Just as JWU’s curriculum is designed to launch careers, the university’s geographic expansion was designed to connect the school’s course offerings to job market opportunities and industries that anchor each campus’ regional economy.
“We’ve been strategic about opening our regional campuses in a number of ways,” says University Chancellor John J. Bowen '77. “We’re committed to urban revitalization. Anyone can go out to the middle of the country and desecrate a 20-acre parcel and build mega-structures. That’s not good for the environment or for the type of students that we attract.”
Four Campuses, One UniversityEach time the university has expanded into a city, it has revived an area fighting blight and abandonment or one in need of an institution to bring it back to life. Locating in struggling areas of a city means lower acquisition costs and the opportunity to be the center of that area’s rejuvenation efforts.
In North Miami the school bought a closed hospital. In Charlotte, JWU moved to a blighted area being redeveloped. In Denver, JWU acquired an abandoned campus and reinvigorated a suburban neighborhood. In Providence, the university has worked with the city to create open green spaces and renovate underutilized but historically significant buildings.
By pursuing a nontraditional growth model, JWU is delivering career education to students in four US regions while benefiting these local economies and communities.
Explore the rich histories of the four campus communities JWU calls home.
Providence Campus Puts Down Roots
Revitalizing the city’s urban core while establishing a campus hub.
Norfolk: JWU Expands to the South
From private training program to full-blown campus.
Charleston: 20+ Years of Growth
JWU advances Southern Hospitality.
How the North Miami Campus Has Evolved
A campus grown from vision and strategy.
Denver: JWU Goes West
New life for a historic campus in the Rockies’ largest city.
JWU + Charlotte: a Perfect Fit
JWU moves to the economic hub of the South.
Poetry of JWU
English Prof. James Arthur Anderson traces JWU’s history in his poem, “Dream Makers.”