Five Towns College
|Motto||A Private College in the Public Service|
|Established||Chartered 1972; Founded 1974|
|President||Dr. David Cohen|
|Campus||Suburban 35 acres (14 ha)|
|Colors||Maroon and White|
Five Towns College was founded as a business school in 1972 by Lorraine Kleinman Cohen and Stanley G. Cohen, Ed.D. Programs at the college have expanded to cover popular music, theatre, film, and communications.
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)
The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college holds an Absolute Charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents, and all of its educational programs are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation.
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