Strategic Plan

Historical Perspective and Current Description

Spalding Hall dormitory circa 1924

Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) was established by the Idaho State Legislature in 1893. It originally was designated Lewiston State Normal School, reflecting its early mission as a teacher training institution. In the ensuing years its name has been changed to North Idaho College of Education (1947), Lewis-Clark Normal School (1956) and finally Lewis-Clark State College (1971). The state legislature and the Idaho State Board of Education authorized the latest name change in recognition of the college’s expanded role as an undergraduate institution, including programs in liberal arts, professional studies and technology.

Evolution of Name

1893 - Lewiston State Normal School (LSNS)

1947 - Northern Idaho College of Education (NICE)

1955 - Lewis-Clark Normal School (LCNS)

1971 - Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC)

In addition to its on-campus educational opportunities, LCSC offers instructional programs in Coeur d’Alene and at outreach centers located in Grangeville and Orofino. A variety of alternative learning formats is available, making higher education accessible throughout northern Idaho and eastern Washington. LCSC shares a place in the state’s higher education system with the University of Idaho (UI), Idaho State University (ISU), and Boise State University (BSU), which collaborate to offer an array of outstanding educational programs. The four institutions operate under a governing board appointed by Idaho’s governor.

LCSC is a regional state college, with a three-part mission that encompasses traditional academic programs, career & technical education programs, and community college and community service programs. The college’s undergraduate instructional programs offer a wide range of academic and professional programs leading to baccalaureate and associate degrees. The college also offers a number of programs leading to certificates. In accordance with its mission statement approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and Idaho Code, LCSC’s programs emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, business, justice studies, nursing, social work, teacher preparation, and career & technical education. Other emphasis areas are the provision of select programs offered on and off campus, at non-traditional times, using non-traditional means of delivery, to serve a diverse student body. The institution also conducts selected research studies and provides a variety of life-long learning opportunities through its continuing education programs. LCSC works in collaboration with other state and regional postsecondary institutions to serve its diverse constituencies: students, business and industry, the professions, public sector groups, and special constituencies within the region and throughout the state.