About California Coast University

California Coast University

History and Mission


California Coast University was founded in 1973 to meet the needs of students whose geographic, professional, or personal time limitations kept them from completing their education in a traditional classroom setting.

What was discovered in those early days were professional men and women, from all areas of business, industry, and education who were motivated to reach their educational goals, but didn’t have the luxury of time to put their lives on hold and finish education following the traditional methods available at the time.

The Founder, Dr. Thomas Neal, assembled a team of seasoned professionals, who brought with them a wide variety of professional experience from both the academic world and private sector, the team created degree programs and course work designed and developed to reach busy working adults.

Each of the programs and courses were designed to provide our students with the necessary materials and faculty guidance to assist them in successfully organizing and focusing their efforts to reach their educational goals.

In the years since our founding, a lot has changed in the world and in education. Throughout, we are proud to continue to be a leader in distance education and to champion the original vision of President Neal—to reach those students whose goal is to get an education and better their own lives, the lives of their families, and their respective communities. Finally, we continue to look forward to telling our prospective students to:

Let California Coast University help you… Finish What You Started

Mission Statement

California Coast University’s mission is to offer quality, affordable, flexible, online undergraduate and graduate educational programs that are valuable both personally and professionally to our students. With programs that are comprehensive, current and supported by qualified faculty and staff, we are committed to keeping pace with the needs of an everchanging marketplace.


In developing and evaluating programs of study, the University seeks to continually improve its existing non-traditional programs. To ensure ongoing program excellence, responsibilities are shared between qualified faculty and administrative staff.

All degree programs at California Coast University share the following common goals:

  • To enable students to acquire a body of knowledge in a specific discipline.
  • To think critically.
  • To improve student abilities to make significant contributions to the missions of their employers.
  • To use student knowledge to improve the functioning of the communities in which they live and work.
  • To enhance student personal satisfaction.
  • To improve a students level of confidence and self-esteem through the accomplishment of long-term academic goals.
  • To provide a pathway for students to continue the pursuit of additional life-long learning experiences.


All programs offered at California Coast University share the following common objectives. These objectives have evolved over time and are continually shaped by students, faculty, staff, employers, other constituencies and the ever-changing socioeconomic climate.

  • To allow students to complete degree requirements at their own pace.
  • To enable students to successfully meet coursework requirements without classroom attendance.
  • To develop an individualized program of study for each student.
  • To provide students with the most comprehensive and current information available in their field of study.
  • To utilize evaluation materials which require the student to demonstrate the effective integration of concepts and skills.
  • To make available to students all materials necessary to successfully complete their degree requirements, and to give students access to faculty members who can provide assistance and guidance when necessary.
  • To develop the students understanding of the language and information specific to their discipline.
  • To enable students to effectively integrate concepts and skills across functional areas.
  • To instill in students the value of life-long learning.
  • To encourage students to take advantage of life-long learning opportunities.
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