Message from the President – December 2017

Students at 2017 Commencement

We accomplished so much in the last 12 months at City University of Seattle, and I would like to remember just a few of my favorites.

In January, U.S. News & World Report announced its annual rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and City University of Seattle was ranked among the best in the nation for the fifth consecutive year. We were the only private, nonprofit university based in Washington State to be ranked in the top 50 this year. In addition, CityU was ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs for the third consecutive year. These recognitions are evidence of the quality of our programs and effectiveness of our online formats.

Expanding our academic offerings to meet the needs of students continues to be a priority for the university. This year, we marked the start of the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and the Master of Professional Accounting programs. The MPA was designed for individuals with existing accounting experience who are working toward careers managing the financial functions of organizations. The bachelor’s in cybersecurity prepares graduates to assess and investigate the misuse of data and information through the study of technology, investigative processes and cyber-related offenses. Offering new programs and improving existing ones is confirmation of CityU’s commitment to delivering high quality, relevant education.

Our hardworking faculty and staff are regularly looking for ways to increase the opportunities for student success. This fall, through the support of a National University System Innovation Grant, CityU piloted a Graduate Student Boot Camp. The boot camp helped prepare participants for their academic journeys and equipped them with skills needed to meet the rigorous demands of graduate school, including APA-style writing, library research and stress management. During this pilot, the program served 18 students from five different programs.

Enactus team
CityU Enactus presentation team members. From top left: Trinh Nguyen, Emily Trang Nguyen, Oanh Lam, Anastasya Hong, Kathy Cox (advisor), Anshu Shrestha, Indraja Patnam, Sophia Haccou. From bottom left: Anton Bernatskyi, Michael Baskoro, Sabally Lamin, George Halim.

Our students themselves have celebrated tremendous achievements. This year, CityU’s Enactus team competed in the annual Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City. Not only did the team advance to semi-finals for the first time in school history, the students placed second in their semi-final league, ranking among the top eight teams in the country! The team’s presentation highlighted the great work it has done this year on four projects: Fertilives, One Call Away, Sens+Sum, and Green Energy Center. The creativity, ingenuity and talent that our students displayed through their projects is truly inspiring.

In February, our university began a series of academic achievement and alumni receptions to recognize the hard work and success of students who made the Dean’s List, and to connect with university alumni. We hosted six receptions across the Puget Sound region and in Canada. These events gave us the opportunity to build new relationships and strengthen connections within the CityU community. We look forward to hosting more events in 2018.

Throughout the year, CityU worked on building relationships with organizations across the region. In April, we opened the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at CityU and began building connections within the local nonprofit community, and offering trainings and professional development resources to nonprofit leaders. To highlight the important work done by nonprofit professionals, the university recognized MBA alumna and Chief Development Officer at FareStart Michelle McDaniel with the CityU Innovation in Philanthropy award. Michelle is an outstanding alumna and exemplar of the transformative work nonprofit leaders do every day, and we’re proud to support them.

Our work with international students and partners has been exceptional in this difficult year. Our International Student Office and the managers of our partner institution relationships have worked so hard to make sure our students from around the world know they are welcome in Seattle and at City University of Seattle. International students make us a better institution, of that there is no doubt.

All that we do has the ultimate goal of helping as many students as possible succeed. Every day of 2017 we got a little bit better…and that’s our goal for the next 12 months!

Published December 20, 2017



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