PLNU improved on last year’s highest ever ranking in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News and World Report, by jumping up six spots to rank No. 16 in the Regional Universities (West) category. 

PLNU has continued to climb the list of “America’s Best Colleges,” making one of the biggest leaps in the past few years. A broader awareness of PLNU’s academic excellence and quality education is quickly developing. 

The criteria for the ranking are peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving.


We are currently lookign for adjunct faculty members who can teach classes in Excel, Internet Applications and Networking (including security).  If you are interested in teaching at least one of these classes, see the PLNU employmet website for further information (the job is listed in the Adjunct category and is show as an Adjunct Pool job in Computer Information Systems).

Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences

(San Diego, Calif. – July 26, 2010) – A new and independent study on San Diego’s water sources was presented in a report researched and produced by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) at Point Loma Nazarene University. The report, titled San Diego’s Water Sources: Assessing the Options, addresses the urgency to develop more local, reliable, and sustainable sources of water for the region, and in addition, provides economic analysis in order to establish options for different water sources.

Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist at PLNU and the primary author of the report said, “Water represents probably the biggest resource challenge faced throughout the world, including San Diego. Our study is an attempt to objectively compare the different water options, ranging from desalination and recycled water to conservation, to help guide policymakers and the public in decisions vital to our future.”

Main factors that the report examines are the different possible water sources for San Diego County, and projections for 2020 and 2030. The report also analyzes the energy intensity of the different sources in order to capture the impact on energy supplies and significance of the “carbon footprint.” It offers a feasibility analysis of the different water solutions based on legal, technical, safety, social and environmental factors.

A total of seven solutions are offered, and of the seven, conservation appears to be the most attractive of the solutions.

“The final research report was done with the intention to provide decision makers and the San Diego community with a written document that is clear and understandable,” said Randy M Ataide, executive director of the FBEI. “This is what we refer to as ‘actionable economics,’ and Dr. Reaser and the FBEI staff did a remarkable job researching, analyzing and presenting such a complex and potentially controversial topic.”

The report was sponsored and published by the Equinox Center, a San Diego-based research group that seeks find solutions to balance San Diego’s regional growth with sustainable natural resources.

For further information or for a copy of the report, contact Marion Paul at the Equinox Center at or Cathy Gallagher at the FBEI at or (619) 849-2564.

The feature story has run in local news coverage including Channel 10 News ( and KPBS radio ( 

Business, Fermanian Business & Economic Institute

The MOCM major, under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Czech and Dr. G.L. Forward, has completed its 13th year with its highest enrollment ever. We completed this year with 111 declared majors. The previous high was 106 students in 2001. MOCM is the fifth largest major at PLNU.

Communications & Theatre

Shelly Blair (G'2006) attended the recent NCA Conference held in San Diego where she chatted with Dr. G.L. Forward also attending the convention. After graduating from SDSU with an MA in Communication, Shelly was accepted into a Ph.D. program in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University. Her interests include organizational life, emotion, and social justice. "I know my experience as a student in the communication department incited my passion for research," she said. Shelly joins a growing list of students pursuing graduate studies in communication, including the Ph.D.

Communications & Theatre

Cabrillo Hall, home of the Department of Communication and Theatre, was the site of the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference. Regular classes in Cabrillo were moved or re-scheduled so that all four classrooms could be used from 1:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for the concurrent presentations of research and papers dealing with the intersection of communication and religion.

Dr. G.L. Forward, RCA Councilor and local host chair, oversaw the planning for the conference with direction from the RCA President, Calvin Troup and 2nd Vice President, Janie Fritz, both from Duquesne University. According to Troup, the 2008 event was the best attended pre-conference in the history of the organization. "Everything worked out fine," said Forward, "but it couldn't have been done without the help of our department assistant, Suzanne Thomas, and a student helper, Brooke Simon, who was hired to work the registration room and keep tabs on things as they happened."

Dr. Kathleen Czech presented a paper co-authored with recent graduate, Alison Sanson-Livolsi. Current students Natalie Daugherty, Heather Michal, Christy Schmidt, and Chris Gutierrez also presented original research concerning students at church-related institutions.

Communications & Theatre