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National University Endowment Fund

Name: National University

Assets Under Management: $600 Million (Source: National University on 6/30/2012)

Annual Report: The National University System Annual Report 2012

Portfolio Insights: “Taking National University’s educational offerings to a higher level is the new online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which was approved by WASC late in the year and will begin accepting applicants in September 2012. The program is designed to provide nurses who hold master’s degrees with knowledge that will allow them to improve the quality and safety of American healthcare through development of new nursing protocols, systems, and administrative programs. It also fills an ever-growing gap in the number of practitioners who can teach the next generation of nurses. This new program is based on the standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

As a nonprofit institution, National University invests in its students by providing them with quality facilities and educational instruction and learning technologies. The University recently completed the purchase of a 5.39-acre property at 9980 Carroll Canyon Road in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. There, the existing 31,421 square-foot building will be renovated to support National University faculty as well as Admissions and Student Concierge Services. To keep the University and its students technologically current, work this year included complete upgrades of audio- visual equipment at nearly every campus and upgrade of nearly 1,500 PC and laptop computers.” (Source)

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Top National University Endowment Fund Headlines:

1) National University, California’s second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education, maintains an endowment which continues to rank among the top 200 largest in the nation, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ (NACUBO) 2008 survey of the leading 796 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Based upon assets of $346,161 million in Fiscal Year 2008, National University’s endowment was listed as the 183rd largest in the United States, increasing in value by 1.4 percent from $341,231 million in Fiscal Year 2007. Since 2002, National University’s endowment assets have more than doubled, from $162,560 to $346,161 million, despite a severe nation- and world-wide economic downturn during Fiscal Year 2008. There were 796 institutions ranked in this year’s survey, up 11 from 785 last year. The one-year average rate of return among the institutions was down 3%, with 23% of the losses coming after June 30, 2008. (Source)

2) National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, has been named the City of San Diego’s Preferred Employee Education Program Partner and is providing scholarship opportunities to the city’s 10,000 employees. City employees are being offered a scholarship that is the equivalent of a 15 percent tuition reduction, as well as a waiver of the application fee toward earning an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree or certification.

“As mayor, I’m committed to providing innovative education opportunities for all San Diegans, which includes our City’s hardworking employees,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “National University is a long-standing and loyal institution to the City of San Diego and has already helped many employees and elected officials advance their careers. It is only fitting as we grow this partnership to create more opportunities for more San Diego residents.” (Source)

3) The growth has led National University to conclude that San Diego has fully recovered from the severe economic downturn.

“These numbers underscore important changes ongoing in San Diego below the surface,” said Kelly Cunningham, economist at National University. “The region continues to transform from largely defense- and goods-based production to more services and technology-oriented applications for economic activity.”

San Diego’s biotech and engineering sectors have led the local economic growth, creating high-paying jobs and investing in research and development. Over the last 12 months, the professional, scientific and technical services sector has added 8,900 jobs, an increase of 7.2 percent. (Source)

4) Sep 18, 2014 – National University on Thursday opened the Sanford Education Center, an ambitious new $10 million institution designed to train educators and nonprofit leaders.

Philanthropist and businessman Denny Sanford, who funded the center, told National University representatives that they were turning “a dream of mine into a reality. You’re going to take it forward and change the world.”

Sanford thanked Arizona State University for the initial research and National University for implementing “three transformative programs that I conceived but I couldn’t complete.” (Source)

5) National University, California’s second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education, maintains an endowment which continues to rank among the top 200 largest in the nation, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ (NACUBO) 2008 survey of the leading 796 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Based upon assets of $346,161 million in Fiscal Year 2008, National University’s endowment was listed as the 183rd largest in the United States, increasing in value by 1.4 percent from $341,231 million in Fiscal Year 2007. Since 2002, National University’s endowment assets have more than doubled, from $162,560 to $346,161 million, despite a severe nation- and world-wide economic downturn during Fiscal Year 2008.

There were 796 institutions ranked in this year’s survey, up 11 from 785 last year. The one-year average rate of return among the institutions was down 3%, with 23% of the losses coming after June 30, 2008. National University’s endowment ranks 15th among colleges and universities in California. Among colleges and universities in San Diego, National University’s endowment is the second largest. The University of California, San Diego Foundation’s endowment was first in the region, ranking 178th on NACUBO’s 2008 survey, with assets of $353,074 million. (Source)

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