College reveals outcome of long-range planning
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[March 02, 2007]
Abraham Lincoln said it best when
planning for the future. In addressing the Republican State
Convention in 1858, he said, "If we could first know where we are
and whither we are tending, we could better judge what we do, and
how to do it." Lincoln College is following its namesake's wisdom by
creating a new long-range plan with an updated mission statement,
vision statement and six goals that support both statements.
The Lincoln College Long Range Planning Committee -- consisting of
students, faculty, staff, trustees and community members -- started
meeting in the fall of 2006 to discuss the future of the
The group, with the help of a consultant, Dr. Gary
Davis of Lincoln, created a new mission statement for Lincoln
Lincoln College uniquely empowers students to realize their full potential.
Consistent with a long history of assisting students who desire a
more personal educational environment and robust academic support
structures, this mission statement highlights the cutting-edge
efforts of the college in helping students succeed.
The vision statement, which is primarily used for internal
communications, reminds employees of the purpose of Lincoln College.
The new vision statement is:
By 2012, Lincoln
College will be recognized as uniquely student-focused, innovative
and entrepreneurial. Lincoln College will offer a campus community
that engages students with opportunities for educational, personal
and professional success.
Six goals were established to support the two new statements. The
first is a program to help faculty and staff understand how the
students of today learn. The second is to update and offer a new
curriculum to engage students and improve their chances for
educational, personal and professional success. The third and fourth
goals will create an effective retention plan and provide a stronger
financial position for the college. The fifth goal focuses on
upgrading the physical facilities at LC, and the final goal
encourages an effective internal and external communication program.
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The Lincoln College board of trustees at its most recent
meeting in February approved the work of the committee.
Representing the community was Rob Orr, executive director of the
Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership, who appreciated
being asked to participate in the process. "Lincoln College has a
significant impact on Lincoln's economy, and this plan will help
guide its continuing success in the future," he said. "I am
especially intrigued by the 'entrepreneurial' vision taken by the
college. The potential for exploring new opportunities that not only
better serve the college's educational mission but also positively
impact our community is exciting for me."
Lincoln College President John Hutchinson said the rapid changes
in higher education have prompted restructuring the mission
statement. "Every college and university should be engaged in
long-term planning in order to accommodate the changing needs of
students for today and tomorrow," he said. "In the past, long-range
plans in higher education had a 10-year horizon, but with the rapid
changes both in society and how young people learn, I anticipate
Lincoln College going through the process again within the next
three to five years."
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