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13460148, Lincoln College (HBCU) is closing its doors due to covid and...
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 12:21 PM
cyber attacks. We cant afford to lose any of our institutions...i wish these black mega millionaires/billionaires would come together and give some of these smaller schools a boost...Hampton, Howard, Morehouse, Central and A&T arent the ones who need it. This school has been around for 150 years smh.


After more than 150 years, Lincoln College in central Illinois is closing its doors after significant challenges from Covid-19 and complications stemming from a recent cyberattack.

The college is a predominantly Black institution, as designated by the U.S. Department of Education, and according to the Lincoln Heritage Museum, was the only college named for Abraham Lincoln while he was still living. It opened in 1865.

“Lincoln College has survived many difficult and challenging times – the economic crisis of 1887, a major campus fire in 1912, the Spanish flu of 1918, the Great Depression, World War II, the 2008 global financial crisis, and more, but this is different,” part of a statement posted to Lincoln College’s website read.

“The economic burdens initiated by the pandemic required large investments in technology and campus safety measures, as well as a significant drop in enrollment with students choosing to postpone college or take a leave of absence, which impacted the institution’s financial position,” the statement continued.

But it also singled out a cyberattack in December 2021 that “thwarted admissions activities and hindered access to all institutional data, creating an unclear picture of Fall 2022 enrollment projections. All systems required for recruitment, retention, and fundraising efforts were inoperable.”

As of summer 2021, Lincoln College had roughly 1,200 students.

Additionally, according to the statement, when the systems were restored in March 2022, there were “significant enrollment shortfalls, requiring a transformational donation or partnership to sustain Lincoln College beyond the current semester,” and, “Unfortunately, these efforts did not create long-term viability for Lincoln College in the face of the pandemic.”

Cybercriminals have shown little restraint in locking up the computer systems of schools and universities across the US amid a shift to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Ransomware affected 62 school districts and the campuses of 26 colleges and universities in 2021, according to cybersecurity firm Emsisoft. All told, ransomware incidents disrupted learning at more than 1,000 schools in the US in 2021, the firm said.

“Ransomware is a multi-million-dollar problem for the education sector, but its impact is more than financial,” Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Emsisoft, told CNN. “Attacks also disrupt kids’ educations and cause personal information relating to both students and teachers to leak online.”

Lincoln College held its final graduation ceremony Saturday and will officially close its doors on Friday.
13460149, Is this story accurate?
Posted by ThaTruth, Tue May-10-22 12:52 PM
Lincoln Universities in MO and PA are HBCU's I've never even heard of Lincoln College mentioned as an HBCU and I'm from IL
13460153, found this
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 02:01 PM
13460155, its not an HBCU
Posted by ThaTruth, Tue May-10-22 02:10 PM
13460154, not really an hbcu.
Posted by tariqhu, Tue May-10-22 02:09 PM
it's considered a pbi, predominately black institution, which means at least 40% of the student body is black.

it's a weird designation.
13460157, Gotcha...if its an institution thats predominately black its still a
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 02:18 PM
shame to see it go like that.
13460159, true.
Posted by tariqhu, Tue May-10-22 02:23 PM
sadly, I suspect more places will be taken under because of cyber threats. this shit cray and most places don't have real cyber personnel or the money to fend folks off.
13460160, most def. i work in IT at a black school and we are making major
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 02:31 PM
efforts to make strides in areas of cyber security...some of the smaller schools are probably scrambling to get up to speed
13460161, make backups of your backups.. and then make backups of your backups
Posted by legsdiamond, Tue May-10-22 02:34 PM
13460163, definitely.
Posted by tariqhu, Tue May-10-22 02:53 PM
but some of this shit will even fuck up the back ups before you know anything's wrong.
13460255, and this is why you have to have *Immutable* backups
Posted by nonaime, Thu May-12-22 03:45 AM
>but some of this shit will even fuck up the back ups before
>you know anything's wrong.
13460164, pretty much. people hate dual authentication but im good with it
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 02:53 PM
13460171, What happened to rich people wanting to start schools??!?
Posted by Buddy_Gilapagos, Tue May-10-22 06:16 PM
Now they want to go to space instead??!?!

"Everyone has a plan until you punch them in the face. Then they don't have a plan anymore." (c) Mike Tyson

"what's a leader if he isn't reluctant"
13460173, I try not to pocket watch…
Posted by ThaTruth, Tue May-10-22 07:25 PM
but there’s plenty of rich black people to save HBCU’s if they wanted to
13460179, none of our schools should be struggling...the money it would take
Posted by mikediggz, Tue May-10-22 08:53 PM
to help would be a tax write off for some of these folks.
13460181, right or a good weekend in Vegas
Posted by ThaTruth, Tue May-10-22 09:56 PM
13460190, until there is a way to get a nice ROI on that investment it aint happening
Posted by legsdiamond, Wed May-11-22 08:26 AM
I bet the tax write offs would be enough but its not sexy.

13460191, RE: until there is a way to get a nice ROI on that investment it aint happening
Posted by ThaTruth, Wed May-11-22 08:38 AM
>I bet the tax write offs would be enough but its not sexy.

right as far as I know healthcare and education donations are the only things that are 100% tax free
13460201, They could but its on the school too.
Posted by WarriorPoet415, Wed May-11-22 12:24 PM
>but there’s plenty of rich black people to save HBCU’s if
>they wanted to

If they give money to save the school this year, then what? If the school isn't being managed well enough to be sustainable, it's money thrown away, and disaster delayed for a year or so. No one wants to see their money wasted.

This happened to my old private school. They had a good community. A whopping angel donation came in to save the school at the eleventh hour and then they closed the following year anyway.

"To Each His Reach"


Fuck aliens.
13460211, me and my ace have built on this topic many times...
Posted by mikediggz, Wed May-11-22 01:26 PM
in order to accept the donation (large donations of like 500k plus lets say) the school would have to accept someone being put in place to oversee the money and how its applied...if thats too much for the school to deal with then no bread. unfortunately our schools are notorious for money mismanagement.
13460311, OUCH! Sorry to hear that.
Posted by Shaun Tha Don, Thu May-12-22 10:21 PM
13460329, I don't know how they'd get money year after year.
Posted by tariqhu, Fri May-13-22 09:09 AM
and this is a very small college.


How much money is needed?

It's greater than $20 million. This college has a $53 million annual economic impact in central Illinois. So, the students coming here, the employees working here, living in this community, the contracts, the food — all of that totals $53 million a year of what this community will lose as a result of losing Lincoln College. So, in thinking ahead... if we were to receive a $53 million commitment, I think the school could, would prosper in an incredible way.