Act 101 Achievement Program
The ACT 101 Achievement Program is a state funded program created by the Legislative Act Number 101 known as the “Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act”. This legislative act was founded by the Honorable K. Leroy Irvis, the first African-American Speaker of the House for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation. The Act 101 Achievement Program has existed on the campus of The Lincoln University since 1971 and is sponsored by the Learning Resource Center. This 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. The Act 101 Program provides proactive, intrusive, and intensive academic and financial coaching, mentoring, counseling, and advising for at-risk Pennsylvania residents attending college. Additional services include a textbook loan programs, tutoring, academic skills workshops, and leadership opportunities. The mission of the Act 101 Achievement Program is to motivate the students to persist in earning their college degree. Act 101 and the Learning Resource Center also sponsor the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. Act 101 students who achieve GPA’s of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters are eligible to be inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.
The goals and objectives of the Act 101 Achievement Program are:
To help students resolve life issues that can interrupt successful academic progress.
Provide intrusive and intensive developmental counseling, mentoring, and advising throughout the semester to identify and address issues.
Provide referrals for campus services.
Provide workshops that address common problems on a college campus.
Provide monthly action session meetings.
Students will have a GPA of 3.3 and above.
Provide academic coaching, including the development of an educational action plan.
Liaison with academic departments.
Provide tutoring in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
Make referrals for tutoring in Academic Departments.
Periodic Academic Monitoring throughout the semester.
Provide a textbook loan program.
Sponsor the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.
The current grant is for 50 students and funds books for the textbook book loan program, food for events and workshops, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society Induction materials, and a part-time counselor coordinator.
Instrusive Developmental Advising and Counseling
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.
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.