Educational Institutions

Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania

  • California, PA
  • www.calu.edu

Mission Statement

MISSION: BUILDING CHARACTER AND CAREERS

To advance its ultimate mission of building the character and careers of students, the University shall focus its efforts on three goals: student achievement and success, institutional excellence, and community service. These interrelated ends will be facilitated by the following means: high quality faculty, students, programs, and facilities. These means, in turn, will be funded through an energetic program of resource acquisition and stewardship.

Main Programs

  1. Undergraduate education
  2. Graduate Education
  3. Global Online
  4. Partnerships
  5. Community Outreach
Service Areas

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International

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer

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Dr. Angelo Armenti

Keywords

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Cal U, Cal, CUP, Cal U P, Cal U of PA, Higher Ed

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EIN

25-1540183

 Number

3009846017

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

University or Technological (B43)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Named one of the best regional universities in the Northeast by Princeton Review every year since 2006.

Accomplishments and goals:

Institutional excellence.

• Expanded academic offerings include 150 undergraduate majors/concentrations and 50 graduate programs. Striving to gain national accreditation for all eligible programs.

 

• Enrollment up from 6,000 in 2000 to more than 9,000 students in 2009. A 5% increase per year expected for the next three years. Global Online enrollment up more than 20% each term year since 2008.

• More than 100 new faculty members added since 2004. 78% of all faculty hold terminal degrees and will increase to 90% by 2012.

 

Student achievement and success.

•  Caliber of incoming students at an all-time high, with SAT scores averaging 1028 in 2008-09 and expected to reach 1045 by 2012.

 

• Implementation of a “Four-Year Graduation Plan” helps students graduate in four years. First-year student retention rate will increase from 78.75% to exceed the State System target of 81.5% by 2015.

 

• New SMART classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology. Six new residence halls, considered among the best in the nation, have been recognized by the National Building Museum for their use of sustainable, geothermal energy.

 

Community service.

•  Partnerships with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art provide learning opportunities for Cal U students, local school districts and the community.

 

• Cal U assists the community in times of weather disaster as a National Weather Service designated StormReady University, and the River Alert Information Network (RAIN) helps to safeguard area waterways.

 

• Workforce development initiatives help meet the needs of the area's businesses. A new Convocation Center, the largest indoor venue between Pittsburgh and Morgantown, will open in the fall of 2011 as a conference, training and entertainment facility.

 

• Cal U infuses $267 million into the Pennsylvania economy annually, and $102 million into the economy of Washington County.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Undergraduate education

Cal U provides a high-quality, low-cost education to a diverse population of students. Many are the first in their family to attend college and would not be able to pursue their dream without financial assistance. Cal U’s undergraduate program offers 150 majors/concentrations in the College of Liberal Arts, the Eberly College of Science and Technology and the College of Education and Human Services. The average student-teacher ratio is 20 to 1. Although highly regarded for traditional programs such as Education, Cal U’s reputation is growing in a variety of emerging fields. A new major in Commercial Music Technology prepares students for careers in the $10.4 billion recorded music industry. A Meteorology program is one of only four in the country to incorporate science and communication studies, and graduates from the Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology and Robotics Engineering Technology programs are well qualified for jobs in today’s high-tech world.

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Graduate Education

Graduate enrollment at Cal U ranks in the top three of all universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, with the School of Graduate Studies and Research currently offering 50 areas of concentration.

 

Masters degree programs at Cal U are both career-driven and academically rigorous. Flexible programs, including a blend of online and face-to-face courses, make it easy for students to balance life’s challenges.

 

Programs like the MSN – Nursing Administration & Leadership and the MS in Criminal Justice – Legal Studies are delivered 100% online to meet the demands of busy professionals who wish to advance their careers. The new post-master’s certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is the first among State System schools.

 

In addition, Cal’s Office of Grants and Contracts facilitates nearly $7 million in meaningful, sponsored research activities each year, ranging from Department of Defense-sponsored robotics projects to the management and conservation of aquatic systems.

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Global Online

Cal U’s worldwide learning community is growing by leaps and bounds, with enrollment up more than 20% each semester since 2008. The Global Online program is delivered 100% via the Internet and provides convenient, state-of-the-art access to quality academic programs. A recent survey of online colleges ranked it No. 2 in the nation.
 

Standards and expectations mirror Cal U’s traditional programming. Students work together in cohorts and build relationships with professors and peers through threaded discussions and e-mail.

 

Undergraduate degrees are offered in two areas – Wellness & Fitness and Legal Studies. A wide range of graduate programs is available, including Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Management, Law & Public Policy and Education. Certification programs for principals and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility programs are also offered online.

 

Cal’s global reach includes members of the armed forces who are serving across the U.S. and abroad. Cal U is proud to have recently been named one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country.

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Partnerships

Over the years Cal U has developed collaborative relationships with world-class organizations that offer exceptional cultural and educational experiences that students and residents of the Mon Valley might not otherwise encounter. On a beautiful fall evening, for example, beautiful strains from Steele Hall herald a Cal U tradition – the annual performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

 

As the only university in the State System to host the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), Cal U brings two exceptional exhibits a year to campus. During 2008, more than 6,000 children visited the exhibit, “In Search of Giant Squid.”

 

Cal also provides unique opportunities for local educators. Through a partnership with the National Gallery of Art, free lesson plans are available to introduce some of the world’s most treasured artwork, and the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources program allows students access to valuable digitized material.

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Community Outreach

While Cal U builds character and careers, it also plays a key role in building a better Mon Valley. For example, Cal U’s Center for Excellence in Elementary Science and Math Education is helping early childhood educators foster an interest in science. And in keeping with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative, Cal U conducts robotics workshops with area high schools and technical schools, and collaborates with the Carnegie Science Center on educational programming in the new roboworld™ exhibit.

 

Cal U’s Northern Appalachian Network addresses housing and poverty issues in rural neighborhoods, while Partners for Fish & Wildlife rallies many agencies throughout the state to restore the habitat for wildlife on agricultural lands and along streambeds. 

 

Cal U offers workforce development and training for local business as well as a Government Agency coordination office that has helped 1,600 area businesses obtain more than $2.2 billion in federal, state and local contracts.

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Funding Needs

Scholarships — $15 million needed Although enrollment at Cal U has increased by 46% in the past decade, financial support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has steadily declined. During the 1980s, state funding accounted for more than 60% of Cal U’s budget, but today it accounts for approximately one-third. If funding trends continue, the University can expect to see its budget share drop to zero percent in the next three decades. Right now, nearly 93% of Cal U students qualify for financial aid. That means that nearly 8,400 of our 9,000 students cannot afford an education without assistance. Donations to help fund scholarships are crucial to helping these students fulfill their dreams of a college education.    Other important needs: • School of Business and Professional Studies -- $4 million needed. Campaign investments will create an endowment to provide scholarships and support to attract students and prepare them to become our region's future business leaders. • Honors College -- $2.5 million needed.  Support will help to endow honors scholarships that will atrract students with high academic potential to the University.  Support will elevate its existing honors program to a residential Honors College.  One of our new campus residence halls was designed to accomodate honors seminars and activities. • Academic and Program Support -- $2.5 million needed.  Your contribution will support a variety of academic programs, activities, and materials to advance and enrich education-on campus and beyond. • Character Education Institute -- $2 million needed.  Through the Campaign to Build Character and Careers: A Case for Student Support and Enrichment, you can help to build character education at Cal U.  Through generous donor support, the Institute will have resources to expand its activities and assist faculty development in character education. • Endowed Lecture Series -- $2 million needed.  A permanent endowment, made possible through Campaign support, will enable the University to continue to offer intellectually stimulating programs by attracting high-profile speakers.  An endowed lecture series will foster University-community dialogue as it enriches the cultural life of the region and inspires students to action. • Internship Endowment -- $1 million needed.  The University's internship program provides opportunities for students to learn on the job everywhere from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies and government offices.  The internship endowment will help to fund internship travel and living expenses for many more deserving students, especially in such cities as New York and Washington, D.C.

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FOUNDATION FOR CALIFORNIA UNIV OF PA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Angelo Armenti

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"“The journey of Cal U students resonates with me because I have walked in their shoes. I am the son of Italian immigrants and the first in my family to go to college. I grew up in a working-class neighborhood outside of Philadelphia. My parents made tremendous sacrifices to provide me with educational opportunities that have had a profound influence on my life.

Our students and their families also sacrifice greatly to ensure they reach Commencement day. Many spend their undergraduate years balancing classes, jobs and family responsibilities.

Cal U historically has opened doors for students who otherwise would not have access to higher education. The global economic downturn is increasingly putting higher education out of reach for many. With money tight, families are forced to make hard choices.

We have made every effort to offset the cost to our students by increasing financial aid. My own highest priority has been, and will continue to be, to build support for critically important private scholarships. More important than bricks and mortar is a legacy of opening doors to those whose promise otherwise would never be fully realized.

Those of us who benefited from someone’s gift of time, talent or treasure have a responsibility to ‘pay it forward’ by lending a helping hand to someone else. Your assistance today will help our bright, energetic and financially strapped students, who are in desperate need of our helJr."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Leo T Krantz

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