Founder Dr. Donald Hecht envisioned a "better way" education solution.
was able to land his
first professional job with a Bachelor's, but saw his
colleagues getting promotions because they had graduate degrees.
quickly realized he
would have to continue his
education in order to advance his
For 15 years, Hecht
worked to earn his Master's and Doctoral degrees at the nearest university, travelling 35 miles several times a week to attend classes.
Plus, the on-campus requirements for advanced degree programs added more time and stress to his
long days-searching for parking in jammed lots, hours of late-night lectures in large classes with uncomfortable seats-while juggling a full-time job and family life.
Throughout this experience, Hecht became convinced there needed to be a better way for busy adults to earn advanced degrees.
That "better way" ultimately developed into Northcentral University
In 1978, Dr. Hecht founded the Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS), to provide correspondence courses and degree programs designed for adult Students.
Over the next several years, technology advanced rapidly; and in 1996, Dr. Hecht
met with a group of his
faculty and administrators to discuss how personal computers and the Internet might be used to further improve their delivery of higher education.
They all agreed that the quality courses offered through SCUPS
could be made available anywhere, entirely online, to anyone who had access to a computer.
After discussions with the State Board
and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
(NCA), Dr. Hecht
decided to establish a separate institution to offer online degree programs-and Northcentral University was founded.