Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bay View College Flourished before Closing 100 Years Ago

Murphy Givens, retired editor of Corpus Christi's The Caller Times authored two fascinating articles this past week on Bay View College.  Bay View opened in 1894 and ultimately closed one hundred years ago in 1917. 

The articles reflect Givens' talent as a story teller as he weaves together information about the founding of the institution and its importance to the region.
The first article, "Bay View College opened in hard times," was published on December 12, 2017.  It was followed on December 15, 2017 by "Portland's Bay View College closed 100 years ago."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Polytechnic Business College, Oakland, CA, On This Date, December 5, 1917

An advertisement for Polytechnic Business College of Oakland, CA was printed in The Carson City (Nevada) Daily Appeal on this date one hundred years ago, December 5, 1917.  The building image actually appears to be Polytechnic College of Engineering.  Both institutions were founded in 1898 and occupied buildings one block apart in Oakland.  The Polytechnic College of Engineering was located at 13th and Madison Streets, while the Polytechnic Business College was on 12th and Harrison Streets.  Willis E. Gibson and H.C. Ingram were listed as owners of the institutions.
Five days later, The Daily Appeal also printed an advertisement for the Polytechnic College of Engineering, on December 10, 1917.
Advertisements with a brief description and two photographs of classrooms from the Polytechnic College of Engineering were included in the 1941 Polk's Guide to Oakland, found on the Oakland Wiki project.
Consider leaving a comment below if you know when these institutions closed or can point to other information about their history.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Article Explores Closure of Bramson ORT College in New York

The Queens, NY Times Ledger published an article by Annabelle Blair, "Bramson ORT college closed after 40 years," on December 1, 2017.  Blair's reporting provides an update following the institution's announcement initial announcement back in February 2017.

Bramson ORT was founded in 1942 as the Bramson ORT Training Center with a mission to serve immigrants and refugees arriving as a result of World War II.  It was operated by the World Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training, a global network of over 800 institutions.  Bramson ORT changed its name to Bramson ORT Technical Institute in 1979 and again in 1996 to become Bramson ORT College.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Alumni and Friends of St. Joseph College's College Work for Reopening

Dave Bangert of the Lafayette, IN Journal & Courier reports in "Amid St. Joe's alumni anger, new trustees see rebirth for shuttered campus," that alumni and friends of St. Joseph's College in Rennselaer, IN are working to reopen the institution.  Bangert's article includes excerpts of interviews with two members of trustees, Peter Ippolito and Ned Tonner.

Tusculum College Approves Name Change to Tusculum University

Tusculum's traces its history to the founding of Martin's Academy in 1784, later renamed as Washington College.  It was later was known as Tusculum College after 1844.  Tusculum merged with Greeneville College in 1868 to become Greeneville & Tusculum College.  The name was shortened to Tusculum College in 1912.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Memories of Shurtleff College that Closed 60 Years Ago: 1st College in Illinois

The Telegraph of Alton, IL published an article this week commemorating the closure of Shurtleff College, "Shurtleff College, opened in 1827, closed 60 years ago."  The author, Tom Emery, provides an interesting historical sketch.  The institution evolved from Rock Spring Academy or Rock Springs Seminary in Rock Springs, IL which closed in 1831 and moved to Alton. It was initially known as Alton Seminary or Alton College before the name changed to Shurtleff College in 1836. Classes were suspended after 1956, though institution didn't officially close for several years permitting several students to complete degree requirements. The campus was taken over by Southern Illinois University and for use as an offsite center until SIU-Edwardsville opened in 1972. Part of the Shurleff campus site is now used by SIU Dental School.
Shurtleff College is considered by some to be the first college in Illinois and the first founded between the Alleghenies and the Mississippi River.  The Internet Archive offers The Pioneer School: A History of Shurtleff College, the Oldest Educational Institution in the West written by Austen Kennedy De Blois in several formats.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College Announce Affiliation

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) and Wichita State University announced today that WATC will affiliate with WSU to become the Witchita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.  WATC was founded in 1965 and enrolls roughly 3,500 students.
You can also read more about the affiliation on the KWCH-12 website, "WATC to become the 'WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology."

If you are interested in recent trends for mergers and affiliations, access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There is a separate tab for mergers, affiliations, or acquisitions.  Each tab includes basic information for each institution, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.