George Wythe University

George Wythe University

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motto = "Building Statesmen"
established = September 1992
type = Private, unaccredited, non-profit [cite web |url= |title=Brick by Brick Online Order Form |accessdate=2008-08-02 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=All Proceeds from GWC Brick By Brick benefit the Monticello Campus construction. GWC is a 501(c)3 organization, so all contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your support of George Wythe College. ]
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president = Shanon Brooks
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city = Cedar City
state = Utah
country = United States
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George Wythe University (GWU) (formerly George Wythe College (GWC)) is a private, unaccreditedcite web |url= |title=Disclaimer |publisher= George Wythe College |accessdate=2008-05-12] college in Cedar City, Utah. It opened in 1992 as a branch of Coral Ridge Baptist University (CRBU) by Donald N. Sills,cite web
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title = The First Fifteen Years
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] past president of the American Freedom Coalition. It became independent of CRBU on January 1, 2002. GWU claims to be "the leading college in the United States dedicated specifically to building Statesmen" and generates revenue from tuition, speaking fees, seminar fees, and product sales.


In September 1992, the Reverend Donald N. Sills founded GWC as a branch of now-defunct Coral Ridge Baptist University. He was the first GWC president. Current president Oliver DeMille, then an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University, was named one of the three original faculty during the first school year, and served as the sole faculty member in the school's second year. DeMille was apparently enrolled in CRBU correspondence courses at the time.

Because Sills "was concerned by the idea of opening a branch of a Baptist school in Utah" he "decided right at the beginning that we would not discriminate in any way based on religion."Quote box
quote = In 2002...three major concepts surfaced that would prove to not only solve our mission concerns but also take care of operating expenses: speaking, seminars, and products.
source = Shanon Brooks, "The First Fifteen Years", p. 33
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The first day of class was held September 21, 1992. That first year, the three faculty (DeMille, William Doughty, and Shanon Brooks) "were going through some of the material for the first time right along with the students."

In January 2002, the school became independent of CRBU and control was transferred to the George Wythe Foundation, a Utah-based nonprofit.

Through the years, the school has variously been housed in the garage and then conference room of a Duck Creek, Utah, lodge; the bottom floor of a retail center on Main Street in Cedar City, Utah; and its current facility on Sage Drive in Cedar City. The school is constructing a new campus (eventually to be its main campus) in Monticello, Utah, where it has set up temporary headquarters in the former Hyland Hotel. [cite web |url= |title=George Wythe College making presence felt |accessdate=2008-07-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=A visit with Dr. Shanon Brooks, a team of architects, and donors Thursday morning revealed a beehive of activity at their headquarters in Monticello in what used to be the Hyland Hotel. School officials have invited interested educators, donors, and community members to come in and make suggestions. ]

On March 26, 2008, the foundation registered with the Utah Department of Commerce to do business as George Wythe University. [cite web |url= |title=Utah Department of Commerce Business Entity Search |accessdate=2008-09-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=State of Utah |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] In an August 20, 2008, press release, the organization said that the foundation's "Board of Trustees and the state of Utah recently authorized George Wythe College to transition to George Wythe University." [cite web |url= |title=Private college comes of age as George Wythe moves from college to university |accessdate=2008-09-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=San Juan Record |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=The George Wythe Foundation Board of Trustees and the state of Utah recently authorized George Wythe College to transition to George Wythe University. ] In an August 28, 2008, article in the "The Spectrum", Brooks reported that the organization "gained university status about two weeks ago". [cite web |url= |title=George Wythe University expands |accessdate=2008-09-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=Arnold |first=Samantha |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work=The Spectrum |publisher=The Spectrum & Daily News |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=The liberal arts college, located at 970 South Sage Drive, gained university status about two weeks ago and is in the last stage of the accreditation process, said Shanon Brooks, university president. ]



GWC currently offers four degrees at the following price points:

The school also offers correspondence courses and telephone "mentoring". [cite web |url= |title=Off-Campus Options |publisher=George Wythe College |accessdate=2008-05-12]

Degrees no longer offered

In the past, the school has granted doctorate degrees in Near Eastern Studies, [cite web |url= |title=Ancient Mormon Doctrine Scholar |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ] International Business, [cite web |url= |title=Global Statesmanship |publisher= |accessdate=2008-09-10] Education,cite web |url= |title=Kimber Academy - About the Kimbers |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ] [cite web | |title=DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, EDUCATION |accessdate= |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2001-04-26 |quote=Recommended for professional educators: public, home and private. ] Psychology, [cite web |url= |title=David Eric WOOD v. STATE of Arkansas |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ] Family Counseling,cite web |url= |title=Family Coaching and Consulting |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ] Biblical and Ancient Studies, Education, and Musicology.cite web |url= |title=Announcing: A New Key to Resplendent Singing! |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ]

The school has also granted bachelor's degrees in Finance [cite web |url= |title=Whitehall Ltd Inc - 8-K - For 9/12/96 |accessdate=2008-09-10 |work= |publisher= |date= ] and Biblical Studies and master's degrees in Youth and Family Counseling and History. [cite web | |title=MASTER OF ARTS, HISTORY |accessdate= |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2001-04-15 |quote=]

Degrees based on "life experience"

According to the school's student handbook, "George Wythe College may award Life Experience credit for practical work of exceptional quality which has academic value." [cite web |url= |title=Student Handbook |accessdate=2008-09-06 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] Alumna Ann Blake Tracy (Ph.D.) says she was awarded her doctorate in psychology based on "lifetime experience". She had self-published a book entitled "Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?" According to the "Deseret News", she says she has been told that her book was "the equivalent of, or 'far beyond,' a dissertation", although the "News" noted that "the book contains spelling and punctuation errors and incomplete sentences". When Tracy attempted to serve as an expert witness in a child rape trial, the trial court "ruled that her intended testimony was not reliable and that the methodology she used was suspect"; this ruling was confirmed by the Arkansas state board of appeals, which opined that her "methodology in conducting studies and reaching her conclusions were suspect and did not follow any accepted scientific method". She received her B.A. from former GWC affiliate Coral Ridge Baptist University.cite book |last=Lynn |first=Jim |authorlink= |coauthors= |editor= |others= |title=The Miracle of Healing in Your Church Today |origdate= |origyear= |origmonth= |url= |format= |accessdate= |accessyear= |accessmonth= |edition= |series= |volume= |date= |year= |month= |publisher=Trafford Publishing |location= |language= |isbn=1412245893 |oclc= |doi= |id= |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote=Dr. Ann Blake Tracy obtained her bachelors degree in Biblical Sciences and Psychology from Coral Ridge Baptist University and her doctorate in Health Sciences from George Wythe College. She is considered one of the leading experts worldwide on the new serotonergic antidepressants and has testified and consulted as an expert witness in many high profile cases involving these drugs over the past 10 years. Among those cases are the murder/suicide of Mr. & Mrs. Phil Hartman (Saturday Night Live/Newsradio comedian), the Columbine High School Tragedy, the Atlanta Day Trader shooting, Princess Di's tragic death, the New York subway bombing, the Connecticut Lotter mass murder/suicide, many, many more murder/suicides, school shootings and cases of mothers killing their children — "all the result of these new antidepressants" [emphasis in the original] ] Quote box
quote = To build men and women of virtue, wisdom, diplomacy, and courage who inspire greatness in others and move the cause of liberty.cite web |url= |title=The Mission of George Wythe College |accessdate=2008-09-06 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]
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In 1999, DeMille indicated GWC aimed for accreditation by 2002, [cite web |url= |title=Be The Change You Wish To See In The World |accessdate=2008-08-09 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=DeMille |first=Oliver |authorlink=Oliver DeMille |coauthors= |date= |year=1999 |month=December |format= |work=The Statesman |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=We are also putting the finishing touches on a cutting edge business plan which outlines George Wythe College's intermediate and long-term goals. A few highlights include: 2002 Accreditation target, 2004 Campus construction target, 2005 Five graduates of the Thomas Jefferson Degree ] but as of August 2008 it remains unaccredited. This lack of accreditation makes it difficult for students to enter graduate programs at accredited universities. According to GWC, since 2006 it has sought accreditation with the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE), which has since served a twelve-month suspension imposed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) for not setting minimum standards for what students must learn at the eight colleges it accredits.

According to GWC, accreditation from AALE would enable students to participate in programs authorized under the Higher Education Act and other U.S. federal programs. GWC says it expects to know whether or not its attempt has been successful by Spring of 2009. [cite web |url= |title=An Update on Accreditation |publisher=The Statesman |date=May 2008 |accessdate=2008-05-12] AALE accredits eight other institutions.

The school does not offer statistics on how many students with degrees exclusively from GWC have attended outside graduate programs, although its "The Statesman" newsletter contains stories about one student being admitted to law school at the University of Oklahomacite web |url= |title=A GWC Student Attends Law School |accessdate=2008-08-09 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=Nuttall |first=Kyle |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=I want to erase that stigma as best I can by first telling the story of how I got into law school without an accredited degree, and then by explaining how I was much better prepared than almost any of my classmates. ] and another at Pepperdine University, [cite web |url= |title=From Rural Mexico, to GWC, to Pepperdine School of Law |accessdate=2008-08-09 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=Valenzuela |first=Roberto |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=Given the quality of my undergraduate education, it was perhaps inevitable that I would end up pursuing intellectual challenge once again in my postgraduate life. I was able to score high on the LSAT and received several excellent scholarship offers from various schools, which is proof that graduation from an unaccredited school is no impediment to mainstream recognition. I attribute this to the excellent writing and analytical skills GWC had helped me develop, along with the various valuable internships and experiences I had done during the course of my education. If GWC's lack of accreditation had any negative impact on my law school application process, I certainly did not perceive it. ] both based on high LSAT scores. A third graduate attended South Texas College of Law, but he had also obtained a B.A. from Brigham Young University before applying to law school. [cite web |url= |title=How George Wythe Prepared Me for Law School |accessdate=2008-08-09 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=Ure |first=James |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year=2005 |month=October |format= |work=The Statesman |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=I want to erase that stigma as best I can by first telling the story of how I got into law school without an accredited degree, and then by explaining how I was much better prepared than almost any of my classmates. ] [cite web |url= |title=Changing Lanes: How to Get Around the Individualism Roadblock With a Minor Turn in Jurisprudential Policy |accessdate=2008-08-09 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=Ure |first=James |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year=2008 |month=February |format= |work=The Statesman |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=James Ure is a full-time faculty member of George Wythe College. He received his B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife, Angela, have two children.. ]


George Wythe College has among its faculty 23 administrators, professors, Mentors, Associate Mentors (graduate students), and adjuncts. [cite web |url= |title=Faculty |publisher=George Wythe College |accessdate=2008-05-12] Notable faculty members include:
*Oliver DeMille, Chancellor; author of "A Thomas Jefferson Education"


Financial aid

Effective February 1, 2008, the school raised tuition 98% across the board, then immediately began offering a "merit scholarship" that reduces the new tuition rate by 47% for qualifying students. According to Shanon Brooks, this tuition increase was "designed to move closer to the industry standard for the quality we provide." [cite web |url= |title=New Tuition Rates and Scholarship Policies Announced |accessdate=2008-09-23 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year=2008 |month=February |format= |work=The Statesman |publisher= |location= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] Federal financial aid is not available to students due to the school's accreditation status.

Course credit for selling services on behalf of the college

Students can earn course credit as well as money towards tuition by selling a variety of services (including phone, payroll and web hosting services) on behalf of the school. GWC uses a fund raising organization called Comanity to sell these services, [cite web |url= |title=About Comanity|accessdate=2008-07-05 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= ||pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] and profits from sales are split three ways among Comanity, GWC, and the student (applied directly towards tuition). In addition to earning money for themselves and the school, GWC offers students course credit (field experience credits) for selling through Comanity. Money raised through Comanity can also be directed toward construction of the school's new Monticello, Utah campus. Students can sell during both the school year and the summer.

In July 2008, GWC launched, an affiliate subscription website that for $9.99 a month offers "daily content, exclusive articles, resources and GWC audio downloads."cite web |url= |title=What is We Squared? |accessdate=2008-08-08 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=We Squared proudly supports the mission of George Wythe College. We advocate Leadership Education and cultivating the "Statesman" within all of us. To help build this cause, 80% of net profits from We Squared will be donated to George Wythe College. ] According to the site, 80% of profits will be donated to GWC. The site does not indicate where the remaining 20% of profits go. Its featured content is a monthly "State of the World" commentary by Oliver DeMille where he shares "his perspective and insights on current world events and where they put us in the cycles of history." [cite web |url= |title=George Wythe College Announces |accessdate=2008-08-08 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=George Wythe College |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=Oliver DeMille will share his perspective and insights on current world events and where they put us in the cycles of history. He will address the different worldviews and their influence on events and policies being made. ] The site is owned by We Squared, LLC, based in Saratoga Springs, Utah. [cite web |url= |title=Business Entity Search |accessdate=2008-08-08 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=Utah Department of Commerce |pages= |language=English |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]


GWC's physical plant consists of one building, with no on-campus housing. GWC plans to have student housing at its Monticello campus.

Student life

Cedar City

GWC's building is located near stores and a movie theater.


Students typically rent rooms from private home owners.


Notable GWC alumni include:
*Oliver DeMille, B.A. [cite web |url= |title=Faculty & Adjunct Faculty |accessdate=2008-07-18 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last=|first=|authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= | version of |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=Oliver DeMille: B.A. George Wythe College, M.A. Coral Ridge Baptist University; Ph.D. Coral Ridge Baptist University. Oliver DeMille is an accomplished writer, having written numerous college textbooks and diverse publications. An expert in the area of political sciences, law and American history, Oliver DeMille is one of the most sought after young speakers on the American scene today. Mentored by several of the most respected political leaders in the United States, he also serves as President of George Wythe College. Dr. Oliver DeMille has been cited for numerous personal awards, including Who's Who in America. ] , chancellor of George Wythe University; note that he no longer claims this on his curriculum vitaecite web
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*Mark D. Siljander, Ph.D., former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 4th congressional district, indicted January 16, 2008 for funneling money to an Afghan warlord [cite news
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*Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., crusader against antidepressants, says she was awarded her degree based on "lifetime experience" [,1249,595085602,00.html "Depressed over Prozac" article in Desert Morning News] ] , writings discredited by the Arkansas state board of appeals when Tracy attempted to serve as an expert witness in a child rape trialcite court |litigants=David Eric WOOD v. STATE of Arkansas |vol= |reporter= |opinion= |pinpoint= |court= |date=September 5, 2001 |url= |quote=The next day, July 12, 2000, a hearing was held on the State's motion to exclude. The State conducted a voir dire examination of Dr. Tracy, who testified that she received a bachelor's degree in psychology and biblical studies from Coral Ridge Baptist University in Utah. She also holds a Ph.D. degree in health sciences, with emphasis on psychology, from George Wythe College. Dr. Tracy testified that she wrote a book entitled Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? The Rest of the Story, and that half of her research was based on drug experience reports, and the other half reviewed medical literature. She testified that she did not conduct the clinical studies herself, and that she had done no laboratory research. Dr. Tracy opined that Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and other SSRI antidepressants were terribly dangerous and should be discontinued. At the conclusion of the hearing, the trial court granted the State's motion to exclude Dr. Tracy's testimony. The court ruledthat her intended testimony was not reliable and that the methodology she used was suspect. ]
*Shanon Brooks, Ph.D., former CEO of George Wythe College; current president of George Wythe University; also owns a seminar business, teaching "liberal arts education seminars" across the United States and Canada [cite web |url= |title=Shanon D. Brooks |accessdate=2008-08-08 |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote=Shanon Brooks is the CEO of George Wythe College. A native of Seattle, Washington, he has held teaching and administrative positions with the Institute of Constitutional Education, American Heritage Academy and Meadeau View Institute; a Utah based think tank. Shanon owns a seminar business teaching Liberal Arts education seminars from coast to coast and in Canada. Shanon and his wife Julia reside in Monticello, UT with their six children. ]


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