Historically Black Lincoln College to close after 157 years

Historically, Black Lincoln College in Illinois was closed after 157 years.

The university announced that it had decided to close its operations at the end of March after the end of the spring semester. We had an opening ceremony last week.

President David Gerlach said, “Lincoln College has served students from all over the world for over 157 years. statement. “The loss of history, career, and student and alumni community is staggering.”

Lincoln’s death was sudden. The university was enjoying record high enrollment rates for the 2019-2020 school year when face-to-face operations were suspended and students scattered due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. As at many universities across the United States, enrollments declined significantly in the following year, and universities had to invest in technology systems to meet the demands of the pandemic era.

The last straw was the victim of a devastating cyberattack that started in Iran in December last year, when schools blocked access to institutional data. Fundraising and recruiting activities have mostly been halted.

Lincoln University said in a statement that “all systems necessary for recruiting, retaining, and fundraising were not in operation.”

Mr. Gerlach said that much Chicago Tribune The university paid less than $100,000 to restore the system, but tracking back enrollments, said the university would require $50 million or a partnership with another agency to keep the university open. Despite the best efforts of many community members, they got neither.

The closure of the university would leave a significant hole in the Lincoln community, a small town named after the former president of more than 13,000 on the outskirts of Springfield, the capital of central Illinois.

“You cannot waste the entire campus. I need it too much.” Arielle Williams, a recent graduate who served as president of Lincoln’s Black Students Association, said: NPR station told WGLT in April. “I don’t think people understand what this will do for a generation of students.”

Lincoln College isn’t the only small college to announce closures in recent months. Auckland’s historic all-woman Mills College announced plans to close last year before it agreed to merge with Boston’s Northeastern University. MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois has announced its closure for 2020.

Cyberattacks, which increasingly target U.S. higher education institutions, are not helping the problem. Already by 2022, at least 14 universities will be targeted by cyberattacks, increasing the cost of cybersecurity and insurance.

Lincoln College alumni include former Republican Congressman Ed Madigan and 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker. The college also hosts the Lincoln Heritage Museum, a collection of artifacts that tell the story of the life of the 16th President of the United States and his family. The museum remains open even after the university is closed.

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