A message from Antioch University Los Angeles President Tex Boggs, PhD
I’d like to offer you my personal welcome to Antioch University Los Angeles.
AULA has rightly earned its reputation as an exceptional university, offering a learning environment as intellectually stimulating as it is academically rigorous. But what exactly does it mean to be “exceptional?” An “exception” to what?
For starters, we are an exception to the “rule” that all students of higher education must be in their 20s. Our adult learners range in age from “fresh out of college” to “none of your business.” These adults bring with them a wealth of lived experience — personal, academic, and professional — that add immeasurable value to campus discourse.
We are also an exception to the “ivory tower” mentality. Through internships, traineeships, and field studies, our students are constantly engaging with the world around them. Social justice and community service are integral parts of our mission to prepare students to become active agents of change in the world. In addition, AULA has developed a number of community partnerships with other higher education institutions to facilitate new learning opportunities for all students, and reduce the potentially insular nature of university life.
Our esteemed academic programs are an exception to the cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that can diminish student excitement about learning. Our unique Bachelor of Arts degree completion program caters to returning students, offering concentrations in Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Addiction Studies, and Urban Community and Environment.
Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has won accolades from publications including The Atlantic and Poets and Writers magazine, and offers unrivaled mentorship support. Our Teacher Credentialing programs and Master of Arts in Education programs provide training for those who wish to bring about positive educational reform. Our Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management emphasizes responsible leadership in the world of nonprofits. The Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability is training the next generation of urban problem-solvers.
Our largest program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, continues to add groundbreaking specializations, which currently include Child Studies, Applied Community Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, Trauma, and LGBT-Affirmative Psychology – the latter being the first program of its kind in the nation.
And we take “exception” to the idea that higher education is only for the lucky few. AULA’s Bridge Program has been providing college courses in the humanities to low-income adults, free of charge, since 1999.
I invite you to visit our campus to see firsthand what makes AULA such an exceptional place to learn. I look forward to seeing you on campus.
Tex Boggs, PhD
President, Antioch University Los Angeles