The primary format of debate we participate in at PLNU is NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) debate, and they have two official reporting dates for posting their national rankings.  For the first official ranking period that ended December 15th, looking back on the Fall 2014 tournament results for the hundreds of schools across the country competing, regardless of school size, scholarship amounts, or institutional endowments, PLNU is ranked in the number 3 spot in the nation!  This includes much larger schools like SDSU, and CSULB, or UCLA, and highly prestigious research schools like Cal Berkeley, along with many large and highly competitive community colleges, and other strong Christian colleges and universities like Wheaton and Cedarville, not to mention (though I guess I will) other well respected colleges like Pepperdine and Rice universities. 


When you look over the last 20 years in a time line study for an idea on how schools consistently compete against one another in the NPDA, PLNU debate is ranked as the number one program in the nation by a fairly wide margin, having been named National Champions at the end of the year half a dozen times, including having earned multiple year long sweepstakes champion titles, National Tournament Sweepstakes Champions, Top two person team at Nationals out of over 300 teams competing, and Top Speaker in the nation at nationals competing with over 600 of the nations best debaters at Nationals.  By the way, many of these top honors were accomplished by home schooled recruits, with or without high school forensics experience prior to joining us. !

Communications & Theatre

Point Loma Classic Christian Home School Speech and Debate Tournament on PLNU Campus 1/7-1/10/15

As the heading says this week we are hosting a terrific group of hard working Christian home schooled speech and debate students ages 12-18 on campus, who will be competing in most rooms on campus from Thursday through Saturday.  There will be some set up tasks on Wednesday. We are fortunate to be able to recruit many of these top young scholars to attend our school once they experience this amazing campus at the tournaments, and/or at our home school speech and debate camps over the summer. 

There will be many hundreds of well dressed, exceedingly polite students running around campus the next few days, and their parents and community judges (probably also nicely dressed and exceedingly polite).   We are grateful to the many folks on our campus who make it possible for us to host this function.  If there are any problems or questions please feel free to call my extension X 2391, or reach me on my cell phone (619) 655-0112.  The tournament itself will be headquartered out of Nicholson Commons.  

We encourage you to watch the rounds if you are able, and even to volunteer as a judge if you would like.  We will have many judge training sessions throughout the tournament.  The elimination rounds will mostly be on Saturday, if you want to see the best of the best. Maybe you are considering enrolling your children in forensics and would like to see what it is really all about.  We are not just geeks in ties, but attempt to be eloquent, well researched and reasoned geeks in ties, or whatever the female equivalent of that would be.

Communications & Theatre

Dr.  Ruth Holton has recently been appointed to the Bakersfield City School District Educational Foundation Board


Starting next fall, graduates of the Grossmont College nursing program can seamlessly continue their education and receive their bachelor’s in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the community college campus.

The groundbreaking pact between the two institutions for the four-year nursing degree was announced this morning at a press conference at Grossmont College. Created to address growing workforce demand, the new agreement addresses the omission of nursing programs from recent legislation allowing select community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees.

Administrators hailed the partnership creating cohorts of 25 students each fall and spring as a major plus for Grossmont College’s nursing students, who will benefit from the instruction and student support resources from the university. Tuition for the accelerated degree program is $16,200 and includes the cost of books. PLNU will have a full time advisor at Grossmont College to provide scholarship information and enrollment assistance to interested students.

“PLNU is pleased to partner with Grossmont College to provide increased access to students across the San Diego region who wish to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said PLNU President Bob Brower, who was joined at the press conference by Grossmont College President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke and nursing deans from both campuses.

The demand for nurses with bachelor’s degrees has grown in recent years. A national study by the Institute of Medicine recommended that by 2020, 80 percent of the nursing workforce should have a bachelor’s degree to meet the country’s healthcare needs. However, it has become a challenge for students to get into four-year university nursing programs. Further compounding the challenge, more hospitals continue to achieve magnet status, requiring them to hire a high percentage of nurses with the degrees.

For Grossmont students there is now a mechanism for students to seamlessly transfer and quickly obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to benefit from Point Loma Nazarene University’s excellent nursing program," said Cooke. "Together we can better meet workforce demand and support student success.”

Highly respected across the San Diego region, PLNU’s nursing program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. “Today’s announcement is certainly an appropriate way to mark 40 years of excellence in training and equipping individuals called to the sacred work of nursing,” said Brower. PLNU’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Today’s announcement is one of several new programs in development at PLNU that seek to serve new populations of students and allow PLNU to further meet workforce development needs in the San Diego region and beyond. New educational delivery systems and partnerships, like the relationship with Grossmont, continue to extend the educational resource of PLNU as a mission-driven, quality university for the broader San Diego region.

   For more information on the RN to BSN program, visit

External Relations, Office of Community & Government Relations, PLNU, School of Nursing

HPS Scholars:
Just FYI:

Salaried internships with the CIA are available for the summers of 2016 and 2017!…/student-opportunities/ncs-intern.html

History & Political Science

A domestic disturbance in a neighborhood close to campus at approx. 3am on Friday morning has resulted in the deaths of at least two non campus persons. Police have indicated there is no need to lock down the campus as there are no suspects outstanding at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Public Safety