Jon Wallace Speaks at the Presidential Forum on College and Financial Aid

by Karla Shirvanian '10

All Access weekends offer high school students a chance to visit Azusa Pacific and get a glimpse of life at APU. Students tour campus, meet faculty and students in their future major, and even experience residence life by staying in campus housing. In addition, visiting students and their parents can attend workshops on financial aid and the admission process.

As part of the February 4-6 All Access Weekend the Presidential Forum on College and Financial Aid took place during the financial aid workshop. APU President Jon Wallace spoke about the challenges of applying for and affording college to a packed house in UTCC.

Wallace talked about the affordability of APU and other colleges and universities. He assured parents that after last year's legislative push to keep Cal Grants, there will be the same push will occur this year to continue to help make college more affordable.

He also spoke about the steps APU is taking to make the most out of the college experience. The new Segerstrom Science Center cost $600 a square foot, but the academic program and availability for classes is second to none according to Wallace. He discussed APU's commitment to training students for the world. APU is a place that students will be able to get the classes they need to graduate in four years, and will not suffer from the overcrowding now being experienced at many community colleges and public universities.

"APU has a strong commitment to prepare students for the world. I am not interested in graduating North American Christians, but we want to graduate world citizens," said Wallace.

Wallace ended by encouraging students and the parents, reassuring them that he, along with the staff and faculty at APU, are committed to their future.

"I know this is an uncertain present, but I know who holds the future," said Wallace.

Following the presentation, the attendants were able to ask Wallace questions during a question and answer session. One parent asked why it was important for sophomores in high school to attend preview weekends. In response, Wallace said that he would even encourage eighth and ninth graders to attend preview weekends because it is important for students of all ages to start thinking about college, be encouraged, and have a vision for the future.

The attendants then separated into a breakout session where they learned more about the financial aid process.