Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Remembering Nebraska's John F. Kennedy College

The Omaha World-Herald reprinted an interesting article this week that originally appeared in the paper in 2003, "Nebraska's Kennedy College survived just 10 years but was a pioneer and powerhouse in women's sports."  David Harding, the article's author, indicates that the institution briefly and successfully provided opportunities for female student athletes.

A previous College History Garden post provides links to an alumni web site and another article on the college.  John F. Kennedy College operated from from 1965-1975 in Wahoo, NE. Kennedy College occupied the campus that was previously the home of Luther Junior College founded in 1883. Luther merged with Midland College (Fremont, Nebraska) in 1962 and the name was changed to Midland Lutheran College, now Midland University.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Historical Sketch of Manitowoc Teachers' College, 1901-1970

The Manitowac (WI) Herald-Times features an interesting article, "Manitowoc Teachers' College legacy looms," providing a brief historical overview of an educational institution that prepared teachers for seven decades from 1901-1971.  Amy Meyer, Executive Director of the Manitowoc County Historical Society is the author and she indicates that the historical society maintains an extensive collection of photographs and other documents on the college.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remembering Mary Holmes College

WCBI-TV of Columbus, MS posted an interesting short video by reporter Victoria Bailey with reflections on the history and important role of the former Mary Holmes College.  The institution was founded as Mary Holmes Seminary in Jackson, MS in 1892 and was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.  After a fire in 1892, the institution moved to West Point, MS where it served the community until it closed in 2005.

For those who are interested, the College History Garden offers a couple of earlier posts on Mary Holmes College:

Santa Fe University of Art and Design will be Closing

Doug Lederman reported today for Inside Higher Ed that Santa Fe University of Art and Design will cease operations after the 2017-2018 academic year.  The institution's web site includes an announcement and transfer / teach out information for students.
Santa Fe's The New Mexican reported in late March that discussions of a possible sale of the institution were halted and new students would not be accepted, "Future of Santa Fe University of Art and Design in doubt after sale halted."

Santa Fe University of Art and Designed traces its founding to a school that was operated by the Brothers of Christian Schools after 1859 as Saint Michael's.   A higher education program was added in 1874 under charter as the College of the Christian Brothers of New Mexico.  The collegiate program was dropped after World War I and St. Michael's continued as a preparatory school.  It again offered the college program at the former Bruns Army Hospital after 1947.  

The name changed to College of Sante Fe in 1966 and it became co-ed.  The institution expanded into Albuquerque in 1980 with assumption of responsibility for programs offered by the University of Albuquerque prior to its closure.  

Financial and enrollment struggles later led the Board of Trustees for the College of Santa Fe to close in 2009.   Programs were ultimately continued through an affiliation with Laureate Education Inc. as a for-profit institution and the name changed to Santa Fe University of Art and Design after August 30, 2010.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit and for-profit closures.  Each tab includes basic information for each institution, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Virginia Wesleyan College Changes its Name

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk will change its name to Virginia Wesleyan University.  Ryan Murphy reports in "Virginia Wesleyan College to become a university this year," that the name change will be in place by the fall of 2017.
WAVY-TV's post includes a short two minute video segment reporting on the name change, "Virginia Wesleyan College to become a university." 

Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO will Close

The Kansas City Star reported that Wentworth Military Academy and College will be closing at the end of the current spring semester.  Steve Vockrodt reported in "After 137 years, military academy in Missouri to close," that the institution enrolled roughly 480 students in collegiate programs and 55 high school cadets.  Wentworth is located in Lexington, MO and was initially founded in 1880 as Wentworth Male Academy.  The name was changed to Wentworth Military Academy in 1890. 
WDAF-TV in Kansas City also has a post, "Missouri military academy dating to 1880 will close."

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit and for-profit closures.  Each tab includes basic information for each institution, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Westech College in California Closes

The Los Angeles Times initially reported on April 3, 2017 that Westech College has closed.  The paper notes in "Westech College abruptly shuts down, leaving students scrambling for refunds and answers," that the institution operated three California locations in Fontana, Moreno Valley, and Victorville.  Students at all the locations will be impacted by the sudden closure.  Westech reported enrollment of 357 students for fall 2015 in its last reporting to IPEDS.
The Fontana Herald News also published, "Westech abruptly closes down all three campuses, including main office in Fontana," with reporting by Russell Ingold.

Westech was found in 1988 and was initially located in Pomona, CA.  It relocated to Ontario, CA in January 2004 and opened a satellite location in Victorville, CA in September, 2005 and in Moreno Valley, CA in January 2008. The main campus relocated to Fontana, CA in June 2013.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit and for-profit closures.  Each tab includes basic information for each institution, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.