Dowling College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dowling College
Motto "Learning, Wisdom, Compassion"
Type Private
Active 1968 (1968)–August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31)
Location Oakdale, New York, USA
40°44′31″N 73°08′53″W / 40.742°N 73.148°W / 40.742; -73.148Coordinates: 40°44′31″N 73°08′53″W / 40.742°N 73.148°W / 40.742; -73.148
Campus Suburban
Colors          Blue and Gold
Nickname The Golden Lions
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II - East Coast Conference
Dowling College Logo

Dowling College was a private co-educational college in Long Island, New York, United States. The main campus was in Oakdale, New York on the site of William K. Vanderbilt's former estate,[1] which was renamed Fortunoff Hall. The Brookhaven site in Shirley, New York, was adjacent to the Brookhaven Calabro Airport and was home to Dowling's aviation program, as well as the college's Division II athletic program. The athletic complex housed a baseball stadium, soccer field and lacrosse complex. Dowling's Melville Center was located in the business district of Melville, New York. Approximately 1,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students made up Dowling's four schools: the School of Education, School of Arts & Sciences, Townsend School of Business, and School of Aviation.

The college was regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, but the accreditation was revoked on June 23, 2016, and the college closed on August 31, 2016. The college was required to provide "evidence of financial viability and sustainability" by March 1, 2016, or its accreditation would be withdrawn.[2] The college was also accredited or approved to operate by the New York State Education Department,[3] National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,[4] the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education,[5] and the FAA (as an Air Traffic - Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) school).[6]

Action may be taken against the most recent Dowling College Administration for deducting biweekly medical insurance premiums from staff paychecks and then failing to pay their medical expenses.[7] On May 31, 2016, the former college president, Albert Inserra, announced the closure of the college, after the institution failed to find an academic partner to keep the school afloat.[8] A few days later, Inserra reversed course by announcing negotiations with Global University Systems to keep the college open by enrolling more international students.[9] Dowling College ended operations on August 31, 2016.


In 1955 Adelphi University began offering extension classes in Port Jefferson, Riverhead, and Sayville, New York. In 1959 at the urging of community leaders, Adelphi Suffolk became the first four-year, degree-granting liberal arts institution in Suffolk County, housed in an old public school building in Sayville. In January 1963, Adelphi Suffolk College purchased the former W.K. Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale to formally create Dowling College, which severed its ties with Adelphi in 1968 and was renamed after its chief benefactor city planner and aviator Robert Dowling.[10] The Racanelli Learning Resource Center was constructed in 1974 to house the library, cafeteria and additional classrooms.[11] A month after the Racanelli Learning Resource Center opened, a fire damaged the Idle Hour mansion. The Hunt Room, the Foyer and Ballroom were all substantially damaged. A College committee, led by Alan Fortunoff, Dowling Trustee and son of Fortunoff founder Max Fortunoff, guided the restoration of the ornate woodwork, precious marble, and the elaborately carved stonework. The mansion was renamed to honor Paul and Emily Fortunoff, and is now known as Fortunoff Hall.[10]


Dowling College was made up of four schools:

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The School of Arts of Sciences had three divisions: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The School of Arts and Sciences offered a variety of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees,[12] along with a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Integrated Mathematics and Science Education.[13]

School of Aviation[edit]

The School of Aviation offered Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Systems Technology, Aviation Management, and participated in the FAA Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program which is the primary source for hiring air traffic controllers.[14] The School of Aviation maintained a fleet of aircraft which included nine Piper Warriors, an Arrow, and a twin engine Seminole.[15] A Virtual Airport Operations System, built with a 5 million-dollar grant from NASA, and Three Frasca flight simulators were located at the Brookhaven campus on the grounds of the Brookhaven Calabro Airport.[16] Students could obtain training necessary for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private and Commercial certificates, the Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings, the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate and CFI Instrument and CFI Multi-Engine ratings.[14]

School of Business[edit]

The School of Business offered Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Accounting, Finance, Management and Leadership and Marketing. Bachelor of Science degrees are also offered for Computer Information Systems and Sport Management.[17] At the graduate level, Master of Business Administration degrees were offered in Aviation Management, Banking and Finance, Management and Leadership, Healthcare management, Corporate finance, Public management, and Information Systems Management.[18] Also, Dowling College and Touro Law Center partnered to offer a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree.[19] The Townsend School of Business was accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE),[5] and all degree programs had been approved by and duly registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).[20]

School of Education[edit]

Dowling's Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physical Education, Special Education and Sport Management prepared students for career paths in Education.[21] Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Education degrees were offered for graduate students. Since the school's inception, approximately 6,500 teachers and administrators, in 124 total school districts on Long Island, have received their education degree from the institution. The School of Education was accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[22]

Campus life[edit]

Dowling's campuses catered primarily to local Long Island students. The college had residence halls on the Oakdale campus and the Brookhaven site.[23] In fall 2013, students were vacated from the Brookhaven Campus residence halls and relocated to the Oakdale Campus, with the college citing a sharp drop in enrollment and increasing costs to maintain the Brookhaven buildings. A free shuttle bus transported students between the two campuses, with stops at the local Long Island Rail Road stations to accommodate commuter students.[24]

Rudolph Campus[edit]

The Rudolph Campus was located 50 miles east of Manhattan in Oakdale, New York. The Rudolph Campus of Dowling College is regarded[by whom?] as one of the most picturesque locations on Long Island. Many of the campus buildings sit directly on the banks of the peaceful and quaint Connetquot River and oversee the largest arboretum in the tri-state area.[25]

Fortunoff Hall, which sits directly adjacent to the Connetquot River at the Rudolph Campus, hosted a variety of private and community events.

Brookhaven site[edit]

The Brookhaven site was located 18 miles east on the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, New York. Dowling College's sports complex, featuring a multi-purpose stadium, baseball and softball fields and service building, was located there, as well as the college's Aviation program. Due to the expansion of the college, new dormitories, classrooms equipped with technology, computer labs, a cafeteria, bookstore and a new library were erected. The site was located at Brookhaven Calabro Airport.

As of August 2013, the bookstore, dormitory and cafeteria were closed due to the college's financial struggles. However, they reopened in September 2014 following a deal with Stony Brook which allowed the aviation students to live in the dorms along with Stony Brook students.

Melville Center[edit]

Select undergraduate and graduate courses were offered at its Melville Center, in Melville, New York.[26] Dowling's Melville Campus housed administrative offices for the Dowling Institute, as well as classrooms, a library, and a conference room.


Main article: Dowling Golden Lions
Official athletics logo

Dowling College was a member of the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference. The various student athlete teams included baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's golf, women's volleyball and field hockey.[27]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ WWWebTek - Web Site Design & Hosting Services - "Vanderbilt Museum · The Mansion". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Public Disclosure Statement". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. November 19, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Accredited Institutions by State". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "IACBE - Member Status Search Results". Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Approved Air Traffic – Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) Schools". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Dowling College Employee Says School Didn't Pay For Health Coverage". CBS New York. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Struggling Dowling College announces it is closing down". The Washington Times. May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ Emma Pettit (June 10, 2016). "In a Reversal, Dowling College Looks to an Education Company to Stay Afloat". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Dowling College: History of Dowling". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Long Island South Shore History : Racanelli Center". 2011-12-22. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dowling College: School of Arts and Science". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dowling College: School of Arts and Science". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Dowling College: School of Aviation – Degrees". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dowling College – Flight Academy". 
  16. ^ "Dowling College: School of Aviation – Facilities". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dowling College: School of Business – Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dowling College: School of Business – Graduate Programs". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Touro Law – Dual Degree Programs". December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ "IACBE – Members". 
  21. ^ "Dowling College: Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Accredited Institutions by State". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Dowling College – Dowling College-Residence Life". Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  24. ^ "Business". 1 January 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Google Satellite view of Rudolph Campus". Google Maps. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  26. ^ "Dowling College – Maps and Directions". Dowling College. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  27. ^ "The East Coast Conference mobile". December 16, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  28. ^ "SAP SE Executive Board - About SAP SE". Retrieved June 29, 2016. 

External links[edit]