历史 & 认证

历史

1815

Nichols Academy was founded by Amasa Nichols, a wealthy Dudley industrialist. 塞缪尔·斯莱特, “the father of cotton manufacture in the United States,” who owned mills in the nearby town of Webster, 是早期的捐助者吗.

Textile manufacturer Hezekiah Conant donated three buildings during the 1800s; Academy Hall, 柯南特大厅和教堂. Nichols Academy closed in 1909.

1931

Nichols Junior College was founded on the Academy campus by James Lawson Conrad.

The first junior college for men in the East, Nichols was also the first junior college in Massachusetts to grant an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Nichols closed during World War II, when President Conrad was called into service.

1946

Nichols Junior College was reopened by President Conrad.

1954

The School of Forestry at 尼克尔斯学院 was established, offering business management together with forest management. At the time, it was the only such undergraduate program in the country.

1958

Nichols became a four-year college and offered the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. The College added four new dormitories and a new library building.

Nichols athletics gained a home with the Chalmers Field House, including swimming pool and facilities for varsity and intramural sports. The former gymnasium was renovated into a 700+ seat auditorium.

1965

Nichols earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

1970

The Board of Trustees voted to admit women to Nichols for the first time since Academy days.

The College began to offer programs leading to degrees other than the Bachelor of Business Administration.

1971

Nichols was granted authority to offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. It also offered a new Educator Preparation Program.

1974

Nichols first offers the degree of Master of Business Administration (工商管理硕士).

1980

Nichols established the Institute for American Values (renamed the Robert C. Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute in 1999) as a division of the College, providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

1997

Sport Management was initiated as a new academic business specialization.

1998

Dr. 黛博拉•米. Townsley was named as the College’s sixth, and first female, president.

Nichols established an innovative new curriculum including a Current Issues Symposium and 专业发展 Seminar.

1999

The Educator Preparation Program was re-established as an academic specialization.

2002

Criminal Justice Management and Business Communication were initiated as new academic specializations.

2004

Nichols collaborated with the Alabama-based United States Sports Academy to deliver an 工商管理硕士 degree with an emphasis in Sports Management. It was the first accredited Sports Management 工商管理硕士 in the country to be available 100 percent online.

2005

The 工商管理硕士 program celebrated its 30th anniversary. Beginning in 1974 with an enrollment of 11 students, the College now offers one of the largest 工商管理硕士 programs in Central Massachusetts.

Nichols dedicated Lombard 餐厅 Hall and Vendetti Field at Homecoming and opened a new multi-purpose stadium.

The Board of Commissioners for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) granted accreditation for 尼克尔斯学院 business and business-related degree programs.

2006

Nichols Student Government Association celebrated its 30th anniversary and the Fischer Institute celebrated its 25th.

2007

The START youth leadership training program brought 90 ninth graders from Massachusetts, 康涅狄格, 和罗德岛州的校园, demonstrating Nichols’ commitment to leadership education.

The College receives approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a Master of Organizational Leadership.

A new academic program is introduced: a BSBA in Art & 娱乐管理.

2008

At 1,088 day students, the fall semester marked the largest day enrollment.

The first apartment-style residence hall, 铜山毛榉I号, opened and Olsen Hall was transformed with a “green” renovation.

The “A to B” Business Program was implemented with four Massachusetts 社区 Colleges: Quinsigamond, 马萨索伊特, 伍斯特山和科德角.

2009

A new academic program is introduced: a BSBA in Hospitality Management.

铜山毛榉I号I, the second apartment-style residence hall on campus, opened.

The “A to B” Business Program expanded to include MassBay 社区 College.

Nichols opened a satellite campus in Palm Beach, Florida.

2010

In April, President Debra Townsley resigned. The Board of Trustees appointed Trustee Emeritus Gerald Fels as Interim President and formed a President 搜索 Committee.

Attendance at Fischer Institute events passed the 50,000 mark.

2011

苏珊·韦斯特·恩格尔克迈耶博士.D., was officially installed as the seventh 尼克尔斯学院 president during an inauguration ceremony on October 21, 2011.

2012

费尔斯学生中心, named in honor of Gerald ’66 and Marilyn Fels, 是在11月16日举行的, 2012.

2013

A Certificate in Entrepreneurship is initiated.

The College receives approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to retitle its Master of Organizational Leadership degree to Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership is established with the goal of developing the leadership potential of female students, and serving as a resource and authoritative voice on women’s leadership for the community at large.

2014

The new Emerging Leaders program begins with the introduction of the new LEAD101 class.

Nichols begins the celebration of its Bicentennial.

Nichols undergraduate day enrollment reaches an all-time high of 1,213.

2015

学术大楼, designed to be LEED certified and provides state-of-the-art team-building classrooms, 是在9月18日举行的吗, 2015.

A significant renovation to the Recreation & Athletic Center opens in the fall.

Nichols ends the celebration of its Bicentennial. The Legacy Campaign aiming to raise $45 million is announced.

The Leadership Early Acceptance Program (LEAP) is launched.

The College receives approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a Master of Science in Accounting.

The Office for International Engagement is established with the goal of heightening awareness of our global initiatives, 资源, and services for expanding the international reach of 尼克尔斯学院.

2016

Three new academic programs are introduced: a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a BSBA in Integrated Marketing Communication.

Nichols’ environmentally conscious academic building is awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national organization that certifies buildings that are “green” and sustainable, 保护环境.

2017

The College receives approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a Master of Science in Counterterrorism.

2019

Three new business concentrations were introduced: corporate finance and investments, digital and social media marketing, 营销分析.

2020

Business analytics was introduced as a new business concentration.

Cybersecurity for the Global Environment Certificate launched.

2021

Six new concentrations were introduced: Entrepreneurship, 非营利组织管理, 犯罪心理学, 体育营销 & 内容创作, Sport Sales & 策略, and Real Estate Management.

格伦·米. summasy, JD, LL.M, was named eighth president of 尼克尔斯学院 on July 1, 2021.

2023

尼克尔斯学院 earns AACSB International 认证. AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, 教育工作者, 世界各地的企业.   

2024

William Pieczynski begins his tenure as the ninth president of 尼克尔斯学院 on May 1, 2024.    


认证

尼克尔斯学院 is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 公司.).

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
伯灵顿,MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7785
电子邮件: info@neche.org

AACSB认证

Synonymous with the highest standards of quality, AACSB accreditation inspires new ways of thinking within business education globally. 结果是, less than 6 percent of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation. Through today’s ratification, a total of 980 机构 across 60 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business. 此外,193年 机构 maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.     

AACSB accreditation ensures continuous improvement and provides focus for schools to deliver on their mission, 创新, 并产生影响. AACSB-accredited schools have successfully undergone a rigorous review process conducted by their peers in the business education community, ensuring that they have the 资源, 凭证, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.

COSMA认证

The Sport Management degree program at 尼克尔斯学院 has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management 认证 (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The sport management programs in the following degree is accredited by COSMA:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in 体育营销 & 内容创作
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Sales & 策略

COSMA Annual Report and Program Information (PDF)