A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Note: This issue of Campus Update includes news that colleges and universities reported primarily during November 2020–January 2021. Because the coronavirus epidemic continues to affect campus operations, institutions may have adjusted their operations and future plans since then.

Celebrating Achievements

In November 2020, the Rhodes Trust announced the 32 Americans chosen out of a pool of 953 applicants as the Class of 2021 Rhodes Scholars. A Lafayette College (PA) senior studying international affairs, Victoria Puglia, was named as a Rhodes Scholar. With the scholarship, she will pursue master’s degrees in both refugee and forced migration studies and in global governance and diplomacy at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Puglia is the second Lafayette student to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

In December, the British government named the recipients of the 2021 Marshall Scholarships, awarded to U.S. college students and recent graduates for graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Of the 46 undergraduate students selected from 1,190 candidates, three are from CIC member institutions. Ann Monk, a senior majoring in international relations and global Islamic studies at Connecticut College, will pursue research in diaspora studies and international development at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London; and University College London. Matthew Salah, a Swarthmore College (PA) senior majoring in economics and political science, will pursue a master’s program in ecological economics at the University of Leeds. Leah Trotman, an international relations major and public health minor at Agnes Scott College (GA), will pursue a master’s degree in health and international development at the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in Caribbean and Latin American studies at University College London.

The Institute of International Education released its 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange in November; the Open Doors data on study abroad come from 2018–2019 and thus pre-date the coronavirus. Several CIC member institutions topped the list of colleges with the highest undergraduate participation rates in study abroad. Agnes Scott College (GA), Arcadia University (PA), Butler University (IN), Calvin University (MI), Carroll University (WI), Cedar Crest College (PA), Centenary College of Louisiana, Centre College (KY), DePauw University (IN), Earlham College (IN), Eckerd College (FL), Hollins University (VA), Lee University (TN), Pepperdine University (CA), Principia College (IL), Rollins College (FL), Saint Mary’s College of California, University of Dallas (TX), St. Olaf College (MN), University of Denver (CO), and Wofford College (SC) ranked among the top ten on the lists of baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral-level institutions.

The National Park Service announced in November the first eight community sites to be included in the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. Launched in March 2020, the network will connect sites across the country that provide education, interpretation, and research about the era (1861–1900). The new sites include several historic Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) created during Reconstruction, a site managed by the South Carolina State Park system that interprets the stories of freedom and tenant farming, and a school created shortly after the Civil War to provide education to the formerly enslaved. Three of the eight sites are CIC member institutions: Benedict College (SC), Claflin University (SC), and Voorhees College (SC).

In December, the White House announced the appointment of 18 members of the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, designed to promote patriotic education across America. Larry P. Arnn, Hillsdale College (MI) president, served as chair of the commission, and Jerry C. Davis, College of the Ozarks (MO) president, served as a member.

In January 2021, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, appointed six members of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) whose terms will expire in September 2026. NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education on the establishment and enforcement of academic accreditation standards and on the eligibility and certification process for higher education institutions. One of the six members is Benedict College (SC) President Roslyn Clark Artis, who was nominated by Congressman James E. Clyburn.

Hamline University (MN) President Fayneese Miller assumed the leadership of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III President’s Council in January when she began her service as chair. Division III is the NCAA’s largest division—comprising nearly 40 percent of the organization’s total membership, including 353 private institutions. Miller served as vice chair of the Division III Presidents Council in 2019 and has held NCAA leadership positions since 2016.

In January, NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education announced the winners of the Virtual Innovation Awards: Excellence in Delivering Virtual Student Services. The award provides a total of $255,000 to ten higher education institutions that demonstrate exemplary academic, financial, and community-building services to students. Bay Path University (MA) was one of only three schools to receive the top award of $50,000 for its holistic approach to virtual services.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) announced in December the 2020 winners of its annual Sustainability Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements and progress toward environmental, social, and economic health. AASHE named 11 winners, and one honorable mention, from 450 submissions across four award categories. Nan Jenks-Jay, a leading voice for the environment and sustainability in higher education who recently retired as the dean of environmental affairs at Middlebury College (VT), received the Lifetime Achievement Award. A collaborative renewable energy project among Dickinson College, Lafayette College (PA), Lehigh University, and Muhlenberg College (PA) received a Campus Sustainability Achievement Award. And Joshua Long, Joanna Mendez, Keara Hudler, Lilly Dennis, and Nataley Ford of Southwestern University (TX) and Muriel DiNella of the University of Sydney received the Campus Sustainability Research Award for their joint work on intersectional sustainability and student activism.

In January, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the education technology firm Cengage announced 13 recipients of the AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes “college and university presidents whose outstanding leadership to advance liberal education has resulted in reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and reformed hiring practices to promote greater diversity.” Five of the 13 recipients are CIC member presidents: Roslyn Clark Artis of Benedict College (SC); Harry E. Dumay of Elms College (MA); Walter M. Kimbrough of Dillard University (LA); Ivy R. Taylor of Rust College (MS); and Dwaun J. Warmack of Claflin University (SC).

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The historic Ford Auditorium at Berry College (GA) earned global recognition in the Architecture MasterPrize 2020 Architectural Design competition in the category of restoration and renovation. The recently christened Betty Anne Rouse Bell Recital Hall underwent a $6.3 million renovation, resulting in a world-class performance space for Berry’s fine arts program. Originally constructed in 1928 at the direction of automaker Henry Ford, the recital hall is part of the Ford Complex, a series of English Gothic style buildings on the Berry College campus. (Photo credit: Brant Sanderlin/Berry College)

In November, Furman University’s (SC) Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was named an Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, a group of more than 250 universities. Other recipients of the award were Boston University, Eastern Washington University, and Smith College. The centers were judged on early success, engagement with stakeholders, an established management team, novel approaches, and clearly established goals.

Stetson University (FL) students Abby Jagos and Zachary Blum won first place during the 18th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. The international competition, regarded by many as the premier undergraduate competition in business ethics, invited 30 teams from public and private business schools hailing from the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. The virtual event was hosted by the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.

Creating Partnerships

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A multidimensional partnership to launch the Propel Center was announced in January; the global Atlanta, Georgia-based center will support innovative learning and development for HBCUs nationwide. The Propel Center will be both a physical and virtual campus that will provide HBCUs with shared resources to connect students to technology curriculum, cultural thought leaders, entrepreneurship skills development, and accelerator programs, with a focus on social justice and equity. The physical campus will be at the Atlanta University Center, a consortium made up of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. The center was imagined and designed by Ed Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing education through technology—with Apple and Southern Company supporting the project as founding partners. (Image credit: Propel Center)

In November, a cohort of six higher education institutions announced the establishment of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA), which aims to address racial inequities at liberal arts colleges. Among the six founding members are the presidents of DePauw University (IN) and Oberlin College (OH); Lori S. White, president of DePauw, spearheads the initiative. Since its founding, LACRELA has expanded quickly; currently, 63 college and university presidents, 40 who lead CIC member institutions, have joined the alliance. LACRELA collaborates with the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center to host monthly virtual meetings focused on racial equity solutions.

In January, Bringing Theory to Practice announced the awardees of its Way Forward grants initiative, which aims to foster creative educational responses to several crises in American society and higher education: systemic racism, the pandemic, and economic inequality. Fifteen proposals—comprising partnerships among more than 50 higher education institutions, consortia, and community organizations—were funded. Of CIC member institutions, Russell Sage College (NY) and Siena College (NY) will partner with SUNY Albany, Hudson Valley Community College, Refugee Welcome Center, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants-Albany, and other organizations on a refugee voice project. Drew University (NJ) and University of San Diego will partner with local communities and with each other on theatre projects. Guilford College (NC) and University of North Carolina, Greensboro will partner to evaluate the Center for New North Carolinians Community Centers. Mars Hill University (NC) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will develop a faculty institute focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Simmons University (MA), Colleges of the Fenway, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Mass Audubon will partner on a climate justice project. And the University of Wisconsin System, Tribal Colleges of Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges & Universities, and Wisconsin Technical College System will collaborate on faculty development opportunities.

In January, students from five colleges and universities—Spring Arbor University (MI), Oberlin College (OH), Cornerstone University (MI), Hamline University (MN), and Bethel University (MN)—participated in a three-week program, Bridging the Gap: Dialogue across Difference. Spring Arbor initially piloted the program with Oberlin in January 2020, resulting in students from two institutions with significant ideological differences finding common ground with their peers. Developed by nationally-renowned facilitator Simon Greer, the program teaches students from different higher education settings skills and approaches to effectively communicate, understand, and solve problems across lines of difference.

In partnership with the International College of Management, Sydney, Emerson College (MA) has launched a new Global BA program in the business of creative enterprises. In the accelerated three-year-plus program, students will study in both Sydney and Boston, with an optional semester at Emerson Los Angeles.

In January, Iowa Wesleyan University and Southeastern Community College announced the approval of the formation of a new public-private partnership, the Southeast Iowa Higher Education Alliance (SIHEA), which is designed to ease student transfer and boost enrollment at both institutions. Through the model, students can take college-level courses in high school and go on to complete an associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree all within the SIHEA system. Under the partnership, both institutions will continue to operate separately.

Westminster College (PA) and Widener University (PA) Commonwealth Law School established a partnership in November that offers Westminster students a faster track toward earning a law degree. Under the 3+3 program, Westminster students can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in just six years, by completing the final 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree at Widener Law Commonwealth while pursuing their law degree.

North Central College (IL) and the Illinois Institute of Technology announced a partnership in January that provides an accelerated pathway for North Central undergraduate students seeking admission into master’s degree programs at Illinois Tech’s Armour College of Engineering. The agreement allows prospective applicants to take upper-level and graduate courses at Illinois Tech while enrolled at North Central, and to consult with Illinois Tech’s office of graduate admissions for advice on preparing applications and meeting requirements for its graduate degrees.

Under a new agreement, students at Fitchburg State University (MA) can now take advantage of new collaborations with Husson University (ME) that will allow them to complete two degrees in less time. Qualifying Fitchburg State students can complete their bachelor’s degrees in biology or chemistry along with a doctor of pharmacy degree, or their bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science along with a doctor of physical therapy degree. While freshmen at Fitchburg State, students will be able to enroll in the accelerated programs and earn an undergraduate degree at that institution in three years; those that qualify will then continue in a doctoral program at Husson.

Pitzer College (CA) recently launched the country’s first “inside-out” bachelor’s degree program for the incarcerated. Under the pilot Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA program, incarcerated men at the California Rehabilitation Center (“inside” students) and “outside” students from the Claremont Colleges attend classes together in prison (or via online video-conferencing during the pandemic) and work toward earning bachelor’s degrees. The program is part of the intercollegiate Justice Education Initiative at the Claremont Colleges, which builds on established partnerships between the consortium’s five undergraduate institutions, which include Pitzer and Scripps Colleges.

Claflin University (SC) and the South Carolina Department of Corrections will partner to offer incarcerated individuals in state prisons bachelor’s degrees at no cost starting this year. Through its Center for Professional and Continuing Studies, Claflin will offer the students degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and organizational management, as well as minors and certificates. The program is part of a federal initiative to help prisoners earn university credentials and develop skills to return to society successfully.

Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and Central Ohio Primary Care recently entered into a multifaceted agreement to enhance the academic opportunities available to students and provide care to members of the campus and neighboring communities. The partnership will culminate with the construction of a 4,700-square-foot comprehensive health care clinic, the Care Forward Center, in Peace Hall. In addition to treating patients, the Care Forward Center will provide ODU students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a health care setting.

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

MacKenzie Scott, novelist and philanthropist, announced a total of $4.2 billion in gifts to 384 colleges, universities, and other nonprofit organizations in December—the second major round of gifts she announced in 2020. Several CIC member institutions received donations in this latest round: Claflin University (SC), $20 million; Clark Atlanta University (GA), $15 million; Dillard University (LA), $5 million; Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA), $15 million; Tougaloo College (MS), $6 million; Voorhees College (SC), $4 million; and Whittier College (CA), $12 million. Scott helped create Amazon with her former husband, Jeff Bezos, and is among the richest women in the world.

In January, Kenyon College (OH) announced that an anonymous donor committed $100 million to fund construction of three apartment-style residence halls on South Campus, each with room for more than 100 students. The three new buildings will complement the college’s iconic Old Kenyon, Hanna, and Leonard residence halls. The college also announced that, separate from the gift, it has met the $300 million goal of its Our Path Forward campaign—five months ahead of schedule—thanks to the individual contributions of more than 17,947 alumni, parents, and friends.

In December, Robert Morris University (PA) announced that its RMU 100: Ready to Rise campaign had brought in nearly $100.3 million—surpassing its fundraising goal a year ahead of schedule during a challenging year. Launched in late 2019 and supported by 14,700 donors to date, the campaign funds scholarships, academic programs, and new facilities. In January, Robert Morris announced that Reed Hastings, founder and co-CEO of Netflix, will give $3 million to the university to fund 20 full scholarships, beginning with students entering the university in fall 2021. The scholarships will be open to applicants from underrepresented groups who wish to pursue careers in technology or mathematics-related fields.

Elizabethtown College (PA) announced in December that it raised $74.5 million through the college’s Be More Inspired campaign, surpassing its increased goal of $60 million. Funded by 12,452 campaign donors, the campaign helped establish 80 new endowments, support 79 existing endowments, and fund numerous facility projects.

Central College (IA) has completed fundraising for the $18 million Forever Dutch initiative—the most ambitious athletics capital initiative in its 167-year history. With the campaign complete, the college is advancing the third phase of the renovation and expansion of its P. H. Kuyper Gymnasium, which will feature a new welcome center, team meeting space, recruitment space, offices, an updated visitor’s locker room, and an upgraded fitness center.

Baylor University (TX) received several large gifts and commitments in the fall. The university announced a $30 million gift commitment from Dan (’89) and Jenni (’92) Hord of Midland, Texas. The couple’s Hord Scholarship Challenge is designed to encourage alumni, parents, and friends to contribute an additional $30 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships in support of Baylor’s Give Light Campaign. Baylor also announced a $2 million gift commitment from the DeBakey Medical Foundation of Houston that will create the Michael E. DeBakey, MD, Selma DeBakey, and Lois DeBakey Chair for Medical Humanities within the college of arts and sciences. In addition, a $1.5 million gift commitment from an anonymous alumnus will help establish a new endowed faculty position within the Hankamer School of Business, honoring Dean Terry S. Maness, on his years of service and upcoming retirement.

In November, Wilmington College (OH) announced a record-breaking gift for the campus during its 150th year—$16.8 million from the estate of an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous. The bequest will be used to increase the college’s endowment. The donor, who graduated in the 1950s, was a lifelong supporter of the college.

In January, Colby-Sawyer College (NH) received the largest gift in its 183-year history—a $10.2 million investment by longtime supporters William and Sonja Carlson (’56) Davidow. Most of the funds will benefit the college’s endowment; a portion will support endowed faculty chairs, scholarships, and improvements to the Davidow Center for Art + Design. Matching contributions may bring the full impact of the gift to $15 million.

Walt (’63) and Rowena Phillips (’63) Shaw, founders of Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc., broke Asbury University’s (KY) record for the largest single gift in its 130-year history when they donated $10 million to Asbury’s Ignited Campaign. The gift completed funding for a new Collaborative Learning Center on Asbury’s campus and will advance the university’s STEM and business initiatives.

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Muhlenberg College (PA) recently received a $7.5 million gift from an anonymous alumnus and his wife—the largest personal gift in the college’s 172-year history. The donation will support two capital projects: the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot building for student programming and academic space, and the expansion and enhancement of the J. Conrad and Hazel J. Seegers Union. (Pictured: A rendering of Muhlenberg’s new building. Image credit: Re:Vision Architecture)

Loyola University Maryland recently announced that Anna and James Lambdin (’83) have selected the university as the beneficiary of $6.3 million from their estate. Their bequest gift will support fellowships for graduate students in the Sellinger School of Business and Management and provide fellowship assistance for graduate students in the speech-language-hearing sciences department in Loyola College of Arts and Sciences.

Hampshire College (MA) announced in November a $5 million investment in its Change in the Making campaign by Paula H. and James S. Crown (’71). The Crowns will match donations from fellow alumni through a Founders Challenge that aims to raise significant support from the college’s first five entering classes of 1970–1975 in honor of Hampshire’s 50th anniversary year.

In November, Rider University (NJ) broke ground on a new wing of its science and technology center and announced a $4 million leadership gift from Michael J. Hennessy (’82) in support of the project. The university plans to name the building the Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center once the project is completed in January 2022.

Grove City College (PA) received a $4 million unrestricted gift from alumnus Richard G. Staley (’62), a successful entrepreneur and generous benefactor. In recognition of Staley’s long history of support, the college will rename the Hall of Arts & Letters, a classroom building that serves as the home of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters, as the Staley Hall of Arts & Letters at commencement in 2021.

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In December, Alvernia University (PA) received a $4 million grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to renovate its newly secured downtown Reading location, which is the centerpiece of the Reading CollegeTowne education and economic redevelopment initiative. The grant award is the largest in the university’s 62-year history. (Rendering courtesy of Alvernia University)

In November, Nichols College (MA) received a $2 million contribution toward its endowment from a global financial services leader who wishes to remain anonymous. Funds generated from the gift will support scholarships for local students and a variety of academic initiatives.

In January, Manchester University (IN) announced an estate gift of $1.5 million to establish the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Professorship in Music. John Hamer (’48), a former physician who died in 2019 at age 95, and Esther Hamer (’50) a former nurse who lives in North Manchester, always valued a liberal arts education. The alumni couple helped to identify the often fatal disease of Lassa fever in the 1960s while serving as medical missionaries in Nigeria.

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous recently made a $1 million contribution to Bridgewater College (VA) to honor his close friend—A. Edward “Ed” Burgess (’62), a Bridgewater alumnus who passed away in February 2020—and to help lower the cost of attendance for students, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift has been divided between two funds: $900,000 established the A. Edward Burgess Current Scholarship Fund, from which scholarships will be distributed over several years according to student need; and $100,000 established the A. Edward Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund, which is permanently invested in the college’s endowment and will award scholarships from investment earnings.

Landmark College (VT), which enrolls neurodiverse students who learn differently, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation. The five-year matching grant will support the college’s efforts to sustain and expand its online dual-enrollment courses, which offer neurodivergent students uniquely engineered college courses as they prepare for the transition to higher education.

In December, Franklin College (IN) announced a $1 million commitment from Johnson Memorial Health (JMH) to construct the Johnson Memorial Health Athletics Annex. The annex will be an indoor multi-use facility for use by the baseball and softball teams, men’s and women’s golf, and other sports. The college and JMH have partnered on numerous initiatives, including the creation of the college’s Graduate Health Sciences Center.

New Institutes, Programs, and Majors

Building on the legacy of the college’s Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding by expanding its mission to consider the many religious traditions in the world, Muhlenberg College (PA) recently established the Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding. The institute aims to help both the Muhlenberg campus and the wider community learn how to examine, analyze, and publicly discuss the world’s many religious traditions productively and without judgement.

Mary Baldwin University (VA) will begin enrolling students in a new doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program in its Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in August 2021. Students will pursue specialization as either a family nurse practitioner or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, both of which are in high demand.

The College of St. Scholastica (MN) will begin offering an online doctorate in educational leadership program this summer. The program is designed for current and aspiring leaders in sectors such as education, health care, government, and social work and emphasizes service, social justice, and equity.

Mount Mary University (WI) will offer a PhD program in counselor education and supervision beginning this fall. The hybrid program is open to licensed professional counselors, school and rehabilitation counselors, and other master’s-level mental health professionals and will prepare students for professional practice in multicultural settings.

Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI) recently launched an online MS program in counseling psychology with a concentration in school counseling. Designed for Neighbor Island students, the first-of-its-kind program in Hawai‘i is designed to meet a significant need for licensed school counselors at public schools across the islands.

Bethel University (MN) will offer a new master of social work program in two phases over the next two years. Beginning in fall 2021, students with a degree other than a bachelor of social work will be able to complete the full MSW program in 24 months. Beginning in summer 2022, students with a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited institution will be able to complete an MSW in just 15 months.

La Salle University (PA) will launch a master of social work program in fall 2021—complementing its undergraduate program in the same course of study. The MSW program will offer a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid courses and will be available in part- and full-time tracks. The latter, an accelerated model, can be completed in as little as two semesters by advanced-standing students.

Cornell College (IA) kicked off its MFA in creative writing program online in December. The two-year, low-residency program is designed for writers who want to continue to work while earning their master’s degree. The faculty includes published writers who push boundaries and work in multiple genres and fields.

The University of New Haven’s (CT) Pompea College of Business has launched an online master of science program in esports business. One of the first programs of its kind in North America, the program examines esports governance, corruption and integrity, digital marketing, and athlete health and wellness.

In December, Culver-Stockton College’s (MO) Division of Business, Education, and Law announced a new agribusiness management major that is designed to prepare students for employment in fields such as agribusiness finance, international agriculture, agricultural marketing, resource economics, rural development, and agricultural lending. In January, the division announced five additional bachelor’s degrees—in digital marketing, esports and gaming administration, human resources management, professional sales, and supply chain management—that will be offered in partnership with the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium. All of the new majors will be offered beginning in fall 2021.

Spartanburg Methodist College (SC) recently announced the debut of a bachelor of arts in business administration degree, which will begin in fall 2021. The four-year degree program will offer students four tracks to choose from: accounting and finance; economics and finance; marketing and sales; or management and entrepreneurship.

McDaniel College (MD) recently added a National Security Fellows Program that offers students from any major the opportunity to take courses on national security and specialize in an area of interest, such as interstate conflict, intra-state political violence, cybersecurity, ethics, and human rights. The fellowship pairs with any program of study, supplementing students’ majors and minors with a credential relevant to their career.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

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Transylvania University (KY) opened its new W. T. Young Campus Center in fall 2020. A mix of new construction and renovation of the previous student center, the $30 million facility bridges the residential and academic sides of campus. The center hosts student life services, event and meetings spaces, dining facilities, a swimming pool and exercise rooms, a bookstore, hearth room, and more. (Photo courtesy of Transylvania University)

Thiel College (PA) kicked off the first phase of $16 million in construction projects on campus in November. A substantial renovation of the Rhodehouse Science Building and the Academic Center, the largest academic building on campus, will create innovative lab and classroom spaces for two of the college’s master’s programs—the speech language pathology program and the physician assistant studies program. Also scheduled are improvements in the Bane, Stewart, and Sawhill residence halls and investments in athletics.

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Kalmia Gardens of Coker University (SC) recently celebrated the completion of a new observation platform. The accessible platform overlooks the Black Creek Bluff––a beautiful, steep part of the gardens—and allows visitors to feel immersed in the green space without having to navigate challenging terrain. The 35-acre public botanical garden contains the Thomas E. Hart historic house and the Joslin Education Center along with access to woodlands, wetlands, and nature trails. (Photo courtesy of Coker University)

Campus Name Changes and Expansions

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Trine University (IN) announced in December that it has received approval to operate an education center in Phoenix, Arizona. The facility will offer hybrid courses within the MBA, MS in engineering management, MS in information services, and MS in business analytics programs. Classes will meet in-person once per term, with the rest taking place online. (Photo courtesy of Trine University)

Beginning with the fall 2020 semester, Russell Sage College, Sage College of Albany, and Sage Graduate Schools united under a single name: Russell Sage College (NY), one college with two co-educational campuses in Albany and Troy.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO) changed its name in the fall to University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. The university includes both St. Louis College of Pharmacy, which houses its doctor of pharmacy program, and the College of Arts and Sciences, which houses its undergraduate programs.

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