Colleges of the Fenway Marks 10 Years of Innovative Collaboration

November 02, 2006

Colleges of the Fenway, a consortium of six colleges in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by honoring the commitment member institutions have made to provide a combined 10,000 undergraduate students with the enhanced academic programs, cutting-edge technology, and increased social and networking opportunities that each could not offer individually.

Through this collaboration, these institutions have managed the rising costs of higher education by strategically combining and sharing resources.

Members of the consortium – Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Wheelock College – will gather on November 2 at Simmons College to honor both founding and current presidents, faculty and staff members of each institution who have worked to further the collaboration. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who spoke at the event which announced the COF in 1996, will be in attendance and offer remarks.

“Colleges of the Fenway is proud to be celebrating its 10th Anniversary of enriching academic and social opportunities for students, faculty and staff across the institutions and finding innovative means of sharing resources,” said Executive Director Claire Ramsbottom. “Over the past decade the faculty, staff and students of the colleges have proven that with hard-work, collaboration can bring many rewards and opportunities. We look forward to this opportunity to recognize and celebrate all those who have contributed to the success of COF and to the individual colleges over the past 10 years.”

“We strive to give Wheelock students a wonderful home away from home and having camaraderie with our five college neighbors helps us with this promise. The Colleges of the Fenway collaborative enables Wheelock to expand our network for students’ comfort, support, challenges and opportunities. We are proud to be a part of a network that has enriched student life in so many ways for the last decade,” said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College.

Formed in the spring of 1996, Colleges of the Fenway is a collaborative effort of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent 10,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 800 full-time faculty and 2,500 course offerings.

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