Since March, when The National Hispanic University's Board of Directors' decided that NHU cannot operate as it has due to significant ongoing regulatory and financial challenges, NHU, the Board, Laureate Education, and the NHU Foundation have worked diligently to ensure the university's vision endures and that its students successfully complete their studies.
As a first step, we are pleased to announce that NHU founder Dr. Roberto Cruz's mission will live on at NHU's campus. A new teacher academy honoring Dr. Cruz's vision will be created through a collaboration between the NHU Foundation; Laureate Education; and Santa Clara University (SCU), a Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley.
SCU's School of Education and Counseling Psychology will begin offering classes at NHU's campus in June 2014 for current or new students interested in obtaining their single-subject or multiple-subject teaching credential plus a master's degree. Eligible NHU students would be able to enroll in these programs at no additional cost to their current NHU tuition. Those teacher credential students identified as being able to complete their program and graduate in the 2014–2015 academic year will have the ability to continue to take courses through NHU. NHU's teacher credential programs have helped educate hundreds of teachers in San José for nearly 20 years, and through this collaboration, the need will continue to be met in the community.
The NHU leadership team has also been working with local institutions to create and solidify transfer agreements to ensure our campus-based students have an identified and strong pathway to degree completion. The three nearby institutions are San José State University, Pacific Oaks College, and National University, in addition to the transfer agreement already in place with Walden University for our online students. These three regionally accredited institutions offer programs that align with our current NHU programs and our mission and vision.
As the NHU Board indicated in March, we remain committed to minimizing the financial burden to our students as a result of the Board's decision. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that students entering these transfer institutions during the designated transfer period can continue their educations without paying more than their current tuition at NHU through the support of Laureate Education and the transfer agreement institutions.
NHU is and will remain an accredited institution through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) while it continues to offer programs to those students identified as being able to graduate within the 2014–15 academic year. We will announce more details as they become available, and we look forward to continuing to support our students during this time.
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