Part of our mission at John F. Kennedy University is to provide access to high-quality, innovative educational opportunities to our students, which is why I’m thrilled that the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has recognized and commended JFK University for its commitment to student success, public service, and financial responsibility, and reaffirmed the University’s accreditation for eight years.
WSCUC is the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This reaffirmation of accreditation assures the educational community that JFK University has met the highest standards of excellence and is fulfilling its commitment to continuous evaluation of quality in all of its programs. The commission also ensures the integrity of the school as a trustworthy institution of learning.
These comprehensive evaluations require much preparation, and the entire JFK University community, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students, worked diligently for two years to prepare for this initiative. The collaborative effort made by the University community resulted in eight commendations for excellence in JFK University’s commitment to student learning, strong leadership of the administration and faculty, and fiscal responsibility. I’d like to applaud President Bean and the team who worked closely with the commission in preparing for and supporting this accreditation review, including Provost Dean Barbieri, Vice President Jack Paduntin, and Chief Financial Officer Chris Berk.
On that congratulatory note, I’d also like to share some additional exciting news. This month, we were thrilled to announce that Randy Frisch has been named president of City University of Seattle (CityU), an affiliate of the National University System (NUS). President Frisch, who had been serving as Interim President, joins CityU after serving as Vice Chancellor for NUS, which is based in San Diego. As we talk more about the National University System, I’d like to take a moment to explain it in more detail.
The National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit educational institutions serving higher education and K-12 students. The System is comprised of several education institutions, including National University which offers more than 100 degree programs throughout California; John F. Kennedy University; City University of Seattle, which offers a Doctorate in Business Administration and an Ed.D.; WestMed College, a healthcare vocational school; and the Division of Pre-College Programs.
As Chancellor of the National University System, I work closely with all University presidents, including President Bean, President Andrews, and President Frisch, to help identify new strategic partnerships and develop academic pathways that benefit our students and our communities.