Founders Drs. Henry and Carol Fernandez,
senior pastors of The Faith Center, an
internationally renowned ministry, founded
The University of Ft. Lauderdale in 1995 as
a non-denominational Christian institution.
The commitment was to establish an instit-
ution of higher education in South Florida to access the world, advance Christian education and promote leadership in both secular and non-secular areas. Education was identified as the catalyst to prepare individuals to be responsive and effective to the call of God.
Dr. Fernandez has a Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas College.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18)
Our vision is to have a Christian environment, dedicated to higher learning, that will be a motivating climate for individual and diverse students to learn, explore, and develop for the call to fulfill the Great Commission. Graduates will influence the greater world community for the cause of world peace and a better life for God’s people. Our students will be tomorrow’s visionary and trendsetting individuals who will lead others, addressing challenges yet to be defined. Whether students are called to religious or non-religious vocations, the vision requires a common link: purpose, character, integrity, and credibility knowledge and skills. Therefore, the faculty and staff are attentive to advance the University’s vision through an innovative Christian learning environment.
The mission of the University of Fort Lauderdale is to be a premier Christian institution of higher learning empowering future leaders through higher educational degrees rooted in Biblical principles and academic excellence, to influence the world intellectually, technologically, and through research.
The philosophy of University of Fort Lauderdale is that higher education is the catalyst to fully equip leaders to achieve the mission set forth. The belief is that excellence in education will bring about superior leaders and these achievers are essential to reach and restore the world for Christ.
The University defines higher education as the advancement of scholastic study, research, and professionalism that extends beyond secondary education. Academic goals at associate’s, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral levels are designed to advance knowledge in general, specialized, and creative areas of study. It is the distinction, integration, and competence in these areas that distinguish the University.
The mission and philosophy provides a fundamental basis for the institutional objectives to:
• Foster and direct quality towards excellence in ministry, leadership, business, and academia.
• Actualize academic goals for religious and non-religious courses without any compromise to the quality of content.
• Develop individuals to be responsive and effective to the call of God whether or not their professional discipline is concentrated in religious or non-religious areas.
• Rightly position individuals to make exceptional contributions to the profession of their choice.
• Provide essential knowledge and leadership that is highly valued and respected across language, race, gender, economic, religious, and geographic barriers.
• Serve as a vehicle to direct academic goals, whether in religious or non-religious courses, that will develop critical thinkers, exemplify leaders, and create competent professionals.
• Assure mastery in specific areas of knowledge that are in both religious and non-religious courses.
• Fulfill the responsibility to develop individuals in both religious and non-religious studies to assure that the gospel will go forth with integrity, power, and excellence.
The University of Fort Lauderdale is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [PO Box 328, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org] having been awarded Candidate status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on April 7, 2009; this status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
The University of Fort Lauderdale is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education to award Diplomas and confer Associate of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Arts and Science, Master of Arts and Science and Doctoral degrees. Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399 , toll-free telephone number 888-224-6684.
The University of Fort Lauderdale is located in the City of Lauderhill and comprises 11,856 sq. ft. consisting of administrative offices, classrooms, chapel/lecture hall, library, and student center. The campus is conveniently located to several shopping malls and recreational areas. The University is in walking distance from a bus depot and city owned facilities such as community centers, swimming pools, parks, and golf and tennis courts
Equal Opportunity Statement
The University of Fort Lauderdale is an equal access and equal opportunity institution and therefore, admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The University does not practice nor support discrimination against individuals regarding race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, or sex in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Moreover, University of Fort Lauderdale does not discriminate in admissions or access to or employment of persons with impaired vision, hearing, or physical mobility. The University of Fort Lauderdale is an equal access and opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not permit any activities that may encourage or condone hazing, harassment or discrimination.
Dr. Henry B. Fernandez, Chancellor / CEO
Dr. Owen Facey, Dean of the College of Religious Studies
Brian Hankerson, Chief Financial Officer
Chloris Underwood, VP for Academic & Administrative Services
Maurice Herring, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Claudine Carew, College of Business Leadership Department Chair
Dr. Rhonda Lee-Ernest, General Education Department Chair
Daneida Dauphin, Bursar
Marian Ellison, Librarian
Lenice Barnett, Registrar
Michele' Evans, Receptionist
Janet Hardrick, Financial Aid Coordinator
Students of The University of Fort Lauderdale may choose academic advancement from two colleges: the College of Business Leadership and the College of Religious Studies
College of Business Leadership
Excellence in leadership cannot be genetically inherited. It must be nurtured through study, preparation, practice and participation. The College of Business Leadership exists to do just that: advance the education and building of leaders in the national and international marketplace. The University's business professors bring the combination of education, real-life experience, and application of best business practices into the classroom. Students learn and apply real-world market concepts to help ensure their success in the 21st century marketplace. The College of Business Administration offers undergraduate majors in Business Administration and Accounting and a graduate major in Business Leadership.
College of Religious Studies
The College of Religious Studies exists to educate men and women to be ministers and pastors and to equip them for excellence in service to Christ in the strategic fields of Christian ministry. This is accomplished through an educational program and an environment of spiritual fellowship and relationship that emphasize unreserved commitment to the worship of God; submission to the authority of the Scriptures; a life of personal holiness; the mission of the local church; and the mission of penetrating the world with truth. The College of Religious Studies offers undergraduate majors in Christian Education, Christian Counseling, Ministry and Theology. The College also offers two graduate majors in Ministry and Pastoral Counseling and a doctorate in Ministry.
Academic Purpose Statement
The academic purpose of the University of Fort Lauderdale is to provide through appropriately credentialed faculty members relevant courses and programs for motivated individuals. Faculty members will use academic study, research and missions to accomplish the academic purpose. The rationale of the University of Fort Lauderdale is to provide quality education for an ethnically and culturally diverse student population by equipping them with the capability to become productive citizens, who continuously contribute to a global and rapidly changing society. Through academic excellence, the university shall continue to maintain an innovative Christian learning environment, which encourages and prepares its graduates to assume leadership roles in the community, the state, the nation and the world.