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Enhancing Pathways to Success – August 2016


At John F. Kennedy University we aim to prepare our graduates to deliver their acquired skills and knowledge in an applied fashion, informed by multiculturalism, professionalism, and service to the community. As part of our commitment to creating an exceptional student experience, based on the recommendation of the faculty, I am pleased to announce a college restructuring that clearly aligns the colleges and creates more streamlined pathways for lifelong learning. It’s our strong belief that this realignment will encourage even greater academic engagement among the faculty, as we support the students in achieving their educational goals and becoming effective change agents in their communities and the world.

Previously, JFK University educational programs were housed in the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the College of Law. Although this structure of colleges has served students and faculty organized around degree level, in service to our mission of academic excellence, and commitment to finding the best ways to serve our students, we have realigned our programs into a new structure, which now consists of: the College of Business and Professional Studies, the College of Psychology and Holistic Studies, and the College of Law. With this change we continue to be dedicated to a diverse learning environment that honors different perspectives, and values open dialog and critical thinking.

This strategic realignment benefits our students and also offers the faculty an opportunity to create discipline-focused synergies throughout degree levels.  Under this new arrangement of colleges, the University is able to maximize research and scholarships, and leverage program learning and mentorship at all levels. Ultimately, the dedicated faculty and staff in each of our colleges are now better positioned to strengthen the supportive learning communities at JFK University, and encourage students along the academic degree pathways to achieve their educational goals.

Dr. Michael Graney Mulholland, who previously served as Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies will now serve as Dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies. The college includes undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to effectively prepare our students to meet evolving business challenges and needs of local and global communities.

The College of Psychology and Holistic Studies, led by Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, Ph.D. offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in subjects such as the doctorate in psychology, the master’s degrees in consciousness and transformative studies, counseling psychology, counseling psychology – holistic and sport psychology. Faculty and students in the bachelor’s degree in psychology program will join these programs.

Dean Barbieri, JD will continue to lead the College of Law at JFK University. This college offers a full-time and part-time juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, along with certificate programs for students interested in pursuing a profession in the legal field. The college will continue to offer a comprehensive education that gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience, such as participation in the university law clinic. In June, the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership relocated to the Pleasant Hill campus and provides an opportunity for students, as well as entrepreneurs, from around the country to participate in this hands-on program.

I am confident that this new alignment of the colleges allows the University to more strongly fulfill its mission of providing access to high-quality, innovative educational opportunities that integrate theory and life experience. For students who have been pursuing a degree under the previous college nomenclature they may choose either college name for their diplomas.

On a final note, I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Randy Frisch, who has recently been named President of City University of Seattle (CityU), an affiliate of the National University System. Randy and I have been colleagues for several years and I look forward to working with him in his new role to strengthen the academic collaboration between JFK University and CityU.