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To provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

Cambridge College is a responsive learning community, where working adults can find ways to make the personal and professional changes they need to achieve their goals. Learning at Cambridge College takes place in an atmosphere of true diversity, where students support each other in a collaborative learning process that respects their needs and values, their prior learning and life experiences. The College's innovative adult-centered learning model links theory and practice, helping students to acquire the academic credentials they seek, enrich their lives and careers, and become leaders in their communities.

In 1971, a small group of educators dreamed about a college that would serve working adults who did not have ready access to higher education. Out of this dream Cambridge College was born, first as the Institute of Open Education at Newton College of the Sacred Heart, then as part of the Antioch University Network, and finally in 1981 as an independent institution.

At first, one course of study was offered: a masterメs degree program for teachers, with a focus on urban schools. The mission and philosophy of the College drew attention quickly. Students from businesses, non-profit and social service agencies, and other professions became part of this adult learning community. Thanks to the commitment of its faculty, the generosity of its friends, and the achievements of its graduates, the College now offers a broad range of academic programs that strategically serve urban communities.

The National Institute for Teaching Excellence (NITE) began in 1990, when the College first brought educators from across the United States to an Urban Education Program in Cambridge. NITE students live and learn together for an intensive five-week summer institute. They share experiences and resources, and learn about new ways to create supportive and stimulating learning environments in which diversity is welcomed and each studentメs learning style and learning experience is supported. Students return to their school systems renewed and empowered, continuing their academic programs at home.

When Cambridge College was founded in 1971, it was one of very few programs designed especially for working adults. Ever since, Cambridge College has been a leader in adult education, and its approach to education is now beginning to be widely embraced

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