Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Le Moyne College Celebrates 75th Anniversary as the First Jesuit College or University to Open as a Coeducational Institution

The Editorial Board of Advance Media NY posted a tribute May 30, 2021, "Le Moyne College: Developing minds, hearts and souls for 75 years," that coincides with the kickoff of a celebration to honor and reflect on the significant institutional milestone. Le Moyne located in Syracuse, NY was the first Jesuit college or university to open as a coeducational institution.

The 75th anniversary web page includes links to information on in-person and web-based events, an historical timeline, and a variety of other resources.
You can also visit the College Archives web page or follow the College Archives on Facebook to learn more about the institution's history.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Voorhees College Announces Name Change

Voorhees College announces that the institution will change its name  to Voorhees University 
next April 2022 during its 125th Anniversary Founder’s Week. 

Voorhees is located in Denmark, SC and was founded as the Denmark Industrial School in 1897. The name was changed to Voorhees Industrial School in 1902. The first post-secondary instruction began in 1929 and the name was changed to Voorhees Normal and Industrial School. Other name changes followed, Voorhees School and Junior College in 1947 and then, Voorhees College in 1962. The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1969.

You can also learn more about the institution in a couple of earlier College History Garden posts:

Friday, May 21, 2021

Persistence through Peril...A New Book Exams Southern Colleges that Continued Operations during the Civil War

The University Press of Mississippi recently announced upcoming availability of Persistence through Peril: Episodes of College Life and Academic Endurance in the Civil War South, edited by R. Eric Platt and Holly A. Foster.

The book provides detailed views of life at eleven institutions that remained open and maintained the mission of higher education during the Civil War. 

"Contributors tell these stories via the lived experiences of students, community members, professors, and administrators as they strove to keep their institutions going. Despite the large-scale cessation of many southern academies due to student military enlistment, resource depletion, and campus destruction, some institutions remained open for the majority or entirety of the war. These institutions—“The Citadel” South Carolina Military Academy, Mercer University, Mississippi College, the University of North Carolina, Spring Hill College, Trinity College of Duke University, Tuskegee Female College, the University of Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute, Wesleyan Female College, and Wofford College—continued to operate despite low student numbers, encumbered resources, and faculty ranks stripped bare by conscription or voluntary enlistment."

Contributors to the book include: Christian K. Anderson, Marcia Bennett, Lauren Yarnell Bradshaw, Holly A. Foster, Tiffany Greer, Don Holmes, Donavan L. Johnson, Lauren Lassabe, Sarah Mangrum, R. Eric Platt, Courtney L. Robinson, David E. Taylor, Zachary A. Turner, Michael M. Wallace, and Rhonda Kemp Webb.

An ebook version is currently available or you can preorder a copy.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Judson College Announces Decision to Close

Judson College in Marion, AL posted a press release earlier today, "Judson College board of trustees vote to close 183-year-old institution." The statement cites declining enrollment and an inability to secure adequate resources to support operations. As a result, the College will suspend its academic operation after the summer term ending July 31, 2021.
The Alabama Baptist posted an article by Jennifer Davis Rash with more detailed reporting on the decision, "Judson College board of trustees votes to close school."

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.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

MSUM Celebrates Centennial

Minnesota State University Moorhead, founded in 1888, is celebrating the centennial of becoming a teachers college in 1921. The article by Danielle A. Teigen was post on the Fargo Forum's Inforum web site on May 1, 2021.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Learning from those who shaped the institution: Oral History of Monroe County Community College

Jerry Meade authored an interesting article highlighting an oral history project at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, MI. "Learning from successors’ legacies," describes an effort to preserve the thoughts and perspectives of key individuals impacting the institution.

MCCC was founded in 1964 and appears committed to preserving its history with James DeVries’ “Opportunity: The First Twenty Years, Monroe County Community College” covering 1964-1984 and Margie Bacarella’s “Change, Growth, Challenge, Monroe County Community College” documenting 1986-2000.

Friday, April 23, 2021

When Colleges Close: An Interview with Mary Churchill and David Chard of Wheelock College

Scott Jaschik interviewed Mary L. Churchill, former vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College, and former president David J. Chard for Inside Higher Ed

Churchill and Chard's new book, When Colleges Close: Leading in a Time of Crisis (Johns Hopkins University Press) focuses on the closure of Wheelock College and its merger with Boston University in 2018.

The authors discuss the process of reaching a decision to seek a partner institution and offer lessons learned and advice for other higher education leaders.