Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston MA.jpg
TypePrivate non-profit
Established1908
Endowment~$4 million
PresidentAisha Francis/CEO
Undergraduates525[1]
Location, ,
United States

42°20′45″N 71°04′13″W / 42.3457°N 71.0702°W / 42.3457; -71.0702Coordinates: 42°20′45″N 71°04′13″W / 42.3457°N 71.0702°W / 42.3457; -71.0702
CampusUrban
AffiliationsNECHE
Websitebfit.edu
BFIT StackedLogo.jpg
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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is a private college of engineering and industrial technologies in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 1908 with funds bequeathed in Benjamin Franklin's will.

History[edit]

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology owes its existence to the vision of Benjamin Franklin. In a codicil to his will, dated 1789, Franklin established a 200-year plan for a sum totaling £1,000 (about $4,400 at the time, or about $112,000 in 2010 dollars) that he gave to the city of Boston, where he was born. For the first hundred years, the money was to serve as principal for loans to young workmen; at the end of that period, the fund's managers would divide the money, using approximately three-fourths for public works and maintaining the rest as a loan fund.[3]

When the hundred-year interval had passed, Boston decided to use the money to establish a technical school. Aided by an additional gift from industrialist Andrew Carnegie and land donated by the City, BFIT opened its doors in 1908. A series of murals on campus were painted by Charles Mills.[4]

In 2019, the Institute announced plans to sell its 3-building 1908 campus and look for a 30% larger facility.[5] In September 2019, the Institute announced they will be moving to a new campus located on seven-tenths of an acre in the Dudley Square section of Roxbury (now renamed Nubian Square) to be closer to the neighborhoods where current students live. The new 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) building is expected to open in the autumn of 2021.[2]

In 2020, the Boston Globe leaked that the Institute was planning for a possible merger with the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Those involved with the negotiations are bounded by nondisclosure agreements. The deal has opponents on both the merger itself and its secretive nature.[6]

Academics[edit]

As of 2020, the school has approximately 525 students, with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio,[7] and offers programs of study awarding certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees.[1][8]

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology offers programs in Automotive Technology, Automotive Management, CAD/SolidWorks, CNC Machining, Computer Information Technology (with tracks for Web Development, Networking Systems, and Software Development), Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Technology, Health Information Technology, HVAC&R Technology, Opticianry, and Practical Electricity.[8] The college's graduation rate is twice the national average.[9]

The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly called the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2019-2020 Academic Catalog". Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Logan, Tim (2019-09-30). "Ben Franklin Institute will move to Dudley Square". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  3. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology History". Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Dedham Historical Society Hosts an Exhibition of Paintings by Charles Mills". The Dedham Times. 25 (28). July 14, 2017. p. 17.
  5. ^ Benjamin Franklin Institute will sell South End campus, relocate school
  6. ^ "A Secret Merger Discussion in Boston". Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Fast Facts". Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  8. ^ a b Landry, Lauren (2013-11-13). "Associate Editor". BostInno. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  9. ^ Ed.gov
  10. ^ New England Association, of Schools and colleges. "NEASC". www.NEASC.org. New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 3 February 2014.

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