Lincoln College is a private two-year liberal arts college, fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In a small, residential campus setting, young men and women begin their college education in an atmosphere that is practical and supportive.
Lincoln College has long fostered a personal approach to education. It has had a tradition of personal education before the concept became universally popular. The tradition, guiding mission, faculty philosophy, student services, and low faculty-student ratio enable the College to provide the important element of individualized attention that makes the difference between failure and success for many students. The mission of Lincoln College is:
“Lincoln College uniquely empowers students to realize their full potential.”
This mission requires that faculty members play a variety of roles in their relationships with students. Three roles of central importance are:
The primary relationship on any college campus is the instructor-student relationship. The Lincoln College faculty attempts, through diligent work and professional expertise, to provide the best possible environment for students to achieve academic success and personal growth. Academic standards are maintained at a level equivalent to other institutions of higher learning, and the instructor’s efforts for the student do not end with the mere presentation of subject matter. To be an instructor at Lincoln College means being available for tutoring, providing enrichment opportunities for advanced students, and taking personal interest in the success of each student.
Every Lincoln College student is assigned a faculty advisor from his or her area of academic interest or from advisors-at-large if the student is undecided.
The faculty advisor helps orient students to college work, assists them with registration and scheduling of classes, monitors their academic progress, and refers them to faculty members and student services staff for necessary help. These tasks require that student files be maintained and that advisor/student appointments be routinely scheduled. The faculty advisor must also be thoroughly familiar with the educational programs and academic requirements of the institution.
Counseling is not a function that can be confined to a counseling staff. Students will turn to roommates, instructors, advisors, student services personnel, and others for help with their personal problems. Faculty members must be sensitive to the developmental needs of college students. The goal of Lincoln College is for all faculty and staff members to lend an understanding ear, offer advice, and provide referrals when necessary
It is no secret that many colleges have opened their doors to students and then offered little help once the students were inside. Other colleges have been anything but realistic and candid in dealing with the problems that can befall students. Lincoln College knows that students deserve a helping hand, but it must be firm and sensible. Lincoln College does not sell pie-in-the-sky. Lincoln College does not lower academic standards. Lincoln College does provide sophisticated student services, a talented teaching faculty, and a frank approach to student advisement.
Why Lincoln College?
Lincoln College cannot promise that all students will succeed, but students have a better opportunity for legitimate academic success at Lincoln College than anywhere else. Semesters of experience prove that Lincoln College helps to make student transfers a success. The College is willing to open its doors to a very diverse student body, and it is willing to provide assistance for students who do not possess records of past scholastic achievement.