Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.
Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.
After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler was reborn into a new format.
Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler will keep to its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in the broad field of astrology and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.
Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Governance Council.
The Board of Trustees's primary mission is to ensure the College has adequate resources to perform the College's mission and oversees matters of general policy relating to its mission, overall educational programs, general operations and strategic plannning.
The Administrative Governance Council is designed to ensure administrators coordinate on the implementation of administrative policies, work with the instructors to design the overall curriculum, and communicate this information to the Board of Trustees.
Kepler attracts a wide range of individuals from all over the United States and all over the world, both as students and as teachers. Our students come because they are seeking a world-class astrological education. They want more than just rote learning or sitting at the feet of a single astrological guru. Our teachers come to Kepler because they are experts in their field and love the chance to pass on their expertise. Our Board of Trustees come because they want to actively participate in continuing and building an institution for world-class astrological education.
Kepler has a dual-system of governance so we can meet the needs of our students and the needs of the College itself. Everyone involved believes in the power of high-quality astrological education to help ensure astrology's future.
Kepler's Board of Trustees is dedicated to ensuring Kepler's financial viability and oversees its operations. It consists of members of the larger astrological community, instructors, and former students.
The Administrative Council is dedicated to the continued review and development of our educational programs to ensure Kepler meets the needs of our students. It consists of the President and long-term teachers in the program.
Our instructors in the Certificate program are known for both their astrological skill and their ability to teach in an online environment. Some of them are well-known names. But Kepler cares about more than a name. We want instructors with practical experience and most of our instructors have been practicing their craft for over 25 years. Equally important, we want instructors who are skilled at teaching.
This means our students get instructors with amazing astrological skills, the wisdom that comes from working in the field for many years, and a dedication to ensuring that students can learn what they are presented. Teaching is its own unique skill and Kepler hires instructors that can organize class materials so that if the student does the work, the end result should be what was promised.
We want our students to be able to incorporate the information from a course into their own knowledge base. We want them to be able to go into the astrological world and know how to fit what they have learned with the new things they encounter. Our teachers go the extra mile to help their students succeed.
Kepler was founded in 1992 and received its non-profit 501c3 status in 1993. We opened its doors to academic students from 2000-2012. In 2010, Kepler began a transformation to a Certificate Program. We continue to fulfill our mission to offer the best astrological education available.
While Kepler College currently only offers Certificates, it had been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board from March 9, 2000 through March 9, 2012 to grant Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology degrees to its students attending during those dates. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Board at: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430