General Information

Our Mission

The mission of Goodwin College is to educate a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce, and community. Our innovative programs of study prepare students for professional careers while promoting lifelong learning and civic responsibility. As a nurturing college community, we challenge students, faculty, staff, and administration to fully realize their highest academic, professional, and personal potential.

Purposes:

  1. To create a dynamic educational environment that prepares for and advances students in professional careers while developing an appreciation for the humanities, arts, and sciences.
  2. To educate students in an environment that celebrates diverse cultures, ages, experiences and opinions.
  3. To refine methods that support and retain undergraduate and graduate students.
  4. To adapt our programs to the changing needs of our student body, the workforce, and society.
  5. To enrich our local and global communities by forming and sustaining collaborative relationships that create educational, economic, and cultural benefits.
  6. To assist our graduates with identifying and securing professional opportunities.
  7. To provide students with frameworks for making ethical decisions and conducting themselves with professional integrity.

History

Goodwin College was founded in 1999 with the goal of transforming the former Data Institute, a small business technology training center, into a regional force for economic development and educational access. In the years that followed, founder Mark Scheinberg led the nonprofit college as it earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). In 2016, the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education approved the College to offer two master of science programs.

Within its first ten years, Goodwin College garnered an impressive list of milestones, including the development of one of Connecticut’s leading nursing programs, approval to offer bachelor’s degrees, and the construction of a new campus on the Connecticut River in East Hartford. The campus, built on a remediated brownfield, is often cited as the standard for smart growth and has won design and environmental awards, including “Project of the Year” from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA), the leading economic development organization in the northeast.

Goodwin has consistently made a priority of serving a student population that is often under-served in Connecticut’s higher education system. Of over 3,000 students, more than half are first-generation college students, and the student body reflects the diversity of the Hartford metropolitan area. The College’s career-focused programs lead to strong employment outcomes for its graduates who secure employment in their chosen field or advance their education.

Regional Accreditation

Goodwin College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Regional accreditation by the Commission indicates that the institution of higher education meets or exceeds criteria that establishes institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also confirmed through the accreditation process.

Regional accreditation applies to the whole institution, and is not a guarantee for every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates; rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

Burlington, MA 01803-4514

(781) 425-7785

Email: cihe@neasc.org

College Hours

The Admissions and Administrative personnel are typically available from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, with some offices closing at 5pm on Fridays, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Holiday hours vary and are posted on the College website (www.goodwin.edu).

Cancellation of Classes Due to Inclement Weather or Other Emergencies

The administration carefully considers student safety, weather reports, and the ability to clear campus parking when deciding on inclement weather closings. Every effort is made to post closings by 7 a.m. for day classes and 3 p.m. for evening classes, but allowances must be made for changing weather and road conditions. Announcements are posted on:

Channel 3 WFSB - TV
Channel 30 WVIT - TV
Channel 61 WTIC - TV FOX CT

Students can also check the homepage of the College website (www.goodwin.edu), Facebook, and Twitter or call 860-528-4111 for updates. Goodwin College does not use the campus emergency notification system for weather closings.

When classes are canceled, individual faculty members may opt to conduct class online or hold a scheduled make-up session. Students are responsible for checking Blackboard and their Goodwin email regularly, particularly on days when classes are canceled, to learn of any alternate arrangements. If a canceled class is rescheduled, a student who is unable to attend will not be penalized for non-attendance but is still responsible for the work missed.

Frequently Called Numbers

A complete employee directory is located on the College website: https://www.goodwin.edu/directory/.

Toll Free Telephone 1-800-889-3282
Direct Fax: (860) 291-9550
General Information: (860) 528-4111
Directions to Campus: (860) 528-4111
Academics/Registrar: (860) 727-6708
Bookstore (860) 727-6722
Business Office: (860) 727-6784
Financial Aid: (860) 727-6723
International Programs: (860) 913-2227
Library (860) 727-6782
Repayment Solutions: (860) 913-2125
Academic Departments:
Nursing Department (860) 727-6911
Business, Management, and Advanced Manufacturing Department (860) 913-2038