There are essentially three divisions of Lincoln College-Normal serving the diverse populations of students who enroll. These divisions include:

  • the traditional programs (so-called because the educational delivery method follows traditional practices of higher education),
  • the Center for Adult Learning including the Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE), and
  • the Midwest College of Cosmetology.

Traditional Academic Programs

The Traditional Academic Program is defined as programs, degrees, and offerings which follow an educational delivery method following the traditional practices of higher education. Serving both traditional and non-traditional student populations, Lincoln College-Normal traditional programs offer bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and certificates in a traditional college setting. Courses generally range from 8 week to 16 weeks long and may be offered in a traditional face-to-face setting, hybrid model (face-to-face blended with online learning), or completely online courses. The Traditional Academic Program offers bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, Sport Management, General Studies, and Theatre (at the Lincoln Campus).

Center for Adult Learning and Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE)

In 2007, in order to respond to the needs of the Bloomington-Normal community and working adults, the Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) Program was added as an alternate method of educational delivery. The ABE Program offers bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, and Health Services Administration. As a delivery mode separate from the traditional methods of delivery, the ABE Program has some separate sections in this catalog which highlight the uniqueness of the program. The expansion of the ABE Program led the College to create a new Center for Adult Learning in 2008. The Center for Adult Learning continually explores new degree and certificate programs and partnerships with businesses devised to meet the specific needs of their employees.

The Accelerated Bridge to Education program (ABE) provides a convenient way for students already in the workforce to continue their education. Historically, most traditional college classes have been designed to meet for three to four hours weekly over a fifteen to sixteen week period.  Courses in the ABE program, however, are designed to cover the same college-level material in only five (5) weeks, meeting weekly for a four (4) hour class session with the remainder of the coursework to be completed in an online environment.  This accelerated format allows students in the ABE program to take up to three courses sequentially in a single semester.

Students in the traditional program at LCN may not enroll in ABE classes without being admitted into the program.  For more information about the ABE program and its admission requirements, please refer to the ABE admission requirements or visit the ABE website at

Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) Mission

The Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) program at Lincoln College-Normal provides the highest quality accelerated educational programs for adult learners.  The ABE program accomplishes this through dynamic learner-centered instruction, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning.  The ABE program, through the effort of its administration and faculty, will design, deliver and assess the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired by adult learners from the curriculum as well as define and assess bodies of work from life/work experience to confer degrees with rigor.

Center for Adult Learning-Accelerated Bridge to Education Program Goals

  • Utilize nontraditional outreach and program initiatives to help adult learners overcome barriers to entering college and being successful in completing an education.
  • Establish a course delivery system that allows adult learners to balance personal and professional obligations.
  • Create and implement student services and support programs to help ensure academic success.
  • Utilize learner-centered teaching models to develop skills emphasizing oral and written communication, critical thinking, global awareness, decision-making, and analytical reasoning.
  • Emphasize academic excellence, practical application of theory, active participation, and ethical decision making in all programs of study.
  • Provide individualized advising for each student from the beginning of an academic experience through graduation to assist adult learners to attain educational and career goals.
  • Engage in regular assessment practices to enhance program development and student satisfaction.
  • Utilize technology to enhance the learning experience as well as provide timely and relevant information.
  • Establish strategic partnerships with employers to improve educational opportunities for adult learners.

Midwest College of Cosmetology

In 1998, the Midwest College of Cosmetology, a subsidiary of Lincoln College-Normal, opened its doors to students.  MCC offers certificates in Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Instructor Training in a variety of formats designed to accommodate traditional full-time students as well as non-traditional students.