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John F. Kennedy University Secures Reaffirmation of Accreditation and is Lauded for its Commitment to Student Success and Public Service

September 9, 2016

Pleasant Hill, Calif. – Commending John F. Kennedy University faculty, staff, and administration for their high level of commitment to the University mission and values, and to student success, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has reaffirmed the University’s accreditation for eight years. JFK University, which is dedicated to providing an exceptional student experience, offers degrees that provide students with service learning experiences that enable them to lead effective change in their communities.

WSCUC is the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In preparation for the institutional review, the University community developed Institutional Learning Outcomes and the meaning of its degrees; and provided evidence for the assessment of student learning and evidence of institution-wide support for student achievement. As part of the reaffirmation, the commission commended the institution for its data-driven approach to planning and decision-making. The reaffirmation of accreditation review assesses the processes for the improvement of student learning, student success, and institutional effectiveness. The participation in the reaffirmation of accreditation allows for reflection, improvement, and peer review analysis, and as an accredited institution, assures the education community, and the general public that it is dedicated to meeting the Commission’s Core Commitments.

“At John F. Kennedy University, we are dedicated to the ongoing improvement of our academic programs and to providing support and resources to all lifelong learners,” said JFK University President Debra Bean. “This reaffirmation is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, and staff, and it underscores the success of the graduates and the impact that they have.”

JFK University, which has three colleges serving approximately 1,100 students at three campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as online, received eight commendations for excellence in its commitment to student learning, strong leadership of the administration and faculty, and fiscal responsibility. The commission also provided four recommendations for continued improvement. The commission’s detailed assessment of JFK University can be found in the WSCUC Team Report.

In WSCUC’s Formal Notification and Official Record of Action sent to President Debra Bean, the commission expressed its commitment to an accreditation process that adds value to institutions while contributing to public accountability. 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 University community’s efforts were recognized, as the commission noted its appreciation for the extensive work that John F. Kennedy University undertook in preparing for and supporting this accreditation review.

John F. Kennedy University’s founding in 1964 was predicated on furthering the 35th President’s legacy of public service toward the common good. JFK University was initially accredited by the WSCUC in 1977 and accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2009.

About John F. Kennedy University
For over 50 years, John F. Kennedy University, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, has offered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that prepare individuals for career success while also engaging the student in personal growth through a commitment to service. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1,200 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit