Nickelodeon is an American pay television network, launched on December 1, 1977 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by Viacom through its Viacom Media Networks division's Nickelodeon Group unit and is based in New York City, it broadcasts from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. It is aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17; the channel was first tested as Pinwheel on December 1, 1977. Pinwheel was at the time only available on QUBE, the first two-way major market interactive cable television system, owned by Warner Cable. Pinwheel relaunched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, expanded to other cable providers nationwide, it was commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984. Warner sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986; as of January 2016, the channel is available to about 92.056 million households in the United States. The channel's name comes from the first five cent movie theaters called nickelodeons.
Its history dates back to December 1, 1977, when Warner Cable Communications launched the first two-way interactive cable system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Under the name Pinwheel Network, the C-3 cable channel carried Pinwheel daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Nickelodeon launched on April 1, 1979 distributed to Warner Cable systems via satellite on the RCA Satcom-1 transponder. Commercial-free, advertising was introduced in January 1984. Nickelodeon's schedule consists of original series aimed at children, pre-teens and young teenagers, including animated series, to live-action comedy and action series, as well as series aimed at preschoolers, it airs reruns of select original series that have ended their runs, as well as occasional original made-for-TV movies. It aired bi-monthly special editions of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, a newsmagazine series aimed at children that debuted in 1992 as a weekly series which ended in 2015. Nicktoons is the branding for Nickelodeon's original animated television series.
Until 1991, the animated series that aired on Nickelodeon were imported from foreign countries, some original animated specials were featured on the channel up to that point. Original animated series continue to make up a substantial portion of Nickelodeon's lineup, with 6 to 7 hours of these programs airing on the weekday schedule and around nine hours on weekends, including a five-hour weekend morning animation block. Since the late 2000s, after the channel struck a deal with DreamWorks Animation in 2006 to develop the studio's animated films into weekly series, the network has begun to incorporate Nicktoons that use three-dimensional computer animation in addition to those that are produced through traditional or digital ink and paint. Nickelodeon does not air direct-to-video movies on a regular basis; the channel airs feature films produced by the network's Nickelodeon Movies film production division. Although the film division bears the Nickelodeon brand name, the channel does not have access to most of the movies produced by its film unit.
Nickelodeon does have broadcast rights to most feature films based on or that served as the basis for original series produced by it. Nickelodeon advertises hour-long episodes of its original series as movies. Nickelodeon periodically acquires theatrically released feature films for broadcast on the channel including Universal's Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, several Monster High films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever, with the Barbie and Monster High films aired under a brokered format in which Mattel purchases the time in order to promote the release of their films on DVD within a few days of the Nickelodeon premiere, an arrangement possible as Nickelodeon does not have to meet the Federal Communications Commission rules which disallow th
Arcadia University is a private university in Glenside, Pennsylvania. A master's university by Carnegie Classification, the university has a co-educational student population of 4,000; the university was ranked 42nd in the Regional Universities North category by U. S. News & World Report in 2017; the 76-acre campus features a National Historic Landmark. Arcadia University was founded in Pennsylvania in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary. By 1872, it had attained collegiate status, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was named Beaver College; the school admitted men from 1872 to 1907 limited enrollment to women until 1972. In 1925, Beaver College moved east to Jenkintown and changed its religious affiliation to Presbyterian Church. In 1928, the school acquired the Harrison estate in Glenside, including Grey Towers Castle, the location of the current campus; the college operated both the Jenkintown and Glenside campuses until 1962, when it consolidated all activities to the Glenside campus.
Some significant changes came in 1973, when the college launched its first graduate programs and began admitting men again. The rise of the internet, with systems designed to filter out sexually explicit material blocked access to the college's website. A research found that because of its name, the institution appealed to 30% fewer prospective students. In June 2001, trustees voted to change the name. In July 2001, upon attaining university status, Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia University. Today, Arcadia University operates on the main Glenside campus, at academic centers and offices around the world, in Christiana, where the university's Department of Medical Science opened a campus in 2006. From 2013 to 2017, the university was led by Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph. D., appointed as the university's 21st president on Oct. 11, 2013. After Christiansen's departure Hank Brown was named interim president of the university in June 2017. In January 2018 the university announced Dr. Ajay Nair as its incoming president.
The university offers more than 80 fields of study in its undergraduate programs. Undergraduate majors are offered in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Global Business. There is an option for students to propose self-designed majors, which may consist of courses offered in Glenside and through study abroad. Graduate and professional studies at Arcadia University range from liberal arts to professional, doctoral level to workshops. Arcadia's international perspective is reflected in programs such as its accelerated part-time MBA with a Global Perspective, its Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, its Doctor of Physical Therapy program; the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, ranked second in Pennsylvania and 20th in the nation by U. S. News & World Report in 2016, provides international opportunities for pro bono work in locations such as England, Jamaica and Peru. Additionally, there are clinical sites offered across the country in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.
S. Arcadia's Master's program in Forensic Science is accredited by FEPAC, faculty are certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology; the university is known for its study abroad programs. In its 2016 Open Doors report, the Institute of International Education ranked Arcadia No. 1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad experiences at a master's level college or university. This was the seventh year the university earned this top ranking, it has been in the top ten since 2004; the 2014-15 data from Open Doors shows 800 undergraduates studying abroad in that year, which—compared to a total of 482 graduating students—yields an estimated 166% participation rate. Additionally, 60 percent of first-year students participate in an overseas educational experience during Spring break. In addition to sending a high percentage of its own students abroad, the university runs a number of programs that are open to students of other universities.
The College of Global Studies, given the status of a college in 2009, runs over 130 programs, which serve students from over 300 universities yearly. TCGS programs operate in Australia, Cuba, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales; as of 2016, The College offers classroom space and administrative services in Arcadia Centers Abroad, located in 9 sites: Athens, Cape Town, Edinburgh, London and Rome. In 2014, Arcadia University entered into a strategic academic alliance with Global Pathways Institute in Mumbai, India; the alliance provides a pathway for students in India to begin their college career in India and finish it at Arcadia University, or at other universities in the U. S. In affiliation with the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Arcadia University offers a two-year Master's program in International Relations and Diplomacy, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and located in Paris. In 2005, Arcadia University allied with IFSA-Butler to form the Alliance for Global Education.
The Alliance for Global Education is still a thriving organization, specializing in sending students to India and other Asian countries. Arcadia University teams compete in the NCAA Division III within the MAC Commonwealth of the Middle Atlantic Conferences. Men's sports teams include baseball, cross country, lacrosse, swimming and volley
Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, it is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Although founded as a school to educate Native Americans in Christian theology and the English way of life, Dartmouth trained Congregationalist ministers throughout its early history; the university secularized, by the turn of the 20th century it had risen from relative obscurity into national prominence as one of the top centers of higher education. Following a liberal arts curriculum, the university provides undergraduate instruction in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs including 57 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, enables students to design specialized concentrations or engage in dual degree programs. Dartmouth comprises five constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.
The university has affiliations with the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, the Rockefeller Institute for Public Policy, the Hopkins Center for the Arts. With a student enrollment of about 6,400, Dartmouth is the smallest university in the Ivy League. Undergraduate admissions is competitive, with an acceptance rate of 7.9% for the Class of 2023. Situated on a terrace above the Connecticut River, Dartmouth's 269-acre main campus is in the rural Upper Valley region of New England; the university functions on a quarter system, operating year-round on four ten-week academic terms. Dartmouth is known for its undergraduate focus, strong Greek culture, wide array of enduring campus traditions, its 34 varsity sports teams compete intercollegiately in the Ivy League conference of the NCAA Division I. Dartmouth is included among the highest-ranked universities in the United States by several institutional rankings, has been cited as a leading university for undergraduate teaching and research by U. S. News & World Report.
In 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education listed Dartmouth as the only "majority-undergraduate," "arts-and-sciences focused," "doctoral university" in the country that has "some graduate coexistence" and "very high research activity." In a New York Times corporate study, Dartmouth graduates ranked 41st in terms of the most sought-after and valued in the world. The university has produced many prominent alumni, including 170 members of the U. S. Senate and the U. S. House of Representatives, 24 U. S. governors, 10 billionaire alumni, 10 U. S. Cabinet secretaries, 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 U. S. Supreme Court justices, a U. S. vice president. Other notable alumni include 79 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholarship recipients, 13 Pulitzer Prize winners, numerous MacArthur Genius fellows, Fulbright Scholars, CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 corporations, high-ranking U. S. diplomats, scholars in academia and media figures, professional athletes, Olympic medalists. Dartmouth was founded by Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Columbia, who had sought to establish a school to train Native Americans as Christian missionaries.
Wheelock's ostensible inspiration for such an establishment resulted from his relationship with Mohegan Indian Samson Occom. Occom became an ordained minister after studying under Wheelock from 1743 to 1747, moved to Long Island to preach to the Montauks. Wheelock founded Moor's Indian Charity School in 1755; the Charity School proved somewhat successful, but additional funding was necessary to continue school's operations, Wheelock sought the help of friends to raise money. The first major donation to the school was given by Dr. John Phillips in 1762, who would go on to found Phillips Exeter Academy. Occom, accompanied by the Reverend Nathaniel Whitaker, traveled to England in 1766 to raise money from churches. With these funds, they established a trust to help Wheelock; the head of the trust was a Methodist named William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth. Although the fund provided Wheelock ample financial support for the Charity School, Wheelock had trouble recruiting Indians to the institution because its location was far from tribal territories.
In seeking to expand the school into a college, Wheelock relocated it to Hanover, in the Province of New Hampshire. The move from Connecticut followed a lengthy and sometimes frustrating effort to find resources and secure a charter; the Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, provided the land upon which Dartmouth would be built and on December 13, 1769, issued a royal charter in the name of King George III establishing the College. That charter created a college "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land in reading, writing & all parts of Learning which shall appear necessary and expedient for civilizing & christianizing Children of Pagans as well as in all liberal Arts and Sciences and of English Youth and any others." The reference to educating Native American youth was included to connect Dartmouth to the Charity School and enable use of the Charity School's unspent trust funds. Named for William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth—an important supporter of Eleazar Wheelock's earlier efforts but who, in fact, opposed creation of the College and never donated to it—Dartmouth is the nation's ninth oldest college and the last institution of higher learning established under Colonial rule.
The College granted its first degrees in 1771. Given the limited success of the Charity School, Wheelock intended his ne
The Adventures of Pete & Pete
The Adventures of Pete & Pete is an American comedy television series created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi for Nickelodeon. It centers around two brothers, both named Pete Wrigley, their humorous and surreal adventures in suburbia among their eccentric friends and neighbors; the Adventures of Pete & Pete began on Nickelodeon in 1989 as minute-long shorts that aired as interstitials. Owing to the popularity of the shorts, five half-hour specials were made, followed by a regular half-hour series that ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1996. Reruns of the shorts and the shows now run on TeenNick as part of their block NickSplat on October 5, 2015. Jason Ankeny of AllMusic called the series "the greatest children's show ever", while IGN called it "one of the most well-written kids shows ever"; the first two seasons were released on DVD in 2005. Pete & Pete is set in the town of Wellsville. License plates in the show refer to "The Sideburn State." An allusion to its location comes during "When Petes Collide", when the Petes' father runs four hours to the Canadian border to get rid of his bowling ball, Rolling Thunder.
Certain parts of Wellsville were fictionalized for the purposes of the show. The show was filmed in South Orange, New Jersey, with location shots done in a variety of other spots around northern New Jersey, including the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey; the exteriors of Pete & Pete's house were filmed on Melrose Place in New Jersey. The football field used for various episodes is that of Bayonne High School in New Jersey; the fictional Wellsville High School's mascot is a squid. Big Pete Wrigley The show's narrator, Big Pete acts as a voice of reason in contrast to the strange occurrences and people around him. Aside from typical sibling rivalry, he and his brother are best friends, he plays trombone in the school marching band. Big Pete's nemeses are "Endless" Mike Open Face. Little Pete Wrigley Four years younger than his brother, Little Pete is engaged in struggles against adults and other authority figures, he is known to make irrational decisions in response to problems, like selling the house because his brother hung out with a girl instead of him, without taking responsibility for it.
Little Pete has made enemies: Papercut, Pit Stain and Mr. Schwinger. Little Pete's primary nemeses lifeguard Mike "The Urinator" Uplinger. "Petunia" A tattoo on Little Pete's forearm depicting a prone woman in a red dress, Petunia receives her own credit in the show's opening sequence. Little Pete likes to make Petunia "dance" by flexing his forearm. In the series, Petunia's origins are a mystery and a cause of bafflement for Big Pete, though in an early Pete and Pete short, it is explained that Little Pete got the tattoo as a Mother's Day gift. Little Pete has a second tattoo of a sailing ship on his back, although the origins of this tattoo are never explained. Joyce Wrigley The Petes' mother just called "Mom". Joyce's has a metal plate in her head due to a childhood accident, with which she can receive radio signals, she tends to be the more stern parent and conventional parent, but tends to be more reasonable than her husband, agreeing to compromise with her sons when the need arises. She tends to intervene when her husband goes too far.
Mom's Plate The plate in Mom's head, like Petunia, gets its own opening credit. It can pick up radio stations, and, in the case of little Pete's radio station WART, can broadcast them. Don Wrigley Usually known as "Dad", Don is the Petes' father, he and Joyce met when the metal detector he was using on a beach led him to the metal plate in her head. He is competitive against everyone, including his own sons, his neighbors, other local parents, his hobbies include obsessive lawn care and fishing for "Old Bob", a legendary striped bass. Ellen Josephine Hickle Ellen is Big Pete's best friend. Over the course of the show she demonstrates some obsessive tendencies. In the pre-season 1 short "The Dot", as well as the season one episode "Day of the Dot" she is assigned the position of the letter "I" in "Squids" as part of the school marching band and attempts to hypnotize herself into "perfect dot-ness", she played French horn in the band. Ellen is a huge fan of Greco-Roman wrestling, has vast knowledge on the subject as seen in the episode "Pinned" where she tries to coach Big Pete.
Artie, the Strongest Man in the World Little Pete's personal superhero, he is eccentric but displays strange superpowers. Artie is one of the few adults, his catchphrase is "I am Artie — the strongest man... in the world!" His trademark word "pipe!" Aggravates the adults of the community, hi
Northport High School
Northport High School is a four-year secondary school in East Northport, New York, that serves as the high school for the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District, composed of Northport, Eatons Neck and much of East Northport, all located in the Town of Huntington. Northport High School is home to over 2,000 students and 270 staff members and offers the International Baccalaureate program, two National Academy programs, Project Lead the Way, Project P. A. T. C. H. and more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. The school's athletic teams are known as the Tigers. Northport High School is located on the corner of Laurel Hill Roads. Although it's called Northport High School, it technically sits on East Northport land. To the west is a Wilson Technological Center campus, part of Western Suffolk BOCES; the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch bounds the school to the south. A high school department was first organized in Northport in 1896, with the first graduating class following in 1900.
Classes were held along with other grade levels at the only School in Northport located on School Street. In 1924, all grades were relocated to a new 500-student K-12 school located on Laurel Avenue. In 1938 all elementary school students were transferred out to newly constructed schools, leaving the Laurel Avenue school as a Junior/Senior High School. Laurel Avenue School functions as the district office. After World War II, servicemen returning from overseas brought tremendous population growth to suburban Long Island; the subsequent baby boom led to explosive school enrollment, which resulted in rampant school overcrowding throughout the 1950s. To accommodate this growth the High School and Junior High School had to separate. In January 1956 the High School relocated to a new campus-style school located on Middleville Road; this was the third home for Northport High School students but the first facility to bear the name Northport High School. But the new school building still couldn't remedy the overcrowding problem, forcing the high school to become a three-year school by moving the 9th grade down to the Junior High Schools.
As overcrowding continued to worsen, Northport High School had to go on an overlapping session in 1962-63, on double session from 1964 to 1966. The overcrowding problem was remedied with the construction of a new Northport High School on Laurel Hill Road; this new school building opened its doors to 1500 students in the fall of 1966, remains the location of Northport High School today. In 1988 the school district moved 9th grade back to the High School after 29 years, renamed all Junior High Schools "Middle Schools". Over 25,000 students have graduated from Northport High School since its inception in 1896; the main part of the school began construction in 1963, opening for the 1966-67 school year on September 7, 1966. A few years the L wing began construction and opened for the 1969-70 school year on September 3, 1969. A unique feature of the school building is the large open area, called the Commons, that visitors enter into from the main entrance; the Commons acts as a hub for the entire school.
Both the large and small cafeteria, faculty dining room and auditorium are located directly off the Commons, from which students may visit The Tiger's Den and access all of the schools wings. There is a balcony on the north side, providing access to the school's administrative offices and counseling center; the Commons is a favorite hangout of NHS students who congregate there before and after school, during lunch and free periods. In each corner lies the "wells," enclosed recessed areas where students can catch up on work, socialize or relax; the largest well has been designated for the senior class through decades of tradition, leaving the two smaller wells for the junior and sophomore classes. As part of an extensive grade restructuring of the entire Northport-East Northport Union Free School District in 1988, the 9th grade was reassigned from each of the junior high schools to the high school; this created two incoming classes that year, including freshmen for the first time. Since there was no existing well for the new freshman class and one could not be constructed, the high school built the freshman benches instead.
A smaller theater used by drama classes is located just beyond the commons to the northeast, as are two gyms to the southwest. The small gym contains a rock climbing an archery court. Beyond the library on the east side of the building is another, albeit smaller open area, known as the Small Commons, possessing only islands of lockers. In 2003, the school expanded; the new K-wing added family and consumer science classrooms on the first floor where the student-run preschool is located and additional regular classrooms on the second floor. The existing A-wing saw a new dance room. Additionally, in the A Wing photography labs, car care classrooms, music administrative office, music classroom, music computer lab, an orchestra room were added; the PE Wing saw renovations. The old weight room was remade into two health infusion classrooms, a section was added onto the Small Gym. A new weight room was built off of the small gym. A part of the existing L wing underwent renovations. Construction was complete for the 2004–05 school year.
NHS offers a wide variety of classes in many subjects. Advance Placement courses are offered in all the five core departments of English, foreign languages, mathematics and social studies. In mathematics, the school offers one and two year acce
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated d/b/a OCLC is an American nonprofit cooperative organization "dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs". It was founded in 1967 as the Ohio College Library Center. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog in the world. OCLC is funded by the fees that libraries have to pay for its services. OCLC maintains the Dewey Decimal Classification system. OCLC began in 1967, as the Ohio College Library Center, through a collaboration of university presidents, vice presidents, library directors who wanted to create a cooperative computerized network for libraries in the state of Ohio; the group first met on July 5, 1967 on the campus of the Ohio State University to sign the articles of incorporation for the nonprofit organization, hired Frederick G. Kilgour, a former Yale University medical school librarian, to design the shared cataloging system.
Kilgour wished to merge the latest information storage and retrieval system of the time, the computer, with the oldest, the library. The plan was to merge the catalogs of Ohio libraries electronically through a computer network and database to streamline operations, control costs, increase efficiency in library management, bringing libraries together to cooperatively keep track of the world's information in order to best serve researchers and scholars; the first library to do online cataloging through OCLC was the Alden Library at Ohio University on August 26, 1971. This was the first online cataloging by any library worldwide. Membership in OCLC is based on use of services and contribution of data. Between 1967 and 1977, OCLC membership was limited to institutions in Ohio, but in 1978, a new governance structure was established that allowed institutions from other states to join. In 2002, the governance structure was again modified to accommodate participation from outside the United States.
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Goucher College is a private liberal arts college in Towson, Maryland. As of 2018, the school had 1,450 undergraduates studying in 33 majors and six interdisciplinary fields and 700 students enrolled in graduate programs. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Goucher offers professional certificates in several areas, as well as a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program; the college was chartered in 1885 following a conference in Baltimore led by several local ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, including John F. Goucher, for whom the school is named. An all-women’s college, Goucher became coeducational in 1986. Situated in northern Baltimore, Goucher established its current campus in 1953, where it occupies a 287-acre parcel of land in downtown Towson; as a member of the Landmark Conference, Goucher competes in the NCAA's Division III in sports including lacrosse, tennis and horseback riding. Goucher is among the few colleges in the United States to require a study abroad of all undergraduates and was one of forty institutions profiled in Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope.
The school's beginnings trace to 1881 when the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church passed a resolution to found a seminary. The proposal was met with some objection, with one member stating, "I would not give a fig for a weakling little thing of a seminary. We want such a school, so ample in its provisions, of such dignity in its buildings, so provided with the best apparatus, that it shall draw to itself the eyes of the community and that young people shall feel it an honor to be enrolled among its students." In response and conference member John B. Van Meter asserted "that the Conference make the foundation and endowment of a female college the single object of its organized effort."Van Meter was joined by fellow minister John Franklin Goucher and together they persuaded the conference to found a college instead. As a result, the Women's College of Baltimore City was chartered on January 26, 1885, it opened its doors in 1888 and four years graduated its first class of just five students.
John Goucher, despite being the school's namesake and his role in its founding, was not the college's first president. Although offered the post, he declined, it instead went to William Hersey Hopkins, who had served as president of St. John's College in Annapolis. After Hopkins resigned in 1890 to join the faculty, the board of trustees voted unanimously to re-nominate Goucher for the role. Under pressure from the board, Goucher relented and accepted the position, which he went on to hold for nearly two decades, he and his wife Mary Cecilia Fisher made significant financial contributions to the college, to which he bequeathed a portion of his estate. During President Goucher's tenure, the college saw growing enrollment but suffered financial deficits. In 1904, the college became the second in Maryland to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, after Johns Hopkins University. Goucher stepped down in 1908 to resume his international missionary work but remained involved with the school as president emeritus until his death in 1922.
In 1910, the school was renamed to Goucher College in his honor. In 1913, the college inaugurated its fourth president, William W. Guth, who oversaw the construction of several new residence halls and a successful million-dollar fundraising campaign. Around this time, U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, whose daughter Jessie was a Goucher alumna, expressed support for the college's fundraising efforts in correspondences with the administration, writing in March 1913, "It would, indeed, be... evidence that our great educational public does not understand its own interests if an institution which has served with such faithfulness... in the cause of woman's education should be allowed to break up for the lack of money." By 1914, Goucher was one of six "Class I" colleges for women in the U. S. In 1921, Goucher purchased 421 acres of land in nearby Towson that had belonged to the estate of a prominent Baltimore family for $150,000, some of, resold to provide funding for construction and other expenses.
The move from Baltimore to the Towson suburbs was completed in 1953 after having been delayed by financial difficulties imposed by the Great Depression and World War II. Before 1950, Goucher hosted nearly a dozen sorority chapters on campus including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Beta Phi, until the school ceased recognizing the system. Goucher became coeducational in 1986 when the board of trustees voted to admit men citing declining enrollment and reduced national interest by women in single-sex colleges. Although the decision was at first controversial among some students and alumnae, it was followed by increased enrollment and sustained support from the school's donor base, with Goucher's endowment growing nearly five-fold from $45 million in 1986. Then-president Rhoda M. Dorsey, who initially resisted the proposal, presided over the transition. Goucher's former Baltimore campus is now known as Old Goucher; the complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Many of its original structures, characterized by Romanesque influences, have been preserved and re-purposed for commercial and residential use. Goucher occupies a green, wooded 287-acre campus, proximate and northeast to downtown Towson. Surrounding the central campus infrastructure is a dense forest, owned by the school, which features low hills as well as hiking and jogging trails; the non-denominational Haebler Memorial Chapel lies near the center of campus. A single road, Van Meter, connects to most of the primary residential, recreationa