School of Business Administration Centers and Institutes
For centers and institutes within the School of Business Administration, see page SBA section. These include:
- Accountancy Institute
- John Ahlers Center for International Business
- Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
- Center for Peace and Commerce
- Responsible Enterprise Initiative
- Supply Chain Management Institute
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
For centers and institutes within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, please contact the school. These include:
- Autism Institute
- Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL)
- Center for Student Support Systems (CS3)
- Character Development Center (CDC)
- Community College Leadership Academy (CCLA)
- Compass Family Center
- Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA)
- Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research
- Leadership Institute
- Manchester Family Child Development Center (MFCDC)
- SOLES Global Center
Center for Christian Spirituality
The USD Center for Christian Spirituality (CCS) fosters the exploration and the development of Christian spirituality in dialogue with other spiritual traditions in four areas: personal enrichment, professional life, academic life, and social justice. Center activities include:
- workshops and seminars in spirituality and professional life
- courses in spirituality and spiritual direction preparation
- collaborative initiatives in social justice both within and outside the USD community.
Open to all. Student participation is welcome. For information, contact the Center for Christian Spirituality, Maher Hall, Room 280, or (619) 260‑4784.
Center for Educational Excellence
The University of San Diego’s Institute of College Initiatives (ICI) introduces local, national, and international communities – students and their families – to USD, and provides services to assist retention and achievement. Three year-round TRiO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars (see below). Like the year-round TRiO programs, and the USD TRiO Association, ICI seasonal programs also collaborate with local educational institutions. They include Expanding Your Horizons (science, math and technology conference for 6th through10th grade girls), a U.S. Department of State-funded Afghan and American PreCollege Institute (for high school students in both nations), Botball, and Global Leadership Connection (for high school juniors). Finally, the Institute provides liaison and support to scholars, programs, and projects of Rotary International District 5340 of San Diego and Imperial Counties, including the USD Rotaract Club.
English Language Academy
The USD Division of Continuing Education, English Language Academy (ELA) offers an intensive English language proficiency and cross-cultural program.
The ELA courses for undergraduate or graduate students include language skills for academic and professional purposes. The program currently offers five levels of academic and TOEFL preparation courses. It is a year-round program with small class sizes and a cultural component.
Students will be tested and placed in courses appropriate to their skill level, needs, and goals.
For more information, contact the English Language Academy at (619) 260-8887.
USD Student Support Services
USD Student Support Services (SSS) serves 320 eligible enrolled USD undergraduates from low-income and/or first generation to college backgrounds, those who have documented disabilities, and those who are underrepresented in college. SSS strengthens participants’ abilities through advising, study skills, tutoring, and mentoring; academic, financial, and/or personal counseling; leadership training, special services for students with limited English proficiency, and SSS grant aid to eligible participants. USD SSS provides services to retain and graduate students, helping them to begin careers and pursue graduate education by assisting them in admission and financial aid applications for graduate and professional programs. Admitted first year and transfer SSS students transition to USD during a one-week Summer Bridge program prior to Torero Days. Services are provided year-round trough the senior year. SSS encourages a USD climate that nurtures success for all.
USD TRiO McNair Scholars
The USD McNair Scholars program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral study through research and scholarly activities. It is comprised of 25 high-achieving and self-motivated USD undergraduates in a variety of majors, who participate in graduate school preparation, research with faculty mentors, summer research internships, professional academic conferences and visits to potential graduate schools.
Research is at the heart of the USD McNair Scholar program. Participants partner with faculty mentors in their disciplines, formulate research plans, and receive stipends to support their implementation of summer research projects. USD McNair further supports the publication and presentation of participants’ results in journals and professional conferences.
USD McNair provides opportunities for its Scholars to visit graduate schools, and to complete graduate school admissions and financial aid applications. Scholars receive individual tutoring and academic counseling to ensure success. They receive assistance in preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Finally, to aid in all these pursuits, each USD McNair Scholar receives the loan of a laptop computer and instructional technology training as necessary.
Dr. Ronald McNair, physicist and astronaut, dared to dream. An African-American growing up in a poor community in the South, he encountered discrimination early in his youth. Still he pursued his goal of becoming a scientist, achieving a PhD in laser physics from MIT. Selected by NASA for the space shuttle program, he was a mission specialist aboard Challenger. After his death in its explosion, Congress funded this program in his memory.
USD TRiO Upward Bound
USD TRiO Upward Bound provides intensive services to meet the “success beyond high school” needs of 75 eligible low-income, first-generation-to-college students from the Kearny High Educational Complex in Linda Vista. Upward Bound sponsors year-round activities, enhancing the abilities of its participants to enter postsecondary education through individualized academic assessment, college preparatory coursework, advising, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, educational field trips, SAT preparation, college admissions and financial aid guidance, and a five-week summer residential academic program on USD’s campus.