A foundation for success
By 2018, we had achieved remarkable things. We had:
- Revolutionized teaching and learning with the nationally recognized Dialogues core curriculum
- Transformed the campus with enhanced technology and nearly 200,000 square feet of new facilities
- Created new learning pathways, including accelerated degree programs and academic partnerships
- Won six Fighting Knights national championships with an unwavering focus on spirit, service and strength
- Helped students become successful global citizens with expanded study abroad, service learning, internship and career opportunities. Nine times more students today participate in long-term versus short-term study abroad than five years ago.
- Enhanced the Lynn experience with 24/7 campus dining, peer mentor and leadership development programs, and a new student orientation called Lynn Launch
- Added 27 new undergraduate majors and 11 new graduate majors
- Increased graduate enrollment by 55 percent
- Improved student retention by 7 percent and graduation rates by 10 percent
- Acquired Digital Media Arts College, adding new majors in animation, design and media
- Raised over $100 million in capital and scholarships to invest in Lynn’s future
Hosting a U.S. presidential debate and iPad-powered learning weren’t in the plan, but we did those, too. Lynn brought the 2012 presidential debate on foreign policy to our internationally diverse community. It generated more than $13 million in positive economic impact and $63.7 million in earned media for our region. The technology infrastructure enhancements for the debate also enabled us to become one of the first schools in the nation to implement tablet-based learning. It was a bold move that put a transformational learning device into the hands of every student, improving engagement and saving up to 90 percent on the cost of textbooks.
Lynn is better adapted than any place I could easily imagine to pioneer a new paradigm for education in the U.S. and around the world. This is the only place I know where everyone is truly someone.James W. Guthrie, presidential fellow and professor in the Ross College of Education