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Space is the Place
Jan 23, 2016
Figthing borg at Wolf 359

We last covered Cheyney University of Pennsylvania which received an average score of 6.7.

See the updated leaderboard here

Missouri has two HBCUs. He first covered Harris-Stowe University of St. Louis and today we will cover the other Lincoln University (MO) in the capital Jefferson City (not to be confused with Lincoln University PA). Lincoln University in Missouri was established right after the Civil War after local Black soldiers from the 62nd Coloured Infantry regiment requested a school for the local community. It was state supported from the start and became a land grant school in 1890 after the second Morrill Act.

It was noted as a progressive and upcoming university in the early 20th century and was mentioned by WEB DuBois in his article criticizing the progress at Wilberforce University. It had one of the widest sports programs amongst HBCUs up through the 1950s (including a womens' archery team) and included a law school, journalism school, and school of military science.

Lincoln Missouri was one of the most impacted HBCUs by the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. After the decision it opened its doors to all students and many Whites, often local commuters, began to attend the school. By 1970 it was 1/3 White. Only the HBCUs in West Virginia and some smaller community colleges saw as drastic a shift (see their stories here). Another effect of integration was the closing of many departments that had served Black students in segregation that were now seen as redundant. Lincoln had a law school which was the Black alternative to the University of Missouri Law School. This and the journalism school closed soon after the Brown decision. Today Lincoln is about 57% Black.

Lincoln has one of the more prominent local nursing schools and a strong alumni base in both Jefferson City as well as among Black politicians in the state. It still draws significant numbers of Black students from far away places like California giving it name recognition as a HBCU for the western US.

Also see this great profile on its president by @get these nets

Founded: 1866

City, State: Jefferson City, MO

Type: 4-Year Public

Nickname: Blue Tigers

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 1,794 (1,689 undergraduate), 57% Black

Part-time student percentage: 30%

First Generation Student Percentage: 38%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 56% / 5%

Out of State Percentage: 33% (Top States: Illinois, California, Kansas, Tennessee, Indiana)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: Open admissions

4-yr/6-yr graduation rates: 18% / 27%

Transfer out rate: 36%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 40% male/ 60% female (1.5:1 ratio)

Tuition: In-state: $8k, Out-of-state: $16k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $30k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: $15k

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $35k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
Registered Nursing: $61k, Information Science: $43k, Business Administration: $40k, Education: $33k

Top Majors by Degrees:
Business Administration, Registered Nursing, Psychology, Agriculture, Education, Nutrition

Endowment: ~$10M

Alumni Engagement: 5% of alumni give back

Athletic Conference: MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) - NCAA Div II

Mascot: Blue Tiger


Notable Alumni:
Dorothy Butler Gilliam - co-founder National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and first Black woman reporter at the Washington Post

Moddie Taylor - chemist that worked on the Manhattan Project and led Howard's Chemistry Department in the 1970s

William Blaine Luetkemeyr - Missouri congressman

William Tecumseh Vernon - prominent Missouri educator and Republican; appointed Register of the Treasury by President Theodore Roosevelt

Ann Walton Kroenke - Wal-Mart heiress and Denver Nuggets owner

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Jul 8, 2017
Above the fray.
One of the more unique backstories in the series.
USCT influenced founding , influential alumni, direct alumni connection to other HBCUs,net negative to the institution from Brown vs Board of Ed ruling- elimination of Law School and Journalism Dept., high non Black % of students, exact same name as another HBCU, a Billionaire alumna.

This school is a unicorn!!

* With the Walton family alum, I expected to see a higher endowment

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Jul 8, 2017
Above the fray.

SLU, HBCU launch accelerated 4+1 grad program​

Jan 4, 2023
A new partnership between Saint Louis University and Lincoln University of Missouri will help drive strategic intelligence and cybersecurity workforce development in the region. Announced in October 2023, the move serves as a sign of what’s to come for job opportunities in the local, state and national markets.
“This new Accelerated Bachelors to Master’s Program in Intelligence and Cybersecurity will allow students to get a head start on their graduate education by taking graduate courses during their junior and senior undergraduate years,” says Joe Lyons, director of the Midwest Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at SLU.

The agreement will help Lincoln University students in STEM fields pursue a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence or Cybersecurity at SLU by facilitating a 4+1 undergraduate and graduate model that accelerates the education timeline from two years to just one.

Students are eligible for the program if they maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 and have completed specific prerequisite courses during their undergraduate degree. The program is administered remotely through SLU’s School for Professional Studies and is currently recruiting students; the first student cohort will begin in fall 2024. Undergraduate students can take up to 12 credit hours that can be applied to their master’s degree.
The partnership between SLU (a Jesuit school founded in 1818) and Lincoln University (a public, historically Black university founded in 1866), is the latest development in a research consortium established between the schools in 2022. The schools work alongside SLU’s MW-IC CAE – also founded in 2022 – to bolster and supply the training pipeline for students to enter careers in the intelligence industry.

“Most students in this program will complete their master’s degree in under one year after completing their baccalaureate degree,” Lyons says. “This enables students to enter the STEM workforce much more quickly with the advanced skills employers are seeking. Master’s degrees are associated with many benefits for our students, including higher salaries after graduation and more advancement opportunities within their careers.”

Early entry into this growing industry means more St. Louis graduates working in skilled professions in the metro, country and even internationally. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center predicts job growth in Missouri in fields related to cybersecurity to be higher than 29 percent between 2020 and 2030. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 32 percent growth in jobs for information security analysts over the next 10 years. This translates to a net increase of thousands of job openings across the state.

“In the St. Louis region, we have seen federal agencies including NGA expand their facilities, resulting in even more local job opportunities in the security and intelligence field,” Lyons says. “Programs like the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master’s – and intra-university organizations like the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence – help ensure a pipeline of talent regionally and nationally.”