History of the University of La Verne (www.laverne.edu)
The University of La Verne was founded in 1891 as Lordsburg College by members of the Church of the Brethren who moved west from the Midwest to settle a new land. Both the College and the agricultural community were renamed La Verne in 1917, and the 1920's and 1930's found three-quarters of the student body in teacher education. The next three decades saw campus facilities multiply fourfold, the Board of Trustees become independent of church control, and the student body and become more cosmopolitan without the College losing its commitment to service or its dedication to sound, people-centered, values-oriented education. In 1955 the College was accredited by the Western College Association. A decade later it awarded its first master's degree, and in 1979 it conferred its first doctorate.
In 1969 La Verne began offering degree programs off campus, and the following year it opened its College of Law. Reflecting these profound changes in size and scope, the College reorganized in 1977 as the University of La Verne. In 1983 the San Fernando Valley College of Law became part of the University, the same year that the University established its San Fernando Valley Center. Continuing this trend of improving services to off-campus students, ULV created centers in Ventura (1991) and Riverside (1992) Counties.
The University of La Verne is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. The University is also approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for offering credentials in several areas.
The Doctor of Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Masters of Public Administration degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State of California. The Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association.
The University of La Verne maintains memberships in many organizations. Among them are the American Council on Education, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the Western College Association, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, the College Board, the International for Distance Education, and the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services.
The University of La Verne is a coeducational university organized as a corporation under the laws of the State of California. Its purpose is to provide education and training to prepare its students to meet the responsibilities and duties of life effectively. No discrimination because of race, religious creed, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or age shall apply to the enrollment of any student, any member of the faculty or staff, or to the election of any officer or trustee of the University.
Through its academic and co-curricular programs, the University provides rich educational opportunities that relate to both the academic and personal development of its students. For its undergraduates the University offers a challenging general education program, as well as a strong knowledge base in a particular discipline. Graduate programs at ULV are offered in professional disciplines. These programs are aimed at the practicing professional, and seek to integrate theory and practice.
Philosophically, the University emphasizes four major concerns that affirm a positive and rewarding life for its students.
1. A Values Orientation
The University affirms a philosophy of life that actively supports the health of the planet and its people. The University, therefore, encourages students to become reflective about personal, professional, and societal values in the light of this affirmation.
2. Community and Diversity
The University promotes the goal of community within a context of diversity. The University, therefore, encourages students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures which exists locally, nationally, and internationally. It also seeks to promote appreciation of biodiversity by helping students understand the impact/dependence of human beings on their environment.
3. Lifelong Learning
The University commits itself to an approach to education that is lifelong in nature. Therefore, it teaches students to learn, how to think critically, how to do responsible research, and how to access and integrate information in order to prepare them for career growth and flexibility and continued personal growth.
4. Community Service
The University believes that service is a primary goal of the educated person, therefore its students experience the responsibilities and rewards of serving the human and ecological community.