Columbia Union College
Pursues University Status
he Columbia Union College (CUC) Board of Trustees has voted to pursue university status. Board members made the decision at their year-end meeting after hearing a presentation from the college’s University Status Taskforce.
The taskforce made its recommendation after studying the process, feasibility, and requirements associated with the higher education level. They assessed current educational trends and determined that, among other benefits, attaining university status
would distinguish the four-year institution from the many two-year colleges that primarily offer associate degrees.
CUC currently offers 33 majors and six masters degrees. National research shows that colleges that become universities experience additional growth in enrollment, academic and instructional strength, as well as greater capital and financial stability.
The idea to pursue university status was originally presented by former president Randal Wisbey during his tenure. Current president Weymouth Spence, has made it a priority because it will aid CUC in reaching key goals. “For over 100 years, CUC has been preparing students for service in the workforce. Our three-school model, quality educational offerings, and vision for future growth will only be strengthened by this new, higher status,” he says.
--Reprinted with permission, Columbia Union Visitor