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Year in Review: 2012-13

by University Relations

WASC Grants APU Re-accreditation
APU received official notification of a nine-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges on March 11, 2013. The WASC committee, responsible for evaluating the quality and effectiveness or colleges and universities, carefully examined policies, programs, and procedures, and confirmed that APU remains committed to core values: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

APU Recognized on President’s Community Service Honor Roll
For the fifth year, Azusa Pacific University earned inclusion on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, making APU one of only four schools in California to have received this national award five times. The highest federal recognition of university service efforts, this honor distinguished APU as a leader in civic engagement and service learning, demonstrating the university’s commitment to building community partnerships, strengthening neighborhoods, and fulfilling a mission of service as a Christian university.

APU Named an Over-performing College by U.S.News & World Report
This year, U.S.News & World Report published an analysis of colleges in a National Universities ranking category that over-perform or under-perform compared to their undergraduate academic reputations. The first analysis of its kind, Azusa Pacific University ranked in the top 15 of over-performing colleges in the nation. Schools were ranked based on academic reputation, admissions selectivity, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and retention rates.

APU Chamber Singers Named Top Chamber Choir in the World
The Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers traveled to Austria in July to represent the United States in the International Competition for Choirs (ICC), a worldwide choral competition, winning three of the four categories. APU’s Chamber Singers, 1 of 10 groups selected to compete in the 50th ICC, became only the 15th American choir to compete in competition history, the only choir from the western hemisphere included this year, and the first ever from a Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) school.

Honors College Established and Dean Appointed
The Honors College offers an academically enriched plan of study developed for exceptionally talented and motivated students who seek a rigorous academic curriculum grounded in a Christian worldview and demand programs and courses that stretch them beyond the standard requirements. David L. Weeks, Ph.D., former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, takes on the role of dean of the new Honors College, drawing upon his depth and breadth of experience to usher in a new dimension of academic excellence.

New Dean Selected for New College of Music and the Arts
APU established the new College of Music and the Arts, which includes the School of Music and School of Visual and Performing Arts and draws upon the strengths of the already existing School of Music and former College and Liberal Arts and Science’s Departments of Art and Design, and Theater, Film, and Television. The new dean, Stephen P. Johnson, DMA, former dean of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music, brings with him a reputation for intentionality, positivity, and careful stewardship, as well as impressive scholarship records, collaborative leadership skills, and a passion for Christian higher education.

Originally published in the Winter '13 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).