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Cambridge College Inc

 500 Rutherford Avenue
 Boston, MA 02129
[P] (617) 868-1000 x 1461
[F] (617) 349-3554
Bridget Kent
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EIN 51-0163080

LAST UPDATED: 12/17/2018
Organization DBA Cambridge College/ Institute Of Open Education
Former Names Cambridge College/Institute of Open Education (1986)
Institute of Open Education of the Antioch University Network (1974)
Institute of Open Education at Newton College of the Sacred Heart (1971)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

Mission Statement

To provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $33,663,000.00
Projected Expense $33,663,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The (Graduate) School of Education
  • The (Graduate) School of Management
  • The (Graduate) School of Psychology and Counseling
  • The School of Undergraduate Studies

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

To provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

Background Statement

In 1971, a small group of educators created an educational institution, now known as Cambridge College, whose primary mission was to provide educational opportunities and degree attainment for working adults who did not have ready access to higher education. The art and science of helping adults learn became the foundation of the education philosophy at the institution. By blending theory and practice in a developmental and participatory approach, this group of educators developed “the teaching/learning model” specifically for adult learning and to benefit those who may not have had opportunities for a college education. The College was first known as The Institute of Open Education within Newton College of the Sacred Heart, and later became part of the Antioch University Network. In 1974, it became an independent institution, and in 1975 began awarding a Master of Education. The mission and philosophy of the College drew the attention of students from businesses, nonprofit and social service agencies, and other professions. As this learning community grew, the College expanded to offer a broad range of academic programs, including the Master of Management, Bachelor of Arts, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Bachelor of Science, and the Doctor of Education. Cambridge College continues to be at the forefront in providing open access to nontraditional learners—adult students who did not immediately go on from high school graduation to college; who have associate degrees; who began college but did not finish; or who never enrolled. The College has awarded degrees to more than 35,000 alumni. Today, Cambridge College also serves the educational needs of students outside of its original home location in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The College has regional locations in Springfield and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and in California, Puerto Rico. The College aspires to be a visionary organization and learning community for its constituents. Through the dynamic learning processes which are the foundations of our educational model, and our dedication to our mission, we believe we are serving and transforming the lives of adult learners across the national landscape.

Impact Statement

Cambridge College’s most significant accomplishment from the past year was the move to a new campus in Charlestown, MA. This new campus provides up to date facilities, computer labs, and classrooms to enhance students' academic success. 

Cambridge College is currently at the beginning of a new strategic planning process that will guide the next five years of institutional growth. In its last strategic plan, which covered FY2012 to FY2017, primary goals included: 1) Academic Excellence and Access; 2) Student Success and Satisfaction; 3) Financial Stability and Strength; 4) Culture of Engagement; and 5) External Relationships. These goals will carry over into the new strategic plan with the exception of “Culture of Engagement”, which will be replaced by a focus on technology and innovation. A small number of strategic objectives and tactics will guide our pursuit of these goals, including:
-Assure that programs continue to be accessible and affordable by expanding delivery modalities and end-products (e.g., offer more online and day classes, alternative credentials)
-Continue improvement of quality and relevance of academic offerings/content
-Expand professional development for faculty and foster excellence in learning and teaching
-Prepare students for sustainable careers and to compete successfully in a global context by developing new programs in emerging fields of opportunity (e.g., science and math, technology, health care, human services)
-Improve student success by increasing student retention and attainment through expansion of comprehensive student support services (e.g., academic advising, tutoring/mentoring, outside referral, navigation assistance, financial literacy, financial aid)
-Strengthen financial stability and sustainability of the College through ongoing effective management of resources, enrollment growth, resource expansion via donations, grants and philanthropic contributions.

Needs Statement

The College’s most pressing needs include:

  • Expansion of student support services, including advising, tutoring, counseling, and career services, to increase retention, graduation rates and career placement rates
  • Expansion of academic programs, including the addition of new degree programs, expanding on-line programming and developing competency-based education models
  • Expansion of professional development and support for faculty
  • Updating of academic and administrative technology
  • Investments in space to enhance quality, effective utilization, expanded classroom availability and efficiency of operations

CEO Statement

Cambridge College is a pioneer in adult learning since its founding in 1971 by a group of innovative educators who believed that quality higher education should be accessible to all.   With over 35,000 alumni, Cambridge College continues to be a leader that empowers adult learners to build on their life experiences. Over 4,000 degree seeking students are enrolled in our four schools – the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Management, the School of Psychology and Counseling, and the School of Education – and in locations across 2 states – Massachusetts, California -- and the U.S Territory of Puerto Rico.

Cambridge College is recognized for its commitment to diversity, access and excellence. We have been cited as both a Military Friendly School and as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution in Excelencia in Education and as a leader in awarding master’s degrees in business to African-American students.  Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine has named us as one of the top 100 colleges and universities awarding graduate degrees and the Boston Business Journal ranked Cambridge College 11th from the Area’s Largest Graduate Schools in Massachusetts.

In addition, we have been recognized as “One of the Top Colleges in Massachusetts with the Best Student-Teacher Ratios” reflecting our commitment to provide a learning atmosphere dedicated to personal attention and individual success.  

At Cambridge College we recognize diversity among our students, faculty and staff as an asset in the classroom and in our college community. We also take great pride in our faculty who are both practitioners and experts in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom. Our students bring to their academic pursuits their lifetime experiences and unique personal journeys to create an inclusive and engaging learning environment.   Combined with our innovative teaching and learning model, we help adult learners successfully meet the challenges of higher education, prepare for successful careers and become agents of social justice and change in their communities.

Our alumni are the best indicators of our success. Our community of alumni include an Emmy Award winner, the founder of one of Boston’s first and only public high schools for the visual and performing arts, Fortune 500 executives, innovative social entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, and a countless number of inspirational teachers and health care leaders, to name a few.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
Cambridge College has campuses in Boston, Lawrence, and Springfield, MA which draw students from all New England states.  In addition, regional locations include Rancho Cucamonga, CA,and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Education - Higher Education
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



The (Graduate) School of Education


The (Graduate) School of Education serves approximately 1300 students and offers programs leading to educator licensure (certification) and professional advancement for teachers and school administrators in Massachusetts. These programs help educators renew their passion for working in schools and advance their careers. The School’s core values include:  innovation in curriculum and teaching strategies, diversity, academic excellence, social justice, honesty and integrity, and building community. The School also offers a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership which equips practitioner-scholars to become more effective leaders through improved analytical and research skills, cultural competence, and community-oriented practices. In addition, the School offers the Collaborative Program which provides “stand alone” professional development courses, as well as deeper academic partnerships with districts, private schools, charter schools, and educational organizations.

Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  x
Program Long-Term Success  x
Program Success Monitored By  x
Examples of Program Success  x

The (Graduate) School of Management

The (Graduate) School of Management serves approximately 500 students and offers graduate programs that develop skills and knowledge to improve management performance, increase advancement opportunities, and provide more effective leadership in private, public and not-for-profit organizations. Key programs include the Master's in Business Administration (MBA), which includes an MBA, an MBA in Healthcare, and Accelerated BS to MBA; Master's in Management; and a number of certificates for working professionals in healthcare informatics, IT management, non-profit and public management, and organizational leadership, among others. These programs seek to develop aspiring and practicing managers who are values-driven and adept at working with people and organizations in a diverse global world. The curriculum provides comprehensive management and leadership skills including relevant and up-to-date academic concepts, best practices, and proven strategies that students can use to increase their organization’s effectiveness in today’s world.

Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  x
Program Long-Term Success  x
Program Success Monitored By  x
Examples of Program Success  x

The (Graduate) School of Psychology and Counseling

The (Graduate) School of Psychology & Counseling serves approximately 800 students and provides graduate programs that prepare students for licensure or other professional credentials necessary for counseling careers.  Programs also support related careers not requiring licensure by augmenting degrees with specific concentrations, such as Addiction Counseling, Trauma Studies and Geriatric Mental Health. The School serves adult learners who arrive with a wide range of nontraditional experience in counseling and related fields. 

Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  x
Program Long-Term Success  x
Program Success Monitored By  x
Examples of Program Success  x

The School of Undergraduate Studies

The School of Undergraduate Studies serves approximately 1600 students and offers bachelor’s degrees in Human Services, Management Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Care, Managerial Accounting, Health Care Management, Health and Wellness Promotion, and Natural and Applied Sciences. The School delivers relevant and practical knowledge in programs that foster critical thinking, effective communication, creative problem-solving, dynamic teambuilding, respect for diversity, and civic engagement. These programs recognize and acknowledge the challenges faced by our adult students and meet them where they are, relative to both academic and life experiences.

Budget  $1,940,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, success is measured through students' persistence in their studies from year to year, achievement of satisfactory academic progress, and engagement in the College's various academic and non-academic services and activities.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success includes multiple year retention, continued enrollment at Cambridge or another institution of higher education, graduation rates, post-graduation employment rates, graduate admission rates
Program Success Monitored By  The Undergraduate Dean, Program Chairs, Undergraduate Faculty, Undergraduate Advisors, Student Support and Success Coaches
Examples of Program Success  Over the past five years, the School of Undergraduate Studies has experienced an increase in retention rates across its program offerings by 10%. We continue to expand our student support services, advising, student engagement initiatives, and student outreach to increase student persistence and graduation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah C. Jackson
CEO Term Start May 2011
CEO Email
CEO Experience

In May 2011, Deborah C. Jackson became the fourth President of Cambridge College, bringing to the institution over 30 years of leadership expertise across a number of Boston’s leading institutions. 

Her commitment to the social justice imperative of higher education is evidenced by her efforts to advance the college’s ongoing commitment to diversity. Prior to joining Cambridge College, Ms. Jackson served for nearly a decade as CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, one of the nation's largest Red Cross units. She also served as Vice President of the Boston Foundation where she managed its $50 million grant and initiatives program, as Senior Vice President at Boston Children’s Hospital, and as President and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Ms. Jackson has served and continues to serve on numerous commissions, task forces and boards, including the Boston Green Ribbon Commission; the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care; the “City to City” program focusing on national and global best practices for urban policies; the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council; Eastern Bank; and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Colleges in Massachusetts (AICUM), and in June 2015, will be appointed as Chair of their Board.

Ms. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management, and Boston Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Women in Boston. In May 2014, she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Curry College. Ms. Jackson attended Hampton University and completed her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning for graduate studies and Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Program.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Tito Guerrero Mar 2009 Sept 2010
Ms. Eileen Moran Brown Dec 2007 Jan 2008

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Carson Berglund Vice President, Advancement --
Ms. Jacqui Conrad Vice President Marketing, Communications & Public Relations --
Dr. Gilda Gely Associate Provost --
Ms Mary Ann Joseph Ph.D. Acting Dean, School of Management --
Mr. James S. Lee M.A. Dean of the Undergraduate School and Interim Associate Provost --
Mr. Phillip Page M.S. Vice President of Strategic Partnerships --
Ms. Regina Robinson M.A. Dean of Student Affairs --
Mr. Mark Rotondo Esq. Director of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness --
Ms. Niti Seth Ed.D. Dean, School of Psychology and Counseling --
Ms. Lauretta Siggers Director of Human Resources --
Mr. John Spinard Chief Financial Officer --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Top One Hundred Institutions Awarding Masters Degrees to Minorities Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine 2011


Affiliation Year
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2010
United Way Member Agency 2004
Chamber of Commerce --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
New England Association of Schools and Colleges 1981


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 172
Number of Part Time Staff 473
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 88%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 72
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 15
Caucasian: 257
Hispanic/Latino: 49
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 27
Other (if specified): 7
Gender Female: 358
Male: 250
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
See Management and Governance Comments
Commercial General Liability
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Employee Benefits Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Susan Ifill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chief Executive Officer
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Aug 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Charles L Anderson MD EXALTARE Capital Partners Voting
Mr. Pedro Arce Eastern Bank Voting
Ms. Stephanie Browne Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Voting
Mr. Allan Cohen Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. John K Dineen Esq. Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP Voting
Ms. Susan M Ifill Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC Voting
Ms Deborah C Jackson Cambridge College Exofficio
Mr Kenneth Johnson Loomis & Sayles Voting
Ms. Virginia Loeb Counseling Psychologist Voting
Mr. Kevin McCall Paradigm Capital Advisors, Paradigm Properties Voting
Mr. Terrence McCourt Greenberg Traurig, LLP Voting
Ms. April Ryan American Urban Radio Network Voting
Mr. James Segel ADS Ventures Voting
Mr. Thomas F. F. Snyder Tom Snyder Productions, Inc. Voting
Mr. Jesse Solomon Boston Plan for Excellence Voting
Ms. Janet Whitla Education Development Center Voting
Mr. Luis E Yépez Jr. Mainstream Global, Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Real Estate
  • Trusteeship

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $30,182,641 $26,987,409 $27,671,552
Total Expenses $29,755,215 $27,717,981 $30,850,097

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $775,795 $653,357 $483,078
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $26,305,476 $24,397,730 $26,560,018
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,964,157 $1,885,049 $460,554
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $-52,540 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $189,753 $51,273 $167,902

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $24,192,280 $22,595,179 $24,976,738
Administration Expense $4,952,060 $4,724,010 $5,331,960
Fundraising Expense $610,875 $398,792 $541,399
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.97 0.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 84% 61% 112%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $30,919,846 $29,351,009 $30,182,480
Current Assets $4,383,222 $3,886,064 $4,415,969
Long-Term Liabilities $1,070,084 $948,595 $873,029
Current Liabilities $10,336,939 $7,606,066 $6,292,194
Total Net Assets $19,512,823 $20,796,348 $23,017,257

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $15,485,757.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 60.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Support growth and investment in key strategic priorities, including student support services, new academic programs, new technology and infrastructure
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.42 0.51 0.70

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 3% 3% 3%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s, with asset and liability data per the audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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