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Operational Budget Request

to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

On April 29, 2004, Lincoln University, the oldest chartered historically black college in the nation celebrated its 150th anniversary. On November 21, 2009, the Board of Trustees of the University reaffirmed the vision of the University as a “premier Historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society.”  

The Board also reaffirmed the historic mission of Lincoln University to unequivocally state that the present day mission is as important today as it was in 1854.  Our young people are still looking for universities that allow matriculation without regard to class, race or socio-economic background.  Lincoln University remains committed to its historical purpose and to preserving its distinction as an intellectual and cultural resource for this region.  Thus, the partnership between the Commonwealth and Lincoln University is crucial to the accomplishment of the University’s instructional, academic support, retention and technology efforts to provide an education that will continue to make our students competitive in the global marketplace.

The worldwide financial and credit crisis continues to grip this state and the country.  None of us could have predicted the overwhelming effect the downturn would have on higher education.  No institution—public or private, large or small, wealthy or not—has not suffered from the international credit crunch, reduced investment earnings, or rescinded appropriations.  The impact on our students and their families trying to cope in this financial climate compels us to be more thoughtful and creative in our responses.  

Addressing our financial needs by simply raising tuition is not an option.  The University implemented several cost cutting measures - adjusted our operating budgets, eliminated or delayed commitments on new projects, adjusted payout rates from endowments, and withheld pay raises or cost of living adjustments for selected employee constituent groups.  Yet, while we aggressively tighten our belts, Lincoln University must be careful to not permanently cripple the University that is a vital part of the Chester County economy and which ultimately will be looked upon to help mitigate this recession.

I have confidence that Lincoln University has taken appropriate and bold steps that will help us to weather this storm and that higher education, as an industry, will respond to these challenges in ways that contribute to the restoration of the economic wellbeing of all Pennsylvanians.  It is important, however, that we maintain a commitment to invest in higher education to help lead and sustain an economic recovery.

With 93% of Lincoln University students receiving some form of financial aid, Lincoln University is considered a “best buy” for students and the University is a “best buy” for providing high quality higher education to residents of the Commonwealth. Fifty-four percent (54%) of the University’s graduates remain in the Commonwealth.  The University has a proven track record year after year of exceeding many other larger universities graduating Black Americans in the fields of science and technology who go on to become leaders in the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.  Lincoln's alumni continue to achieve in all areas and contribute to the economic development of Pennsylvania.

Educational and General―$18,500,000
. Lincoln’s mission remains unchanged—to offer opportunities in education and leadership development to the descendents of those historically denied the liberation of learning.  The University will continue to nurture underserved students, teaching the same curriculum as that offered by mainstream institutions, but applying its historical values and time-intensive mentoring tradition.  The success of this approach is more than amply demonstrated by the quality of Lincoln’s alumni. Lincoln is committed to access, affordability and academic excellence for its students. The continuance of Lincoln’s commitment to access and affordability requires a commitment from the Commonwealth to support the University’s Operating Budget.  The Educational and General appropriation helps the University keep its tuition and fees competitive, thereby reducing one barrier to access and opportunity.

Technology―$3,250,000. Lincoln’s mission statement stresses “…a commitment to promoting technological sophistication for its students in all academic programs…” Additionally, one of the University’s major goals is “The University will upgrade and maintain its faculty/staff/student use and access to technology."  Implementing these commitments has improved significantly over the past two years with special funding from the Commonwealth. However, the University has not realized its full potential as we have not reached the level of technological sophistication necessary to prepare our students for the 21st century.

Centers of Excellence―$4,250,000/year
. In Lincoln University’s Strategic Plan (2008-2012) the University has identified five areas of Programmatic Excellence. Each of the areas is an area where minority students are underrepresented as graduates.  Thus, the University has developed a five-year plan to address this under-representation of citizens and seeks Commonwealth funding to specifically target the areas and produce graduates in the following underrepresented areas: GREAT Center of Excellence for Minority Health―$1,000,000/year. The vision of the Center for Minority Health is to offer challenging and exciting opportunities for our students in the field of biomedical sciences, public health, nursing, chemistry, biology and computer science that will adequately prepare our students for graduate and professional training in minority health. This will enable students graduating from Lincoln to proudly and rightfully join their counterparts all over the world in this new science frontier. Teacher Education and Urban Pedagogy―$700,000/year. Lincoln University has identified the preparation of qualified minority teachers in the Commonwealth as a strategic focus. During the past four years, the University has had 100% passage of the PRAXIS I and II Examinations for completers of its Education Program. We are seeking Commonwealth funding to target twenty students each year and make it attractive for each student to enter education as a profession. Mass Communications―$800,000/year. Lincoln University, during the past three years, has identified communications as a strategic focus.  During this period, the University has upgraded its television laboratory, its radio station and its curriculum to begin to address this minority shortage.  We are seeking Commonwealth funding to target twenty students and at the end of five years to produce a minimum of twenty graduates per year who will have the requirements to seek a position as a writer, producer or director in the communications arena. Business and Information Technology―$750,000/year. The number of minority students choosing accounting and finance as careers and who are able to compete effectively in the private, public and international sectors is very low. We are seeking Commonwealth funding to target twenty (20) students yearly and at the end of five years, to graduate twenty students per year in accounting and finance to address the shortage. The Joint Lincoln University-Barnes Foundation Visual Arts Major―$750,000/year embraces the idea of the Barnes Gallery as the experiential and laboratory component of a completely new undergraduate Art major which fully embraces the ideas of Albert C. Barnes.  The program has concentrations in Museum Studies (B.A.) and Studio Art (B.S.).  We are seeking Commonwealth funding to target twenty students yearly at the end of five years to graduate twenty students per year in the Art Program.

 Total Request: $26,000,000
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