Lincoln College to Invest Millions in Campus

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LINCOLN – Backed with the unanimous and enthusiastic support of the Board of Trustees, Lincoln College President David Gerlach announced a multi-million dollar re-investment plan aimed at improving the College’s programs, services and facilities and doubling student enrollment as it transforms back to its roots as Lincoln University.

The college will spend $7.6 million.  

Here's the outline for the plans

·         For fall 2016, the Lincoln campus will add bachelor degree programs in: Criminal Justice Studies, Sport Management, and Business Management among others. The Lincoln campus currently offers bachelors in Jazz Studies and Theatre.

·         Over the next 12 months, the Normal campus will expand its very successful ABE (Accelerated Bridge to Education) program, which now includes 5-week bachelor’s degree programs in Bloomington/Normal, Peoria and Oglesby and a “New Normal” accelerated 8-week bachelor’s degree program in Normal.

·         The Normal and Lincoln campuses need to better coordinate educational efforts. The Normal campus will eliminate its residence halls and end the four one-year certificate programs in cosmetology, esthetics, teacher training and massage therapy now provided there. The College will sell the campus and anticipates leasing back the main academic building and some residential housing. Staffing will be realigned at the two campuses to reflect the new direction.

·         Over the next 12 years, the re-investment plan will serve as the catalyst for a transformation into Lincoln University, adding at least 12 additional baccalaureate degrees and a few carefully selected master’s degree programs.

In addition the College will explore a move from NJCAA to four-year college athletics and aim to double its student enrollment during that period.

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