Coordinates: 37°47′10.81″N 122°13′10.46″W / 37.7863361°N 122.2195722°W / 37.7863361; -122.2195722
Patten University is a private for-profit institution of higher education in Oakland, California. Originally, founded in 1944 by Bebe Patten as the Oakland Bible Institute and affiliated with the Christian Evangelical Churches of America, it was acquired in 2012 by the UniversityNow and became a secular for-profit institution.
Patten University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and authorized by the California State Board of Education. The accreditation through WASC is currently under probation. It offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in religious fields, business, and liberal arts and sciences. Master’s degree programs are available in education and business management. A special Associate of Science in General Studies is available only to active duty military personnel.
In 1944, Bebe Patten and her husband, C. Thomas Patten, conducted evangelistic services in the Bay Area. Thousands of people filled the Oakland Auditorium Arena (now the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center). Several hundred answered a call to active Christian service. Because of this response, Patten founded the Oakland Bible Institute, which was incorporated as a California nonprofit corporation.
The school was located for several years at its initial location, 1428 Alice Street. It moved moved to Telegraph Avenue in 1950, and then to the present campus on Coolidge Avenue in 1960. Later the school was renamed Patten University in response to its growth and expansion of academic programs and degree offerings.
While the university focused on emphasizing Bible and church-centered ministries in the past, it has created options for students whose career interests lie in fields other than the professional ministry.
The university is supported by the Christian Evangelical Churches of America, Inc. (CECA), also founded in 1944 by Patten. This organization is a separate nonprofit corporation that establishes churches and ordains men and women to the ministry. Christian Cathedral, the CECA headquarters church located on the Patten University campus, provides some of the facilities used in the University program.
In 1997, Patten University became an affiliate university of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee). Recognized as a "Church of God Institution", the university provides programs to further the ministry and the work of the Church of God in the western United States.
In 2012, Patten University changed "from a faith-based, non-profit institution to a non-sectarian, for-profit university under the ownership control of UniversityNow, Inc."
In 1980, the university received accredition from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; the regional accrediting body. Then in February 2011, WASC put Patten University on probation citing problems with four specific areas and there will be a fall 2012 review of the progress.
The Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential programs and the Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Patten University is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals; The Evangelical Training Association; the Western College Association; the Association of Christian Schools International; the Regional Association of East Bay Colleges and Universities; the American Library Association; the Pacific Coast Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers of the American Association of Higher Education; the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors; the National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel; the National Association of College Admissions Counselors; the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The university is approved by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance of nonimmigrant international students under the Immigration and Nationalization Act, and is approved for veterans. The university is an affiliate of the Church of God denomination, Cleveland, Tennessee. It is also approved by the United States Department of Education and the State of California to participate in all grant, loan, and work-study programs. Qualified students are eligible to receive state scholarships.
Patten was formerly affiliated of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and has formal articulation agreements with other academic institutions, including the Hispanic Institute and various California Community Colleges.
The school participates in two NAIA sports: men's baseball and women's softball.