Henderson State University was formed in 1890 to provide educational opportunities to Arkansas residents. The university has a unique past, it is the only institution in Arkansas that has been controlled by both church and state, and it is the only state-supported university to bear the name of an individual. Henderson State University is the second oldest state college in Arkansas.
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is a separately accredited, four-year institution in the University of South Florida System, comprising USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg. USFSM has 2,017 students and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. Established as a regional campus in 1975 by USF Tampa, USFSM gained separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June, 2011. It welcomed its first freshman class in 2013.
California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the year of 2015. Since its founding, CSUSM has distinguished itself as a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. With nearly 13,000 enrolled students, it serves the regions of north San Diego, southwest Riverside and south Orange Counties. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public research university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 193 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, offered through its 11 colleges and graduate schools, serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.
Western Carolina University was founded in 1889 to educate the citizenry of western North Carolina. Nestled in a scenic valley within 20 minutes’ drive of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, we focus on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a rapidly diverse and changing world. A member of the University of North Carolina system, more than 10,000 students hail from 48 states and 35 countries. Our 120 academic programs include nationally ranked entrepreneurship, project management, and teacher education programs, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program. Our distinguished faculty includes winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and NEA awards—to name a few.
Framingham State University offers small, personalized classes to undergraduate and graduate students on a beautiful and traditional New England campus. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on its quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students. Student success is central to the mission of the university. Many options are available for student support, including programs to help freshmen transition to the university. The university also has a well-developed honors program for exceptional students. When students are asked why they chose to attend Framingham State University, they mention its outstanding academic reputation, interesting course offerings, exciting location, sense of community spirit, and, of course, its affordable cost. The breadth of programs offered by Framingham State University reflects diverse faculty expertise. Its many undergraduate programs range from art to biology to communication arts, while graduate offerings include the MBA, MEd, and MS. The university also has undergraduate degree evening programs, along with online courses.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a public, four-year institution, is one of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1839 as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute, the university enrolls about 9,200 undergraduate students in the Colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology and approximately 750 graduate students in upper-level programs, including the doctor of clinical audiology and new doctor of nursing practice. Eighty-eight percent of the university's students are Pennsylvania residents and approximately 8 percent hail from neighboring New Jersey. Leading undergraduate majors are accounting, biology and allied health sciences, communication studies, criminal justice, digital forensics, early childhood and adolescent education, management, marketing, nursing, psychology and special education.
The University of Central Florida and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 60,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. The university has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media.
Located in Orlando, UCF is the nation’s second-largest university. UCF is called a “Top Up-and-Coming” national university by U.S. News & World Report, a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.
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Nestled among 1,438 rolling acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, Cal Poly Pomona is a founding member of the California State University system. All eight colleges within the university embrace a learn-by-doing philosophy, recognizing that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage as professionals solving real-world problems tomorrow. Cal Poly Pomona is consistently ranked among the top public universities among non-doctorate granting institutions in the western United States.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is one of four regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. It was established to provide quality education to residents in Northcentral Pennsylvania. Now, students from all over the state, the country and the world call themselves Pitt-Bradford students. Originally, Pitt-Bradford was a two-year school serving as a feeder institution for the University of Pittsburgh. Now it offers 37 baccalaureate and five associate degrees, along with 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Pitt-Bradford is a safe, friendly institution for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized environment.
Turning a golf course into a nationally recognized research university in 50 years is no small feat. Throughout 2013, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is celebrating its enlightened beginnings at the Bellerive Country Club. In1960, the post-war baby boom and the G.I. bill had created a flood of potential college students across the nation. Visionary school leaders and citizens of Normandy, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., passed a bond issue to purchase a 128-acre country club with the hopes of building a public university, the first in the region. When it was dedicated in 1963, the former clubhouse accommodated 672 students and 32 faculty members. Today, UMSL has nearly 17,000 students, more than 85,000 alumni and 2,700 faculty and staff members. It’s home to 10 colleges and schools and offers 91 degree programs.
On March 7, 1887, Croatan Normal School was established by the General Assembly of North Carolina to educate American Indian school teachers. The school started educating the community from the ground up, and in 1928, the first two-year diplomas were awarded. In 1940, the first four-year degrees were conferred. In 1972, the university joined the new 16-member University of North Carolina (UNC) system. In 1996, after six previous name changes, the institution became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). In 2005, the state declared it “North Carolina's Historically American Indian University.” One of the most diverse universities in the U.S. today, UNCP has approximately 6,200 students and offers 41 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs.
Central State University is regionally accredited and the only Historically Black state university in Ohio. An act passed by the Ohio General Assembly on March 19, 1887, was the genesis for the university establishing a combined Normal and Industrial Department of Wilberforce University. Although associated with Wilberforce University, the department had a separate board of trustees and was considered a separate institution. In 1941, the General Assembly changed the title of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department that offered two-year courses to the College of Education and Industrial Arts that provided four-year college courses.
In 1947, the College of Education and Industrial Arts began operating independently from Wilberforce University. It continued its programs in teacher education, industrial arts and business, and also began offering a four-year program in liberal arts, using the name Wilberforce State College. In 1951, the legislature of the state of Ohio provided the name Central State College and in November 1965, Central State was granted university status.
In keeping with its 125-year tradition of excellence, Central State University prepares students for careers such as educators, government officials, attorneys and business executives. Central State is educating the next generation of leaders.
Proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Nevada State College (NSC), a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average size of only 23 students. Nevada State College serves over 3,300 students and has over 1,500 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service-learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. Visit CSU Channel Islands anniversary website at www.csuci.edu/10anniversary
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a branch of Morgan College and remained affiliated with the Baltimore institution for nearly half a century.
In addition to ecumenical support, the school received modest federal aid through the second Morrill Act, making it an 1890 land-grant institution where young blacks trained in agriculture and related mechanical arts.
The state of Maryland purchased the institution during the Great Depression, moving it toward baccalaureate-level status. UMES today, with 4,500 students, blends a traditional curriculum with instruction in such contemporary fields as engineering, hospitality studies and allied health, including pharmacy.
Founded in 1837, Cheyney University is America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. Today it leverages that rich history of providing access to higher education for all students by producing visionary leaders and responsible citizens. Cheyney graduates are successful, talented individuals, and some of the most well-known include 60 Minutes journalist, Ed Bradley, and NFL defensive back, Andre Waters. Cheyney University is in the business of developing human potential and talent and does so through an intellectually challenging environment and personal attention to every student—a hallmark of the Cheyney experience.
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As Farmingdale State College celebrates its 100th anniversary, it continues to prepare students with the education, skills and critical thinking needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow. As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology (with over 7,600 students), Farmingdale equips students with the resources and knowledge sought by today’s emerging industries. At Farmingdale, students also have abundant opportunities in experiential learning—internships, clinical training and guided research—that provide practical instruction and personal growth. Small, personalized classes, a residence hall with suite-style living, a lush 380-acre campus undergoing major renovation, and a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program with modern facilities make Farmingdale State College one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region.
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Troy University, founded in 1887, is a comprehensive university of more than 28,000 students. The university operates four campuses in Alabama in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City. Through its Global Campus division, the university operates more than 60 locations outside of Alabama in 16 U.S. states and seven nations. Troy University is a worldwide leader in distance education, teaching more than 15,000 students across 13 time zones online.
Troy offers more than 100 degree programs through five colleges: arts and sciences, business, communication and fine arts, education, and health and human services. All programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A comprehensive public college, SUNY Oswego offers more than 100 academic programs through its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business and School of Communication, Media and the Arts. About 8,300 students are enrolled, most of them full-time undergraduate students; 4,300 students live on the nearly 700-acre campus along the shore of Lake Ontario. The college also operates the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center in southern Oswego County and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.
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Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), which is celebrating its centennial year in 2011-12, is the No. 1 choice of undergraduate students in Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 26,000 as of Fall 2010 and a graduation rate at almost 53 percent, MTSU is the most efficient producer of undergraduates among Tennessee’s public universities, based on funding per student from the state.
A comprehensive, doctoral degree-granting university, MTSU occupies 515 acres at the geographic center of Tennessee in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, the state capital. MTSU is the leading producer of college graduates in the Middle Tennessee market, with more than 60 percent of its alumni living within an hour’s drive of Murfreesboro.
An economic engine in the volunteer state, MTSU adds not only educational and cultural value to Tennessee, but also stimulates a vibrant business environment for the region. A recent study by the Business and Economic Research Center estimated that MTSU’s economic impact on Middle Tennessee was nearly $1 billion.
Building on its 19th century origins as a distinctive women’s college, the Winthrop University of the 21st century is achieving national prominence as a competitive and distinctive, coeducational, public, comprehensive institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape the university’s continuing success.
Winthrop enrolls an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body of around 6,000 students. The university recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment to the campus and the state. Winthrop prides itself on being an institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses.
Winthrop is located in Rock Hill, S.C., in a traditional setting of exceptional beauty, and provides a contemporary, collaborative, and supportive environment that fosters engaged student learning and development.
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Chartered in 1911 and opened in 1916 as the Schoharie State School of
Agriculture, today SUNY Cobleskill offers one of the most diverse
agricultural programs in the United States – ranging from production
agriculture to natural resources, landscaping to golf course management,
fisheries to wildlife and environmental studies, and more. The
College’s modern 782-acre complex serves as a laboratory for hands-on
skill building and includes a working farm, 14 greenhouses, a 10-acre
arboretum, 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, 200-cow contemporary freestall
dairy, a meat laboratory, and equine complex.
SUNY Cobleskill students majoring in accounting, business
administration, information technology, and culinary arts learn the most
current thinking, theories, and practices in their respective fields.
“Smart” classrooms and new computer labs use advanced technology as
students prepare for their careers in a setting that mirrors the
realities of the modern workplace. Small classes, close personal
attention, and a wide range of majors are the hallmarks of the College’s
liberal arts program. Every major has been designed to promote critical
thinking and incorporates experiential learning. More than 20
bachelor’s degrees are available, including early childhood, natural
sciences, communications, animal science, and plant science.
Founded in 1858 as Winona State Normal School, Winona State
University is a comprehensive, regional public university with more than
it received authorization to grant the bachelor’s degree in 1921, the
normal school became Winona State Teachers College; and just before
celebrating its centennial was renamed Winona State College to reflect
an expanded mission and academic program. Finally, in 1975, it became
know as Winona State University, with five colleges: Business,
Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and
Engineering. It is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges
and Universities system. Three campuses now comprise the University:
the original Winona campus, the Winona West campus, and the
The passage of a bill in early 1909 by the Thirty-first Texas
Legislature authorizing the establishment of a State normal school for
the education of teachers located somewhere "west of the ninety-eighth
meridian" set off a spirited bidding war as some 25 west Texas cities
and towns competed to secure the educational institution. On Sept. 9,
1909, the location committee, consisting of the speaker of the Texas
House of Representatives, the lieutenant governor and the superintendent
of public instruction, announced its decision. The location for the
school, already named West Texas State Normal College, would be Canyon, a
young community of 1,400 located near the center of the rapidly
developing Texas Panhandle. Many factors were involved in the location
decision, but a pledge of 40 acres of land and $100,100 in cash made
Canyon's bid particularly attractive. Although not mentioned in the
official report, the city's lack of saloons also strengthened its case.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was founded in 1909 as the La
Crosse Normal School. Today, it is one of the 13 four-year campuses in
the University of Wisconsin System. Originally known for its nationally
recognized physical education program, UW-La Crosse now offers 85
undergraduate programs in 30 disciplines, and 21 graduate programs and
emphases in eight disciplines.
compact 119-acre campus in residential La Crosse provides a vibrant
place to live and learn. Enrollment has grown from 176 when the doors
opened to more than 9,000. The campus embraces diversity, a commitment
that has increased minority and international students, faculty and
staff. Students take part in an array of organizations and community
service. Intercollegiate teams compete in 19 sports and have produced 58
national championships, 24 since 2001.
The university offers much — cultural events, regional and
national conferences, prominent speakers, applied research,
professionals with varying expertise, a large workforce, and community
volunteers. UW-La Crosse works cooperatively with the city’s other
higher education institutions and area elementary and secondary schools.
Also, the university led development of a consortium among the city’s
higher education institutions and major health care organizations to
bring cutting-edge health care and research facilities to the region.
For 100 years UW-La Crosse has been the prominent intellectual
engine educating a high quality workforce for the region. The university
remains proud of its regional heritage and looks forward to retaining
its prominence in the area’s economic vitality.
The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior
institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the
southeast coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. The
university’s two campuses, located on the waterfront in historic
Beaufort, S.C. and at the gateway to Hilton Head Island in Bluffton,
S.C., serve a diverse student body of nearly 1,650. USCB offers
students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment
focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.
The University of Maine at Machias was founded in 1909 as the
Washington State Normal School, the last of six state normal schools
charged with training Maine’s teachers.
Today, UMM is New England’s only public Environmental Liberal
Arts college, offering an undergraduate education uniquely grounded in
the natural, social, cultural, and economic environments of coastal
Maine. As the smallest member of the University of Maine System, UMM
enrolls an average of 1,000 students with a student-faculty ratio of
13:1, and offers degree programs in 16 fields of study.
Established in 1963, the University of Central Florida is a diverse
metropolitan research university that ranks as the 6th-largest in the
country with more than 50,000 students.
in Orlando, Fla., UCF offers student-centered learning in undergraduate
and graduate academic programs, nationally renowned faculty and
continuing education. UCF also conducts cutting-edge research that
powers the region's economic development. The university, then known as
Florida Technological University, held its first classes on Oct. 7, 1968
with nearly 1,900 students enrolled. It celebrated its 40th anniversary
earlier this month with a virtual celebration on its Web site,
highlighting photos, facts, milestones and other achievements during the
past four decades.
As one of the few remaining open admissions universities in the
region, the University of Arkansas at Monticello is proud of its
heritage of offering educational opportunities to the people of
in 1909 as the Fourth District Agricultural School, UAM begins its
centennial year with a renewed commitment to meeting the challenges of
higher education in the 21st century.
UAM currently offers the bachelor of science degree in 13
fields, the bachelor of arts degree in eight major areas, the associate
(two-year) degree in arts and applied sciences, and master’s degrees in
forestry and education to a student body of more than 3,400 students.
UAM also offers technical education at its College of Technology in
Crossett and McGehee.
Through education, research and public service, the University
of Arkansas at Monticello is continuing its commitment to providing
educational opportunities to the people of the state, region and nation.
For the past 120 years, Texas A&M University-Commerce has been in
the business of transforming lives. As the fifth-oldest state
university, A&M-Commerce provides the prestige
of a tier-one school in a small-town atmosphere complete with personal
mentoring from world-class professors, small classes and hands-on
experiences from day one.
Texas A&M University-Commerce is home to more than 9,000
students, three academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more
than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher
education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a
world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped
recreational facility and the soon-to-be completed music hall.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University is located in Durant,
Oklahoma, which is 90 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and 150 miles
southeast of Oklahoma City. In 2009, the University is celebrating its
Centennial with a number of campus and community events.
The institution was founded in 1909 as a normal school to
educate teachers for Oklahoma’s public schools. Since that time, the
University has added disciplines to become a comprehensive regional
Southeastern is one of six institutions governed by the
Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Trustees and is
also governed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
The University offers 41 undergraduate and nine graduate degree
programs through the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of
Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and School of
Graduate and University Studies.
Diverse program offerings include teacher education, aviation, and occupational safety and health, to name just a few.
In 2009, the John Massey School of Business earned initial
accreditation in business from AACSB International – The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Southeastern is one of only
four universities in Oklahoma accredited by AACSB, and the only regional
university in the state with that distinction. Both the undergraduate
and MBA degrees at Southeastern received the AACSB accreditation.
Southeastern has an enrollment of 4,000 students at seven
locations in Oklahoma and Texas. In addition to the main campus at
Durant, programs are offered at the Southeastern-McCurtain County branch
campus; Ardmore Higher Education Center; Eastern Oklahoma State
College-McAlester campus; Tinker AFB and Oklahoma City Community
College; and Grayson College in Denison, Texas.
The University has a long and successful history of providing
higher education opportunities for Native American students.
Southeastern’s service area covers significant parts of the Choctaw and
Chickasaw Nations and partners with the tribes to provide specialized
services for all Native American students. Southeastern ranks sixth in
the nation in producing Native American graduates in all disciplines.
Southeastern will receive a federal grant of $1.16 million over
the next four years to continue its Native American Excellence In
The project, a collaboration between Southeastern and The
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with the support of the local public
schools, provides support and training for 12 Native American students
in completing a pre-service education program that leads to a Bachelor
of Education degree. Students receive additional training and support
regarding Native American learning and culture. Participants receive
full tuition, fees, books, childcare, laptop computers and living
stipends. After graduating, the students teach in schools with at least a
5% Native American student population.
The grant comes from the United States Department of Education
as part of the Office of Indian Education’s Professional Development
program, which trains qualified individuals to become teachers and
administrators in Indian communities.
Approximately 70 percent of Southeastern students receive some type of financial aid assistance.
In recent years, the University has benefited from a tremendous
upgrade in its physical facilities, with the construction of a new
student union, a new residence hall, new tennis courts, and a renovated
football stadium. A new arena opened in the fall of 2008, and a new
general classroom building is currently under construction.
Southeastern competes in NCAA Division II athletics as a member
of the Lone Star Conference. The University has earned a national
championship in baseball and nine national championships in rodeo
Dr. Larry Minks is interim president at Southeastern.
OPSU was created by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute. Today Oklahoma
Panhandle State University is the only baccalaureate degree granting
institution within a 100 mile radius. Situated in the center of the
Oklahoma Panhandle, it serves students from its home state as well as
those in the four states surrounding the rural university. OPSU boasts
nationally-recognized programs while maintaining one of the lowest
tuition rates in the state and small student-to-teacher ratios.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana stands on ground that has
been dedicated to learning for 125 years. Although,
primarily a regional institution, Northwestern also offers an
opportunity for education at other satellite locations. Specifically,
distance learning is available in Leesville, Shreveport, Alexandria, and
Jonesville. Northwestern was the first institution in Louisiana to gain
100 percent accreditation of all eligible academic programs. That
designation shows that the academic programs at NSU meet the highest
standards set by national accrediting agencies. Life outside the
classroom is also an important part of the University. Northwestern
offers its students more than 100 student organizations ranging from
fraternities and sororities to honor societies and clubs for different
majors as well as a Division I athletic program that is one of the
nation's most successful.
Northeastern State University was founded in 1846 as the Cherokee
National Female Seminary, opening its doors in 1851 as the first
institution of higher learning in Indian Territory. On
March 6, 1909, the Oklahoma legislature purchased the Seminary from the
Cherokee Nation, and the following September classes began at the newly
formed Northeastern State Normal School in Tahlequah. To commemorate
this milestone in the institution’s history, the NSU Centennial
Celebration officially begins on Founders Day, March 6, 2009.
Through the decades, NSU has played a key role in the area’s
history and development. Today, NSU is a comprehensive regional
university and the fourth largest public four-year institution of higher
learning in Oklahoma, with academic emphasis on business, technology,
social sciences, mathematics, sciences, optometry, education, language
and the arts. The main campus in Tahlequah and branch campuses in
Muskogee and Broken Arrow provide outstanding educational and cultural
opportunities for nearly 9,000 students and the citizens of eastern
Oklahoma. Almost 29 percent of NSU’s student population are
self-identified American Indians, and each year the institution
graduates the highest number of American Indians among public four-year
institutions nationwide. NSU faculty and staff are committed to
preparing students to succeed as global citizens by providing
exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs, along with the
professional Doctorate of Optometry.
The Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University began very modestly on
September 18, 1935, with 85 students in three second-floor rooms in the
Hunton YMCA on Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk, Va. Brought to life in the
midst of the Great Depression, the junior college provided
a setting in which the youth of the region could give expressions to
their hopes and aspirations. In 1942, the College became the independent
Norfolk Polytechnic College, and two years later an Act of the Virginia
Legislature mandated that it become a part of Virginia State College.
The college was able to pursue an expanded mission with even
greater emphasis in 1956 when another Act of the Legislature enabled the
institution to offer its first Bachelor's degree. The College was
separated from Virginia State College and became fully independent in
1969. In 1979, university status was attained.
Today, the public, urban comprehensive university is proud to
be one of the largest predominantly Historically Black Colleges and
Universities in the nation. It offers programs at the undergraduate and
graduate levels. Furthermore, it is committed to pursuing its vital role
of serving the people of the Hampton Roads area, the Commonwealth of
Virginia and the nation.
NJCU’s 80th Anniversary: “Past as Prologue”
The physical presence of what is now New Jersey City
University, a comprehensive teaching university with colleges of arts
and sciences, education, and professional studies offering both
undergraduate and graduate degree programs, has changed dramatically
since it opened its doors as The
New Jersey Normal School at Jersey City in September 1929 but the
mission and founding principles of this public urban institution—access,
diversity, inclusion, and excellence—have been embedded in its fabric
since the first day of class.
This University has always been committed to strengthening and
transforming the lives of its students, helping them to succeed
academically while nurturing their development as leaders in their
communities. The institution’s setting in the New York metropolitan
area has been a constant source of extraordinary learning and
New Jersey City University officially launched its 80th
anniversary celebration at its Academic Convocation on September 10,
2008. Coordinated by NJCU’s Division of University Advancement, the
institution’s cross-divisional celebration will culminate with an 80th
Anniversary Gala in fall 2010.
In all of its incarnations, NJCU has prepared students to work
and thrive in a diverse and ever-changing world. As much as a look
back, NJCU’s 80th anniversary presents an excellent platform from which
to look forward and to prepare students to meet the manifold challenges
that are emerging in the 21st century.
Lehman College is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY). The
only senior CUNY college in the Bronx and in southern Westchester
County, Lehman is an important gateway to higher education in the
region. More than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs are available
to Lehman’s almost 11,000 students, who hail from over 90 countries.
Full-time faculty—85% of whom hold a Ph.D. degree—number over 300. The
37-acre tree-lined campus contains a harmonious blend of Collegiate
Gothic and modern architecture. Lehman is the first college in CUNY’s
“Decade of Science” to begin construction on a completely “green,”
multimillion dollar science facility, which broke ground in September
2008 and will serve to expand the College’s overall engagement in the
was established in 1884 as the first public college for women in the
United States, and since 1982 has been a tradition of excellence for
both women and men. The university is located in the heart of the
Columbus, Mississippi, historic district and is one of the nation’s
architecturally most distinguished campuses. U.S.News & World Report
has consistently ranked MUW among the top Southern public master’s
universities. MUW also has been prominently ranked in other leading
publications such Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Consumer’s Digest
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering
more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new
doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential
institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from
Created as a partnership between two world-renowned universities and
destined to be the state’s urban research campus, Indiana
University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has rapidly grown in
size and stature since it was established in 1969. From
its beginnings, IUPUI has drawn upon the strengths of Indiana
University and Purdue University to expand educational opportunities for
Today, IUPUI is the third strong pillar supporting public
higher education in Indiana, offering a tremendous range of degree
programs for 30,000 students who come from all 50 states and more than
Looking back over just four decades, IUPUI has made remarkable
progress that reflects a culture of partnership and collaboration based
upon outstanding faculty who reach across disciplines, reach out into
the community, and reach toward excellence in education and research.
East Central University is a public university offering Bachelor of
Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master's Degrees. ECU is located in Ada,
Oklahoma a city of 16,000, approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City,
115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas. Students
can enroll in and attend ECU classes on campus in Ada, in Ardmore at
the Ardmore Higher Education Center, in McAlester at the Eastern
Oklahoma State College campus and in Shawnee at the Gordon Cooper
Technology Center. Some ECU classes are also available on OneNet and
online. The ECU nursing program is available in Durant at Southeastern
Oklahoma State University.
Colorado State University-Pueblo is a premier mid-sized, public
university within a world-class university system that advances the
social, cultural and economic development of the region. The University
enrolls more than 4,600 students in 26 undergraduate programs with
approximately 510 full-time faculty and staff.
The 275-acre campus, which overlooks the Front Range of south
central Colorado, is located in Pueblo, one of the more culturally
dynamic regions of the country. Pueblo County, an ethnically and
culturally diverse population of more than 150,000 people, offers
numerous art and cultural attractions as well as recreational options
for the outdoor enthusiast.
CSU-Pueblo is considered the fastest growing university in Colorado
with Fall 2008 enrollment up nearly 12 percent, including a 65 percent
in the number of freshmen, the largest freshmen class in the history of
Because the University is committed to diversity and has made
educational equity for students one of its highest priorities, it will
be honored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities as
the 2008 Outstanding HACU-member Institution. It is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution,
meaning that 25 percent of its student body is of Hispanic descent and
of low-income status. On Oct. 3, we hosted a Town Hall meeting by
Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain in our newly renovated
The CSU-Pueblo campus landscape has changed dramatically in the
last two years with a $12 million renovation to its athletic and
academic facility (Massari Arena), a Student Recreation Center ($10
million) , Student Recreation Field, the Neta and Eddie DeRose
ThunderBowl football and track stadium ($13 million), and phase one ($15
million) of a three-phase residence hall project. A $24 million
renovation to the University Library will begin in January, 2009.
It also recently became home to one of the largest solar array projects on a college campus in the nation,
a three-acre project on the northeast edge of campus, which will
provide up to 10 percent of the University’s utilities needs. The 1+
megawatt CSU-Pueblo solar system will generate enough solar-generated
electricity to power 225 homes. It will abate approximately 1,600 tons
of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of removing 330 cars from the
roadways or more than four million vehicle miles traveled. The
University installed a smaller 6 kilowatt solar system last year on its
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a
mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the
California State University. Since its founding 20 years ago, the campus
has distinguished itself. Students benefit
from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that
enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students
for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey
reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million,
generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85
percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located
on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15
miles east of the ocean; just
30 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Since its founding in 1949, California State University, Long Beach
has grown into one of the nation’s preeminent state universities. With
an enrollment of more than 35,500 students, CSULB is the second largest
university in California and has graduated more than 240250,000 alumni
in its 60 years.
CSULB’s eight colleges offer 84 baccalaureate degrees, 67
master’s degrees, an independent Ed.D. degree, as well as two joint
doctorates with other universities. The campus features 84 permanent
buildings on 323 acres, including the 1.3-acre Earl Burns Miller
Japanese Garden, 18-story Walter Pyramid athletic arena, nationally
accredited University Art Museum, 1,074-seat Carpenter Performing Arts
Center and a nearly 1.3 million-volume library.
California State University, Fresno has evolved from modest
beginnings as a teachers college early in the 20th century into an
acclaimed, culturally diverse, 21st century university offering
opportunities through eight schools and colleges. Our students
have applied what they’ve learned at Fresno State throughout California,
around the world and into space, benefitting literally millions of
Throughout this evolution, the university has established
itself as an integral part of the region. Fresno State has prepared
thousands of individuals for careers, leadership and community service
forged community bonds that have helped conquer a broad spectrum
of challenges, led innovative change and encourage positive thinking as
the foundation for accomplishment.
Established in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest historically
black institution (HBI) of higher education in the state of Maryland. Also,
it is one of the oldest HBIs in the nation. The institution has evolved
from a normal school into a comprehensive university that offers a wide
array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Currently,
Bowie State University serves a diverse student population, providing
educational opportunities that will enable students to function in a
highly technological and interdependent world. The University continues
to honor its heritage of providing access to higher education for
under-represented populations, with a continuing commitment to African
Americans. Bowie State University remains a leader in the graduation of African Americans in teacher education and technological fields.
California State University, Dominguez Hills provides a vibrant,
student-centered environment for its culturally diverse community of
students, faculty, staff, and administrators. With a focus on
multicultural and global perspectives, and civic engagement, the
University effectively prepares students to become productive citizens
and leaders in a global world.
the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the University enrolls over
15,000 students and graduates over 2,800 into the workforce each year.
Established in 1960, this community-based university prides itself on
its outstanding academic programs and faculty, and friendly, supportive
The student body at CSU Dominguez Hills proudly reflects one of
California’s greatest strengths—its ethnic and cultural diversity. The
university’s student body is 28 percent African American, 42 percent
Hispanic, 18 percent White, 12 percent Asian American/Pacific Islander
and 0.3 percent Native American.
CSU Dominguez Hills is also a center for cultural life in the South
Bay area of Los Angeles County. The University Art Gallery is considered
to be one of the major exhibition spaces in the South Bay and the
nationally recognized Black Theatre Program offers award-winning
productions. The campus is also home to the world-class multi-sport Home
Depot Center, a premier athletics and entertainment destination in