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Even in pandemic, GCU enrollment keeps growing

September 08, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

GCU began the 2020-21 school year with another increase in the number of traditional students connected to its Phoenix campus. It expects its largest incoming class ever — more than 8,200 new students — when the fall semester started Sept. 8, bringing total campus-based enrollment to approximately 23,000.

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GCU engineering, computer science degree programs earn ABET accreditation

August 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

(Aug. 28, 2020) — Grand Canyon University’s bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and bachelor’s degree programs in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.   ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public. “We are very excited to receive this acknowledgment from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),” said Brian Mueller, President of Grand Canyon University. “Our computer science program was launched in 2014 and engineering followed in 2015, so this was our first opportunity for accreditation after they had their first graduating classes. These innovative, interdisciplinary, project-based programs are already meeting the high standards that GCU academics are known for.” Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance. […]

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Conversations and actions needed to end racism, inequality

June 18, 2020 / by / 12 Comments

In an open letter, GCU President Brian Mueller writes about the conversations he has had with Black students and employees and stresses the importance of acting on those talks.

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GCU statement on racial tensions

June 02, 2020 / by / 15 Comments

To the Grand Canyon University community: In times of tragedy such as the inexplicable death of George Floyd and the racial tensions that have engulfed this country, it is helpful to focus on a core belief at GCU – that all persons are created in God’s image. Every single person you come in contact with, whether at the grocery store or at school or your place of work, is a unique creation of God and has immeasurable value. He loves them, and you, with all of His heart. We are all children of God and there is no place for racism, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. We stand with our GCU community to denounce such acts against marginalized people and know that, beyond those words, we are committed to affecting societal change through the actions of our united efforts. As your television screen gets filled with the images of Mr. Floyd’s reprehensible death, your emotions may be filled with anger, fear, sadness and confusion. Other images of violence, rioting and looting in various cities may add to those feelings. As you process that, always remember this: Jesus’ greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart […]

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Lawsuit against GCU thrown out by Atlanta court

May 18, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

A class-action lawsuit against Grand Canyon University has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The court ruled on May 11, 2020, that GCU’s Enrollment Agreement “clearly stated” that the plaintiff’s academic program would not lead to licensure in Georgia and that the plaintiff would have known that “had she read the Enrollment Agreement.”

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GCU to produce more than 26,000 graduates in 2019-20

April 24, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

(April 24, 2020) – Grand Canyon University will confer 26,096 degrees for its traditional-aged and working adult students in the 2019-20 academic year, the largest graduating class in its 71-year history. The accomplishments are something not even a global virus could stop. “Dealing with the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic is not how our graduating seniors on campus nor our working adult students online envisioned their college careers finishing up,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “But they met those challenges with true Lopes spirit and persevered. This has truly been a historic year and they should feel extremely proud of their accomplishments.” GCU, a leader in online education with more than 85,000 students studying remotely, was well prepared for the challenges that COVID-19 presented. “The transition was seamless for our 20,000-plus on-campus students,” Mueller said. “Because we have invested over $200 million into a learning management system that serves both ground and online students, our students on campus were already familiar with that infrastructure. We were able to maintain the same continuity of instruction and learning, the same educational outcomes, the same small class sizes and the same curriculum within the same learning management system that students had already grown […]

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GCU contributing to coronavirus relief efforts

April 10, 2020 / by / 6 Comments

GCU will begin production next week of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and respirators, for both its campus and community partners. It also is providing housing in GCU Hotel for first responders who are serving on the front lines in the fight against this pandemic and is in discussions with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Medical Center to use the Canyon Activities Center as an overflow area for non-COVID patients.

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GCU to distribute entire amount of CARES Act funds directly to students

April 09, 2020 / by / 154 Comments

Grand Canyon University announced that the entire $22.3 million it is receiving from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act), will go directly to students in the form of emergency cash grants.

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GCU adds new VP in Office of Advancement

February 25, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

GCU is continuing to expand its philanthropic efforts with the hiring of Dr. T. Kale Gober as Vice President of Advancement. Gober joins GCU after spending the past four years rebuilding the Division of Advancement at the University of Central Arkansas. “GCU is making a tremendous impact through Christian education, and I’m excited to lead a team that is committed to engaging alumni, donors and friends who will be excited to be part of what God is doing at Grand Canyon University,” he said.

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GCU freezes tuition for 12th consecutive year

December 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

PHOENIX (Nov. 12, 2019) – For the 12th year in a row, Grand Canyon University has remained committed to its students by freezing tuition costs. The private Christian university’s ground campus tuition will remain at $16,500 for the 2020-21 school year. A large majority of students – more than 90% – receive institutional scholarships that bring the average tuition cost to approximately $8,700, which is comparable to public universities and well below other private schools. That total does not include federal aid such as Pell grants and subsidized student loans or external scholarships that lower students’ out-of-pocket expenses further. According to “Trends in College Pricing” released by the College Board, the average annual cost to attend a four-year public college in 2019-20 rose 2.3% to $10,440, while tuition and fees at four-year private institutions increased by 3.4% to $36,880 during the same period. GCU also remains very competitive when it comes to room and board. The average cost of room and board at a four-year public college rose to $11,510 in 2019-20 and to $12,990 at a four-year private institution. GCU’s average room and board cost is just $8,038 per year even though roughly 50% of the university’s beds are […]

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