Title III Current Activities - SAFRA

Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA 2015-2020)

Overview

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. Four programs are funded with the support of Title III SAFRA funds: 

Activity I: Enhancing the BSN Nursing Program through the development of an online RN-BSN Program

Description: The focus of this activity is to expand the Nursing program at Lincoln University, primarily through the anticipated online RN - BSN program, which will be created during the 2016-2017 school year. This activity will develop methods to increase the number of minority students enrolling and graduating from the nursing program. To this end, the objectives of this activity seek to recruit and retain a diverse student population while strengthening the nursing curriculum. This activity specifically responds to Goal #2 of Lincoln University Strategic Plan, “Enhancing, expanding and strengthening the University’s academic programs and services.” This activity falls under the Focus Area of Academic Quality and responds to LAA Categories 3 and 6.

Activity Director – Director of Nursing

Activity II:  Enhancing the Computer Science Program through the Development of a 2+2 Cybersecurity program with Delaware County Community College (DCCC) 

Description: The focus of this activity is to develop an undergraduate degree program in Cybersecurity at Lincoln University. This activity will strengthen and expand Computer Science education at the university and enhance professional career options for Computer Science majors. To this end, the objectives of this activity seek to increase the number of minority students studying Computer Science by developing a partnership with the Delaware County Community College. This activity specifically responds to Goal 2 of Lincoln University Strategic Plan, “Enhancing, expanding and strengthening the University’s academic programs and services.” This activity falls under Focus Area of Academic Quality and responds to LAA Categories 3 and 6.

Activity Director, Chair Computer Science Program

Activity III: Developing a Centralized Undergraduate Research Office

Description: The focus of this activity is to establish a centralized, interdisciplinary office of undergraduate research to organize undergraduate research initiatives campus wide. This activity will develop methods to increase the resources available to students and faculty for undergraduate research on campus and increase the number of students participating in research in order to improve student retention, graduation and acceptance to graduate and professional schools. This activity specifically responds to Goal 1 of The Lincoln University Strategic Plan. This activity falls under Title III Federal Focus Area of Student Services and Outcomes and responds to LAA Category 6. 

Activity Director – Director of Undergraduate Research

Activity IV: Title III Program Coordination

Description: The goal of this activity is to coordinate the development of activities that advance the University Strategic Plan. A second goal is to ensure that the activities comply with all federal regulations. To this end, the Title III Director will hire external evaluators to perform three rounds of evaluation: (1) an initial 6 month evaluation in spring 2016, (2) a mid-point, formative evaluation during the third year of this activity and (3) a final, summative evaluation at the end of this activity to measure the success of the program. A third goal is to provide workshops, seminars and other resources to the Activity Directors to assist them in attaining their individual goals. The director will also attend workshops, seminars and conferences to keep abreast of changing and emerging policies and regulations.