Mission and strategy

Innovative. International. Individualized.

Lynn’s mission is to provide an innovative, international and individualized education that enables students to realize their potential.

In 2006, when we embarked on our Lynn 2020 strategic plan, our vision was to be recognized as one of the most “innovative, international and individualized” small universities in the country. Today, we have so successfully achieved our Lynn 2020 vision, that these attributes have become an inherent part of our ongoing mission to help students realize their potential.

Thanks to Lynn 2020, we’ve:

  • 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
  • Fostered Fighting Knights champions 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
  • 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 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 generated more than $13 million in positive economic impact when we brought the 2012 presidential debate on foreign policy to our internationally diverse community. 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.

This blend of experimentation and strategic opportunism is a hallmark of the Lynn way: experiment, evaluate outcomes and remain open to strategic opportunities that embolden us to learn and thrive.

“We haven’t heard of you either” was Lynn’s catchphrase during the 2012 presidential debate. It’s a label hardly fitting today—even in jest.

Since we began our pursuit to be recognized as an innovative, international and individualized university, we have received national recognition in these areas and more. Lynn has consecutively been named an Apple Distinguished School, a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a U.S. News & World Report Best College, among others.

As proud as we are of Lynn 2020 successes, we’re just warming up for even bigger things ahead. Stay tuned...

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