University of the Rockies

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University of the Rockies
Type for profit
Established 1998[1]
Founder Emory G. Cowan, Jr
Parent institution
Bridgepoint Education
President Dawn Iwamoto, Ed.D[2]
Academic staff
386
Students 1365 (online and campus-based students[3]
Location Denver[4], Colorado, USA
38°49′58″N 104°48′52″W / 38.83280°N 104.81441°W / 38.83280; -104.81441Coordinates: 38°49′58″N 104°48′52″W / 38.83280°N 104.81441°W / 38.83280; -104.81441
Website http://www.rockies.edu

University of the Rockies (UoR) is an accredited for-profit university located in Denver, Colorado.[4] It offers graduate and postgraduate instruction in the social and behavioral sciences both online[5] and at its Denver Instructional Site.[6] The university's programs are organized into two schools: The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) and the School of Organizational Leadership (SOL), offering masters and doctorate degrees as well as graduate level certificate programs.[5] The university's parent organization, Bridgepoint Education, Inc., is a for-profit higher education company based in San Diego, California.

History[edit]

University of the Rockies was founded on June 18, 1998 as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (COSPP)[1] in Denver, Colorado. In 2007, Bridgepoint Education purchased COSPP and changed the school's name to University of the Rockies.[7] In 2012, the University opened a new location in downtown Denver, Colorado.[8] The larger space included more room for on-site instruction and the HLC granted approval for University of the Rockies to offer degree programs at the Denver Instructional Site in 2013. In 2015, the HLC notified University of the Rockies that it would continue the University's accreditation, with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2024-2025.[7]

Academics[edit]

The university's programs are organized into two schools: The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) and the School of Organizational Leadership (SOL), each offering masters and doctorate degrees as well as graduate level certificate programs. The university offers Master of Arts degree in Human Services, Organizational Development and Leadership, Psychology, Education, and Counseling. At the doctorate level, it offers the PsyD in Psychology, and in Psychology with a Clinical Specialization, as well as the PhD in Education, Human Service, and Organizational Development and Leadership. It also offers four graduate level certificate programs in Business Psychology, Criminology and Justice Studies, General Psychology, and Organizational Leadership.[5]

Within each degree programs, students may select any of several specializations.[9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Students pursuing licensure as clinical psychologists may enroll in the PsyD, Clinical Specialization, which is only available on campus. This degree can be tailored by concentrations in Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic/Correctional Psychology, Health Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Sports Neuroperformance[14]

Accreditation and licensure[edit]

The University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) . Initial accreditation was granted by the Higher Learning Commission in 2003.[7] The university has also been granted Category I status as a degree-granting institution by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). The University is an associate member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Its doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is not accredited by the American Psychological Association, and it is not registered with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

Campus[edit]

In 2012, the University of the Rockies opened a new location in downtown Denver, Colorado.[8] The facility offers classroom space and a Student Resource Center for campus students. The University also operated the Rockies Counseling Center in the University's former location in Denver, Colorado. It was is located within a historic red brick building that had served as a railroad depot; the Center closed in 2015.

Student life[edit]

Honor societies[edit]

University of the Rockies students may be eligible to participate in one of the University's academic honor societies, Golden Key International Honour Society[15] and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.[16] Golden Key International Honour Society recognizes academic excellence and encourages scholastic achievement among college students across all disciplines. SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society recognizes academically outstanding student veterans and military.

Diversity initiatives[edit]

Diversity initiatives at the University of the Rockies are driven by the President's Diversity Council, the Diversity Task Force, and the Faculty Diversity Council.[17] Diversity awards and recognitions include:

  • 2015 - G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School [18]
  • 2014 - INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine recognized UoR Vice Provost Dr. Amy Kahn as a Diversity Visionary with a lifetime achievement in diversity award [19]
  • 2014 - Profiles in Diversity Journal selected UoR Provost Dr. Tina Parscal as one of the Women Worth Watching [20]
  • 2013, 2014 - Profiles in Diversity Journal's Innovations in Diversity Award (Honorable Mention) [21]
  • 2013 - The Corporation for National and Community Service named University of the Rockies on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll [22]
  • 2012, 2013 - INSIGHT Into Diversity's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award [23]
  • 2011 - Profiles in Diversity Journal selected Janet Brugger as one of the Women Worth Watching [24]
  • 2011 - Profiles in Diversity Journal's Diversity Leader Award [25]
  • 2010, 2013 - Colorado Springs Diversity Forum's Raising the Bar Award [26]
  • 2010, 2011 - Profiles in Diversity Journal's International Innovation in Diversity Award [27]
  • 2010 - Profiles in Diversity Journal selected UoR President Dr. Charlita Shelton as one of the Women Worth Watching [28]
  • 2010 - DiversityBusiness.com recognized UoR President Dr. Charlita Shelton with the 2010 Champion of Diversity Award [29]

University of the Rockies Press[edit]

University of the Rockies Press publishes and disseminates books on clinical psychology, religion and spirituality, business and organizational leadership, and health and well-being.[30] As of March 2015, there are seven published books under UoR Press.[31]

Community relations[edit]

The University and its employees have supported several volunteer efforts in the community and has partnered with the American Red Cross of the Colorado/Wyoming Region,[32] Book Trust,[33] Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver,[34] Brain Tumor Alliance,[35] Junior Achievement, and Mi Casa.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Educational Approval Board School Search Detail, University of the Rockies". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "University of the Rockies - Administration". Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  3. ^ http://d1lge852tjjqow.cloudfront.net/CIK-0001305323/93de762b-6fb0-43e3-ad36-6067cb9b2ee1.pdf?noexit=true
  4. ^ a b "University of the Rockies, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "University of the Rockies Degree Programs". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Iodice, Kristina (5 March 2013). "University of the Rockies to open second site" (Press release). Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Higher Learning Commission Currently or Previously Affiliated Institutions - 04/16/2015, University of the Rockies". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Huspeni, Dennis (9 March 2012). "Bridgepoint moves more operations to downtown Denver". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "University of the Rockies Master of Arts in Psychology". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "University of the Rockies Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "University of the Rockies Doctor of Psychology". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "University of the Rockies Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "University of the Rockies Doctor of Philosophy in Education". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "University of the Rockies Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Golden Key Chapter Details". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "SALUTE National Honor Society for Veterans Chapters". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "University of the Rockies Diversity Initiatives". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "GI Jobs Military Friendly Survey Results". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "University of the Rockies Vice Provost Awarded Diversity Visionary Award". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Denver Business Journal Briefcase". 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "2013 Innovations in Diversity Awards Competition". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "2013 National and Community Service Honor Roll" (PDF). Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "2012 HEED Award Recipients". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Janet Brugger Profile, Women Worth Watching". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "68 Organizations Awarded Profiles in Diversity Journal's prestigious 2012 Diversity Leader Award" (PDF) (Press release). Profiles in Diversity Journal. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "History, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "University of the Rockies Receives Award of Excellence in 2010 International Innovation in Diversity Awards" (Press release). PR Newswire. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Diversity Journal, The 2010 Women Worth Watching Awards Issue". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "2010 Champions of Diversity Announced". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  30. ^ "University of the Rockies Introduction and Academics". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "University of the Rockies Press". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  32. ^ Hicks, L Wayne (20 February 2015). "Good Works: Loose change donated at DIA helps homeless". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  33. ^ Goldberg, Bruce (25 May 2012). "Colorado Symphony Ball brings in more than $500,000". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  34. ^ "Two Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to Receive Critical Technology Upgrades to Support Stem Education". 3BL Media. 
  35. ^ "Top Participants for The University of the Rockies - Brain Tumor Alliance" (Press release). 5 November 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  36. ^ "Mundo Mi Casa". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

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