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50 Years of History: 1971-2021

For 50 years, Cambridge College has grown from almost 100 working adult students to an alumni community of over 38,000.  Journey with us as we look back at where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, and those individuals who helped us get there. Check back over the course of our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration — to see more historic photos, news clippings and information. 

1971-1975

 

Founded in 1971 at Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Massachusetts as the Institute of Open Education (IOE). With an enrollment of 97, IOE offered working adults a chance at earning a Master of Philosophy in Education.

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The first commencement for the Institute of Open Education is held in 1972.

 


 

The Institute of Open Education becomes affiliated with Antioch University of Ohio and becomes IOE/Antioch Graduate Center in 1973.

 

The Institute of Open Education is incorporated on May 24, 1974 as an independent institute of Antioch College located in Cambridge, MA. 

 

The Human Social Service Program begins in 1975.

 

 

1976-1980

In 1976, the Pre-Master’s program (later called the Academic Preparation Program) launched for non-BA students. It would require one term of foundational work, then transition into a Master’s program.

 

 

Institute of Open Education establishes their Northampton location at 38 Gothic Street in 1977. 

 


 

 

The Career Transitions Program begins in 1978.

 

 

Eileen Moran Brown becomes Dean after Joan Goldsmith leaves in 1979.

 

 

In 1980, Proposition 2 ½ inspires improved offerings in Education: Math Institute; collaboration with Title IV to train paraprofessionals.

 


1981-1985

Our name is changed to Cambridge College which becomes a free-standing, fully-accredited college in 1981.

 

In 1981, the Pre-Master’s Program becomes the Academic Preparation Program.  It continues to prepare students without an undergraduate degree for graduate study.

 

 

In 1981, the College expands its curriculum to include a Master of Education degree with concentrations in education, counseling psychology, management, and integrated studies.

 


 

1986-1990

The College establishes the Assessment Center in 1986.

 

 

The College opens satellite locations in Beverly, Brockton, and Somerville to offer graduate programs for local teachers in 1987. These are the first site-based Education programs.

 


 

 

 

Cambridge College establishes the Center for Diversity and Change to heighten awareness of diversity in the work place in 1988.

 


 

 

 

In 1989, the first conference is held by the Center for Diversity and Change and co-sponsored by Digital Equipment Corporation.   A diversity benchmarking process is initiated on “best practices in diversity work.”

 


 

 

 

The College opens the Center for Learning and Assessment Services in 1990. 

 

 

In 1990, the Northampton location moves to Springfield and becomes the Springfield campus.

 

 

We launch The Summer Urban Education Program in 1990.  It will later become the National Institute for Teaching Excellence (NITE).  It is a resource for inner-city teachers across the nation.