Thursday, May 21, 2020

50th Anniversary for Mackinac College's Only Graduating Class

The Alpena News of Alpena, MI published an interesting article on May 18, 2020 by Jeffrey D. Brasie, "50th anniversary nears for sole Mackinac College graduating class." Mackinac College operated on Mackinac Island from 1966-1970 and Brasie provides many details about the institution and the campus in his article. Mackinac College operated as a a non-sectarian, co-educational 4-year liberal arts college.

A Mackinac College promotional video from 1966 is available on Youtube.


The property was acquired by Rex Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow and a nondenominational Bible college briefly operated from 1972-73.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Pine Manor College Reaches Agreement for Acquisition by Boston College

WBUR reports on an agreement for acquisition, "Under Financial Stress, Pine Manor College to Join Boston College." A teach-out will extend up to two years and the institutions will work together to establish the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success, which will support outreach and academic support to Boston College's first-generation and low-income students. A copy of the Pine Manor press release is available, "Pine Manor College and Boston College Announce Institutional Agreement."


Pine Manor College was founded in 1911 as Pine Manor Junior College. The current name was adopted in 1977. It became co-ed after 2014. You can learn more by visiting "The History of Pine Manor College" page on the institution's web page.

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

Saturday, May 9, 2020

De Montfort University Celebrates 150th Anniversary


De Montfort University in Leicester, UK (DMU) is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1870. The institution was initially known as the Leicester School of Art. Technical programs were added and by 1929 it was known as Leicester Colleges of Arts and Technology. The name changed to the City of Leicester Polytechnic after 1948 and De Montfort University after 1992.

A university press release posted May 8, 2020, "DMU's 150th anniversary exhibition moves online," provides details of an online exhibit where viewers can learn more about the institution's history.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

College of the Holy Family Announces Closure in Wisconsin


The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries in Manitowoc, WI announced yesterday that Silver Lake College of the Holy Family will close.

The Sisters founded Holy Family Academy and Normal School in 1869 and secured a charter for Holy Family College in 1935. The name was changed to Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1972 and again in 2019 to Holy Family College. The college began admitting lay women in 1957 and became coeducational in 1969.

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

 https://www.thecompassnews.org/2019/09/silver-lake-college-in-manitowoc-is-renamed-holy-family-college/

Monday, April 13, 2020

College of Chaleston Launches New Website and Mobile Apps as part of 250th Anniversary Celebration

The Charleston Chronicle published "New College of Charleston History Website Discovers Hidden Stories" with details of an initiative to provide a better understanding of the College of Charleston's history.

The web site was developed as part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the College’s founding in 1770 and is known as Discovering Our Past

It includes a mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones and is presented as a series of multimedia essays that can be accessed individually or as part of a self-guided tour of 13 campus locations. Each essay is accompanied by historical images, drawings, documents and maps as well as contemporary photos.
You can also find links to additional resources related to the 250th anniversary by visiting an early College History Garden post from January 4, 2020, "College of Charleston Celebrates 250th Anniversary." The post includes links to several institutional histories and other information. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Kentucky College for Young Ladies

The Peewee Valley Historical Society in Peewee Valley, KY offers a very nice web page devoted to the Kentucky College for Young Ladies that operated in the community from 1873 until 1900.

The page includes text from newspapers and other sources along with a number of photographs.

The page also provides links to two annual announcements from the 1894 and 1899 academic years that can be viewed online or downloaded from Scribd.

These announcements include lists of all graduates and current pupils, course descriptions, school rules and tuition fees.

The Kentucky College for Young Ladies burned to the ground on August 28, 1900 and closed.

You can also visit an Index of Colleges and Universities that have Closed, Merged, or Changed Names for more information on other institutions from each of the states and the District of Columbia. There are currently 5,441 total entries with 178 for Kentucky. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Nebraska Christian College Closing

Nebraska Christian College in Papillion, Nebraska will be closing at the end of the current spring semester.

Nebraska Christian was founded in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1945. It relocated to Papillion, south of Omaha, in 2006. It merged with Hope International University of Fullerton, CA in 2016.

Tim Pearson of the Norfolk Daily News reported on the closure decision in "Low enrollment forces Nebraska Christian College to close," on April 2, 2020.

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