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2008-2010 Catalog of Southeastern University, Washington DC (now defunct)

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    This catalog is the successor to the 2005 2007 Catalog and applies to students

    entering Fall 2008. This Catalog is subject to change to reflect development in the

    Universitys curricula. Those changes will appear as addenda to this document and

    will be posted for the public as available.

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    Welcome from the President Since 1879, Southeastern University has offered its students advanced, market-driven educational opportunities in the field of business in an environment that fosters academic excellence, leadership development, critical thinking, and the exit competencies demanded by todays business environment. The Universitys rich tradition in business management and leadership is complemented with disciplines in entrepreneurship, computer science, liberal studies, and public administration. The value, discipline, and creativity of the entrepreneurial mindset are integrated throughout all academic disciplines at the certificate, associates, bachelors, or masters program levels in Business Management, Computer Science, Information Systems, Public Administration, and Liberal Studies Programs. Our focus is to develop the business leader who thinks as an entrepreneur and the successful entrepreneur who demonstrates sound business leadership practices. Our students graduate with a strong liberal arts core and skilled in the technology of their professions. Our unique academic year operates on a quadmester system. That gives students the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree in a shorter period of time than the usual college, while not sacrificing the critical course content demanded by disciplines. Flexible daytime, evening, and weekend, courses offer an added convenience for students who are employed or have other obligations. Our students are from diverse social, religious and ethnic backgrounds, ensuring a wide range of opportunities for educational enrichment and social interaction. The University faculty is composed of persons who are distinguished scholars, highranking professionals in the government or executives in private industry with practical experiences and a track record of success in their professions. Their frequent contacts with outside communities and firms enable them to bring up-to-date perspectives to the teaching/learning laboratory and to respond quickly and competently to the changing educational needs of our modern technological society. Southeastern University is conveniently located in the heart of Southwest Washington, DC, adjacent to the Waterfront and Capitol Hill. Its close proximity to federal agenciessuch as the Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Commerce, Labor, Justice, and Agriculturemake it ideally situated for employees who want to pursue degree programs or to take refresher classes. To further encourage community awareness, Southeastern makes available its facilities and resources for both educational and social purposes. The University has developed relationships with area business establishments, corporations, law firms, financial institutions and consulting firms in order to further enhance its academic programs and the employment possibilities for students and graduates. Thank you for choosing Southeastern University. Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ph.D. President

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    About Southeastern University

    MISSION STATEMENT Southeastern University is a private, non-profit institution of higher education that serves the urban population in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Course offerings include certificates in Business Management, Public Administration, Liberal Studies, and Technology. The university also awards Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees in Business Management, Liberal Studies, Public Administration, Information Technology, and Allied Health. Southeastern Universitys student body represents a diverse population of commuter students that includes working adults, recent high school graduates, and international students that the university prepares for success in a competitive marketplace. These students are predominately minorities who seek higher education as a route to self-empowerment and social, economic, and personal success. The university meets the needs of this diverse population by providing small classes, expertise in the field, a supportive infrastructure (i.e. faculty, technology, equipment, etc.) and in- service learning opportunities.

    Adopted by the Board of Trustees February 14, 2008

    Vision Southeastern University seeks to be an academic innovator fostering excellence by opening tomorrows vistas to our multi-cultural community through visionary business education today.

    Goals & Commitment Southeastern Universitys goals are to:

    I. Provide practical and professional training and undergraduate and graduate programs in higher education that lead to the baccalaureate and/or masters degree.

    II. Equip students with concepts and skills that enable them to be life-long learners. III. Create an academic climate that is conducive to learning and student success that

    improves students lives and their contributions to the community.

    In carrying out its goals, the university is committed to:

    1. Providing access to an opportunity for higher education to learners throughout the greater Washington, DC area and beyond.

    2. Providing academic support and assessments that assist students upon entering the university and throughout their matriculation.

    3. Developing curricula that integrate theory and practice to provide students with practical skills.

    4. Creating an environment for success that includes advising, mentoring, and development of study and life skills.

    5. Selecting faculty members who are experts in their fields and who enhance courses through their public and private sector experience.

    6. Developing partnerships with business, government, community, and civic groups that help the University identify and respond to emerging marketplace needs.

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    7. Providing students with hands-on experiences through the use of in-service learning opportunities.

    8. Preparing students with concepts and skills to make a positive contribution in their careers and communities.

    9. Equipping students to be life-long learners by providing them with critical thinking, technology, communications, and teamwork skills.

    10. Continuously improving the universities systems to meet the needs of students and including them in the assessment and governance process.


    Southeastern University was founded in the Nation's capital in 1879 by the Young Men's Christian Association of the District of Columbia. The first classes-offered to the great influx of newcomers to Washington included French, mathematics, general education, religion and business. In 1907, the Washington School of Accountancy was added to the University, creating a specialty which continues to this day. Incorporation by the city government as the Southeastern University of the Young Men's Christian Association of the District of Columbia followed in 1923. On August 19, 1937, an act of Congress declared the name of the institution to be "Southeastern University" and provided a federal charter, twice amended by the Congress, first in 1966 and again a decade later. The main campus has moved over the years. Since 1972 Southeastern has been located at 6th and I Streets in the Southwest quadrant of Washington, DC on a site formerly occupied by the Hawthorne School. In 1996, the University Board of Trustees selected as the ninth president, the Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis, at the time a member of the Council of the District of Columbia since 1979. She served as a chair of the City Council's powerful Committee on Economic Development and numerous other official ad community committee organizations. A prominent community leader, Dr Jarvis is a trained scientist with a doctorate in neuropsychology and a scientific researcher. She is also a daughter of the late Dr. Charles R. Drew, the famous blood bank pioneer. Since 1997, Southeastern University has been a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Washington Area, entitling students to take courses at other Consortium institutions and participate in Consortium scholarships and grant competitions. For more than a century, many programs have been added, including liberal arts, business, public administration, health services, and a wide variety of computer/technical programs, among others. Today, Southeastern offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as numerous professional certificates. Some of the recent innovations include: e-learning; the Center for Entrepreneurship/Continuing Education, which offers programs in entrepreneurship and property management; and the Center for Allied Health Education at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. As President Jarvis often remarks in her speeches throughout the country, the guiding purpose of the University's founders was to afford students a practical education. Southeastern's alumni extend their influence intensely in the Greater Washington metropolitan region, which increasingly looks to the University for the best in higher education leadership and intellectual standards. Today, Southeastern builds the strengths of the community it serves through workforce development initiatives while providing access to educational opportunities. Dedicated to

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    empowering its graduates with exit competencies that provide a competitive edge in the market place, the University embraces its mission to have a direct impact on the economic development of the region.