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历史 of 鲍德温 Wallace University

Since its founding by Methodist businessman John 鲍德温, 鲍德温 Wallace University has pursued the goals of offering a superior, personalized education that acts as a great leveling tool, fosters personal and professional excellence and prepares students as contributing, 富有同情心的公民. While BW's formal affiliation with the United Methodist Church ended in 2019, the historic connection to our Methodist founders is demonstrated through the values of respect, integrity and inclusion that are important threads in the fabric of the institution today.

Founded with a gift and open arms

Founded in 1845 with a gift from John 鲍德温 of "a five-acre campus, 30 village lots and 50 acres of land," 鲍德温 Wallace was among the first colleges in the nation to admit students without regard to race or 性别. In fact, the institution's first graduate, Maria Poe, was female.

鲍德温, a wealthy quarry owner whose mother had been denied entry to an eastern university because she was a female, was joined by other business and civic leaders - 詹姆斯•华莱士, Fletcher Hulet and Josiah Holbrook - as he launched 鲍德温 Institute, a school committed to education "regardless of race, 性别, 信条”或支付能力. It became 鲍德温 University in 1856.

鲍德温 University's earliest classes included nearly as many women as men, and students who could not afford an education were offered jobs to help cover the cost of tuition.

Merging, innovating and growing

With the increasing numbers of German emigrants relocating to Berea to work in the quarries, a German department was created at 鲍德温 University to teach their children. In the 1860s, neighboring German Wallace College grew out of that department. An early cooperative agreement allowed students to take courses in both schools.

By 1913, 鲍德温 University and German Wallace College merged to create 鲍德温-Wallace College, combining resources to create greater financially stability and strength.

As the merged BW continued to grow in enrollment and stature, the university created opportunities for adult learners. During World War II, BW housed a Navy V-12 program on campus. 战后, BW recognized the challenges faced by these returning students, and became an innovator by offering night classes so that the veterans could hold a job and 支持 a family while completing a college degree. In the 1970s, BW also was among the first to offer weekend degree programs for adult students.

音乐学院诞生

In 1898, BW began a journey that would give birth to an internationally respected Conservatory of Music one of the few in the nation housed in a liberal arts institution. 那一年, during his junior year at German Wallace College, Albert Riemenschneider began teaching music. Upon his graduation in 1899, Riemenschneider was appointed head of the music department, a position he held until 1947.

In 1932, 和他的妻子一起, 塞尔玛, Riemenschneider founded a 鲍德温 Wallace Bach Festival, which continues to receive acclaim as the nation's oldest collegiate Bach Festival.

改名为 Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2024, the Conservatory now offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Music (BM); Bachelor of Music Education (BME); Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); and Bachelor of Arts (BA). 查看的完整列表 音乐学院专业.

Program evolution and a new name

在70年代中期, BW introduced thriving graduate programs in business and education, which now are among the largest in Ohio. 最近, BW added graduate programs in Physician Assistant, Speech Pathology and Leadership in Higher Education. 在本科阶段, BW currently offers more than 85 major areas of study in seven academic schools and the Conservatory of Performing Arts, many of which are in pre-professional areas, including an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing degree and cutting edge programs in software engineering, neuroscience and sustainability.

In 2012, to more accurately reflect the expanded breadth of those undergraduate and graduate academic programs, 鲍德温-Wallace College officially became 鲍德温 Wallace University.

鲍德温 Wallace University 今天

今天, 鲍德温 Wallace University has some 4,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on a 125-acre campus in Berea, 俄亥俄州和网上.

While BW continues to innovate on many levels, the institution's community of learners is 支持ed by enduring values of inclusion, 支持, 敬业和卓越.The result is a distinctive student-centered experience that 支持s each individual in achieving his or her full potential in pursuit of big dreams, meaningful careers and an extraordinary life.