The Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education furthers strengths-based approaches to teaching, learning, and leading.

The academy offers a variety of strengths-oriented resources to identify and nurture the strengths of lifelong learners engaged in academics. Academy faculty and staff also provide consultation, certification, and leadership development programs for higher education professionals desiring to employ a strengths development approach to produce thriving students and campuses.

News & Features

  • USA Today Names APU Among 10 Best Colleges for Nursing

    USA Today named Azusa Pacific University among the 10 best U.S. colleges to earn a nursing degree for 2015-16. APU ranks No. 8, joining other prominent schools including Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and New York University.

  • Man Exonerated from Murder Conviction Speaks at APU

    Wrongly convicted of murder, Nick Yarris spent 21 years on prison’s death row before his exoneration. He spoke to students in the new Department of Criminal Justice, describing his journey.

  • Positive Assist

    LyDell Cardwell ’15 grew up on the rough streets of East Palo Alto, California. Cardwell had every opportunity to get mixed up with violence, gangs, and negativity, but he didn’t.