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Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University (seal).png
Former names
Grand Canyon College
MottoFind Your Purpose
Type Private nonprofit research
Established1949
Religious affiliation
Christian
(historically Southern Baptist)
President Brian Mueller
Administrative staff
1,600
Students20,500 (on-campus)
70,000 (on-line)
90,500 (total) [1] [2]
Location3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix
, Arizona, U.S.
Campus Urban
NewspaperGCU Today
ColorsPurple, black, white [3]
              
Athletics NCAA Division I
WAC, MPSF
Nickname Antelopes ("Lopes")
MascotThunder the Antelope
Website www.gcu.edu
Grand Canyon University logo.png

Grand Canyon University (commonly referred to as GCU or Grand Canyon) is a private, non-profit, Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. Grand Canyon University is currently the largest Christian university in the world. [4]

Grand Canyon was established by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention on August 1, 1949, in Prescott, Arizona as Grand Canyon College. [5] In 1951, the college moved to its current location in West Phoenix. In 1984, the college's trustees voted to transition the college to a university for the 40th anniversary of the school in 1989, at which time it also changed governance from the Southern Baptist Convention to the GCU Board of Trustees. [6] In 2000, the university ended its affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention. [7] 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, [8] making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. [9] Following that purchase, the university became the first, and only, for-profit to participate in NCAA Division I athletics. [10] In fall 2014 the school announced the exploration of a return to non-profit status. [11] In 2018, the university received approval from its accreditors to return to non-profit status, which became official on July 1, 2018. [12]

The university offers various programs through its nine colleges including doctoral studies, business, education, fine arts and production, humanities and social sciences, nursing and health care professions, science, theology, engineering and technology. [13]

History

Founding

Aerial photo of university in 1951

The college was founded as a nonprofit institution in 1949 in Prescott. 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. [6]

Restructuring/conversion to for-profit

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, [8] making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. [9]

After the infusion of capital, Grand Canyon University's size increased. After having fewer than 1,000 students enrolled in 2008, the university had 17,500 students in the spring of 2017. [14] As of 2015, an economic impact study revealed that the university adds about $1 billion into the state's economy on a yearly basis. [15] In February 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that the neighborhoods surrounding the university have experienced a 30% increase in housing values while concurrently seeing a 30% decrease in crime rates. [16]

The federal government sued the college in 2008 for violating the Department of Education's "incentive compensation ban", which states that no school that accepts federal financial aid can compensate its enrollment counselors based on their enrollment numbers. The school settled the case and paid $5.2 million to a former employee and the federal government. [17]

Return to non-profit status

In fall 2014 the school announced the exploration of a return to non-profit status. [11] Grand Canyon's regional accreditation body, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), rejected the university's petition for conversion to non-profit status in 2016, stating that the school's proposed strategy, particularly its plan to outsource some of its activities (such as curriculum development and student support services) to outside vendors, did not meet the criteria for "such a conversion". [11] [18] [19] In 2018, the university submitted another application to HLC to change to non-profit status. [20] This second application was accepted, and GCU completed its return to being a non-profit institution on July 1, 2018. [21] [22]

Campuses

In 2006, the college spent US$150 million to renovate the campus, adding a brick promenade, an aquatics center, with pool and hot tub, and a café offering an assortment of games and big-screen televisions. [23]

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, [24] and a 5000-seat arena. The GCU Arena, which opened on September 2, 2011, [25] is used for concerts, speakers, and other events. The arena is also home to the college's men's and women's basketball teams, and women's volleyball games. [26] The arena was expanded to 7,000 seats with construction beginning in spring 2014 and concluding in August of the same year. [27] [28] Grand Canyon University offers several fast food restaurants, coffee shops, student union, cafeteria, video game room, and six-lane bowling alley for student recreation. [29] In August 2016, the university announced it was establishing a campus police department employing a 177-member police force. [30]

GCU gained widespread attention in August 2016 when it announced its 10 in 2 initiative, the building of 10 on-campus athletic facilities in a two-year span. Highlights of the project included brand new facilities for the university's soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and beach volleyball programs. It also included a sports medicine expansion, an equipment room expansion, practice facilities for the basketball and golf programs, and a student-athlete academic center. [31]

In August 2017, Grand Canyon's Phoenix campus was ranked as one of the 10 Best College Campuses Across America by Town & Country. [32]

Academics

Grand Canyon University offers over 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through its nine colleges. [33]

  • Colangelo College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Production
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
  • College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • College of Theology
  • College of Doctoral Studies
  • GCU Honors College

In August 2016, the university announced that it was opening a seminary. [34]

In April 2017, Arizona nursing board officials censured GCU after the school's nursing programs fell below 80% graduation rate for two consecutive years. GCU said it would implement a plan to increase graduation rates. [35] Three months later, the nursing board announced it was pleased with the "tremendous improvements" the university had shown to addressing all concerns. [36] In the second quarter of 2018, Grand Canyon University's nursing students posted a 95.65 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This leads to a year-to-date rate of 92.86 percent, which is higher than the Arizona Board of Nursing's year-to-date statewide average of 91.89. [37]

Statistics from 2014 point to a 58 percent graduation rate for traditional students and 65 percent for online students. College of Nursing and Health Care Professions holds an 84 percent graduation rate for online graduate students and an 83 percent rate for baccalaureate students. Other online graduation rates have reached 78 percent for College of Education graduate students and 75 percent for graduate students in the Colangelo College of Business. Additional achievements include an Honors College with 2,000 students, boasting an average incoming GPA of 4.1 for the 2018-2019 school year. [2]

Grand Canyon University's academic workers include 335 full-time workers and more than 4200 adjunct faculty. [34]

Athletics

Baseball game, Gonzaga University at GCU, February 19, 2016

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 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and Beach Volleyball competes independently. In March 2013, former Phoenix Suns shooting guard Dan Majerle was hired as the 13th men's basketball coach. Majerle oversaw GCU's transition into NCAA Division I basketball, in the WAC.

On August 23, 2017, the NCAA officially approved Grand Canyon's move to Division I, elevating the university to active membership status. GCU immediately became eligible for all forms of postseason competition. [38]

Recognition, ranking, statistics, and accreditation

Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). According to the HLC, Grand Canyon College entered candidacy for accreditation in 1961. By 1968 the school was regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and remains accredited, successfully renewing its 10-year comprehensive evaluation in 2017. [39] GCU also holds additional accreditations from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Arizona State Board of Educations, and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The university teachers and administrator preparation programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education. [40]

In autumn 2015, GCU admitted 58 percent of those applying. [41] The freshman retention rate is 61 percent. [41] It falls into the category of National Universities, wherein it was classified in the 2017 Best Colleges from U.S. News, as a Tier 2 institution (meaning its ranking placed it in the bottom 25 percent of institutions in its category). [41]

GCU was recognized as a top-five online school for entrepreneurs by Fortune. [42]

Notable alumni

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GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY Latitude and Longitude:

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