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John F. Kennedy University
Motto Transforming Lives. Changing the World.
Established 1964
Type Private
President Dr. Steven Stargardter
Faculty 60 full-time
Undergraduates 1700*
Postgraduates 1700*
Location Pleasant Hill, California, USA
37°57′26″N 122°03′16″W / 37.95726°N 122.054458°W / 37.95726; -122.054458Coordinates: 37°57′26″N 122°03′16″W / 37.95726°N 122.054458°W / 37.95726; -122.054458
Campus Urban
Locations 4 campuses
Website www.JFKU.edu

John F. Kennedy University is a private university located in Pleasant Hill, California, with satellite campuses in Campbell, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded in 1964 to focus on providing continuing opportunities for adult education. Enrollment is approximately 1700 (as of 2006) with no campus residences. The faculty consists of over 700 adjunct faculty employed in their subject areas in addition to about 60 full-time academics.

JFK University has five schools — Education and Liberal Arts, Holistic Studies, Law, Management, and Professional Psychology. The University also has a Continuing Education program.

John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

As of April 7, 2009, JFKU became an affiliate of the National University System. JFK University retains its name, identity and accreditation as an independent university.[1]

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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

The school offers Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Sport Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD), as well as certificates in Exercise and Sport Performance and in Sport Management.

School of Law

John F. Kennedy University School of Law offers a four-year, part-time Juris Doctor. Beginning in Fall 2007, the law school will also offer a California Bar approved full-time program. The school is approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, but does not have or currently seek American Bar Association accreditation.

The school maintains a law library of approximately 35,000 volumes and 1,600 periodicals, substantially larger than at most Committee of Bar Examiners-accredited schools. The library is frequently used by members of the surrounding legal community.

The Law School runs the JFKU Elder Law Clinic. The clinic, opened in September 2005, provides the elderly with free legal assistance to deal with financial abuse or exploitation. The school regularly sponsors educational events open to the public. Recent events have included a panel on domestic surveillance and presidential war powers; a discussion with The Honorable Thelton Henderson and screening of his biography, and a panel discussion on the constitutionality of the California High School Exit Exam.

The School of Law and the law student editorial staff publish the John F. Kennedy University Law Review.

School of Management

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Department of Museum Studies

John F. Kennedy University is home to one of the nation's oldest museum studies programs, founded in 1974 by Deborah Kirschman. In 2004, the department re-located its library, faculty offices and classrooms to the university's Berkeley campus. It offers coursework that leads to a certificate or a master's degree in museum studies, with specializations in museum education and interpretation; collections management; and administration. The department regularly sponsors lectures, workshops and other events for museum professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and works with many Bay Area museums including the Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Bay Area Discovery Museum and Chabot Space and Science Center to train future museum professionals.

In January 2008, California Association of Museums (CAM) announced that the University's Museum Studies program will be the recipient of the 2008 CAMMY Award in the category of "Service to the Field" for the involvement of their alumni and faculty in museum associations and their commitment to furthering and strengthening the museum field, especially in California.

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