Lincoln University of Missouri Selects Dr. Michael J. Self, Sr. as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Following an extensive nationwide search, Lincoln University (LU) of Missouri has selected Dr. Michael J. Self, Sr. as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Self will assume responsibility of the academic division for LU, one of the nation's top HBCUs.

"Lincoln has a rich history and legacy of assisting students with achieving their life goals," said Self. "I was most attracted to Lincoln because of the amazing synergy between the university's strategic and academic plans, which focus on building a welcoming culture as a framework for sustained academic excellence and student success."

According to Lincoln University President Dr. John B. Moseley, Self will help Lincoln students meet their academic needs and champion their holistic success by leading the academic division and working across departments. He will support Lincoln's strategic emphasis on student success as the collaborative responsibility of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the University.

As provost, Self will work closely with Moseley to set strategic, operational, and financial directions for the university's academic division, articulate the University's academic vision, and provide academic planning leadership. He will also develop and administer educational budgets, memorandums of understanding, transfer articulation agreements, and programs related to completion of degree requirements at the undergraduate and graduate level. Self will also oversee teaching and learning across the University, including education, research, and faculty affairs.

Self holds a doctor of philosophy, in science and mathematics education from Southern University and A&M College, a master of science degree in mathematics from Southern University and A&M College, a master of arts degree in theological studies from Liberty University, a bachelor of science in mathematics from Louisiana State University and A&M College. Additionally, he holds a State of Louisiana teaching certificate in secondary mathematics and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas.

Self's academic leadership experience includes serving as assistant provost and dean of graduate studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota; vice president for assessment at Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and dean of instruction for career and technical education at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California. He also served as vice provost for institutional effectiveness at Miami Dade College and vice president for institutional effectiveness and acting chief information officer at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Dr. Self's experiences will be a great addition to our team as we work help our students advance their academic achievements," Moseley said. "His background in university assessment and institutional research will inform data-driven decisions, enabling Lincoln to respond to student needs efficiently and elevate our classroom instruction to support student achievement."

Self will begin working remotely on August 1 and transition to in-person campus work in Jefferson City on August 15.

"I am really looking forward to meeting even more members of the Lincoln family and working together to continue the mission of helping students make their dreams come true," said Self.

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.

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