Goodwin College was founded in 1999 with the goal of transforming the former Data Institute, a small business technology training center, into a regional force for economic development and educational access. In the years that followed, founder Mark Scheinberg led the nonprofit college as it earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Within its first ten years, Goodwin College garnered an impressive list of milestones, including the development of one of Connecticut’s leading nursing programs, approval to offer bachelor’s degrees, and the construction of a new campus on the Connecticut River in East Hartford. This campus, built on a remediated brownfield, is often cited as the standard for smart growth and has won a host of design and environmental awards, including Project of the Year from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association, the leading economic development organization in the northeast.
All the while, Goodwin has made a priority of catering to a student population that is often underserved in the state’s higher education system. Of over 3,000 students, more than half are first-generation college students, and the student body reflects the diversity of the Hartford metropolitan area. The college’s career-focused programs lead to strong employment outcomes for its graduates, with over 80 percent finding employment in their chosen field or opting to advance their education.