Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hinds Community College Celebrates Centennial

Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi is celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1917 as Hinds County Agricultural High School.  The first college classes were offered in 1922.  The name was changed to Hinds Junior College in 1958.  Branch campuses were opened in Jackson in 1970 and in Vicksburg in 1975.  There was a merger with Utica Junior College in 1982.  The name changed from Hinds Junior College to Hinds Community College in 1982.  

A culminating Centennial Gala is scheduled for November 4, 2017.  You can visit the college website for a timeline of key historical dates or photographs and other information related to the centennial.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Campus added to National Register of Historic Places

The Tribune Star of Terre Haute, Indiana reports in an article by David Hughes, "Woods District now listed on National Register of Historic Places," that the combined campus of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Sisters of Providence, known as the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods District, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College traces its founding to 1840 and a journey by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and five other Sisters of Providence from their convent in Ruille-sur-Loir, France to the wilderness of Indiana.

Grace University in Omaha Announces Closure

Grace University of Omaha, Nebraska announced that it will be closing after the current academic year.  Grace was founded in 1943 as Grace Bible Institute on the campus of the former Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Omaha.  The name was changed in 1976 to Grace College of the Bible and the institution's board approved a name change to become Grace University on July 1, 1995.
The Omaha World-Herald "Grace University says it will halt operations at end of 2017-18 school year; financial, enrollment concerns blamed," with reporting by David Hendee.
Omaha's KETV-7 posted a segment, "Grace University: Enrollment drop, lack of programs force closure," with video images of the campus and reporting by Chinh Doan.
Grace University had been part of a plan announced in March 2017 for development of the campus of the former Dana College in Blair, Nebraska.  At the time, Grace planned to sell its campus in Omaha and relocate to Blair.  Katie Rohman has followed the developments closely and reports in "Grace University closure could expedite Dana development," on the impact of the announced closure of Grace.
Rick Seltzer of Inside Higher Ed also reported on Grace's closure in "Another Small University Closing."

If you are interested in recent trends for closures and mergers, 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, September 23, 2017

Texarkana College Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Texarkana College in Texarkana, TX celebrated the 90th anniversary of its founding as a junior college in 1927.  KTBS-TV reported on the event and their post, "Texarkana College celebrates 90 years," includes a short video features interviews with several students.
The college website includes a brief historical sketch that notes changes in governance along with names of presidents and campus construction.  Texarkana College currently serves approximately 4,700 students.

Williams Baptist University: New Name for Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas announced this week that it will change its name to Williams Baptist University by July 1, 2018.  

Williams Baptist celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding last year.  The institution was founded in 1941 as Southern Baptist College and was initially located in Pocahontas, AR.  The campus was relocated in 1947 to a former World War II military base at Walnut Ridge. 

A report on the change was also published this week by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Williams Baptist alters name."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Piedmont International University and John Wesley University will Merge

Piedmont International University of Winston-Salem, NC and John Wesley University of High Point, NC announce that they will be merging by 2018 and will retain the PIU name.

Additional reporting can be found at the Winston-Salem Journal, "Piedmont International University to merge with John Wesley University in High Point," or at Inside Higher Ed, "John Wesley Merging into Piedmont International."

If you are interested in recent trends for closures and mergers, 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.

Lynn University Announces New College of Communication and Design with acquisition of Digital Media Arts College

Rick Selzer reports for Inside Higher Ed that Lynn University of Boca Raton, FL will purchase nearby for-profit Digital Media Arts College.  DMAC facilities and programs will be integrated with Lynn to form a new College of Communication and Design.

DMAC was founded in 2002 and offered bachelor of fine arts degrees in Computer Animation and Graphic Design, associate of science degrees in Graphic Design and Multimedia Design, a master of fine arts degree in Graphic and Web Design, and a master of science degree in Web Design & Technology.

Lynn University was founded in 1962 as Marymount College and was affiliated with the Catholic Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.  The name was changed to the College of Boca Raton in 1973 and to Lynn University in 1990.