Lincoln University of Missouri Promotes Dr. Zakiya Brown to Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Lincoln University of Missouri announced today that Dr. Zakiya Brown has been promoted to vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. Brown joined Lincoln in 2019 as the Title IX coordinator and was promoted in June 2021 to dean of students, chief diversity officer, and Title IX coordinator. In her new vice president role, she will continue to fulfill the responsibilities of chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator.

Brown holds nearly 20 years of experience serving higher education and student affairs at both historically Black institutions (HBCUs) and predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Her higher education career includes various roles held in student housing and residential life, new student orientation, First-Year (FYE) and Second-Year experience (SYE), student conduct, diversity and inclusion, and Title IX.

"Dr. Brown has proven and continues to prove her value to Lincoln University students," said Lincoln University President John B. Moseley, Ed. D. "Her work on the local, regional and national levels to develop and support a holistic student experience framework centered on individuality, belonging, and cultural identity positively impacts our students and helps position Lincoln as a leader among other HBCUs and universities across the country."

"I am grateful and excited to continue to serve our students in this capacity," said Dr. Brown about her new appointment. "My vision is for our students to continue showing up in this world, introducing how powerful and dynamic they are. We have some of the best students I have ever had the privilege of meeting, and we are committed to supporting their success."

Brown says her goals, in keeping with Lincoln's strategic plan adopted in June 2022, are to increase enrollment and remove barriers to support student persistence.

"We will develop even more opportunities for Lincoln students to succeed -- that will prepare them for the lives they have been created for," Brown said.

Among her accomplishments so far at Lincoln, she successfully received two grant awards from the American Public Health Association (APHA) to address campus sexual violence. During the 2021-22 academic year, Brown's work to incorporate restorative justice practices on campus resulted in a 70% decrease in student conduct recidivism. She has also established a relationship with NORC, a research-intensive program through the University of Chicago, to develop campus climate assessments specific to historically Black institutions.

Brown serves and has served on several national and local professional and non-profit associations. Nationally, she is an advisory board member for the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). Locally, she is the vice-chair for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service and secretary for the Missouri Diversity Officers in Higher Education (MODOHE). She is a graduate of the 2017 Epsilon Cohort of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF), the 2016 ACPA Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officer (ASSAO) Institute and is currently a 2022 Community Fellow of the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) hosted by Clark Atlanta University. She has presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Women in Student Affairs Conference, plus the NASPA regional conference, annual conference, and Region III Educational Series.

A Cleveland, OH native, Dr. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Central State University, a master's in educational leadership from Concordia University -- Portland, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Northcentral University. Her research resides in two areas -- Title IX at HBCUs, specifically the impact racial loyalty has on reporting campus sexual violence and the layered identity development of student diversity at HBCUs.

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.

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