Antioch University Santa Barbara

Antioch University Santa Barbara

name = Antioch University Santa Barbara

established = 1977 [ [] ]
type =Private
faculty = 117 [ "Antioch University Santa Barbara General Catalog 2007-2009." Pages 105-108 [] ]
president = Michael William Mulnix, Ph. D.
students = under 400
city = Santa Barbara
state = California
country = United States
campus = urban
website = []

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) is a private liberal arts university in Santa Barbara, California. It is part of the Antioch University system that includes campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles, California; and Yellow Springs, Ohio, also home to Antioch College. Antioch University has operated in Santa Barbara since 1977.


Antioch College was established in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Horace Mann, educator, social reformer, abolitionist, and one of the creators of the US public school system was its first president. Mann's goal, which he achieved, was to create a university that would be nonsectarian, coeducational, and that did not utilize a conventional grading system. In 1863, Antioch approved a policy that no applicant was to be rejected on the basis of race. It was also among the first colleges to offer the same curriculum to men and women students. [ "The Antioch Story," "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009". Pages 2-3 [] ]

In 1963 the College began to expand out-of-state. A network of schools was begun. In 1977 Antioch College renamed itself Antioch University and opened the Santa Barbara campus that year. [ "The Antioch Story," "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009". Pages 2-3 [] ]

Approach and Values

The university's mission includes its educational approach: "The development of the student as a whole person, the integration of academic and experiential learning, and creative, critical and independent thinking."

The Values Statement of the AUSB states that "We value and commit to model in our lives and our work ... an intellectual climate that acknowledges the ... need to promote social change." [ Human Resources [] ]


Degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Studies, in which "adult students engage in a wide range of learning activities" with academic work taking place in various settings including on-campus classes, schools, health agencies, art organizations, businesses, and other community settings. [ "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009." Page 38 [] ] In addition the university awards a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Organizational Management. The university offers a Master of Arts in Education with additional course work for Teacher Credential Program, a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, a Social Justice and Educational Leadership Emphasis, Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential, and Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate Curriculum Design. [ "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009". [] ] It also offers PsyD in Clinical Psychology. The university is planning for a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing for Visual Media program, focussing on screenplay writing, playwriting, creative writing, and creative non-fiction, and a doctoral level Business Administration degree program. [ "Message from the President," "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009", Preface [] ]


Students are primarily adults who are either returning to school or who are planning for career change. University policy states that it seeks "qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student body diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical differences, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences." [ "AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009" Admissions [] ] The average student age is 35. More than 70% receive some form of financial aid. [ Campus Information [] ] The University partners with AmeriCorps by matching up to $5,000 with its Segal Education Scholarship for service as an AmeriCorps graduate. [ “Institutions that Match the Education Award,” AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Service [] ]


There are more than 100 core and adjunct members of the faculty. Many work part-time for the university and spend the majority of their time working in their fields and professions. The university's policy on this is that "These faculty members resonate with Antioch’s values and create classrooms with authentic voices and appreciation for all perspectives. We allow our faculty members to craft unique classes that match their expertise and offer flexibility in how and where students experience their learning." [ AUSB Faculty [] ]


External links

* [ Antioch University Santa Barbara website]

Other Campus links

* [ Antioch University McGregor website]
* [ Antioch University Seattle website]
* [ Antioch University New England website]
* [ Antioch University Los Angeles website]
* [ Antioch PhD Program]
* [ Antioch Education Abroad]
* [ website for The Bridge Program - educational outreach through Antioch University Los Angeles]
* [ Integral Knowledge Systems at Antioch University McGregor website]

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