Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University

Infobox University
name=Johnson & Wales University

image_size= 219x60
established= 1914
type=Private, nonprofit
president=John Bowen
city =Original Campus:
state =RI, USA (1914)
Other Campuses:
North Miami, Florida, USA (1992)
Denver, Colorado, USA (2000)
Charlotte, North Carolina
country=USA (2004)
students=16,095 (total)
colors=Blue & White
free=16 Varsity Teams
website= [] |

Johnson & Wales University (JWU, J&W) is a private, nonprofit, co-educational, career-oriented university. Providence, Rhode Island, USA, is home of JWU's main and largest of four currently operating campuses in the United States. Founded as a business school in 1914, by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU currently has 16,095 students enrolled in business, culinary, equination, hospitality, education, and technology programs across its campuses. [ [ About J&W ] ]

The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEAS&C), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. [ [ Roster of Institutions - New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) ] ]


Johnson & Wales University, known as "America's Career University,"Fact|date=July 2008 has campuses in four locations: Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. (Two previous campuses in Norfolk, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina, were combined into the Charlotte Campus in September 2004.) JWU currently has three academic units at all four of its campuses: the College of Business [] , the College of Culinary Arts [] , and The Hospitality College [] .

The Providence Campus is home to additional academic units: the College of Business, the School of Technology [] , the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School, the Graduate School of Education, and the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences [] . Of these, the School of Arts & Sciences is not degree-granting, but is responsible for the liberal arts education that complements the degree-granting programs. The Xavier Academic Center, TACO Center, CBCSI (Citizen's Bank Center for Student Involvement), and Student Counseling Center provide additional student support. [ [ J&W Academics ] ]

Johnson & Wales University is well known for its culinary program as well as business and hospitality programs. The university is the largest food service educator in the world.Fact|date=July 2008 JWU also offers many other degrees, including Accounting, Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing, Management, Marketing, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, and Sports Entertainment and Event Management. JWU also has one of the best equine studies department's in the country for dressage and equine management, with degrees in Equine Business Management and Equine Studies. JWU's Providence Campus also offers degrees in Network Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Graphics & New Media, Computerized Drafting, Computing Technology Services, Robotics Engineering Technology, Web Site Development, Business/Information Systems Analysis, Electronics Engineering and Software Engineering.

The university is career oriented, requiring students to take three courses in career management before graduation (Introduction to Career Management, Career Planning and Career Management Capstone). Annual career fairs, which feature hundreds of companies (mostly for culinary and hospitality students), are hosted by the university for JWU students and alumni. [ [ Johnson & Wales providence | career development | frequently asked questions ] ]

Academic calendar

JWU is divided into three trimesters each 11 weeks long, where the standard fall and spring semesters are replaced with fall, winter, and spring trimesters. This results in an earlier spring break and a typical summer break from May to September. During these three terms, students usually take three to four courses a trimester.

United States campuses

In addition to the on-campus academic buildings, the university also operates three hotels used as practicum education facilities for the school's Hotel Management, Food Service Management, and Culinary Arts degree programs. The facilities include the independent Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center* [ Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center] located near Providence in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and within fifteen minutes of the university's two Providence campuses, The Johnson & Wales Radisson Airport Hotel,* [ Johnson & Wales Radisson Airport Hotel] located in Warwick, and the Bay Harbor Inn & Suites, located in Miami Beach. The university also owns the Doubletree Hotel Charlotte-Gateway Village at the Charlotte Campus. The Johnson & Wales Inn in Providence also houses the university's flagship restaurant, "Audrey's", which takes its name from Audrey Gaebe, wife of long time university chancellor, Morris Gaebe. [ [ Johnson & Wales Alumni | member benefits ] ]

The Wildcat Center is the athletic facility of Johnson & Wales University in Denver. It is home to the athletic program of this branch of the university, and was home to the ABA's Colorado Storm in 2004. Wildcat Center is located at the northwest part of the Johnson & Wales campus. [ [ J&W Denver Athletics | recreation ] ]

Notable alumni

* Michelle Bernstein (1994) - chef and restaurateur [ [ Seafood Choices Alliance - Michelle Bernstein ] ]
*Tyler Florence (1994) - celebrity chef and television personality [ [ home ] ]
*Emeril Lagasse (1978) - celebrity chef and television personality [ [ ] ]
* Amy Sacco (1990) - New York City nightclub owner (Bungalow 8) and restaurateur. Often referred to as the Queen of New York Nightlife [ [ Amy Sacco - Biography ] ]
* Anna Olson (1995) - celebrity chef and television personality, Food Network Canada
* Sam Talbot (2002) - Top Chef (season 2) contestant and chef in New York City [ [ Top Chef: Sam Talbot's Bio is Available Online - Official Bravo TV Site ] ]
*Rahman "Rock" Harper- "Hell's Kitchen" season 3 winner
* Randall Sherman - Owner and Chef of the Red Horse Tavern in Pleasant Gap, PA. Randy has built a restaurant/catering empire in the areas surrounding Penn State University.


In 1999, the American Association of University Professors issued a report pinpointing administrators at Johnson & Wales University of violating faculty rights when they refused to renew the contracts of two professors.

An AAUP investigating committee report concerned the decision, conveyed by the administration of Johnson & Wales University on May 18, 1998, to two first-year faculty members, not to renew their appointments beyond that academic year. The administration provided no explanation to one faculty member for not renewing her appointment, and an inadequate oral explanation to the second faculty member. The committee also noted a number of incidents relating to its investigation that appeared to indicate an atmosphere of intimidation of members of the faculty.

A complaint regarding this issue was also filed with the University's accrediting body, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEAS&C). The Association did not find appropriate evidence to pursue the complaint and closed the matter without taking any action.

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Alumni Website]
* [ School Classifieds]
* [ Providence campus Daily Jolt]
* [ Providence campus]
* [ Providence campus Student Government Association]
* [ Miami campus]
* [ Denver campus]
* [ Charlotte campus]
* [ Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center]
* [ Johnson & Wales Radisson Airport Hotel]
* [ Johnson & Wales Bay Harbor Inn Hotel]
* [ School Book Store]
* [ AAUP Report]
* [ Providence Campus Bookstore]
* [ Providence Culinary Bookstore]


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