EDU 657 Week 1 DQ 1 Colleges in the Colonial Era Business – General Business Colleges in the Colonial Era. In Chapter One, Thelin (2011) mentioned nine surviving colleges founded before 1781: Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, and Pennsylvania. Many feel that these colleges stand out as quality higher education institutions that have acquired prestige and longevity. Do you agree with these viewpoints? Consider how these colleges influenced perceptions of higher education today. What about the quality of education then and online learning now? Relate how these trends and events still impact higher education today.