President Kevin M. Ross holds 2016 state of the university

President Kevin Ross address the Lynn campus during the State of the University.

Enrollment and retention

Lynn University students, faculty, staff, alumni, board of trustees and special guests attended the annual state of the university Oct. 26. President Ross addressed the university’s recent successes and future while celebrating 1991, 25 years ago when the College of Boca Raton transitioned to Lynn University.

Lynn welcomed 2,778 students this academic year, a more than 225 percent increase over the 853 students in 1991. Fall 2016 enrollment includes:

  • 717 first-year and transfer students
  • 220 new international students, bringing the university total to 614 from 95 countries
  • 727 total graduate students, a 69 percent increase over the past five years

The average high school GPA for first-year undergraduate students was above a 3.0 for the second year in a row, and in a new student questionnaire, 67 percent of students said Lynn was their first choice.

The university experienced an 8.6 percent increase in its four-year graduation rate over the previous year.

Since Lynn debuted its three-year bachelor’s degree program in 2009, it has grown from 27 students to 365 students in the 2015-16 academic year. The average GPA for students currently enrolled in the program is 3.26. This program also has a four-year graduation rate of 81 percent for the 2009-12 cohorts.

Lynn launched its online evening undergraduate program iLynn in fall 2015, and it has grown 14 percent over the last year.

Academics

For the first time, students can fulfill core curriculum requirements through the Center for Learning Abroad, allowing freshman to take advantage of overseas study opportunities. Last academic year, there was a 41.8 percent increase in Lynn students studying abroad over the previous year and $80,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students for spring 2017.

Preparing students for the workforce, Lynn’s Hannifan Center for Career Connections oversaw a record 513 internships last academic year.

Lynn embedded Title IX training into its award-winning core curriculum, Dialogues. Through comprehensive bystander intervention training, the university empowers students, and through the required online course “Think About It,” incoming first-year and transfer students are tested through case studies and interactive games and challenges.

The university recently created the Lynn Early Learning Academy, an online program formed by a partnership between Lynn and KidOrangeTech that prepares parents and children for kindergarten.

Lynn continues to expand its accelerated learning opportunities with a 3+3 law program in partnership with St. Thomas University School of Law, and began collaborating with leading organizations and educational institutions to combine Lynn’s liberal arts education with real-world experience. Currently, these programs include:

Awards and accolades

In the last year, Lynn has received various designations and recognitions:

  • Apple Distinguished School
  • Most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • Most international schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • Best online programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016-17 College of Distinction by Colleges of Distinction
  • Top 5 MBA program by South Florida Business Journal
  • Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in International Business by Best College Values
  • Most Affordable Online Psychology Programs by College Choice
  • Best Master’s in School Counseling Programs by College Choice

Technology

The university unveiled a new lynn.edu, featuring high-definition hero images, user-generated content and dynamic matrix fields. Students, alumni, faculty and donors are the stars of the site with multimedia testimonials throughout every section, and site visitors submit their own pictures and captions.

Lynn’s virtual tour provides a narrated campus tour with 360-degree panoramas, click through photos and videos. Branded virtual reality glasses allow admitted students to experience Lynn from anywhere.

In its continuous effort to maintain an affordable education, Lynn was the first school to deploy the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to students and faculty, replacing the need for a personal computer. Additionally, Lynn faculty have created 42 multi-touch books through the Lynn University Digital Press, the only one in Florida and one of only a few nationwide. Students download the books at no cost.

In its iPad Pre-Survey, in which 461 out of 550 Lynn’s incoming freshmen responded, 76 percent said that the iPad initiative influenced their decision to attend Lynn, 89 percent said it was very likely or likely the iPad would allow them to connect with classmates, and 97 percent anticipated the iPad would contribute a lot or somewhat to their learning experience.

Capital projects

Construction is underway on the Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall, which is slated to open fall 2017.

On April 20, Lynn will break ground on the Christine E. Lynn University Center, the final component of the university’s 15-year strategic plan. The project was made possible by a $15 million challenge grant by Board of Trustees Chair Christine Lynn, leading to several naming gifts:

  • $2 million for the Irving and Barbara Gutin Living Room
  • $1 million for the Schmidt Family Campus Store
  • $1 million from Elaine Johnson Wold for Elaine’s, a multipurpose room

In addition to its previously announced elements, the university center will now include a third floor that will hold a social impact hub. In this collaborative space, students will build business solutions that solve real-world economic, social and environmental problems. There, students can connect with investors, start-ups and other institutions to develop new companies. It will include private co-working and open work spaces.

For more in-depth information on the university’s accomplishments and projects, read the latest edition of Lynn magazine.

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