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 C – Enhancing the Assessment Program
Activity Director: Dr. Nevada Winrow, Ph.D.
Dr. Nevada Winrow is the Director of the Office of Accreditation and Assessment. In this position, she oversees institutional and academic assessment initiatives at Lincoln University. Dr. Winrow serves as the Chair of the Board for Welcome NJ, a community-based organization that focuses on youth and adult workforce training, is a member of the advisory board for Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA), and holds a seat on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Dr. Winrow also serves on the Board of Executives for Women in Maryland Higher Education and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Foundation.
Nevada earned both her Ph.D. and M.S. degree from Howard University in Neuropsychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from Lincoln University. She is a former American Psychological Association (APA) Neuroscience fellow and National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellow. She also completed graduate work in Child Neuropsychology at the Paedological Institute in Duivendrecht, The Netherlands and postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral work included two fellowships, one in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology followed by a second fellowship in the department of Radiology. Nevada has published research and served as a contributing book author on issues revolving neurodiagnostic assessment and stroke, and clinical case management in children with sickle cell disease
Nevada Winrow, Ph.D.
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