Grand Canyon University

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Grand Canyon University
GCU-SEAL.png
MottoFind Your Purpose
Established1949
TypePrivate for-profit
PresidentBrian Mueller
Admin. staff1,600
Students40,001
LocationPhoenix, Arizona, USA
CampusUrban
NewspaperGCU Today
ColorsPurple      Black      White     
Nickname'Lopes
MascotThunder the Antelope
Websitewww.gcu.edu
 
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Grand Canyon University
GCU-SEAL.png
MottoFind Your Purpose
Established1949
TypePrivate for-profit
PresidentBrian Mueller
Admin. staff1,600
Students40,001
LocationPhoenix, Arizona, USA
CampusUrban
NewspaperGCU Today
ColorsPurple      Black      White     
Nickname'Lopes
MascotThunder the Antelope
Websitewww.gcu.edu

Grand Canyon University (PU) is a private, for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. GCU was founded in 1949 as a non-profit liberal arts college, and was purchased by Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (NASDAQLOPE) in February 2004.

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission[1] and provides campus-based as well as online postsecondary education services focused on graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, liberal arts, business, and healthcare through its seven colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Doctoral Studies, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Nursing, and the Ken Blanchard College of Business.

History[edit]

The college was founded as a nonprofit institution in 1949. Arizona Southern Baptists felt the need to establish a faith-based institution that would allow local Baptists the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor's or Master's degree without going east to one of the Baptist colleges in Texas or Oklahoma. On October 8, 1951, Grand Canyon College relocated to its current location in Phoenix.[2] First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix donated the land necessary for the institution, and several members of that church, led by the Reverend Vaughn Rock and S. F. Hawkins, donated the finances and physical labor needed to bring G.C.C, as it was known, into reality. Grand Canyon College was renamed Grand Canyon University in 1989.

Suffering financial and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century, the school's trustees authorized its sale in January 2004 to California-based Significant Education, LLC,[3] making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States.[4]

Campus[edit]

In 2006, the Grand Canyon University campus received a US$150 million makeover including a brick promenade, an aquatics center, with pool and hot tub, and a café offering an assortment of games and big-screen televisions.[5]

In 2009, Grand Canyon University's campus began work on a $60 million campus expansion project which includes a 500-bed dormitory, a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) fitness and recreation center, 125-classroom facility, food court and bowling alley,[6] and a 5,000 seat arena. The GCU Arena, which opened on September 2, 2011,[7] is utilized for secular and non-secular concerts, speakers, and events, as well as being home to Grand Canyon University's Men's and Women's basketball teams, and Women's Volleyball games, beginning in the fall of 2013.[8] The three-year old arena is already undergoing major expansion beginning in Spring of 2014 with the goal of expanding to about 7,000 seats. [9]

Two new residence halls opened in the fall of 2012, Sedona Hall and Camelback Hall, each with 500 beds.[citation needed] Two additional residence halls opened in the fall of 2013, Chaparral Hall and Saguaro Hall. Major upgrades have been made to the Student Union building, transforming the structure to a four-story building with two library floors, one Starbucks floor, and another cafeteria floor. Another apartment-style residence hall is scheduled to open Fall of 2014.

Academics[edit]

Grand Canyon University was recognized as a top-five online school for entrepreneurs by Fortune.[10]

Accreditation[edit]

Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, a regional accrediting body as mentioned above.[11]

Grand Canyon University is also licensed by the Arizona State Private Post-Secondary Education.[12]

Grand Canyon University, through its Ken Blanchard College of Business, is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. It offers the following business degrees:

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Arizona State Board of Nursing accredit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.

The Arizona State Department of Education has given formal approval of the work done at the University for the certification of elementary and secondary teachers and for the renewal of certificates.

Colleges[edit]

In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences represents a wide range of bachelor's and graduate programs related to the medical field, including programs to prepare students for medical careers as doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, athletic trainers and addiction counselors.[14]
In 2010, Grand Canyon University opened a satellite campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico for pre-licensure nursing students in partnership with Presbyterian Health System [22]

Athletics[edit]

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Grand Canyon University is currently a member of NCAA Division I with most sports participating in the Western Athletic Conference. Men's Volleyball competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association In March 2013, former Phoenix Suns shooting guard Dan Majerle was hired as the 13th men's basketball coach. Majerle also will oversee GCU's transition into NCAA Division I basketball, in the WAC. GCU will be eligible for the postseason starting in the 2017-2018 season.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ncahlc.org/component/option,com_directory/Action,ShowBasic/Itemid,184/instid,1005/lang,en/
  2. ^ [1]Accessed May 13, 2010
  3. ^ Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Grand Canyon Univ. sold; trustees in advisory role, Baptist Press, Feb 10, 2004, Accessed May 24, 2006
  4. ^ Bob Smietana, Christian Ed That Pays Off, Christianity Today, May 19, 2005, Accessed May 11, 2006
  5. ^ Stanton, Alison (2006-10-11). GCU campus receives makeover. Arizona Republic, October 11, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-01 from http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/1011phx-GCUrenovation1004Z3.html.
  6. ^ http://news.gcu.edu/2011/09/where-to-eat-new-campus-options-already-popular/
  7. ^ http://news.gcu.edu/2011/09/a-year%E2%80%99s-wait-is-over-welcome-gcu-arena/
  8. ^ Anderson, J. Craig (2010-03-23). Arizona Republic, March 23, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-05-13 from http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2010/03/23/20100323grand-canyon-univ-expand-phoenix.html.
  9. ^ http://ktar.com/22/1685113/GCU-to-expand-seating-at-new-arena
  10. ^ Top 5 e-schools, Fortune Small Business / CNN
  11. ^ http://www.ncahlc.org/component/option,com_directory/Action,ShowBasic/Itemid,184/instid,1005/lang,en/
  12. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/About-Us/Accreditation.php
  13. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/About-Us/Mission-and-Vision.php
  14. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Program-of-Study.php
  15. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Education/About-the-College-of-Education.php
  16. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Education/Program-of-Study.php
  17. ^ [2]Accessed May 13, 2010
  18. ^ [3]Accessed May 13, 2010
  19. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Fine-Arts-and-Production/Program-of-Study.php
  20. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Nursing-and-Health-Care-Professions/About-the-College-of-Nursing-and-Health-Care-Professions.php
  21. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Nursing/Program-of-Study.php
  22. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Nursing/Albuquerque-Campus.php
  23. ^ [4]Accessed May 13, 2010
  24. ^ [5]Accessed May 13, 2010
  25. ^ http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Doctoral-Studies/Program-of-Study.php
  26. ^ [6]Accessed May 13, 2010
  27. ^ [7]Accessed May 13, 2010
  28. ^ [8]Accessed May 31, 2010
  29. ^ [9]Accessed May 13, 2010

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Coordinates: 33°30′45″N 112°7′48″W / 33.51250°N 112.13000°W / 33.51250; -112.13000