PRESIDENT’S CABINET
9:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Meeting Minutes

Present:  Beran, Bullock, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, R. Faulk, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, LaBrecque, Phillips, Rice, L. Smith

Absent:  Hartshorn, Norgard, Ramamoorthy, Stansell, White

I.   Organizational Business

      Dr. LaBrecque moved and Dean Bullock seconded to approve the minutes of the November 14 meeting as written.

II.  Business

Dr. Hudson reported on behalf of Ash Walyuchow that the Jaguar baseball and softball schedule continues to be updated due to additional games being scheduled.  He also said he has been appointed to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents as a representative for Independent/Non-Conference institutions. 

Dr. Hudson announced he had met with Chancellor Renu Khator, the University of Houston System’s new chancellor, to discuss the characteristics of UHV.  He said she was aware of our achievements and the challenges UHV faces.  Dr. Khator will be visiting UHV on February 1; the specifics concerning this visit have not been finalized.

Dr. Hudson briefly discussed a meeting in Houston of the Health Science Alliance, stating John Antel is leading this committee.  The concept for this group is to take inventory of what all the System universities do and how that would fall under the health science umbrella.  Dr. Hudson announced he had been asked to chair a subcommittee on academic programs.

The day of the Board of Regents’ Victoria meeting there was also a meeting of the System presidents and provosts call by Regent Dennis Golden who was asked to chair a subcommittee on the issue of accountability.  Dr. Hudson reported the discussion was good and Regent Golden explained the purpose and his goals for the subcommittee.  Dr. LaBrecque noted the Chronicle of Higher Education had just published articles on accountability and how accredited bodies are responding on how we are measuring student learning and how prepared are our students.

III. Roundtable

Mr. Phillips reported faculty/staff participation in the FOU campaign is an amazing success with more than $40,000 being pledged to date.  To illustrate the significance, he noted that in 2005 donations by faculty and staff totaled $5,783.  Mr. Phillips reiterated that these donations send a strong message of support for UHV.  He also reported there:  there was a good turn out for the UH homecoming football game - along with faculty, staff, students, and community people there were several Memorial High School football players and coaches that joined UHV on this trip; the George Foundation has released the first million on their $4 million pledge; construction on the new building in Sugar Land continues; the library is close to finalizing a memorandum of understanding between the county and UHS on a 45,000 sq. ft. building - Dr. Dahlstrom has agreed to head up a grant writing funding effort in support of additional funds for UHS portion (10,000 sq. ft.) of the library.  Mr. Phillips concluded talks have already started about the next UHSSL building.

Mr. Ferguson noted he will have a report at the next cabinet meeting on the Suggestion Box.  He invited cabinet members to the Lighting Ceremony commemorating UHV’s connection to the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN).

Mr. Beran indicated Toni Wyer and her staff is working on innovative ways to handle travel and in January will be bringing policy revisions for cabinet review/approval.  He noted he is meeting with Dennis Fouty on a financial aid consultant to streamline processes.  There was a brief discussion on tuition rates with Mr. Beran discussing UHV’s tuition rate process.

Dr. Rice reminded cabinet members of the following calendar items--

Dr. Rice reported there are approximately 300 graduates participating in the fall 2007 commencement ceremony.  She noted she continues to visit with people on the downward expansion.  Dr. Rice reported on the Austin Community College partnership, noting Dr. Goodall had received a good response on a faculty survey to determine interest in UHV offering a graduate level course in adult education.  She will be visiting with the executive director of the Greater Texas Foundation about a funding proposal for the Access to Success program.

Mr. Faulk stated UHV Staff Council hosted a system-wide staff council meeting on the same day as the Victoria Board of Regents meeting.  The next Staff Council meeting is scheduled for November 29, 2007.

Dr. Dahlstrom indicated the last of the Media’s Library equipment has been moved from the University Center building to the Library.  He noted we have received partial funding for the oral history project ($2,500 from the York Trust, and $8,000 from the Trull Foundation).  Approximately $5,000 is still needed for the project.  Dr. Dahlstrom expressed kudos to Keri Lambeth on an outstanding job of speaking at a Rotary meeting, noting she did an excellent job in representing UHV.

Dr. Jaeckle, in Dr. Ramamoorthy’s absence, noted the next Faculty Senate meeting, one of the two yearly meetings with full faculty attendance, will cover most of everything the Senate has done this year.  The December Faculty Senate meeting will primarily cover major issues such as curricular changes and academic policies, such as sabbatical and search policies.  The next UFEC meeting is scheduled for November 30.  

Dean Di Leo reported first week of spring enrollment has been good with 3,000 hours and with a 1,000 student head count.  There will be an Arts and Sciences Psychology candidate coming to campus for a visit on December 7.  He also reminded cabinet of the Off the Clock, SoAS Night at the Woodlawn Bowling Center on November 29.  Dr. Di Leo stated the American Book Review has wrapped up their reading series on a surprising note with a full editorial in the past Sunday’s Victoria Advocate.  He noted the Victoria Advocate had coverage 3 different days for each of our fall ABR guests.  Dr. Di Leo reported unofficially ABR has received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for a speaker series and publication.  An official notice will be forthcoming.

Ms. Smith advised all staff performance evaluations have been completed.  She indicated a reclassification request for the next budget cycle will be sent out today, and since a review was done last spring she does not anticipate many job reclassification requests.

Dean Bullock reported enrollment up by 9% and applications are up by 50%.  Currently 150 students have been admitted for spring, indicating admissions are up by 8%.  Dean Bullock brought to cabinet’s attention that the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship has informed the School of Business Administration they are 1 of 2 finalists for the 2008 Entrepreneurship Education National Award in the Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Category.  The candidates are rated by a national panel with UHV up against the University of Maryland.  Dean Bullock spoke briefly about rural training in Refugio.  He also reminded cabinet that AACSB has asked Dr. Linda Hayes to hold seminars for them and now Johns Hopkins has requested her service to show them how to prepare assessment.

Dr. LaBrecque, in Dr. Hartshorn’s absence, reported the MSN degree has been approved by SACS and the Coordinating Board.  With the new degree starting in January, Dr. LaBrecque noted Nursing will be hiring 2 new faculty members for the spring semester.  Dr. LaBrecque noted 12 staff were attending on-site PeopleSoft query training.  She also expressed kudos to the Research Committee, noting the research report was one of the best reports she had ever read.  The report had 12 significant recommendations that will shape the university particularly in research.  She said the members worked very hard and spent a significant number of hours on the research. 

Dr. Hudson reminded cabinet members the December 12 cabinet meeting has been canceled but a December meeting would be rescheduled.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.
Submitted by:  Kathy Walton