Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Brown College

Brown College Educational Philosophy

The Brown College philosophy is to provide quality programs that are sound in concept, implemented by a competent and dedicated faculty, and geared to serve those seeking a solid foundation in knowledge and skills required to obtain employment in their chosen fields. The programs offered emphasize hands-on training, are relevant to employers’ needs, and focus on areas that offer strong, long-term employment opportunities.

At Brown, they strive to provide students with the training and skills that can lead to successful employment. To accomplish this, they:

  • Continually evaluate and update educational programs
  • Provide modern facilities and technology
  • Select faculty with professional experience in the career areas in which they teach and with the ability to motivate students to develop to their greatest potential
  • Promote self-discipline and motivation so that students may enjoy success on the job and in society

Brown College Mission Statement

Brown College is a degree granting institution of higher learning that provides a diverse, ethical and student-centered environment dedicated to preparing lifelong learners in relevant professional careers. Brown College prepares students to become leaders within their professions and contributors in their communities.

Brown College History

For 60 years, Brown College in Minneapolis has been a recognized leader in private post-secondary education, enjoying great success training students in broadcasting, design, technology, and other in-demand career fields. Here’s how the school has evolved:


Helen & Richard Brown found the American Institute of the Air, training students for a career in Radio Broadcasting.


Television Production added to the Broadcasting curriculum. Electronics programs were added, a precursor to Brown's current technology offerings. The school's name changed to Brown Institute to reflect the growing program options.


Computer Programming was introduced to meet demand for technicians in this fledgling industry.


The school is purchased by CBS.


Richard and Helen Brown retire.


The National Education Center purchases Brown Institute.


Brown Institute moves from a seven-building campus on East Lake Street in Minneapolis to the corner of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue.


Brown Institute adds the Advertising Design program, which has evolved into the Brown College School of Design, including Visual Communications, Multimedia, Graphic Design and Interior Design.


Richard and Helen Brown pass away.


The first programs in Personal Computers and Local Area Networks (PC/LAN) are added to the curriculum.


The school is purchased by one of the largest providers of private, proprietary post-secondary education. This ushers in an era of unprecedented program growth and expansion.


Continuous growth prompts Brown's move to the current main campus in Mendota Heights.


Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program is added to Brown's curriculum.


The school's name is changed to Brown College to reflect the school's expanded program and degree offerings. The first Bachelor program is added: the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, to help enhance opportunities available to Radio Broadcasting and Television Production students.


The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is added.


Bachelor of Science programs are added in Interior Design, Business Management and Criminal Justice.


Richard and Helen Brown are inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Digital Photography, Massage Therapy, and Game Design & Development programs are added, rounding out the list of 16 distinct Bachelor's and Specialized Associate's degree programs offered.


Brown College celebrates its 60th anniversary and "The Year of the Graduate".

Brown College Approvals and Memberships

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
  • Licensed to operate by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Services Office.
  • Eligible institution under the Federal Stafford Loan Program (FSL) and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (FPLUS).
  • Eligible institution for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Pell Grant and Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs.
  • Eligible institution for Minnesota student grants and Student Education Loan Fund program (SELF).
  • Authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
  • Approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.
  • Provides training services for the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.


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