North American University (NAU) is a private, not-for-profit university in Houston, Texas. NAU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Education. In the fall of 2013, the university changed its name from North American College to North American University.
The university's campus relocated to 11929 W. Airport Boulevard and is now close to 3 diverse communities in Houston, Sugarland , Meadows Place and Stafford, Texas in 2016.
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NAU is an institution of higher education founded as Texas Gulf Institute in April 2007. The Institute, at the time, offered certificate programs for the first two years of its inception. Upon approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to offer bachelor's degree programs in July 2010, the school applied to change its name as North American College.
During the 2010-11 academic year the college moved into its new administrative and educational building located at 3203 N. Sam Houston Pkwy West in Houston, Texas. In 2017, physician Serif Ali Tekalan was appointed the third president of the university, succeeding Recayi "Reg" Pecen, an engineer, who had been appointed in 2012. with 14 years of state employee service to Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been active in state renewable energy efforts as well as with the American Society of Engineering Education's Energy Conversion and Conservation Division.
In May 2013, the college had its first commencement. The Class of 2013 included twelve students; nine graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and three with a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies in education.
In the fall of 2013, NAC changed to its name to North American University (NAU). There are more than 800 students in its ESL, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Students come from over 33 U.S. states and over 54 countries.
In the Summer of 2016, NAU migrated to a new 9 story campus in Stafford, TX.
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NAU offers three bachelor's degree programs: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Computer Science and Business Administration. Bachelor's degree programs are organized under a different administrative department. NAU also offers four master's degree programs: M.Ed. in educational leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in School Counseling, MBA and a M.S. in Computer Science.
The Business Administration Bachelor's Degree Program has the following concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, and International Business.
The Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Program has the following concentrations: Software Engineering and Computer Networking.
The Education Bachelor's Degree Program has the following concentrations: Mathematics Teaching, English Language Arts/Reading and Elementary Education teaching.
All students seeking a Bachelor's degree are required to complete 36 hours of General Education courses at NAU.
The M.Ed. degree program started in the fall of 2013. Students can earn a master's of educational in educational leadership upon successful completion of the two-year program. In 2015, North American University added 3 more graduate programs including a Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Business, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Master of Education in Educational Leadership
In 2016, the University added Master of Education in School Counseling Program.
North American University also offers a Dual Graduate Degree program in the Master of Education Degrees.
NAU is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accreditation agency formerly recognized by the United States Department of Education, to award bachelor's and master's degrees. North American University has 18 months following the loss of its Department-recognized accrediting agency on December 12, 2016 to find a new accrediting agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.
NAU is also approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award bachelor's and master's degrees.
The Gulf Language School is accredited by The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2013 through December 2014.
North American University also has articulation agreements with Houston Community College and Texas Southern University, both colleges located in Houston, Texas.
NAU ranked fourth in the TexSAW 2013 Cybersecurity Workshop and Competition at the University of Texas at Dallas on October 30 and 31, 2013. Alexandr Sarioglu and Begench Bayjanov ranked 4th among 30 teams participating from a number of local universities.
NAU ranked second in the ACM ICPC, 2013 South Central USA Regional Contest, on November 2, at Baylor University. There were 59 teams of graduate and undergraduate students who came from states neighboring Texas. NAU students Alisher Zhunissov and Sherzat Aitbayev ranked 2nd among undergraduates.
During Houston Startup Weekend organized by Google, a 54-hour competition of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation, NAU student Aikyerim Saulyetkhan was part of a team of university students who ranked first among 12 teams of students and professionals.
NAU was ranked as one of the top 10 best schools for coding in the United States and one of the best 100 best schools by Business Insider in 2016.
North American University was named #12 in a list of top 50 schools, which provided the best value for students in Online Master of Education Programs in the United States.
NAU provides financial aid to qualified students, in the form of institutional scholarships, federal grants and loans. The university has participated in the federal student aid (FSA) program since Spring 2011.
The cost of attendance (tuition and fees, room and boarding, estimated books and supplies, and other expenses) for 2012-13 academic year was $20,700 for on-campus students. Of this amount, tuition and fees were $11,700 for a full-time student with 12-18 credit hours per semester.
NAU is also approved by Department of Veterans Affairs, Waco, Texas to offer undergraduate education to US Veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of the Title 38 United States Code.
University dorms, which are located on the main campus, provide housing and meal services for its residential university students. In addition, there is an academic resource center supported by Student Success. In 2015, NAU added Career and Alumni Services to its student service list and now offers career counseling.
The new campus is located at 11929 W. Airport Blvd. in Stafford, Tx. The university migrated to the new campus in the Summer of 2016. The new campus is a 9 story building, with dorms and all university facilities enclosed on the campus.
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