Founded in 1951, Grantham University developed as part of the traditional college and university movement of the late 20th Century with a main campus in Southern California. As interest in Grantham's degree programs grew beyond campus boundaries, the college developed distance education programs to serve a geographically dispersed student body. Over time and as technology advanced, so too did our ability to serve our students. In the late ’90s, Grantham began offering degree programs exclusively online.
Today Grantham is still 100% online, offering more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four different colleges: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the Mark Skousen School of Business; the College of Nursing and Allied Health; and the College of Arts and Sciences.
World War II Veteran Donald Grantham understood how the G.I. Bill of Rights and its education benefits would transform the lives of returning servicemen (and currently women and their families). Grantham founded the Grantham Radio License School in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, the name was changed to Grantham School of Electronics (GSE).
The school opened sites in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, California. In the years to follow, additional campuses were opened in Seattle, Washington, and Kansas City, Missouri. At one time, GSE’s facilities also included the Grantham Electronics Institute Labs in Washington, DC; Falls Church, Virginia; and Dania, Florida. A second Los Angeles campus was established in 1974.
The smiling gentleman operating the television camera was Grantham graduate Vregh Godoshian. He was a technician and operator for WNEM-TV and FM in Pontiac, Michigan. Vregh graduated from the Washington D.C. campus in January of 1958.
Pictured here is Robert Falkner, WWII veteran and president of Gold Star Recording Company in 1959, supervising an “on the spot” recording of a dance band. Falkner attended the Grantham School of Electronics, gaining knowledge he credited with helping him set up his own recording studio.
Pictured here is an August 1960 ad in Popular Mechanics magazine featuring the Grantham School of Electronics.
GSE became accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the predecessor of the Distance Education and Training Council (now the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)), which had received formal recognition by the Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency in 1959.
Pictured here is Robert Winchester, a graduate of the Seattle division of the Grantham School of Electronics. In 1961, he opened Tele-Car Communications, the fastest growing mobile communication firm in the Northwest.
The institution’s name changed to Grantham College of Engineering (GCE). Throughout the following years, GCE consolidated all of its activities to one location in Los Angeles, California, that offered only distance learning programs.
The Grantham College of Engineering moved to Falls Church, Virginia, and began awarding its first associate degrees.
Mr. Grantham discontinued residential school operations to concentrate completely on distance education.
Grantham College of Engineering was the only school in the United States offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Electronics through distance education.
The Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology was launched.
In 1989, this ad appeared on the inside front cover of Popular Electronics, highlighting Grantham’s student-centric focus.
Grantham College of Electronics received approval to operate and relocated to the State of Louisiana. In 1993, it became licensed to operate by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
The College’s programmatic offerings expanded with the addition of a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree.
Grantham College of Engineering created the military scholarship program to help service members surmount barriers to higher education and to express its gratitude for the men and women who sacrifice to serve our country.
Grantham College of Engineering launched its Business School and simultaneously became Grantham University. From 2002 to 2005, Grantham expanded its online degree selection by adding its criminal justice and master’s degree programs.
The College of Arts and Sciences was launched. Grantham University was selected to participate in C-Tac and was selected by the Defense Acquisition University to participate in its degree completion program.
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed all but one building on the Grantham University campus in Slidell, Louisiana, Grantham relocated from Slidell to Kansas City, Missouri. In that same year, the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) certified Grantham to operate in the State of Missouri.
In April 2006, Kansas City (Missouri) Mayor Kay Barnes helped Grantham University formally open its new Kansas City location with a ribbon cutting.
Grantham University was selected by the College of the Air Force to participate in its Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) program.
Grantham University held its first annual physical commencement ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.
To enhance the overall student experience, Grantham University adapted new technology for its student management system and learning management system. In November 2009, the University received approval from the Distance Education and Training Council and the Missouri Department of Higher Education to offer associate through master-level allied health degrees.
Grantham University began offering its RN to BSN Nursing Degree Completion Program and a Master of Science in Nursing. The University launched 10 new programs in nursing and allied health, as well as information systems, information systems security and performance improvement degrees.
Grantham University began to enroll Title IV students. Grantham also received a $5,000 grant from the Aurora Foundation to develop a “Vets in Transition” awareness program.
Grantham University launched the first virtual Society for Human Resource Management chapter.
To accommodate a growing employee base for an ever-expanding and worldwide student population, Grantham University relocated its main campus to a facility across the state line in Lenexa, Kansas. Pictured here is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Kansas location.
Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business received first-time programmatic accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Grantham University received programmatic accreditation through ABET for its Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology program.
Grantham continues to be a leader in providing professionally relevant education in a convenient, affordable manner to adult learners across the globe.