Friday, August 19, 2016

Crossroads College in Rochester, MN will Close

KAAL-TV in Minnesota reports that Crossroads College in Rochester will be closing and will not offer fall classes.  An announcement on the college website indicates there is a desire to continue serving the educational needs of the area in another capacity.

Crossroads was founded by the Scandinavian Christian Unity Missionary Society. It opened as International Christian Missionary Bible College in 1913. In 1924 it became Minneapolis Bible College and in 1932, Minnesota Bible University. The name reverted to Minnesota Bible College in 1942 and was changed again in 2002 Crossroads College. It was affiliated with the Christian Church Church of Christ.

In 1971 the college moved from Minneapolis to its present location in Rochester, MN to begin its 59th year on a new 38 acre campus. Enrollment this past years was just under 100 students.

I am also maintaining a file with College Closures Since 2009 for those interested in tracking closures by year.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Brooks Institute, school for the visual arts in Ventura, CA, will be closing

Arlene Martinez and Jean Cowden Moore reported for the Ventura County Star that Brooks Institute , a school for the visual arts, will be closing in October 2016.

The institution was initially founded by Ernest H. Brooks as Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 1945.  The Brooks family retained ownership until 1999 when the school was sold to Career Education Corporation.  It opened a site in Ventura, CA in 2002.  The name was changed in 2007 to Brooks Institute.  Christine Lin, founder and owner of gphomestay purchased Brooks in 2015.

Brooks Institute enrolled roughly 350 students and offered a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography, Film and Video Production, Graphic Design or Visual Journalism.  There was also a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and a Master of Science in Scientific and Technology Imaging.

I am also maintaining a file with College Closures Since 2009 for those interested in tracking closures by year.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Remembering Racine-Kenosha Teachers College, 1917-1970

Dustin Safranek of The Journal Times in Racine, WI reports on efforts by Kenosha County and Racine to train teachers in the early 1900s in, "Former Racine-Kenosha Teachers College celebrating centennial."  The Racine-Kenosha Teachers College operated from 1917-1970 and was one of twenty-one other teachers colleges across the state offering two year programs.  It also had the largest enrollment by the mid-1960s.  The institution closed after a decision by the state legislature in 1971 requiring a four year baccalaureate degree for certification.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cleveland State Community College prepares for 50th Anniversary

Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  The institution was founded in 1967 and currently serves almost 4,000 students.  The anniversary pages include a timeline and reflections of various people involved with founding and nurturing the institution.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Brief History of the founding of East Lansing and Michigan State University

The State News published "History of MSU: East Lansing grows up with its university," on June 29, 2016.  The article by Isaac Constans provides an interesting historical overview of the decision to locate a higher education institution, the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, near the capital of Lansing.  Constans traces the growth of the institution after it opened in 1857 and the city from their humble beginnings.  He also references Michigan Female College, founded in 1855.

Cambria-Rowe Business College will Close

David Hurst of The Tribune Democrat and Sean Yoder of the Indiana Gazette reported this week that Cambria-Rowe Business College will be closing.  The institution was founded by D.I. Rowe in 1891.  It merged with Cambria Business College in 1927 and more recently opened a campus in Indiana, PA in 1992.
I am also maintaining a file with College Closures Since 2009 for those interested in tracking closures by year.