Celebrate 120 Years of Excellence

January 13, 2012

In 1892, author and educator Dr. S. Irving Strayer opened an institution that provided individuals the opportunity to earn a quality higher education that would prepare them for the rigors of a changing business world. This year, Strayer University celebrates the 120th anniversary of that educational mission.

 “As we look back over Strayer University’s century-plus history, we can all take pride in the achievements of this institution and its graduates,” said Dr. Michael Plater, Strayer University’s president. “When a university has graduates over the course of 120 years, it’s fair to say it has been a major force in society and will continue to be so into the future.”

Dr. Strayer opened Strayer’s Business College in Baltimore, Md., in 1892, with the help of the institution’s eventual president, Thomas W. Donoho. By 1904, the school’s popularity had grown as students recognized Strayer’s commitment to teaching marketable business skills. A second location was opened at the corner of 9th and F Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C.

When the curriculum emphasis shifted in the late 1920s to prepare students for the certified public accountant examinations, Strayer broadened its offerings, adding courses in business law, economics and office procedures. In 1969, Strayer was licensed to grant the Bachelor of Science degree and was renamed Strayer College.

As more working adults looked to Strayer for a quality education, the school received permission in 1987 to confer master’s degrees. The name officially changed to Strayer University in 1998, when the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission granted the school university status.

In 1996, Strayer University launched a ground-breaking online learning program that is still popular among working adults. For students who prefer in-class learning or a combination of the two, Strayer University maintains 96 campuses in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

Today, the University continues to develop innovative ways to serve adult learners. The University’s world-class faculty body is drawn from the highest levels of business, military, nonprofit and academia so that instructors have real-world experience in the courses they teach. Course material focuses on projects, papers, case studies and classroom discussions that enable adult students to apply new skills and theories to their existing knowledge.

“We have a rich legacy behind us that few educational institutions can match,” Dr. Plater said, “but what really makes Strayer University unique is the quality of our students. As we celebrate our 120th anniversary this year, what we are really celebrating are the current and future graduates of Strayer University. We look forward to another 120 years of graduate excellence.”

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