News from MacMurray College
MacMurray, LLCC announce partnership
Local colleges step up cooperative agreements
In a creative, cooperative venture between private and public institutions, MacMurray College and Lincoln Land Community College - Jacksonville and Beardstown are building a partnership designed to leverage each institution’s strengths and take advantage of efficiencies that mutually support the missions of the colleges.
During the past several years, MacMurray and LLCC-Jacksonville and Beardstown have been sharing resources for the benefit of their students and, in coming months, will be exploring additional cooperative arrangements intended to strengthen both schools.
“The MacMurray College-Lincoln Land Community College partnership is an exciting and innovative private-public collaboration serving both central Illinois students and the economic development of our region,” said MacMurray President Colleen Hester. “Our unique partnership supports accessible, affordable, high quality collegiate education. Students will benefit from the strengths of each institution as we more effectively and creatively deploy precious resources to build tomorrow’s leaders.”
The two colleges have approved agreements whereby LLCC credits transfer seamlessly to MacMurray. Students earning associate degrees at LLCC in a variety of fields have a smooth transfer of credits toward their bachelor’s at MacMurray. The colleges have also shared facilities and resources in math and sciences and are discussing additional joint efforts to the benefit of their students and respective institutions.
“Our growing partnership has already benefitted local students by removing barriers to learning that have often prohibited place-bound individuals from developing their skills and talents to the fullest potential,” said Jan Terry, executive director of LLCC -- Jacksonville and Beardstown. “Our shared mission -- providing high quality education that is accessible and affordable -- mandates that we are good stewards of our resources and servants of our communities. As we continue our collaboration, our vision is to enhance seamless access to higher education, both public and private, that meets the needs of the members of our surrounding communities beginning at the high school level and continuing throughout their lifetimes.”
Leaders across the country have been calling for greater creativity and collaboration to promote America’s economic and educational future. The State of Virginia and its Business Higher Education Council have called for such public-private collaborations, noting the importance to economic development of increasing citizens with college degrees and leveraging the “the enormous return on investment from … public-private collaboration.” (Source)
Lynn Whalen, Executive Director
Public Relations and Marketing
Lincoln Land Community College