Blackburn College (Illinois)
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|Affiliation||Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)|
|President||Jennifer Braaten (interim)|
|Mascot||Barney the Beaver|
Blackburn is one of only eight federally recognized work colleges in the United States, and it has the only student-managed work program, enabling students to gain leadership experience as they manage other students. All resident students are required to work, but the program is optional for commuters. Each student who works receives a tuition discount for the hours they work. Blackburn is the least expensive private college in Illinois. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Blackburn College established in 1837 and named for the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, a Presbyterian minister who helped raise funds for the school. John Babsone Lane Soule was a professor at Blackburn and also a poet, minister, and journalist.
Blackburn College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the teacher's education program is accredited by Illinois State Board of Education. Blackburn offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with over 40 majors.
The work program was first instituted at Blackburn College in 1913 in order to provide access to higher education to individuals with the academic ability, but who were lacking the financial means. While cost reduction remains an important value of the work program today, there is an emphasis on the opportunities it provides for student learning. The work program is intended as a vehicle for personal growth including leadership opportunities and community involvement. Most students work a minimum of 160 hours each semester (10 hours a week) in partnership with faculty and staff to help provide virtually all services essential to college operations. By sharing, belonging, and contributing through their work, students gain sense of community and individual responsibility, while also establishing lifelong friendships. This combination of academic preparation and practical work experience uniquely prepares students for meeting the challenges of life, career, and any post-graduate experience.
Blackburn's athletic teams compete in Division III of the NCAA's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Blackburn, whose teams are known athletically as the Beavers, was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1914 to 1923. Blackburn has fielded championship teams in men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's golf, and baseball. The men's golf team earned the most recent SLIAC championship in 2010.
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- Mary Hunter Austin, nature writer and novelist
- Lois B. DeFleur, sociologist, former President of Binghamton University
- Walt Harrington, journalist and professor, produced an Emmy-Award-winning documentary
- Mark Kirk, former U.S. Senator from Illinois (attended briefly)
- Kossoy Sisters, singing act
- Truman H. Landon, General and Commander, U.S. Air Force
- Bruce Pavitt, cofounder of Sub Pop Records (attended briefly)
- Dennis Phillips, professional poker player
- Craig F. Stowers, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
- Jamie Young, assistant coach, Boston Celtics
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