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Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) and Houghton College (Houghton, NY) are both Wesleyan colleges and members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Inside Higher Ed is reporting a “partnership” between the two schools. Indiana Wesleyan is known for its massive continuing education and online programs. Houghton is known in Christian college circles as a traditional residential liberal arts college. But in response to financial difficulties the upstate New York college has recently undergone a refocusing that will put a greater emphasis on online courses and continuing education.
Here is the Inside Higher Ed brief:
Indiana Wesleyan University and Houghton College, in New York, have announced plans for collaboration. Both colleges are part of the Wesleyan Church. While details of the partnership haven’t been finalized, the idea is to share areas of expertise. Houghton is a traditional, residential institution, and Indiana Wesleyan officials hope to learn from its strengths in internships and study abroad. In turn, Indiana Wesleyan plans to share its approaches to growth and serving campuses off of its traditional campus. Indiana Wesleyan has nearly 3,000 students on its main campus, but has grown considerably with adult students (more than 12,500 of them) who enroll online or at centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The university also recently announced plans to acquire a Christian-oriented arts college in Australia.
Here is the Houghton press release concerning this new partnership.