Founded in 1944 by Dr. Bebe Patten, the Patten Educational Foundation has a long history of building educational institutions that train leaders who are committed to a life of service and inspired to engage in community and global transformation. For over 75 years, the schools founded by the Foundation have educated thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate school.
- Founded the Oakland Bible Institute which provided religious training and courses on its campus in Oakland, CA.
- Founded the Patten Academy of Christian Education which is a K-12 school on the Patten campus in Oakland, CA where it continues to operate.
- Founded the Patten Bible College.
- Patten Bible College was renamed Patten College and obtained accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC).
- Sponsored the Prison University Project, an award winning associates degree program that provided a world-class education to students incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison with classes taught by faculty from leading California universities, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford.
- Patten College was renamed Patten University and began offering graduate programs.
- Patten University was sold to UniversityNow, an Oakland based social venture that began offering low-cost, online degree programs on its award winning self paced learning platform.
- The Foundation began offering leadership training programs to members of its faith community at its campus in Oakland, CA.
- Patten University’s online programs were acquired by National University System.
- Prison University Project accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC Junior) and renamed Mount Tamalpais College, an independent college dedicated to serving inmates at San Quentin State Prison.
- The Foundation began exploring options to offer business and management programs for members of its faith community and the broader public.