JWU is an active participant in economic development and revitalization efforts in the North Miami area. Between 1991 and 2009, JWU has invested an $40 million on campus construction and renovation projects. In 1992, the university purchased a vacant 156,000 square-foot former hospital building and a 60,000 square-foot medical office building. These buildings were transformed into a University Center with classrooms, culinary laboratories, offices, student residences and an academic and student center.
Since then, through major investment by the university in the acquisition and renovation of what had been — in several instances — distressed properties, our North Miami Campus has grown to 29 acres and 21 buildings, including seven residence halls and two primary buildings (University Center and the Academic & Student Center) that house most academic programs, student services and student life functions. Since 2002, JWU has invested an additional $19 million on campus construction and renovation projects. These redevelopment efforts have helped to attract a string of private investment in the immediate campus area, including new condominium and retail development.
Additionally, in 2009-10, students at our North Miami Campus performed more than 15,500 hours of community service work. This led to the North Miami Campus being named, for the fourth year in a row, to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a federal program that recognizes higher education community service work.