From a Quonset hut to a modern fitness center, from an overcrowded house to a state-of-the-art technology center, from chicken coops to spacious classrooms – much has changed at California Lutheran University during the last 25 years.
One of the most significant turning points was not a new facility, but the renaming of then California Lutheran College to California Lutheran University. The name change reflected not only the school’s expanding curriculum and offerings but also the growth of its graduate programs in education and business. The reorganization of the education and business departments into schools resulted in their having an even greater impact on the region by building the expertise and capacity of local business and education leaders.
This fall marks the silver anniversary of the reorganization. In recognition of the 25 years of accomplishments and the breadth and growth of its graduate programs, CLU has renamed the schools of education and business to the Graduate School of Education and the School of Management, respectively, to more accurately represent the far-ranging programs offered by each.
With the changing of the names comes an even stronger commitment to serve the educational, professional, social and emotional needs of the region. The anniversary motto “A History of Innovation, Excellence and Service” is reflective of the schools’ amazing reach and the progress they have achieved.
Preparing Future Educational Leaders
The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at CLU has become a leader in preparing students for professional careers in education.
Offering only one Master of Education degree in 1966, today the GSOE confers five master’s and two doctoral degrees. Its graduates, who number almost 8,000, work in local, national and international settings, making a difference wherever they are. These reflective, principled educators are well prepared and deeply committed to being the best at what they do.
Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), CLU has prepared thousands of teachers, counselors, principals and superintendents as well as professors and higher education administrators. Among those alumni are numerous bilingual classroom teachers who obtained their first master’s degree through the innovative Title VII federal grant program funded from 1983 to 1990. The carefully selected students received full tuition, books, mileage reimbursement and, with their CLU training, went on to make a significant impact on Ventura County bilingual education.
In addition to enhancing bilingual education, the University has provided professional development in literacy to nearly 5,400 teachers through its California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP). Started in 2000, CLU’s CRLP is the only such program housed at a private university. The program’s grant funding was recently renewed for another year enabling the University to continue serving Kern, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
CLU is recognized for its work with the K-12 school community and for providing high quality fieldwork through its professional development schools partnerships that help to bridge theory to practice and develop excellent mentors. CLU has formal relationships with Flory Academy of Science and Technology in the Moorpark Unified School District and Los Cerritos Middle School in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, one of the few middle school partnerships in the nation.
CLU’s School of Management (SOM) has helped to shape the region by providing consultants to local businesses and by strengthening professionalism in business through education. The SOM has broadened its influence beyond the local area through economic outlook conferences and online degree programs. The success of these programs in educating leaders was recognized by inclusion in the 2010-2011 Global 200 Top Business Schools report, which is based on a survey of international employers.
Faculty and graduates of the SOM contribute to the vitality of business, nonprofit and civic life. In the last 25 years, CLU has awarded nearly 3,000 graduate business degrees; 80 percent of these alumni live and work locally. In the past decade, tremendous growth has taken place in the number, quality and variety of graduate programs offered, and the number of students in the part-time MBA program has doubled.
New master’s degree programs include an international MBA program that has 100 full-time students from China, Taiwan, India, Saudi Arabia and many European countries; and an online MBA program that has been honored by the United States Distance Learning Association. In addition to a greater variety of degree programs, the SOM has established research centers to provide viable information on economic trends and forecasts.
The silver anniversary of the GSOE and SOM will be celebrated throughout the academic year with a series of signature events, including distinguished speakers and celebrations. Sponsorships are available for the events, and limited supplies of commemorative pins are available for alumni who wish to promote the anniversary. For information, contact Director of Development Kristine Calara, email@example.com or (805) 493-3837.
During the Silver Anniversary celebration, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Management are highlighting a sampling of alumni who are prominent in their fields, rising stars in their professions, or champions of service. These alumni, who represent CLU’s tradition of excellence, innovation and service, are active, principled, reflective educators, astute business and management professionals, and avid community advocates.
To learn more about these outstanding alumni, please visit
Silver Anniversary Signature Events
Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the School of Management and the Graduate School of Education.
Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m.
5901 De Soto Ave.
Kickoff Celebration and Grand Opening of the new Woodland Hills Center
Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m.
2201 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 600
Kickoff Celebration at the Oxnard Center
Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
Lundring Events Center
Distinguished Speaker Series
“Preparing 21st Century Learners through the California P-20 Pipeline”
Jack Scott, Chancellor, Community College System
Former California State Senator
Nov. 16, 6 p.m.
Lundring Events Center
Distinguished Speaker Series
“Talents: Competing for the Future”
Markus Tomaschitz, Managing Director
Magna Education & Research, Magna International
CLU Educator Appreciation Day Celebration
April 26, 2012
For more information, contact Lauren Amundson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 493-3445.
Graduate School of Education
- M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership
- M.S. in Special Education
- M.A. in Educational Leadership
- M.S. in Counseling and Guidance
- M.S. in Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (K-12)
- Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
Centers and Institutes
The Professional Development Schools provide students an opportunity to connect theory to practice in a realistic environment working for one or two semesters alongside a veteran cooperating teacher.
The Center for Academic Service-Learning provides faculty, students and graduates with a model to integrate service learning into the curriculum at all levels.
The Educational Research and Leadership Institute provides services to local, state and federal agencies and schools.
School of Management
- International MBA
- Online MBA
- MBA in Financial Planning
- MBA in Austria
- M.S. in Information Systems and Technology
- M.S. in Economics
- M.S. in Computer Science
Centers and Institutes
The Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) prepares economic modeling to help businesses accurately assess the trends that affect the region.
The California Institute of Finance (CIF) provides resources for certified financial planners (CFP™), academics and CFP™ practitioners in this field.
The Center for Leadership and Values (CLV) provides resources, articles, speakers, and an extensive online database to promote discussions on value-based leadership.