We're All About the Finish - CityU students finish at twice the national rate

Dear CityU Student,
I hope you have had a wonderful academic year here at City University of Seattle. I’d like to personally congratulate those of you who are preparing to graduate with your degree or certificate. I’d also like to share several news updates related to the quality of your educational experience.

To begin, I am pleased to announce the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities recently approved CityU of Seattle to offer its first doctoral program. This fall, CityU will receive its inaugural cohort of students pursuing the Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.). The program will be available online and includes face-to-face residencies. Students, primarily working professionals, will choose from three concentration areas: Educational Leadership (P-12), Higher Education and Organizational Leadership.

This spring the School of Management’s Master of Science in Project Management program received accreditation by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). To achieve GAC accreditation, programs must meet rigorous global standards. To date, only 33 institutions in twelve countries have their PMI programs accredited by GAC. CityU is delighted to be among such an elite group.

Faithful to our commitment to provide students a global perspective, CityU worked with our Australia partner, the University of Southern Queensland, to develop a Bachelor of Accounting and Sustainable Business degree designed around the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is an international standard for businesses to report against a range of key indicator protocols, including the categories of human rights and the environment. Our degree is the first to embed the GRI principles in its curriculum.

In addition to these accomplishments, CityU was able to increase CityU’s scholarship funds by hosting the second annual Innovations Gala. The gala also honored two outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the Seattle community, Dr. Christopher J. Elias of PATH and Dr. Doreen Cato of First Place. KIRO television’s Sam Argier served as our master of ceremonies and Mr. Kenny Alhadeff gave an inspiring keynote address. Three CityU students, Char Pogue, Siamak Khoshghalb and Lynn Winslow shared their CityU experiences as former scholarship recipients and spoke from their hearts in sharing their appreciation for the scholarship and how truly helpful the funds were in furthering their education.

CityU has also forged three new “on-campus” partnerships in Washington; one with Shoreline Community College to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Management, a second with Lower Columbia College to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Education and a third with Grays Harbor College to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Management. Internationally, the China Ministry of Education approved CityU’s joint agreement with the University of International Economics and Business (UIBE) to offer an improved Master of Business Administration program and highlights our 15th year in partnership in China.

Finally, I am also pleased to report the university was chosen by Starbucks Coffee Company to be one of two preferred higher education providers to offer educational opportunities to its U.S. partners (employees) and families. We are honored to have this opportunity to work with Starbucks. If you are a Starbucks partner or family member, contact your CityU advisor to find out more.

All of us at CityU are committed to ensuring your access to higher education while also delivering high quality programs and remaining competitively priced. To achieve these goals and upon careful consideration of the impact tuition has on our students’ lives, the City University of Seattle Board of Governors approved tuition increases for the 2011/12 academic year.

While these important developments may not affect you directly, they all contribute to the university efforts to fulfill its mission: To change lives for good by offering high quality and relevant lifelong education to anyone with the desire to learn. As always, we remain dedicated to you, our students, and wish you a successful academic year filled with professional and personal milestones.

Very truly yours,
E. Lee Gorsuch II

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