Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA)
The Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 is a bill that was introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives that was designed to subsidize private loans and reduce the interest on federal loans in order to make it easier for families to apply for college financial aid. The passing of this bill greatly increased federal scholarship, grant programs, and funding for historically black colleges and universities.
Funds allocated from this bill allow for HBCU’s to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowment-building capacity. Activities include the development of a Nursing Program, expansion of student support services, and development of initiatives around University’s assessment and accreditation.
Below are the individual programs and their director’s that are encompassed under SAFRA:
Activity A – Developing a Learning Resource Center
Activity Director: Dr. Patricia Fullmer, Ed.D.
The mission of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is to increase student persistence and retention towards a four-year college degree. The Learning Resource Center provides academic and academic-related support to aid students in the transition to college life and in the attainment of their university degree. Tutoring has been shown as one of the top three best practices in retention and the tutors of the Learning Resource Center strive to provide the most effective services in order to enable students to achieve a four-year degree.
The Learning Resource Center is committed to assisting the Lincoln community in building a culture of academic excellence. The Learning Resource Center provides individual and small group tutoring, tutoring laboratories, peer tutoring, placement testing, a computer lab, student development workshops, and hosts the Act 101 program. Tutoring services include: peer tutoring, online tutoring, drop-in and appointment tutoring with professional tutors credentialed by the International Tutoring Program Certification of the College Reading and Learning Association, and tutoring laboratories for success courses in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Dr. Fullmer earned her doctorate in educational innovation and leadership at Wilmington University, a master’s in counseling psychology at Temple University, and an undergraduate degree in anthropology at Temple University. She has taught courses in psychology at the college level, and worked as a counselor in behavioral health, middle school and high school. Dr. Fullmer has conducted peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences on program evaluation and tutor training. She has also published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of assessment, tutor training, supervision, self-regulation, goal setting, and technological innovations in a college setting.
Patricia Fullmer, Ed.D
Office Phone: 484-365-7495
Activity B – The Early Monitoring and Excelling Program
Activity Director: Ms. Evelyn Poe
In pursuance of the stated 50% freshman to sophomore retention rate and 75% sophomore to junior rate, this Activity will employ a cadre of Peer Tutor/Mentor/Advisors that will assist in the student preparation process. Research shows that upper classman peers have a significantly greater influence (positive or negative) on the younger student population. This cadre of Peer Tutor/Mentor/Advisors will participate in tutoring and advising training equipping them with the tools necessary to propel these students to fulfill the university’s overall mission of producing graduates academically capable of entering a top 50 graduate or professional school, and to produce graduates professionally capable of being fast-tracked in their workplace. The symbiotic nature of this process will not only allow the upper classman to assist in the preparation of the academically challenged students, but their assistance will better prepare them academically and professionally.
Ms. Evelyn Poe
Office Phone: 484-365-7461
Activity C – Enhancing the Assessment Program
Activity Director: TBD
The mission of the Assessment program is to provide leadership to maintain a systematic and ongoing process for collecting, analyzing and acting on statistical information to show institutional outcomes and student learning outcomes.
Office Phone: 484-365-7239
Activity D – Establishing a Nursing Program
Activity Director: Dr. Shelley Johnson, Ed.D.
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania has dedicated funds for the development of a nursing program. A nursing program at the University will help to remedy issues related to the nursing shortage, the increased health needs in our society, contribute to research and scholarship in the nursing profession, and to increase the numbers of qualified nurses from diverse backgrounds.
Establishing a nursing program assists Lincoln University in furthering its goal to decrease minority health disparities by increasing the diversity and numbers of nurses in the workforce. Workforce diversity may: 1. improve patients’ trust for healthcare providers when patients see and know that the nursing profession is inclusive for minorities and people of all socioeconomic backgrounds; 2. Improve the quality of culturally care patients ; and 3. Increase patient access to care. Having nurses from minority and various socioeconomic backgrounds increases population specific needs identification, which can lead to greater advocacy, leadership, and policy development in nursing, healthcare, and health policy.
Dr. Shelley A. Johnson received her baccalaureate degree from The University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in 1997. She received a scholarship from the National Black Nurses Association to attend The Pennsylvania State University is 1999 where she received a Master’s of Science in Community Health Nursing. She completed her doctoral education at the University of Phoenix with a focus on educational leadership.
Her specialties are in education, leadership, mental health, and community health. She is certified as a staff developer, a nurse executive, and as a comprehensive systematic reviewer.
Office Phone: 484-365-7867