Council member Goodwin College, in East Hartford, CT, announced in January 2020 that it would be now known as Goodwin University. Established in 1999, the school educates about 3,500 students on its campus along the Connecticut River, awarding associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and also offering various certificate programs
As it reorganizes and re-brands–after planning and discussions that dates back two years–Goodwin University will split its five academic departments into three schools: The School of Nursing and Health Professions; The School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; and the School of Business, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing. By becoming a university, Goodwin could attract more corporations for degree programs or workforce development training. This transition in name is especially relevant abroad, where “college” can refer to high school, while “university” is used when describing higher education institutions. The university hopes that this move will incentivize companies to send employees to degree programs at the university.
“I think it’s important to have folks note that our ability to partner with corporations is very much enhanced by this,” Mark Scheinberg, President of Goodwin, said. “This could be a real game changer.”