Various aerial views of the construction of Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.
When the college was established in 1854 as the Rhode Island State Normal School, its goal was to provide teacher preparation to young people from Rhode Island. With the dedication of a new building in 1898, the institution began a period of steady growth, evolving first into a teachers' college, the Rhode Island College of Education. In the 1958-59 academic year the college moved to its current Mount Pleasant campus, and in 1959 was renamed Rhode Island College to reflect its new purpose as a comprehensive institution of higher education. With an enrollment predominantly from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut, the institution historically has served as a "College of Opportunity" for first-generation college students.
Rhode Island College is the first of the three public institutions of higher education that operate under the aegis of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. The board consists of 13 individuals appointed by the governor. Source: Rhode Island College- College HistorySee also: Preston Collection photographs (GRS5.7c), circa 1920-1930 Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission: Statewide Preservation Reports, 1975 - 1982 Various postcards of Providence and Pawtucket, R.I., c. 1918-1919