Claremont Lincoln University

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Claremont Lincoln University
Claremont Lincoln University
Established2011 (2011)
PresidentEileen Aranda

Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) is a non-profit, regionally accredited [1] [2] online graduate university offering master's degrees in Social Impact, Interfaith Action and Organizational Leadership with concentrations in Civic Engagement, Ethics, Healthcare and Human Resources. [3] Incorporated into each program are a sequence of core courses designed to develop human capacities for awareness of self and others, dialogue, collaboration and strategies for change. [4]

Claremont Lincoln University is not one of the Claremont Colleges.


In March 2008, the Board of Trustees at Claremont School of Theology voted to establish a new interreligious university. The purpose of the “University Project”, as it was known, was to create a new educational environment in which representatives of the world’s religions could study together and address social problems – including religious violence. [5] The Claremont School of Theology Board officially incorporated the University in January 2010, the name of the University was first revealed on May 16, 2011, and classes launched in Fall 2011. The founding president was Jerry D. Campbell. [6]

In spring 2014, Claremont Lincoln decided to "move away from its interreligious roots and become a secular-focused university," as well as discontinue several of its programs. At this time, Claremont Lincoln and Claremont School of Theology decided to separate, and students whose programs were discontinued by Claremont Lincoln were offered admission into Claremont School of Theology, where they were able to complete their degrees. [7] Claremont Lincoln then began to work towards independent accreditation.

In 2016, Claremont Lincoln University was granted initial accreditation for three programs by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). [1] Currently, Claremont Lincoln University offers Master of Arts degrees in Social Impact, Interfaith Action, and Organizational Leadership with concentrations in Healthcare, Human Resources, Ethics, and Civic Engagement. The uniqueness of the Claremont Lincoln University curriculum is in the Claremont Core. The Claremont Core is a sequence of courses in Mindfulness, Dialogue, Collaboration, and Change that equip students with the 21st century engagement skills needed to be successful in today's social and business environments. CLU equips students with a socially conscious education.


  1. ^ a b "Claremont Lincoln University | WASC Senior College and University Commission". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  2. ^ "Claremont Lincoln University: Accreditation & Assessment". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2012-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  5. ^ "David & Joan Lincoln pledge $10 million to the Claremont University Project". General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)

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