By SHERIDAN CYR
Lincoln College of New England in Southington announced Monday, Aug. 20 that the campus will permanently shut down on Dec. 31, 2018 following the fall semester’s completion. The college will not be enrolling any new students for the fall 2018 term.
LCNE had been undergoing its normal reaccreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and College, Inc.’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC) over the last several months.
“Unfortunately, on July 26, 2018, we were notified by NEASC of their commission’s decision to place our college on probation based on several factors,” said interim president Dr. Jim Vernon in a statement.
According to a statement from the commission, after its meeting on April 20, 2018, the commission voted to ask LCNE to show cause of why it should not be placed on probation “because the commission has reason to believe that the college may not be in compliance with the commission’s standards on: planning and evaluation; organization of governance; the academic program; students; teaching, learning and scholarship; institutional resources; and educational effectiveness.”
LCNE was asked to submit a show-cause report to demonstrate that it was compliant with the standards, or that plans and access to resources were in place to make it possible for the institution to become compliant with the standards within two years.
The show-cause was reviewed at the end of June by the commission, as mentioned by Vernon in his statement.
“I want to thank you for attending LCNE, as well as recognize all the staff and faculty that have worked tirelessly and dedicated their professional careers to helping students,” said Vernon in his statement to students. “Our college has truly had an impact on the lives of many people in the state of Connecticut and we wish you much success in your career goals.”
Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with East Hartford’s Goodwin College campus, LCNE students have the option to transition with ease to Goodwin College, a local, nonprofit college with many of the same programs.
“As a member of Connecticut’s higher education community, we are committed to Lincoln students’ pursuing their degrees,” said Goodwin College president Mark Scheinberg in a statement. “Lincoln identified Goodwin College as a suitable educational colleague that would be able to assist its students in their transition. Most of the programs offered at Lincoln are available here as well.”
Goodwin associates made themselves available for LCNE students on campus in several scheduled informational sessions in the week following Vernon’s announcement.
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