Pine Manor College Board Approves Co-Education Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PINE MANOR COLLEGE BOARD APPROVES
CO-EDUCATION PLAN

Submits Request for NEASC’s
Review and Approval

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (July 31, 2013) -- The Pine Manor College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to convert the school to a fully co-educational institution. Following the decision, Pine Manor submitted a request to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for review and approval of the plan. If the new plan is approved by NEASC, men could enroll in the College’s Bachelor’s Degree Program, which has been exclusively for women. The plan to become fully co-educational in all degree programs completes an ongoing transformation that began more than a decade ago.

“Pine Manor College has a rich, 100-year history of educating women of promise”, said Board Chair Serena Kokjer Greening. “We believe our plan to enroll men and women at Pine Manor will expand our diversity, enrich the learning experience, increase enrollment, and provide financial sustainability going forward.”

The decision was the result of extensive deliberations by the Board of Trustees, the Interim President, and the Executive Leadership. Pine Manor created a Task Force on Co-Education this spring, which solicited input from students, faculty, alumnae, and studied other all-women’s colleges that have made the transition to coeducation. The Task Force’s final recommendations said, “As Pine Manor makes this step to enroll men in all of our educational programs, it does so to build on its history – to strengthen the unique qualities of learning and achievement by including all students.”

Pine Manor College first initiated co-educational programs with the establishment of its English Language Institute in 1996 enrolling and accommodating international students. The College continued its journey towards co-education with its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, created in 2005, the admission of men to its Associate Degree Programs in 2011, and most recently with the establishment of the Center for Innovative Professional Development offering degree-completion programs for adult learners.

“With the approval of this plan, Pine Manor’s nurturing educational experience and its low student-teacher ratio will benefit both men and women,” said Dr. E. Joseph Lee, II, Interim President.

The Pine Manor College Center for Innovative Professional Development will welcome its first cohort of adult students in the fall of this year. Initial offerings include a degree completion program in Management and Consulting targeted for working professionals with at least two years of college credits or an associate’s degree. The program will also be offering certificates in Global Human Resource Management and Action Learning.

Pine Manor College is still accepting applications for enrollment this fall. For more information please visit our website at:  http://www.pmc.edu/apply

ABOUT PINE MANOR

A liberal arts institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College promotes an inclusive environment that educates and empowers a diverse student body to become accomplished, reflective, and confident leaders – one student at a time.

Pine Manor College emphasizes a unique approach to liberal arts education by encouraging both academic and personal growth through a nurturing environment that focuses on community service, social engagement and the practical application of knowledge to work and society. U.S. News and World Report has recognized Pine Manor College as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the nation.

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Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Contact:
Efrat Zinnar-Shavit, Director of Media & Publications, Pine Manor College
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