The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) recently announced reaccreditation for PLNU’s School of Education (SOE) and all of its credential programs.
“This continuing accreditation reflects the high quality of PLNU’s education programs and credentials as we develop and serve education professionals,” said Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU president. “Congratulations to Dr. Gary Railsback [SOE dean] and all the members of the School of Education for a job well done!”
PLNU’s School of Education offers undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, credentials, and certificates. The programs are designed to help students grow professionally and personally, resulting in the capacity to think critically, engage issues with their minds and hearts, and make decisions that make a difference. All this happens within the context of a highly supportive Christian community, where faculty members serve as mentors. The SOE’s district partnerships help serve local education communities and PLNU education students at the same time. Graduate program regional centers are located in Arcadia, Bakersfield, the Inland Empire, and San Diego (Mission Valley).
PLNU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the School of Education credential and certificate programs are accredited by the CTC. PLNU's School of Education is also a candidate for accreditation by NCATE.

Education, PLNU

Freshman Emmy Merrill is a PLNU student to watch. As a young, breakout, competitive and championship surfer, she’s on fire.

From February 19-25, 2012, Emmy was in Peru where she competed in the ISA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship against women of different ages from many different countries. She won first place.

She went into the competition as an 18-year-old champion surfer who has won highly competitive events, as well as national titles for her high school surf team in San Clemente. She’s what calls “the quintessential water-woman,” and we were able to get an interview with her about her surfing career and championship win at ISA.

Read a Q&A with Emmy on PLNU's blog.


Point Loma Nazarene University is helping the San Diego Foundation cast a vision for the future of the greater San Diego region.

PLNU is a participating partner in the foundation’s Our Greater San Diego Vision program that is surveying San Diego residents to help create a plan for San Diego’s future. In addition, PLNU’s director of community outreach and governmental relations, Megan Ekard Collins, is one of only 100 people selected from the San Diego region to sit on the Our Greater San Diego Vision council as an ambassador.

“We want to plan for San Diego’s future to help ensure that future generations can enjoy America’s Finest City as much as we do today. We expect 1.3 million more residents in San Diego County in the next 40 years, so now is the ideal time to cast a vision for the way we want our community to grow,” said Ekard.

Survey participants voice their opinions on issues such as education, jobs, housing, the environment, and future amenities such as parks, sports and entertainment venues, libraries, museums, and the arts.

Thus far, PLNU is reporting a survey rate that is eight times higher than most other participating organizations.

PLNU encourages students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, parents, and friends to participate in the survey and help shape our community’s future. Please visit before Jan. 31.


Point Loma Nazarene University had the 3rd highest pass rate in California on the 2010 certified public accountant (CPA) exam, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). PLNU was number one among private and Christian universities. PLNU graduates also had the highest average score on the exam.

“I am pleased and proud of our PLNU accounting alumni,” said accounting professor Carl Hammond. “It is rewarding to see their hard work pay off, so they are able to build valuable careers. It is an honor to teach at a university that recruits this caliber of students.”

The University of California, Berkeley ranked number one with a 60.2 percent pass rate while UCLA took the second spot with 58.6 percent. PLNU was just a tenth of a point behind UCLA with 58.5 percent. Rounding out the top five were the University of Southern California and Chapman University.

There were 57 schools in California ranked in NASBA’s report.

Business, PLNU

The PLNU Speech and Debate Team finished the fall semester by winning first place overall sweepstakes in the four-year college division at the PSCFA Fall Championship held Dec. 2-4 at Cerritos College.  

“This effort was helped a great deal by having five of our six teams entered in the senior division of parliamentary debate advancing to the bronze round,” noted coach Dr. Skip Rutledge. 

PLNU team and individual accomplishments at the tournament included the following:

Senior Division NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate:

  • Frank Daniel, Gold Medal
  • McKayla Carpenter, Bronze Medal
  • Sydney Awakuni, Bronze Medal

Junior Division Parliamentary Debate:

  • Sam Mercaldo and Ryan Willey, Bronze Medal
  • Sam Mercaldo, 5th Place Speaker in Junior Division

Senior Division Parliamentary Debate:

  • Frank Daniel and Kasey Graves, Gold Medalists
  • Sydney Awakuni and McKayla Carpenter, Bronze Medalists
  • Haley Courtney and Kayla Cook, Bronze Medalists
  • Ben Carney and Christy Wright ,Bronze Medalists
  • Brooke Rakes and Andrew Schalin, Bronze Medalists
  • Frank Daniel, 2nd Place Speaker in Senior Division

Individual Events Results:

  • Sidney Awakuni, Fourth Place Senior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kayla Cook, First Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking, Second Place Novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Frank Daniel, Third Place Junior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Stephanie Haas, Finalist Informative Speaking
Communications & Theatre, PLNU

PLNU was recently ranked No. 28 in the Washington Monthly's 2011 College Guide, in the category of master’s universities. Their rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). 

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