Pacific Western University - California Graduates and Alumni
In the past, there has been some misunderstanding on the relationship between California Miramar University and Pacific Western University - California. We apologize for not clarifying the relationship earlier.
CMU purchased the assets of Pacific Western University - California near the end of 2005. CMU did not purchase the assets of the other Pacific Western University institutions, both of which were separate entities that operated under the laws of Louisiana and Hawaii. CMU has no relationship with these institutions nor their alumni.
As part of the asset purchase agreement with the previous owner of Pacific Western University (California), an institutional transition plan was implemented. The plan called for various milestones with the first milestone requiring PWU California to relocate from Los Angeles to CMU facilities in San Diego, California. The second milestone called for a teach-out of all active Pacific Western students within an 18 month time frame. The third milestone required the notification of all active students and alumni of the complete nature and terms of the asset sale and the intent to close the University at the end of the teach-out period. In early 2007 the various milestones were complete and in the closing milestone of the asset sale, the California State Approval was formally transferred to CMU and Pacific Western University (California) formally ceased operations.
During the transition period, CMU developed many new degree programs and rewrote the curriculum for the State Approved degree programs they had purchased. In 2007 CMU filed for national accreditation with the Distance Education and Training Council and later with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools. CMU was awarded accreditation by both accrediting agencies in 2009.
As part of the accreditation process all corporate forms and contracts had to be submitted to accreditation and the state. In reviewing these official contracts and forms it was determined that CMU's date of foundation was 2005. This foundation date is listed on the official accreditation websites.
Accreditation required that official academic and administrative records of the two institutions be held separate. To fulfill this requirement CMU contracted with Education Services and transferred copies of all academic and administrative records of Pacific Western University - California into their official custody.
Accreditation further stipulated that graduates of Pacific Western University (California) would not be eligible to receive a CMU diploma or transcript. Accreditation ruled that the two institutions were separate schools operating with separate academic standards.
Because of these accreditation requirements and rulings, Pacific Western University - California alumni should not call themselves CMU alumni and are not eligible to be issued transcripts or diplomas in the name of California Miramar University.
Pacific Western University - California graduates can request official documents including degree verifications, official transcripts and replacement diplomas from Education Services. Pacific Western University Alumni who contact CMU seeking records information or Pacific Western University official documents will be forwarded on to Education Services.
Their contact information is:
11835 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92128
Point of Clarification
Confusion regarding the various Pacific Western University programs that operated in California, Louisiana and Hawaii has led to several notable individuals who were graduates of Pacific Western University schools, being listed as alumni of CMU. CMU maintains an electronic copy of the student records of Pacific Western University (California) in our archives. Of the alumni listed online, CMU can verify that Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Bingu wa Mutharika, Eddie Shell and Romulus F. Whitaker were graduates of Pacific Western University - California. The others alumni that are listed were alumni of other Pacific Western University institutions operating under the laws of Hawaii and Louisiana.
Education Services, who in 2012 became the custodian of records for Pacific Western University - Hawaii and Pacific Western University - Louisiana, states that David Reardon, Jun Tang and Dan Voiculescu were alumni of Pacific Western University - Hawaii. They state that Barry McSweeny was an alumnus of Pacific Western University - Louisiana.
Alumni listed online who earned their degrees at any of the Pacific Western University institutions are not alumni of California Miramar University. The University feels that it would be appropriate for all of these alumni to be listed as alumni of the institutions they attended.