9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Meeting Minutes

Present:  Beran, Bullock, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, R. Faulk, Ferguson, LaBrecque, Lindley, Neill, Norgard, Rice, L. Smith

Absent:  Hudson, Phillips, Ramamoorthy, Stansell  

Attending for Dr. Ramamoorthy:  Dr. Dan Jaeckle

I.  Organizational Business

Minutes were approved with a date correction.     
Motion Carried Unanimously

II.  Business

Mission Statement—Provost LaBrecque

Dr. LaBrecque shared with cabinet members sample mission statements suggested by the Academic Council and mission statements and information on writing a mission statement supplied by Dr. Dahlstrom.  After a roundtable discussion, the following draft statement was proposed.

The mission of the University of Houston –Victoria is to provide high quality, accessible educational programs, to expand knowledge, to enhance economic cultural life and to engage in civic and environmentally responsible activities.

III.  Discussion

Dr. LaBrecque conducted the cabinet meeting in Dr. Hudson’s absence.  She welcomed Kristen Lindley and congratulated her on her honors of being selected for the All-Regional VI first team and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Southwest All-Region First Team.  Dr. LaBrecque announced 2 new hires; Dr. Kathryn Tart, dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Holly Verhasselt, Executive Assistant to the Provost. Dr. LaBrecque, in Dr. Hudson’s absence, also attended the Called Board of Regents meeting and reported that System is changing business.  Chancellor Khator reported at the BOR meeting where UH was and has requested the rest of the campuses catch up on; student access and success, research and academic excellence and civic engagement.  A progress report card will be developed to report on the administration infrastructure--what office is in charge of what.

Chari Norgard addressed the current enrollment stats:

                        Summer 07            Summer 08            Budgeted
Headcount:          1,878                     1,996                   2,260
SCH:                  11,105                   12,143                 11,587

Ms. Norgard shared information on 4-year enrollment comparisons.

Dean Di Leo reported that the School of Arts and Sciences, without counting Summer II, is up by 11%.  He also stated he was proud of the SoAS faculty and staff and for all their hard work in helping to increase the school’s enrollment.  He announced that every other Friday, ABR is working out an arrangement to do book reviews during All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR).   If it works out, the arrangement will provide excellent exposure for the university and ABR.

Dr. Neill reported the School of Nursing is up 81% over last summer.  Current enrollment for this summer is 131 students.  She reported the SoN has hired Ms. Mary Gonzalez as the new  senior secretary in Sugar Land.

Ms. Smith announced due to new legislation, state approval is no longer required for UHV’s new Fitness Release Program.  A policy is being drafted for 10 day review and approval by the Cabinet.

Ms. Lindley said she was impressed with the Student Senate members and all 12 members were in attendance at their first meeting.  She also announced they would all be attending the American Student Government Leadership Conference in September.

In closing, Dr. LaBrecque requested cabinet members keep the June 25 cabinet meeting date on their calendars in case we need to meet again on the mission statement.

Meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
Submitted by Kathy Walton