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"Lincoln College (HBCU) is closing its doors due to covid and..."



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.


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Subject Author Message Date ID
Is this story accurate?
May 10th 2022
found this
May 10th 2022
its not an HBCU
May 10th 2022
not really an hbcu.
May 10th 2022
      Gotcha...if its an institution thats predominately black its still a
May 10th 2022
May 10th 2022
                most def. i work in IT at a black school and we are making major
May 10th 2022
                     make backups of your backups.. and then make backups of your backups
May 10th 2022
May 10th 2022
                          and this is why you have to have *Immutable* backups
May 12th 2022
                          pretty much. people hate dual authentication but im good with it
May 10th 2022
What happened to rich people wanting to start schools??!?
May 10th 2022
I try not to pocket watch…
May 10th 2022
none of our schools should be struggling...the money it would take
May 10th 2022
right or a good weekend in Vegas
May 10th 2022
until there is a way to get a nice ROI on that investment it aint happen...
May 11th 2022
RE: until there is a way to get a nice ROI on that investment it aint ha...
May 11th 2022
They could but its on the school too.
May 11th 2022
      me and my ace have built on this topic many times...
May 11th 2022
      OUCH! Sorry to hear that.
May 12th 2022
I don't know how they'd get money year after year.
May 13th 2022

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