Spring 2003 State of the University Address
As we grapple with the uncertain times brought on by events seemingly out of our control, it is important that the leaders and citizens of the East San Gabriel Valley partner together and lean into our deep and sustaining roots, just as our local California Oaks endured the recent Williams fire. For the last two academic years, the APU community has taken this verse from Jeremiah 17 as our theme verse:
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8, New Living Translation)
I want to share with you this morning how our roots run deep, and thus, provide partnership opportunities for our communities to flourish during these very challenging times.
Azusa Pacific University is a four-year comprehensive, Christian university with more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate degree programs, and 4 doctoral programs. Total student enrollment at the Azusa campuses and our six regional sites exceed 7,600 - almost evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate populations. Last year, the university awarded 1,947 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. Perhaps the most significant measurement from last year is the fact that 3,400 undergraduate students generated more than 180,000 hours of community service here in Azusa and surrounding cities. These community service hours are expressed in many ways. The accomplishments of the faculty staff and students this past year are nearly unmatched in our history. According to Abraham Lincoln, “Character is like a tree, and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.” So let’s talk about Azusa Pacific University:
Recent university accomplishments include the following:
- APU secured the Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2001 and 2002
- According to Hispanic Outlook Magazine, APU was listed as number 28 in the top 100 universities in America awarding the most master’s degrees to Hispanics, 1999-2000. Harvard University was ranked 24 and the University of California, Berkeley was 37.
2001-02 Accreditation Approvals
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). APU’s WASC accreditation was reaffirmed (March 2001).
- National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The new School Nurse Services Credential Program received both accreditations (August 2001).
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The School of Education and Behavioral Studies received professional accreditation from NCATE (October 2001).
- American Psychological Association (APA). The Doctor of Psychology Program in the Department of Graduate Psychology received confirmation of national accreditation for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology (January 2002).
- Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Athletic Training Education Program became the only school in California to receive this accreditation (April 2002).