In an exciting event for the University of La Verne, La Verne’s much anticipated commemorative book was delivered this November. Creating this important historical-commemorative book has been a longtime dream for this prolific institution of higher learning.
Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne’s impact on California in general and Southern California in particular is well documented. Its commitment to diversity and underserved markets, veterans, and to young adults who are often the first in their family to go to college is highly valued. But in recent years, the University has been flexing its muscles, reaching out to veterans, opening satellite campuses, exploring distance learning, and heavily emphasizing STEM programs, business, and other fields.
After 125 years, the University of La Verne is in so many ways a vastly different academic landscape from the place it was seventy-five or even fifty years ago, testament to the demands of the student marketplace as well as the farsighted administrators and boards of directors who guided it through the decades. But those who are intimate with this school are quick to observe that so much has remained the same, contrary to all outward appearances.
Though decades of growth have changed its appearance and reach, La Verne has retained its sense of purpose, seeking to provide students with individual attention to spark personal growth through intellectual challenge and development. During this time, the Board of Trustees become independent of church control, while the student body increase and become more cosmopolitan without the university losing its commitment to service and to sound, values-oriented education. The University takes pride in knowing its nearly 50,000 alumni worldwide have made a difference in their professions and communities. University of La Verne is an independent, nonsectarian private institution founded in 1891 by the Church of the Brethren.