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Celebrating Success at JFK University – July 2016

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Undergraduate Success Center
Dedication of Undergraduate Success Center Serving Hispanic and Underserved Students. Pictured left to right: Michael McGill, JFK University Board of Trustees; Pleasant Hill Mayor, Sue Noack; Dr. Judy Castro; President Debra Bean; Assemblywoman Catharine Baker.

We’ve had another successful month at JFK University, affecting positive change within our University, our students, and our community. On July 20, we celebrated the dedication of the new Undergraduate Success Center Serving Hispanic and Underserved Students. I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Judy Castro and her team for their dedication to providing an exceptional student experience as evidenced by the opening of this center. At JFK University, we are committed to a culture that respects and values all forms of diversity and sparks creativity, collaboration, and leadership, and the Undergraduate Success Center is a reflection of our dedication to providing educational opportunities and support resources to all lifelong learners. The project stems from a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and includes access to tutors, mentors, computers, a library, and an innovative system to track individual academic progress and determine where support is needed among students.

I’d also like to thank all of our faculty and staff who made the Center dedication at our Pleasant Hill campus such a successful event. We were pleased to have Mr. Carlos Rodriguez and Mr. Mike McGill, two representatives from the National University System Board of Trustees, there to help us celebrate. We were also honored to hear from Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Pleasant Hill Mayor, Sue Noack. Click here to watch a brief video from the dedication ceremony and learn more about the new Undergraduate Success Center Serving Hispanic and Underserved Students.

Players Award Recipient
President Bean with Mary Lee Sharer and Ling Zhong, one of the 2016 President’s Players Award recipients.

To follow up on our new Center, we are taking additional action toward supporting student success with the new agreement JFK University has signed with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in California. With this agreement, we continue our effort toward providing the tools and resources to help our students achieve their educational goals.

I’d also like to share some additional great news for the University. This month, JFK University received its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This accreditation evaluates institutions to ensure the ongoing improvement of academic programs and student support services. The commission also ensures the integrity of the school as a trustworthy institution of learning. This is a very thorough evaluation process and I wish to express my appreciation for the extensive work of those involved with preparing and supporting the WASC review. A special acknowledgement goes to Provost Dean Barbieri, Vice President Jack Paduntin, and CFO Chris Berk for their leadership and collaboration working with the commission.

The success of the University and its students is possible because of the incredible faculty at JFKU, who are committed to sharing their knowledge with our students, and also because our staff members are dedicated to providing excellent service to our students. We recently honored the 2016 President’s Player Awards to those staff members who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the University and its mission and values, a commitment to their department, and a commitment to their team that exceeds expectations. Congratulations to the 2016 President’s Player Awardees. Click here to view the award dinner photo album.