Friday, February 26, 2021

Digital Postcard Exhibit Commemorates Significant Campus Buildings and Landmarks

Texas State University Archives offers a number of interesting digital exhibits. 

One of the exhibits includes images of postcards commemorating notable Texas State University buildings, landmarks, and symbols. 

The institution was founded as Texas State Normal School in 1903. The name changed to Southwest State Teachers College in 1923, to Southwest Texas State College in 1959, to Southwest Texas State University in 1969, and it became Texas State University at San Marcos in 2003.

Leave a comment and url below if you know of other similar digital exhibits focusing on college and universities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Launch New TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections Site

 Natalie Shilstut authored an interesting post for Bryn Mawr's Special Collections Blog on February 5, 2021, "TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections : a powerful new tool for research and exploration of the College’s history." 

Shilstut announces the launch of our new TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections site developed by staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. 

The site serves as a new home for both digitized materials and born-digital content. She also provides a number of examples of collections and items available.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Caltech Campus in the early 1900s

Caltech Archives and Special Collections tweeted a couple of interesting photographs on their @CaltechArchives account this morning. 

The photo on the right is Pasadena Hall that served as the focal point of the campus for a number of years. The image on the left is a drawing from a 1908 campus master plan that proposed additional buildings.

Cal Tech was founded as Throop Polytechnic Institute in 1891. Classes were initially held in a four story building on the Wooster Block of downtown Pasadena. After moving in 1910 the institution transitioned to become a school of engineering and it became Throop College of Technology in 1912 and California Institute of Technology in 1920.

There is also a link you can follow for an interesting YouTube video, "The Greater Throop": Planning and Building a New Campus, a presentation where archivists discuss the growth of the campus from 1910-1930.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

University of Arkansas Prepares for Sesquicentennial

The University of Arkansas is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding. Sesquicentennial events will be held in 2021 and 2022 including the fall kick off event. Come as You Arkansas is scheduled for September 10, 2021 and will be an all-day event.

The sesquicentennial web page includes links to planned activities or related news, a virtual Senior Walk, a variety of historical images and information on the university's history.

The Senior Walk, a unique tradition and includes the names of more than 200,000 graduates, from its first commencement in 1876 to the present. The walk starts at the front door of Old Main and wends its way across miles of campus, with each new class of graduates’ names being added about a year later each spring and dedicated at Homecoming.

You can also visit the university library's Special Collections & Archives page to find an array of interesting resources. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Concordia College New York Announces Closure

 The Board of Regents of Concordia College New York posted an announcement this morning that the institution will close this fall.

A joint statement with Iona College is also posted indicating that  Iona will acquire Concordia’s Bronxville campus and provide continued education for Concordia’s students through a teach-out plan, enabling most students to continue their degrees to completion at Iona. 

In the joint statement Iona says that it plans to "...utilize the Concordia campus to develop a leading school of health sciences, furthering Iona’s strategic investments in the field, and continuing Concordia’s legacy of excellence in health sciences education."

Concordia College New York traces its founding to 1881 when classes started in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church New York City. The institution's first location was in Hawthorne, NY before land was purchased for present site in Bronxville, NY. Concordia is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

NPR and Planet Money Highlight College Mergers and Acquisitions

NPR & Planet Money offer a relatively short podcast episode posted January 25, 2021, "The College Buyout Boom," highlighting a number of recent mergers or acquisitions.  The segment explores some of the key forces driving these changes and features an interview with a senior student at Mount Ida College reflecting on her surprise when she received the news.

You can read more about the closure of Mount Ida that was announced in early 2018 via an earlier College History Garden post, "Mount Ida College Trustees Announce Closure."

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, January 24, 2021

Virginia Business College Set to Open on Campus of former Virginia Intermont College


Virginia Business College is a new nonprofit higher education institution that will begin offering classes in February. VBC is located on the campus of the former Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA. 

You can read more in "Virginia Business College receives state’s approval" by David McGee and published by the Bristol Herald Courier on January 22, 2021. 

It is interesting to note that McGee provided extensive coverage of Virginia Intermont's struggle and ultimate closure during 2014. He was recognized by his peers with a first-place award from the Tennessee Press Association in the Best Education Reporting in 2015. An earlier College History Garden post provides more information on the award and links to a number of McGee's articles, "Reporter Receives Award for Reporting on Closure of Virginia Intermont College."