Chancellor's Blog

2017 Highlights from the National University System

As we wrap up the year, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the National University System happy holidays. I also want to thank our team of more than 5,000 NUS faculty and staff who work tirelessly to bring quality education to more than 40,000 students. The dedication of our Board of …

Serving Our Communities Through Collaboration

Recent events over the past month have touched the lives of many of our family and friends through our extended network of faculty, staff and students who are all part of the National University System. From the devastation of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, to the recent earthquake in Mexico City and the mass shooting in …

High-Choice Academic Pathways

I am proud that the National University System is dedicated to delivering an exceptional student experience to every learner, focused on student success, and ensuring programs and degrees are market-relevant and aligned with workforce needs. As the population of adult learners continues to grow alongside technological advancement, the demand for new education models and high-choice …

Congratulations to the National University System Graduates of 2017!

Chancellor Cunningham with his daughter Tressa Cunningham, who earned a master’s degree at NU. In June, the National University System (NUS) recognized more than 3,000 graduates who crossed the stage at three separate commencement ceremonies. On June 17, National University held its Southern California commencement ceremony at Petco Park in San Diego, and that same …

Honoring Dedication, Drive and Service

NU’s Northern California graduates celebrate with Chancellor Cunningham. As a non-profit education system, we strive to affect positive change in our communities. Recently, I’ve been able to reflect on the many ways in which the National University System, which includes National University, John. F. Kennedy University and City University of Seattle, work toward fulfilling this …

Expanding Educational Opportunities

The National University System, which includes National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, WestMed College, The Division of Pre-College Programs and the Sanford Education Programs, was founded on the notion of universal access to education, to fostering a seamless approach to lifelong learning, and above all, to student success. One of the …

Cultivating Innovation and Professional Development

The 2020 Vision for the National University System (NUS) is, “to be an educational system whose graduates are transformed and positively contribute to society.” Transforming our students means reimaging education and empowering our shared community of universities. One of the ways we aim to fulfill this vision is by investing in the cultivation of innovation …

System Growth through Partnerships and Community

The beginning of a new year is invigorating. After enjoying the holidays with loved ones and celebrating the New Year, we’re at an opportune time to focus on goals. The System’s vision, “To be an educational system whose graduates are transformed and positively contribute to society,” is further defined in the National University System 2020 …

“The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it.” – P. Drucker & A. Lincoln

Chancellor Cunningham and NU grads celebrate on field at Petco Park. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” I’ve shared these words with graduates during commencement, with faculty and staff members during meetings, and once again it rings …

Giving Back to our Communities – October 2016

Chancellor Cunningham with Malin Burnham, 2016 Humanitarian of the Year November is the time of year when we reflect on everything for which we are most thankful. And with Veteran’s Day on November 11, the nation pauses to honor the sacrifices of those who have bravely served in our armed forces. While we give particular …