Fielding Graduate University was founded by three friends: Frederic Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch–all distinguished higher–education administrators and educators.

The founders envisioned a nationally recognized graduate school based on two notions:

1. Changing demographics were altering the world of higher education.
The founders speculated that students seeking advanced degrees would be mid-career adults who wanted to enhance already well-established academic and professional skills; who would be committed to effecting a mid-life career change; and who would be interested in being part of a lifelong-learning community.

2. Adults learn differently than adolescents and young adults.
The traditional pedagogical method of education–active teacher, passive learner–would not be appropriate to this new experiment. To accommodate and capitalize on the learning styles of its students, Fielding developed a rigorous, supportive learning model that today remains flexible, adult-centered, self-directed, practice-oriented, global, and competence-based.

For more than 40 years, Fielding has applied these ideas to educating passionate, motivated students–and transforming them into gratified, successful graduates who go on to make positive changes in their organizations and communities.