Lincoln University of Missouri Makes Standardized Testing Optional for Admissions Requirements

 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Prospective students applying for admission to Lincoln University of Missouri may now submit their application with or without ACT/SAT scores. This change to the university's admission requirements immediately goes into effect.

"Since our founding in 1866, Lincoln University has helped students rise above barriers to quality education. This change to our admissions policy removes an obstacle that often hinders prospective students," said Lincoln University President Dr. John Moseley. "Making standard test scores optional is another step forward in our commitment to opening doors for students, to promoting equity, diversity and accessibility."

Missouri residents are now eligible for Lincoln University with a high school diploma or GED certificate. Non-Missouri residents are admitted based on their successful completion of high school with a 2.0 or greater grade point average. Some Lincoln University academic programs may still require an ACT/SAT score as part of the admissions criteria for the respective discipline.

At the national level, the use of standardized testing has been criticized for racial disparity and bias, and colleges and universities' elimination of standardized testing (or adoption of test-optional policies) increased notably during the pandemic's rise.

According to Moseley, Lincoln University values drive and potential when considering students for admissions. "Test scores often fail to reflect what a student can achieve," said Moseley. "We look at GPA, high school performance, and their commitment to excellence. At Lincoln, we provide students with support needed to succeed, and that support starts with their college acceptance."

Lincoln's Blue Tiger Advantage scholarship, awarded automatically to qualifying freshmen, will still require students to have an ACT/SAT score for the Class of 2022. The university is working to establish a model that does not require a test score, to be implemented for incoming freshmen in fall 2023. The scholarship ranges from $500 to $3,250 per year and is renewable for up to eight semesters.

For more information on admission to Lincoln, please visit LincolnU.edu.

Lincoln University Names New Director of Academic Success Center

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lincoln University of Missouri announces the appointment of Qubieinique "Qubie" Greer as director of LU's Academic Success Center. Greer's most recent role at Lincoln has been professional faculty adviser with the LU Student Success Center.

In her new position, Greer will serve as liaison among students, program faculty and the university administration, addressing student difficulties with academic coursework. She will provide leadership to coordinate the administration of Lincoln's First Year Success Initiative, as well as oversight for programming in student retention services and assistance for students on academic probation.

Born in Lilbourn, Missouri, Greer received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Lincoln University and a master's in student affairs and higher education administration from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, where she was a graduate assistant in the Teacher Education Center and the Career Services Center. She later served as an adviser in the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro before returning to her alma mater in 2021.

Greer is excited about working with faculty to expand their knowledge of advising best practices and looks forward to advising students who are undeclared majors or in academic distress. One of her guiding principles, she says, is the knowledge that education, no matter the type, is the best way to improve one's standing in life. "My goal in higher education," she adds, "is to show young adults that they possess the tools they need to change their lives."

Greer's appointment as Academic Success Center director began June 1.

LU Small Business Development Center Honored Among Top 4 University of Missouri Extension Centers for Client Satisfaction

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension recently recognized the Small Business Development Center at Lincoln University for its high rate of client satisfaction. Center Director Lauren Carter and her staff were honored April 13 at the Extension Business Development Program's annual professional development conference. The annual celebration awards individual and team performance from the most recent fiscal year.

The SBDC at LU was one of four centers honored statewide for top client satisfaction. Center staff offer several services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners, including one-on-one business counseling, access to training and a business incubation program. "SBDC programs deliver professional, high-quality, individualized business advising and technical assistance to existing small businesses and new entrepreneurs," Carter says. "Our office provides education, knowledge and expertise that most entrepreneurs miss."

More than 624 clients have accessed the SBDC at LU for business help, a figure that grows weekly, Carter says. She and her team -- LU graduate assistant Gabriel Salinas Luna and part-time counselor Kayla Allen -- work extremely hard to make sure our clients have all the knowledge and resources necessary to be successful in business today," she adds. "We go above and beyond to turn the dreams of entrepreneurs into realities."

The University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program is a consortium of three statewide agencies -- Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers. The program impacts business growth in Missouri by joining Extension expertise with partnerships and financial investments from economic development organizations and other Missouri universities and colleges.

Lincoln University Names New Director of Mentoring and Tutoring

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lincoln University of Missouri announces the appointment of Richard Cross as director of mentoring and tutoring in the LU Academic Success Center. Cross moves into this role from that of a retention specialist at the center.

Cross will now be responsible for the organization and supervision of tutorial services for the university, collaborating with deans, faculty and the Academic Success Center staff. As director, he will also support campus mentoring activities, working closely with the Honors Program to identify students for participation in the tutoring and mentoring programs.

A native of Jamaica, Cross is a Lincoln alumnus who earned both his B.S. and M.A. degrees at LU in criminal justice and sociology. He holds a doctorate in higher education with a focus on educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. His teaching certification in physical education and science comes from G.C. Foster College in Jamaica.

Cross has focused his research on emotional intelligence, achievement, and motivation. His most recent studies have explored the impact of emotional intelligence on the performance of Black male students. He is the author of 20 motivational books, including the 2019 releases Going Beyond Limitations and The Student Oracle.

Cross's appointment began June 1.

Lincoln University Students, Staff and Faculty Benefit from LinkedIn Learning, Academic Impressions Professional Development

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Professional development at Lincoln University of Missouri has taken on a new dimension with the university's recent investment in LinkedIn Learning for students, staff, and faculty and in Academic Impressions, a leadership, personal development, and skills-based training resource for higher education faculty and staff. These educational tools help develop business, technology-related and creative skills university-wide.

"We are in the business of improving lives through education, and LinkedIn Learning and Academic Impressions are additional avenues for us to do that," said Lincoln University President Dr. John Moseley. "Our people are our greatest asset, and through these tools, we are investing in professional development for students and employees. We want to make sure all are fully equipped to achieve their full career potential."

LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform from professional social network LinkedIn that includes more than 15,000 expert-led course videos. Lincoln University purchased the university enterprise version which includes licenses for every student, faculty, and staff member to access the platform. Faculty and staff began using the platform during the 2021-22 academic year, and Lincoln students now also have access to augment their career preparation.

LinkedIn Learning has provided valuable framework and courses for monthly professional development that has led to improved customer service for the staff members in Lincoln's bursar office, which serves students by collecting and analyzing student charges, tuition, and fees.

The bursar office's staff takes on a new LinkedIn Learning module each month. For example, the office recently focused on how to diffuse confrontation in the workplace. Each module takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, and staff work on the extra professional development on their own time. Collectively, the office members have set an expectation that each will complete the month's module within a 30-day window, keeping them on track to improve as a team.

"We want to provide tools for staff to be more effective, and LinkedIn Learning is helping to build professionalism while also improving customer service," Moseley says.

During the spring 2022 semester, Lincoln's academic deans took part in an online Academic Impressions training -- "Leading and Influencing as a Department Chair Bootcamp." This six-week program addressed how to balance the competing interests of faculty and administration and work with limited resources, while maintaining scholarship and teaching loads. It also provided strategies to improve communication and collaboration skills, manage difficult personnel situations and resolve conflict.

"I believe in life-long learning," said Dean Ann McSwain, who serves as a leader in the College of Professional Studies. "While I have always sought out professional development opportunities in the past, now Lincoln University has implemented a leadership development plan for all our academic leaders. We know that better [prepared] leaders will get better results for our students and for Lincoln University."

In March, academic department deans also took part in Academic Impressions leadership training.

"The Leadership Bootcamp for Department Chairs program provided us a deeper look into our own leadership styles," said Stephanie Clark, chair for the School of Education. "It emphasized ways to create a productive and rewarding work environment for those in our area."

According to Moseley, the decision to invest in LinkedIn Learning and Academic Impressions stemmed from communication between Lincoln employees and administration.

"Our employees said they wanted more professional development, so we enabled them to build and hone their skills through these resources," Moseley says. "The end result is a multiplier -- we improve our employees' capabilities and career potential, we help our students become more competitive in the job market when they graduate, and we improve how we do business each day on campus."

"Lincoln is dedicated to continue to invest in faculty, staff and students -- to improve the futures for each member of our Lincoln family," he adds. "Together, we learn, we advance, and we succeed."

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