The East opens its doors to Lincoln College students as the institution closes – The Daily Eastern News

Eastern is gearing up to help Lincoln College students as their institution plans to close in May after 157 years.

University President David Glassman said Eastern is well positioned to help Lincoln College students.

“As an institution of higher education, we were certainly saddened to learn of the upcoming closure of Lincoln College. Our hearts go out to their employees and students,” Glassham said. “Fortunately, EIU is in a good position – on the academically, culturally, and geographically – to provide our support to Lincoln College students who wish to pursue higher education in a nurturing environment where they will benefit from the flexibility and encouragement to persist toward degree completion.

Josh Norman, Vice President of Enrollment Management, along with members of the Enrollment Management team worked with Lincoln College officials to create a smooth transition between institutions.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Jay Gatrell outlined Eastern’s plans and said he hoped to help Lincoln College students through their school closure.

“The EIU has developed a ‘teaching’ plan in partnership with our colleagues at Lincoln to ensure that all students have a clear path to graduation in specific programs of study. Our plan, which has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, focuses on reducing barriers sometimes associated with the transfer experience, such as the “residency requirement” and provides academic advisors with essential flexibility” , said Gatrell. “Finally, I am grateful for Justin Tierney’s commitment to serving all students, as he has been the driving force behind our efforts to work with Lincoln management to ensure that all of these students can call EIU home.”

This includes working one-on-one with students to meet their needs, increased flexibility with Lincoln College transfers, increased student assistance, leniency with the residency requirement, financial assistance, and assistance with documenting educational disorders. ‘learning.

One need that has yet to be addressed by Eastern, however, is the ability for students to continue living on campus when classes are not in session.

Eastern offers vacation housing for the spring and fall semesters, as well as the summer semester, for students who must stay on campus for classes or other circumstances and the director of housing, Mark Hudson, has said he was open to working with Lincoln students. College to specifically address these needs.

“I would say that there are students who are EIU students from any background, whatever, who really use the EIU as a base and have no place to go back to, so this isn’t necessarily unusual,” Hudson said. “So certainly if people had an interest in trying to come to EIU for that kind of service, I’m pretty confident we could come up with something.”

Justin Tierney, a member of Eastern’s enrollment management team and Lincoln College alumnus/former employee, has been instrumental in working with the college and its students as they research their academic options.

“For us, it’s really about supporting the student in any way we can,” Tierney said.

He said his connection to the college made him want to help in any way he could.

“So it’s a cause that’s close to my heart because I’m an alumnus,” Tierney said. “I worked in college for three years. I’m from Lincoln, Illinois. So as soon as I found out, we put a lot of wheels in motion.

Tierney added that the college closure was affecting him close to home.

“I’m not a screamer, but there have been tears shed in this office,” Tierney said. “Lincoln College is a truly special place. They have been educating students for 157 years. To see it disappear is devastating and very disheartening to me personally.

Beyond his personal ties to Lincoln College itself, Tierney said student aid has been a driving force for him.

“Part of why this project has been kind of a passion for me is just to want to make sure the students aren’t hurt by something that’s totally out of their control. To the right? Like they were doing everything they were supposed to be doing,” Tierney said. “You know, I think there is a vocation as a higher education professional, above all, these students need to be supported. And so we’re just trying to find ways to do that. Me being an elder and having connections there, it’s just a bit more personal for me.

Madelyn Kidd and Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

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