Chairman of the Marymount California University Board of Trustees Burt Arnold and University Co-presidents James R. Reeves and Ariane Schauer, PhD have announced their intention to begin a feasibility study to examine the efficacy of the University offering bachelor’s degree programs in the City of Visalia.
The study will begin in January and is expected to be completed in late spring of 2016. The study will explore the potential for Marymount to offer Bachelor’s Degree completion programs in Criminal Justice and Business for Visalia area residents.
Funded by Visalia community interests, and spearheaded by retired superintendent of Delano School District, Robert Aguilar, Ed.D, this study will provide the University’s board of trustees with insight about the area’s demographics, existing programs, access to higher education, and the market demand for specific college coursework. The study is the initial step in the consideration of bringing higher education to Visalia.
With a population of approximately 130,000 (2010 Census) Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230 miles southeast of San Francisco, 190 miles north of Los Angeles. According to the City’s web site, Visalia is the cultural, economic and commercial hub within the County of Tulare and has become a thriving community and continues to grow in population, diversity and sophistication.
About Marymount California University
In 2013, Marymount College became Marymount California University. Today the former private two-year college provides students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and graduate degrees. The transformation has been remarkable.
The university has nearly doubled its enrollment and revenue in five years; added campuses in Los Angeles County and Northern California; increased its baccalaureate and graduate degree offerings, including an MBA; earned accreditation from the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and was recognized by the state of California as a university.
More than 30 percent of the university’s students are of Hispanic origin. A high percentage of these students are first-generation college attendees. Earning the federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University is able to expand its outreach to students whose access to higher education can be challenging. By opening two new campuses, Marymount has also broadened its ability to bring educational resources to both urban and rural communities.
In addition, the military veterans’ student population on its campuses is increasing, allowing Marymount to serve in greater numbers those who have served our country selflessly and with valor. Approximately 25 percent of Marymount students transfer from other colleges and 16 percent are returning to college after age 23.
With its campuses located along the picturesque coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes, in the vibrant community of San Pedro, and serving the lakeside communities of Lake County, California, Marymount California University challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service. As a private, Catholic, nonprofit university and in the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the university strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice.
Marymount offers master’s degrees in community psychology, leadership and community development, and in business administration. It also offers bachelor’s degrees in business, criminal justice, liberal arts, media studies and psychology.
For more information about the university visit www.MarymountCalifornia.edu.
Dr. Robert Aguilar, President
The Western Association of School Administrators