than any other college or university in California.
For the 2009-2010 academic year, National University ranked 2nd nationally in granting master's degrees in education to Hispanic Americans, and 6th nationally in granting master's degrees in education to all minorities.
National University's endowment ranks among the top 200 largest in the nation, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers' 2008 survey of the leading 796 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
In 2008, three National University alumni received recognition as California Teacher of the Year by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- In 2002 and again in 2003, National University was recognized by the California Council for Excellence in Education with the "Baby Baldrige" Eureka Award.
Accreditation and approvals
National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is one of six official regional accreditation bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private senior colleges, universities, community colleges, and elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
In addition to being accredited by WASC, National University also is:
- Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
- Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
- Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
- Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
- Approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NSBN)
- Approved by the Nevada Department of Education (NDE)
- Approved for Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and U.S. government tuition assistance.
- Member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- Member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)
- National University's English Language Programs are accredited by the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).
- National University's on-campus Paralegal Degree and Certificate programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- Lloyd Bryan Molander Adams, co-founder of Extreme Sports Channel
- Chris Brown (California politician), controversial Mayor of Hawthorne, California
- Ocky Clark, runner
- Thomas S. Crow, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy from 1979-1982
- Gerry Czarnecki, high profile business executive, author of books on leadership principles
- Duke Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot ace and 7 term US Congressman, awarded the Navy Cross, 2 Silver Stars, and the Purple Heart
- Marti Emerald, local television journalist and multi-term member of the city council of San Diego, California
- Otto Guevara, Costa Rican legislator and presidential candidate
- Brian Graham (baseball), major league baseball coach
- Isadore Hall III, California state senator
- Waad Hirmez, US professional soccer player
- Todd Huston, an American motivational speaker, author, mountain climber, and inventor
- Hanna Jaff, Mexican Deputy Secretary of Immigrants from 2013-2014
- Lin Junq-tzer, Governor of Taiwan Province
- Chief Phil Lane, Jr., a leader of American indigenous peoples
- Steven Paul Logan, United States District Judge, who being a Marine Corps Colonel (United States) (now reserve) concurrently serves on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
- Weston Ochse, author
- Frank Pastore, major league pitcher, radio host and author
- Jerry Sanders (politician), former mayor and earlier chief of police of San Diego, California
- Erick Thohir, Indonesian businessman, a majority owner of two professional soccer teams
- Billy Pat Wright, multi-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives
- Ryan Zinke, U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, who led a force of 3500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq during Iraqi War and was later elected the US Representative from Montana, awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals and 4 Meritorious Service Medals
- Alan Dooley, Captain, USN (retired)
National University System
National University is the flagship institution of the National University System, which was established in 2001.
In addition to National University, the affiliates of the non-profit National University System are:
- City University of Seattle, Seattle, Washington (affiliated since 2013)
- John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, California (affiliated since 2009)
- National University Academy, Vista, California (established 2008)
- National University Virtual High School, La Jolla, California (established 2003)
- WestMed College, San Jose, California (acquired 2007)
Other entities in the National University System include:
- the Center for Performance Psychology
- the National University System Institute for Policy Research
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- "National University Names Sanford College of Education in Honor of Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford". 2015-12-11.
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- Great Colleges to Work For (Honor Roll) information on Great Colleges To Work For, 2010 at the The Chronicle of Higher Education website. Retrieved on September 4, 2010.
- 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.
- Minority Master's information conferred degrees to minority groups from Diverse Education Magazine website. Retrieved on December 13, 2009.
- "National University Diversity Rankings". Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- endowment rankings Association of College and University Business Officers' website. Retrieved on April 9, 2009.
- 2008 California Teachers Of The Year, National University alumni Lewis Chappelear, Gregory McFall, and Tamara Reina: announced by Jack O'Connell at the California Department of Education website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
- Emmy Award 2007 (Commercial, "One University"): National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
- CAPE Award Winner Lookup Information from California Council for Excellence website. Retrieved on December 31, 2010.
- WASC Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges website. Retrieved on January 23, 2010.
- IACBE Business School Accreditation: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education website. Retrieved on November 12, 2010.
- CCNE Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education website. Retrieved on September 3, 2010.
-  Council on Education for Public Health website. Retrieved on August 5, 2013.
-  NCATE.org website. Retrieved on April 17, 2015.
- BRN Approvals: California Board of Registered Nursing website. Retrieved on September 3, 2010.
- CCTC approval: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
- Nevada Nursing: Nevada State Board of Nursing website. Retrieved on September 3, 2010.
- NDE approval: Nevada Department of Education website. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
- NBOE approval: Nevada Board of Education website. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
- : GI Bill-VA website. Retrieved on November 12, 2010.
- AACTE Membership: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education website. Retrieved on September 3, 2010.
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