University Profile In July 2009, the college name was again changed to Washington Adventist University.
Its purpose was to train young men and women in the liberal arts. In 1907, when the name was changed to Washington Foreign Mission Seminary, the more limited objective of special training for missionaries replaced the original concept of a liberal arts college.
Columbia Union College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Takoma Park, Maryland (adjacent to Washington, D.C.), USA, and associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Columbia Union College, (CUC) offers more than 40 majors to its nearly 1100 students. Students come from around the country and around the world—40 states and 47 different countries—for its pre-law, pre-medicine, nursing, education, business, religion, music, and science programs. More than 150 employees serve the student body, creating a 13:1 student instructor ratio. CUC utilizes the city of Washington, D.C. as an extension of the classroom, and internships in companies and government offices are a regular part of the challenging academic environment.
CUC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the Adventist Accrediting Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Professional accreditations include the Department of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the Maryland State Department of Education.
The college offers undergraduate Associate and Bachelors degrees, as well as several Certificate programs. Graduate programs include the following: MBA, Masters of Nursing with Business Leadership, Masters of Religion, and Masters in Psychology. Adult evening courses towards accelerated bachelors degree programs are also available from the School of Graduate and Professional Services.
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University HistoryIn 1907, when the name was changed to Washington Foreign Mission Seminary, the more limited objective of special training for missionaries replaced the original concept of a liberal arts college. In 1914 the college resumed the status of a liberal arts college and took the name Washington Missionary College.
At the first commencement, held May 22, 1915, five students received the Bachelor of Arts degree. Continued growth and development led to further changes. In 1933 the lower division was organized as Columbia Junior College and received accreditation. It ceased to exist as a separate college in 1942 when Washington Missionary College was given accreditation as a four-year, degree-granting institution by the The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-662-5606.
In March of 1961 the college constituency voted to change the name of the college to Columbia Union College. With the acheivement of university status in July 2009, the college name was again changed to Washington Adventist University.
The current president of the college is Dr. Weymouth Spence, who has announced plans for structural changes to revitalize the school. The changes are described in detail in a document called The Plan. President Spence succeeded Dr. Randal Wisbey, who left in 2007 to become the president of sister institution, La Sierra University. The resident agent is The Corporation Trust, Inc., in Baltimore, MD.
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