Goddard College, Plainfield
Founded as the Green Mountain Central Institute in 1863 and becoming the Goddard Seminary in 1870, Goddard College was ultimately chartered in 1938 at its Plainfield, Vermont campus by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first U.S. college to offer adult degree programs. Today, the college offers accredited degree programs from campuses in Plainfield, Vermont and Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington. Goddard’s low-residency, student-centered model of education set the standard for distance learning programs across the country. Goddard’s mission is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.