Five Towns College
|Five Towns College|
|Motto||A Private College in the Public Service|
|Established||chartered 1972, founded 1974|
|Type||Private for Profit|
|President||Susan Barr (interim)|
|Location||Dix Hills, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban 35 acres (14 ha)|
|Colors||Maroon and White|
Five Towns College is a for-profit institution of higher learning located in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York. Although accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the college is on probation for failing to "show it has sufficient leadership to make decisions and fulfill its educational mission."
Five Towns College was founded as a business school in 1972 by Stanley G. Cohen, Ed.D. and Lorraine Kleinman-Cohen, M.A. Programs at the college have moved to cover popular music, theatre, film, and communication.
The original proposed site for this college was to be in Lawrence in southwestern Nassau County, New York, an area known as "The Five Towns", but the college was actually sited in Merrick, New York. Five Towns College moved to Seaford, New York in 1982 and to its current location in Dix Hills in Suffolk County, New York in 1992.
Although the college is a for-profit college, its board of trustees and its founding president Stanley Cohen have argued that the college would be "better positioned to build an endowment if it were a nonprofit." Cohen, however, was removed from office in 2014 and shareholders have filed suit against the plan to make the college non-profit.
Five Towns College offers degree programs in:
- Jazz/Commercial Music (AAS, B.Mus., M.Mus., Doctor)
- Video (BFA)
- Mass Communication (B.S.)
- Childhood Education (B.S., M.S.)
- Music Education (B.Mus., M.Mus., DMA)
- Theatre Arts (BFA)
- Business Management (A.S., AAS, BPS)
- "IPEDS data". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
- "Accreditation Detail View from the Middle State Commission on Higher Education". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
- Candice Ferrette (November 26, 2013). "Five Towns College on accreditation probation". Newsday. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- Candice Ferrette (May 23, 2014). "Five Towns College founder removed by trustees". Newsday. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "WFTU" on the Federal Communications Commission website
- Article at MusiciansFriend.com