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The Mission of the College
The Urban College of Boston was established to provide post-secondary educational and professional mobility to members of the urban community who have been traditionally under-served by higher education.
Urban College of Boston is committed to the belief that access to a career-related and quality liberal arts education, and to an accompanying system of comprehensive student support results in the professional and personal success of those who might otherwise remain unemployed, underemployed, or unfulfilled.
Programs of study at the Urban College enrich lives through an integrated and individualized approach to the acquisition of learning and career skills, and to knowledge of today's world and workplace.
The purposes of the Urban College of Boston are far-reaching, extending well beyond the threshold of the Urban College campus. Our graduates, newly empowered as educated citizens, will enjoy a more satisfying and productive life. Equally significant, they will be prepared for the responsibility of contributing to the betterment of their communities and the well-being of their neighbors. Thus, the Urban College of Boston mission purposefully addresses the spectrum of urban issues and needs by insuring the educational advancement and personal growth of its students.
About the Urban College of Boston: A Two-Year College
The Urban College of Boston was founded by ABCD as a non-traditional, multicultural college chartered in 1993 by the state’s Department of Higher Education to grant associate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration and General Studies. The Urban College was fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 2001 and received continuing accreditation in 2006. Dr. Linda Edmonds Turner is the current president of the college which serves more than 750 students each semester.
UCB provides inner-city residents who might otherwise never go to college a highly supportive environment that integrates a college education with career preparation and skill development, and both encourages and enables students to transfer to four-year institutions to complete their bachelors degrees.
The Urban College offers for college credit for job-training and staff development programs, creating a direct link between these programs and the world of higher education. The college also provides relevant internship opportunities for students. Urban College is authorized to provide federal Pell Grants to eligible students -- over 5o% of UCB students receive federal financial aid.
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