UMD History After World War II, 1947-1960

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The curriculum at the New Bedford Textile School later expanded to include knitting technology, chemistry of textiles, dyeing and finishing and fashion and textile design.  After World War II the school began offering degrees in engineering, chemistry, and business administration, in response to a growing need for broader technological educational opportunities in southeastern Massachusetts.  The Board of Collegiate Authority approved the Trustees’ request to grant a Bachelor of Science degree in November of 1948.  In 1950 42 graduates earned the degree, in three subjects:  textile chemistry, textile engineering, and machine design.  The name of the school was changed briefly to the New Bedford Textile Institute (1946-1957) and later to the New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology (1957-1964) to reflect changes in curriculum.  Physical facilities continually expanded beginning in 1902, and ended with the construction of a science building across from the main building on Purchase Street in 1956.

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In 1946 the name Bradford Durfee Textile School changed to Bradford Durfee Technical Institute and in 1947 the school was authorized for the first time to award the bachelor of Science degree.  The name of the school changed again in 1958 to the Bradford Durfee College of Technology to reflect its status as a college with a four-year curriculum (non-degree granting schools with less than four-year curricula were known as technical institutes).

In 1960 the Bradford Durfee College of Technology merged with the New Bedford Institute of Technology to form SMTI (Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute), which was later renamed SMU (Southeastern Massachusetts University).  The trustees of both schools maintained separate campuses in New Bedford and Fall River until the first buildings of the present facility in North Dartmouth were completed.