WCU exists to serve the Church and community by equipping students to be Christlike leaders through biblically, academically, and professionally excellent educational programs.
Institutional Objectives (Goals)
- To assist students in deepening their relationship with God and exploring biblical truth.
- To help students uphold Christian lifestyle and commit themselves to biblical truth.
- To provide educational programs and curriculum biblically based, academically strong and practically career supportive.
- To prepare students with proper ministry capability for service in the church and community.
- To maintain excellent faculty for optimal teaching and student advisement.
- To enhance physical environment and educational resources for student learning.
- Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal, future return to his earth in power and glory to rule over nations.
- The man was created in the image of God, good and upright, but fell from his state of innocence by voluntary disobedience of God.
- We believe that there is a personal devil that is a father of liars, seeks to tempt and separate people from God.
- The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus.
- Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for personal salvation.
- The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
- The Church is the body of Christ, of which He is the Head, and that it is composed of all true believers.
- In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
- In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
Philosophy of Education
WCU maintains its Educational Philosophy that is reflected in the curriculum and operation of the institution. The Board and faculty annually review it. WCU’s educational philosophy is as follows:
The quality of the educational experience at WCU is fostered by the close human and intellectual relationships between students and faculty and by the open exchange of ideas. The University is committed to creating a learning community in which people from diverse backgrounds and cultures are valued for the breath of their perspectives and are encouraged in their intellectual pursuits.
The university’s instructional programs are designed to challenge students not only to acquire knowledge but also to develop the skills of critical analysis, careful reasoning, creativity and self-expression. Equally important, students learn to understand and evaluate the sources and methods from which knowledge derives. Thereby, they come to appreciate the contingency of all knowledge and to realize that education is a life-long process.
WCU’s special character emerges from its commitment to effective teaching, high standards of scholarship, ongoing professional development; and to its policy of promoting diversity in the faculty, staff, administration, and student population.
History of the Institution
WCU received an approval to operate from BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, California) in 2004. Dr. Frank F. Turner became the first president of WCU and served until 2006. In early 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Turner, the institution established its branch campus in San Diego. Later, the main campus moved to Summit Valley. However, due to the upheaval of circumstances, the institution was inactive for almost 10 years.
In 2014, our new president, Dr. David Oh, felt a spiritual calling from the Lord and thus began to lead WCU in Los Angeles (1930 Wilshire Blvd., #1010, Los Angeles, CA 90057) as a mission-oriented university.
In 2015, WCU moved to a better location more suitable for students in pursuing their education. As a result, the university is currently located within the premises of the Korean Education Center in Los Angeles (680 Wilshire Pl. Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90005).
Along with Dr. Oh’s leadership, the University has been striving towards providing a better education for the next generation. In April 2016, the University received an approval from SEVIS to issue I-20 for international students. The university focuses on teaching students the biblical truth and meaningful subjects from a biblical perspective. This will equip our students to provide helpful services to the churches and their community. WCU is committed to equipping students with biblical insight and hopes to inspire them to go out into the world to serve people and to glorify God.
Name of the Institution
The name of the institution, “Western Covenant University,” (WCU) clearly reflects its mission. “Western” indicates the location of the institution, namely the west side of the U.S. and the word “Covenant” appears both in the Old and New Testaments.
WCU currently offers master’s degree program, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Certificate Programs. According to the standards set forth by the State of California, the nomenclature “university” can be used for the institutions offering master’s programs or higher.
Ethical Values and Standards
WCU’s ethical values centers on a strong commitment to Christlikeness. These values are based upon the Word of God and adhere to biblical principles as understood and taught in the Evangelical community of faith.
In this vein, as members of the WCU community we endeavor to
- honor God and commit us to the person and model of Jesus Christ;
- develop personal integrity and character by applying biblical values to our lives;
- understand and accept the responsibilities of living in a multi-cultural society
- transcend the limitations and errors of the prevailing culture, choose and hold to the path for biblically true life.
In order to develop continuously as a community growing in truth, Christian character, and service, the University invites its members to a life lived in response to the claims of the Kingdom of God, in which the transcendent realities of the gospel are brought to bear on the real-life challenges which they face as citizens of the twenty-first century.