Saturday, November 3, 2018

Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art Agree to Merge

Oregon Public Broadcasting posted an excellent article by April Baer on November 1, 2018, "Oregon Art Schools PNCA And OCAC Vote To Merge."  Baer reports that the "...governing boards for Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art will spend the next month working on a memorandum of understanding..." to guide a merger of the two institutions.

OCAC was founded as the Arts and Crafts Society in 1907. The name changed to the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts in 1978 and the BFA program was added in 1994.  The name changed to Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1996.  OCAC enrolls 143 students.

PNCA opened in 1909 as the School of the Portland Art Association. It soon became known as the Museum Art School. The first BFA awarded in 1969 and the name changed to Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1981.  PNCA's last enrollment reported to IPEDS was 512 students.
You can also read about the two institutions in an article by Douglas Perry of The Oregonian, "With merger, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft try to buck trend," posted on November 2, 2018.  Perry's article includes a number of photographs.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dartmouth Preparing for 250th Anniversary

Dartmouth in Hanover, NH is preparing to celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1769. The anniversary web page provides information on scheduled events, a short YouTube video, "Dartmouth 250: Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future," and other resources.

A new book, Dartmouth Undying: A Celebration of Place and Possibility, edited by David Shribman and Jim Collins is available now for pre-order.
There will also be a “Hindsight is 20/19,” 26-episode podcast series celebrating Dartmouth’s history. Library staffers and students identified 25 tangible pieces, one per decade, central to the institution's history and will begin offering podcast episodes on each item in January 2019. You can read more about the series in an article by Florida Huff, "New podcast series uses artifacts to highlight College history," from for The Dartmouth newspaper
or in a post written by Charlotte Albright, "Hindsight Is 20/19: Podcast Series Tells Story of Dartmouth’s 250 Years."
The Dartmouth Archives also offers a rich array of institutional resources including oral histories and photographs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fountainhead College of Technology Closes

Fountainhead College of Technology in Knoxville, TN announced that it will be closing.  You can read a brief statement that is currently posted on the institution's website.  

There is also a brief video posted by WATE, Knoxville's ABC affiliate, "Fountainhead College of Technology closing."

The institution was founded as the Tennessee Radio Service School in 1947 at 422 Gay Street in Knoxville.  The following year, the name was changed to Tennessee Institute of Electronics.  The name change once more to Fountainhead College of Technology in 2003.

Fountainhead offered Associate Degrees in Electronic Technology, Information Technology, Computer Programming, and Health Information Management. Baccalaureate Degrees were awarded in Application Development, Electronic Wireless Communication, and in Network Security and Forensics.  Approximately 88 students were enrolled.

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.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Saddleback College 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saddleback College in Mission Viejo is beginning a yearlong celebration marking the 50th anniversary of its founding. The Saddleback Community College District was initially approved in 1967 and the first classes were held in the fall of 1968.

Enrollment in the first year reached 1,500 students with staff of 34 full-time instructors and 30 part-time teaching faculty, along with 26 other employees. Today, over 27,000 students are served by approximately 1,300 faculty and staff.

The college website offers a variety of historical resources that include, Making History, the First Years of Saddleback College, compiled by Lynn Wells and Julie Brady-Jenner and published in 2001. The college library maintains an archive of transcripts and videos from oral interviews documenting institutional history.

You can read more in an article from The Orange County Register, "Saddleback College celebrates its golden anniversary — and the school’s first homecoming queen returns for the occasion," in late September.

50th Anniversary for Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1968.  The institution is located in Virginia with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

TCC 50th anniversary web pages include more information on presidents who served the institution, a timeline of historical milestones, and fifty people who contributed in various ways to make TCC what it is today.
You can also read more at Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal, "Tidewater Community College, 50 years | 2018 milestone anniversary."

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Messiah College Announces Name Change

Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA announced this week that it will seek university status and become Messiah University in July 2020.

The institution was founded as Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home in 1909. The name changed to Messiah Bible College in 1924 and to Messiah College in 1951.  Messiah merged with Upland College of Upland, CA in 1965.

You can read more about the history of Messiah and its foundation with the Brethren in Christ Church or follow links to an institutional timeline by visiting the college website.

There are also several histories of Messiah that will be of interest.  Evangel Press published E. Morris Sider's Messiah College: A History.

More recently, Paul W. Nisly authored Shared Faith, Bold Vision, Enduring Promise: The Maturing Years of Messiah College.  You can read a interesting review by Devin Manzullo-Thomas published on The Search for Piety & Obedience blog.    

Friday, October 26, 2018

125th Anniversary at Montana State University

Montana State University has been celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding this year.  Earlier in October there was a book signing for Democracy by Degrees: The 125th Anniversary History of Montana State University, written by history professor Robert Rydell.  You can purchase the book by following a link to the university bookstore

Rydell, earlier collaborated in 1993 on In the People’s Interest: A Centennial History of Montana State University, with colleagues and fellow historians Jeffrey Safford and Pierce Mullen.
The Agricultural College of the State of Montana at Bozeman was founded in 1893. The name changed to College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts in 1913, to Montana State College in 1935, and, to Montana State University in 1965.

You can access the Montana State University archives for more resources that include historical photographs like this 1912 image of Montana Hall.