Executive summary of eligibility requirements 2 and 3.
George Fox University is authorized by the State of Oregon to grant degrees.
#3 Mission and Core Themes:
The University operates under its mission, which has been approved by its Board of Trustees. The University is a non-profit organization and its purpose is to operate educational programs that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. George Fox University’s core themes are clearly defined and have been adopted by the Board of Trustees. Core theme objectives, each with assessable indicators of achievement, provide George Fox stakeholders with critical information regarding progress toward mission fulfillment. The Institution devotes its resources to support its educational mission and core themes.
Executive summary of eligibility requirements 4 through 21.
#4 Operational Focus and Independence: George Fox University's programs and services are solely concerned with providing students education that leads to post secondary degrees. We offer the following undergraduate and graduate degrees: BA, BS, BSW, BSAT, MA, MAT, MATS, MBA, MDiv, Med, EdS, EdD, DBA, DMin, DMGT and PsyD. The University is structured in ways that allow it to design and deliver undergraduate and graduate education that meet the Commission's standards and eligibility requirements. George Fox was founded as an educational institution and remains so, not operating any other sorts of businesses.
#5 Non-Discrimination: George Fox University is a Christ-centered University. Our Quaker heritage and Christian values and commitments are foremost in guiding our decisions and programs. We respect the dignity of each person and operate in a non-discriminatory way. Our student handbook includes an “anti-discrimination” policy. The policy states:
Discrimination or harassment due to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, workers’ compensation status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable local state, or federal law; or any other distinguishing characteristic protected by non-discrimination law, is prohibited.
#6 Institutional Integrity: George Fox University is a Christ-centered University, and its Christian mission and Quaker heritage guide its interaction with its constituents and with the public. The University operates in an ethical manner consistent with its Christian mission and has policies and procedures in place to protect individual rights.
#7 Governing Board: George Fox University is an independent University founded in 1891 by what has become Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM). A 42-member board governs the University. The Board of Trustees is responsible for monitoring the quality and integrity of the institution to ensure that the University’s mission and associated core themes are being achieved. The general superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends and the chair of the board of regents of Portland Seminary also serve on the board. The University employs no member of the board, nor has any financial interest.
#8 Chief Executive Officer: President Robin Baker serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University and the official adviser to the Chair of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. The President, as educational and administrative head of the University, exercises general superintendence over all the affairs of the institution. The president serves as an ex officio member of the board without a vote.
#9 Administration: In addition to our Chief Executive Officer, our senior administrative leadership is comprised of the Vice President’s Team (VP Team) The VP Team provides counsel to the President on the direction of the University and helps the President develop and implement University plans that lead to the fulfillment of the Institution’s mission and the achievement of its core themes.
#10 Faculty: The University employs faculty members with appropriate degrees and experience to teach in our academic programs. The work of the faculty, while crossing all four core themes, is particularly important to our Liberal Arts Foundation and Professional Preparation core themes. Degree programs are adequately staffed with full-time faculty and enhanced with adjunct faculty. The University faculty are responsible for curriculum development, and all curricular proposals are processed through appropriate faculty governing bodies. Advising is a faculty responsibility, as is participating on faculty committees and participating in the faculty evaluation system. . The University has a tenure system to protect academic freedom.
#11 Educational Program: George Fox is Oregon’s nationally recognized Christian University, providing students with personal attention, global opportunities to learn and serve, and a supportive community that encourages academic rigor and spiritual growth. Currently, we offer bachelor’s degrees in 41 majors, adult degree programs, five seminary degrees and 14 master’s and doctoral degrees. George Fox’s mission is articulated in both the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog, as are the goals, objectives, and outcomes of all educational programs that align with it.
Departments reevaluate degree requirements and student learning annually, and changes are taken through the approval process that includes the department’s faculty, the Undergraduate or Graduate Council, the Curriculum Committee, and the general faculty. The institution has sustained its commitment to liberal arts undergraduate programs as well as to professional and graduate degree programs, endeavoring to foster students’ intellectual development concurrent with preparing its graduates for meaningful and productive lives beyond the University. Recognized in its field and ranked among the top Christian colleges in the U.S., George Fox has a strong reputation for providing excellence and rigor in student learning and achievement
#12 General Education and Related Instruction: The general education component of undergraduate programs demonstrates an integrated approach. General education requirements at George Fox total 54 semester hours. The specified courses and the course options provide knowledge and skills in support of cultural perspectives and major programs. Transfer students consult closely with their faculty advisors concerning their general education requirements. They are expected to fulfill the requirements of the catalog under which they entered George Fox University.
The University accepts the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT) and the Washington Transfer Associate of Arts degree (WAA) as meeting all George Fox University general education requirements except Bible and Religion.
George Fox University's graduate and professional programs seek to fulfill the University's mission by providing students with accessible, high-quality educational programs that enhance professional skills and foster intellectual and spiritual growth. Graduate degree programs also require a planned program of specialization as outlined in our Graduate Catalog.
#13 Library and Information Resources: The George Fox library supports the University’s mission and core themes by providing access to both print and electronic information resources that are consistent with and supportive of the mission and themes. With approximately 48,000 online journals, over 100,000 electronic books, hundreds of thousands of streamed audio tracks, hundreds of streamed videos, and excellent interlibrary loan services, the library is positioned to serve its students well regardless of program location, method of delivery, or discipline of study.
#14 Physical and Technological Infrastructure: George Fox University possesses and maintains approximately 9 residence halls, 26 student houses, and 6 apartment buildings for student living; 16 buildings for classrooms and offices; and 13 houses for offices and storage. Additionally, the University maintains leased sites in Boise, Idaho; Redmond, OR, Salem, OR and Portland, OR. All buildings meet ADA requirements and other codes in place when new construction or renovation occurs.
A solid technological infrastructure allows George Fox to leverage our mission to be a technology leader in higher education today. Our new multi-campus wide WiFi network sitting on top of our robust institutional network is a critical asset. Our successful commitment for 100% media enabled classrooms addresses our teaching and learning goals. And our recent implementation of the Oracle PeopleSoft ERP solution ensures that we have the finest business system available to run our University.
#15 Academic Freedom: The University faculty and Board of Trustees have adopted an “academic freedom” policy that can be accessed in the Faculty Handbook. The policy provides faculty with the measure of academic freedom necessary for them to engage fully in their academic endeavors. Faculty and students examine and test knowledge appropriate to their disciplines and explore the integration of one’s faith and one’s intellectual inquiry.
#16 Admissions: The Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, and Adult Degree Programs admit students based on the qualities and information outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog found on the University website. Admission criteria include both quantitative and qualitative requirements.
#17 Public Information: George Fox University publishes current and accurate information on it’s website regarding it’s mission and core themes. The Student Financial Services Office (SFS) publishes information on tuition and fees and other costs associated with attending the institution. SFS also publishes information about federal, state and institutional financial aid, return of title IV policies and procedures, tuition refund policies and timelines, satisfactory academic progress and other financial aid policies related to qualifying and maintaining eligibility for financial aid programs. In addition to providing financial aid disclosure information to current students via email communication, SFS also publishes a University consumer information web page that gathers links to various consumer information sources throughout the University as well as from external sources.
#18 Financial Resources: The net assets of the institution have increased from 48.7 million in 2003 to 62.6 million at the end of the FY10-11 Endowment net assets increased from 15.1 million in 2003 to18.6 million as of June 30, 2011. Land, buildings, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation, increased from 46.7 million in 2003 to 66.4 million as of June 30, 2011. The University ran balanced operating budgets for close to forty years. George Fox University has sufficient cash flow to meet operational demands during the fiscal year. The University has a long-standing relationship with Bank of America and has access to a $4 million line of credit for the one period during the year when additional cash may be needed to fund operations. We have not drawn on the line of credit every year, but when we have it has typically been in August. An automatic sweep feature ensures that draws are kept to a minimum and that repayment is made as soon as possible. The University's risk management includes a well-analyzed portfolio of insurance policies and risk management and safety committees. Debt and depreciation are carefully scheduled out and are included in multi-year financial planning.
#19 Financial Accountability: Moss Adams, a regional firm, audits The University annually with more than 1,700 employees including 220 partners. Moss Adams was founded in 1913 and has annual revenues of approximately $300 million. The annual audit is on a regular, timely cycle, which begins in March with the Board's approval to hire the auditors and includes a May pre-audit consultation, fieldwork in August and September, and presentation of a final draft of the audit report in October.
The results of the annual audit, including findings and management letter recommendations are presented to the Business Management Committee by the CFO for approval and then the Business Management Committee submits this to the Board of Trustees for final approval. The CFO is responsible for addressing the findings and management letter comments in a timely manner.
#20 Disclosure: The University communicates regularly with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, submitting prospecti for new programs and participating in regular review processes. We consult with the Commission when developing new or innovative programs that are substantive changes. The University has responded promptly and thoroughly to all requests for information. George Fox accurately discloses information that is needed by the Commission to carry out its evaluation and accreditation functions.
#21 Relationship with the Accreditation Commission: The University accepts the conditions of accreditation by NWCCU, including compliance with the standards and policies. George Fox is working in concert with the Commission’s revised accreditation schedule as they seek to implement the new standards. We agree that the Commission may make known action regarding the institution’s status with the Commission to any agency or members of the public requesting such information.