In early October, AJU announced its decision to pause undergraduate admissions and sunset the current undergraduate curriculum. Simultaneously, AJU has established a working group to explore and design exciting new academic initiatives based on best practices that will take advantage of the dynamism of our Los Angeles location, and the university’s ethical and moral foundations.
This page will provide updates as they occur. We encourage you to check back often as our progress unfolds.
October 5, 2018: Establishing an Undergraduate Design Working Group
President Herbst is in the process of appointing a working group to help develop exciting, thoughtful programming that takes advantage of the latest thinking in educational practice, technology, and student affairs. This group will include members of the faculty, staff, and alumni as well as wider community members with expertise in educational programming, innovation and strong understanding of Jewish culture and heritage.
Dr. Herbst noted, "My colleagues and I are excited about the prospect of developing a cutting-edge program that takes advantage of new technology and pedagogy in academics, and we view this opportunity as a unique chance for a university to fully engage in fresh thinking regarding undergraduate education.”
While it is too early to put a deadline on completion, we expect work to begin immediately and in earnest.
October 5, 2018: Press Release: American Jewish University Announces Pause of Undergraduate Admissions
Los Angeles, CA – October 5, 2018 – American Jewish University (AJU) today announced its decision to pause undergraduate admissions and sunset the current undergraduate curriculum. Simultaneously, it will establish a working group to explore and design exciting academic initiatives based on best practices that will take advantage of the dynamism of its Los Angeles location, and the university’s ethical and moral foundations.
The university will cease recruiting for its undergraduate program effective immediately but is committed to ensuring that the roughly 70 active students in the current undergraduate program are able to continue and complete their studies at AJU.
“Our students come first, and we have notified them of these plans,” said Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, President of AJU. “Over the next few days we will be holding open forums to address the questions they have and have appointed an academic affairs liaison to provide ongoing support for these students.”