Name Change - Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the questions we have received regarding the name change from Lakeland College to Lakeland University. We have combined some questions. If you have any additional questions, please email them to .
Do hiring managers at companies in the region perceive a difference between the terms "college" and "university" when they review candidates?
The employers in the region with whom we work most frequently are familiar with the name Lakeland, and a change from "college" to "university" is not likely to have a significant impact on their generally positive perception of our graduates. We do believe that for employers who are farther away and less familiar with Lakeland, this could have a positive impact.
When Lakeland becomes a university, will you offer more graduate degree programs than you currently offer? Would you add any Ph.D. programs?
One of the reasons Lakeland is changing its name is to showcase the graduate programs we already offer. While we are always exploring ideas for new academic programs, there is no requirement that we add new graduate programs. At this time, however, it is highly unlikely that we would add any Ph.D. level programs.
Does this change mean professors will be required to publish research?
Lakeland's professors are currently required to engage in professional development, which may include publishing research, presenting at conferences, exhibiting work, performing publicly or attending workshops, seminars or other events. These expectations will not change.
Does changing to university require that a certain percentage of the professors have a doctorate degree?
A name change does not create any different obligations in this respect. Best practice requires faculty to hold a degree one level higher than the level they are teaching, and almost all of Lakeland's full-time faculty meet this guideline. More than 82 percent of Lakeland's full-time faculty at the main campus hold credentials that are considered terminal degrees in their fields.
Is the board of trustees or executive structure changing?
No, our administrative leadership structure will continue as it currently exists. However, we have adopted a new academic structure, which is detailed as part of our announcement.
Will Lakeland be changing its logos, colors, seal and/or mascot?
Graphic elements have been updated to incorporate the change to Lakeland University. They have been unveiled here. Our mascot will not change – we will proudly continue to be known as the Muskies.
Will Lakeland change its NCAA Division III status?
No, there are no planned changes in our NCAA status as a Division III institution, or in the athletic conference we participate in currently, the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
May/should I use the university designation on my resume and other documents?
The decision would be up to the resume owner; however, you would be free to use Lakeland University, or to indicate "Lakeland University (formerly known as Lakeland College)."
May graduates request a new diploma with the new name?
If there is enough interest from alumni to order new diplomas, we will explore a way to make this happen.
You have listed the positives - what are the downsides to the change?
Obviously there are some costs associated with a change like this. Lakeland has worked to avoid incurring extraordinary costs and we are not immediately changing all signage and other items on which the current name exists. We have developed a timeline to change items like stationery, signage, athletic team apparel, etc., so costs can be controlled within normal budgeting cycles.