Goddard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, marital/civil union status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran/uniformed service status, disability or other legally protected classification in any of its policies or procedures – including but not limited to those related to admission, employment, the provision of educational services, and the granting of financial aid – or in its services, facilities, privileges or benefits in compliance with and to the limits of applicable state and federal laws. All Goddard scheduled and sponsored programs and activities are open to men and women on an equal basis or on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Evalyn Cora Bates was one of the first two graduates of Goddard College’s four-year undergraduate program in 1943. Her 1957 graduate thesis from the University of Chicago (Development of the Goddard College Adult Education Program) was the first clear articulation of a low-residency, progressive education program, and in 1963 the Adult Degree Program was founded at Goddard College largely because of Evalyn's vision and hard work. It is fair to say that Evalyn Bates opened the door to higher education to thousands of adult and non-traditional students so we are proud to have her name grace our front door.