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Act 101 Achievement Program

The Honorable K. Leroy Irvis, the first Black Speaker of the House for the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as in the country, created Legislative Act
Number 101 known as the “Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act.”  The ACT 101 Achievement Program is designed to provide services to highly motivated, low-income, Pennsylvania residents with SAT scores and/or high school grade point averages (GPAs) lower than admission requirements.  Students are provided with academic, professional, and personal counseling to assist them with their adjustment to the rigors of college life. The state of Pennsylvania has assigned Lincoln University’s Act 101 Program yearly funding for 50 students, currently at $600.  A part time coordinator manages the Act 101 program, which includes the following benefits:

--Preferential scheduling of tutoring appointments.
-- Use of phone, fax, copy machine for educational purposes.
-- Preferred use of the computer lab for educational purposes.
-- Advocacy.
-- Letters of Recommendation.
-- Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.
-- Book Loan Program.
-- Workshops.
-- Action session meetings.

 

The goals and objectives of the Act 101 Achievement Program are:

Goal 1:
To help students resolve life issues that can interrupt successful academic   progress.

Objectives:

-- Provide a minimum of one counseling/assessment appointment throughout the semester to identify and address issues.
-- Provide workshops that address common problems on a college campus.
-- Provide Intrusive Advising.

Goal 2:
Students will have a GPA of 3.3 and above.

Objectives:

--Provide tutoring in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
-- Make referrals for tutoring in Academic Departments.
-- Periodic Academic Monitoring throughout the semester.

Instrusive Developmental Advising and Counseling

The Act 101 Achievement Program utilizes developmental intensive and intrusive counseling and advising.  Orientation sessions take place in September and October, and provide a time to meet the Act 101 staff and the other Act 101 students.   To meet the program goals, each semester the students are required to attend advising/counseling sessions, student development workshops, and action session meetings. The advising/counseling sessions include: The Semester Planning Session, the Mid-term Review session, and the End of Semester Planning Session. The Semester Planning session occurs during the first two weeks of school and is designed to provide an outline for the current semester.  The counselor and the student take the time to develop an educational plan, review the student’s class schedule and develop a study schedule.  This session also allows the student to identify specific needs and discuss any possible future obstacles that might impede academic progress.  Referrals to other campus departments are made as needed.
 
The Mid-Term Review Session is used to review mid-term grades. Those students having difficulty are contacted and appointments scheduled to help the students develop an action plan to improve their grades.  The End-of-Semester Planning Session involves a review of the four-year educational and career goal, and modifications to the planned future course sequence.  Monthly action session meetings include workshops on specific topics, such as time management, study skills, etc., and a discussion of any Act 101 items of business.  Lincoln’s Act 101 Program hosts the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and at least one induction ceremony takes place each year for students who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or above for two sequential semesters.

Each year extensive reports involving Financial Aid, retention, persistence, and grades are submitted to PHEAA, the state agency now assigned to manage Act 101.  PHEAA’s latest analysis of the reports indicates that Act 101 students, who are at-risk students, perform as well or nearly as well, as non-Act 101 students, meeting PHEAA’s goal for Act 101.

 

 


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