Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hickey College in St. Louis Plans to Close

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "Hickey College in St. Louis stops accepting new student applications."  Reporter Kristen Taketa indicates that the institution will close in roughly eighteen months permitting current students to complete their programs.  Taketa also indicates that Hickey was founded in 1933 by Dr. Margaret Hickey.  The institution is currently owned by Bradford Schools, Inc. of Pittsburgh, PA. 

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, 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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hopwood Hall at Lynchburg College is Recognized

Reporter Christopher Cole explores the early history of Lynchburg College in an article published by The News & Advance, "Lynchburg College's Hopwood Hall joins Virginia Landmarks Register."  Hopwood Hall was completed in 1909 and continues to serve as the largest academic building on the campus.

The institution was founded six years earlier in 1903 as Virginia Christian College.  The name was changed to Lynchburg College in 1919 and will be changed again this next year to Lynchburg University.

Arkansas's Southland College Featured: First Higher Education Institution for Blacks west of Mississippi River

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an interesting article on Southland College, "Little left of school in Delta," with reporting by Bill Bowdin.  Southland was supported by Quakers and opened in 1925 as Helena Orphan Asylum.  Initially schooling was provided for the children and a normal program was added to prepare teachers after 1869.  The Southland College name was adopted after 1873 and the institution was the first higher education for blacks west of the Mississippi River.  Southland College ultimately closed in 1925.
Bowdin notes that the University of Arkansas archives offer an extensive digital exhibit, "Lives Transformed: the People of Southland College," featuring photographs and first-person accounts documenting the impact of the institution.
A History of Southland College published in 1906 by the Indiana Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is available at the Internet Archive.  The booklet includes a number of historic images of buildings and people associated with the institution.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

150th Anniversary Celebration begins for Peru State College

Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska is celebrating the sesquicentennial of its founding in 1867.  The institution opened as Nebraska State Normal school. The name changed to Nebraska State Teacher's College at Peru in 1921 and to Peru State Teachers College in 1949. Then in 1978, it became Peru State College.
The Omaha World-Herald published an article on the milestone, "'Nebraska's First College': Peru State kicks off 150th birthday celebration this weekend," by Dan Sullivan on June 16, 2017.  Sullivan also serves as the author of a sesquicentennial history, Nebraska’s First College:  Shaping the Future since 1867 that can be ordered on the college web site.
An interesting 5:31 minute audio segment reporting on Peru State's history and the 150th anniversary is available on Nebraska's public radio NET News, "Peru State College Ready to Celebrate 150 Years in Southeast Nebraska."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Everett Community College: Celebrating 75th Anniversary

The Everett, WA Herald published an interesting editorial, "In teaching students, EvCC built a community," focusing on the history and contributions of Everett Community College.  EvCC celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1941 this week.  The institution serves more than 19,000 students each year through seven learning centers located throughout Snohomish County.  EvCC is also one of  thirty-four community and technical colleges administered by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
The college also offers a Voices of EvCC page with links to a number of oral history recordings from several years ago

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Honoring the Service of Sister Joel Read at Alverno College

The Alverno College Archives (@AlvernoArchives) issued an invitation to an exhibit on the campus dedicated to the life of Sister Joel Read who served as president of the college from 1968-2003.  She was widely known across the higher education community for her leadership.

The archives also prepared a companion document, "Remembering Sister Joel Read, S.S.S.F.," with 32 pages of images and text representing key aspects of her service to students at Alverno, the School Sisters of Saint Francis, the people of Milwaukee, and many others across the country. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jones College in Jacksonville, FL announces it will be Closing


Tessa Duvall reports for The Florida Times-Union that "Jones College closing after 99 years in Jacksonville."  Duvall indicates that the institution has submitted a teachout plan for existing students.

The institution was founded in 1918 as Mrs. Jones School.  It was known as Jones Business College in the 1940s.  The name was changed to Jones College after 1963. Jones operated schools in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale as well as Atlanta, Memphis and Charlotte, N.C. by the late 1970s as the Jones College System. However, by 2005 the primary campuses were located in Jacksonville and Miami.

Jones was a proprietary institution initially but operated as a non-profit after 1947 when it received a state charter as a degree granting institution.

Duvall's article includes a timeline of key dates in the Jones College history.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, 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.