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PRESIDENT’S CABINET
9:30 A.M., May11, 2011
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minute

Members Present: Beran, Devick-Fry, Di Leo, Ferguson, Harrison, LaBrecque, Mundy Niroomand, Norgard, Ruschhaupt, Rice, Rossow, D. Smith, Tart, Walyuchow

Absent: Dahlstrom, L. Smith

I. Organizational Business

Dr. LaBrecque moved and Mr. Ferguson seconded the approval of the April 27, 2011 minutes.

II. Business

Academic Efforts Underway–Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque

Dr. LaBrecque said the Provost Council approved moving the BA in Spanish proposal forward for its second reading. They also approved the Preliminary Planning Authority Proposal for the MSN-FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) degree program. Dr. Verhasselt attended the South Texas Higher Education Regional Council meeting last week and learned that UHV and other universities and community colleges in this region must receive approval to offer lower division courses off-campus and online. This council meets in the spring, usually March or April, to review academic plans for the following year. UHV can develop and present its plan next year for approval to teach lower division courses off-campus and online. This summer and next academic year, lower division courses can be up to 49% online and still be in compliance. Dr. LaBrecque said UHS legal reviewed the UHV Faculty Manual last week and have several suggestions for improving the current draft. The Policy Review Committee will be given a SharePoint site for its use on the next draft document. The UHV/VC Oversight Committee will meet in two weeks and the main topic will be setting up the infrastructure to allow UHV students to register concurrently for UHV/VC courses and pay one fee. This process is similar to one developed for MITCs so students had one registration for the semester.

Financial & Housing Updates–Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran reported the purchase of the property owned by the boat business will be on the May Board of Regents (BOR) agenda. The purchase of the blue building property next to Jaguar Hall will be on the August BOR agenda. He said we are moving forward with the Regency Inn rent/lease. The fire marshal viewed the property and there are items that the owner of the hotel and UHV must address. Mr. Beran discussed highlights of the appropriations bill; items touched on were Employee Retirement System, Financial Aid, formula system, Special Line Items, the decrease of all state agencies budgets and a possible freeze on employment and reduction of travel. The new dorm plans are moving forward. The Request for Qualification process is now down to 5, a short list of 3 will be sent to Dr. Carlucci, UHS Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance, for approval before being placed on the August BOR agenda. We will be working on designing the new dorm from now to August.

Board of Regents Meeting–Dr. Don Smith

Dr. Smith said he will be presenting the UHV budget reduction plan at the upcoming BOR meeting along with the other institutions. The kinds of cuts we are facing are significant and UHV cannot continue to add more and more students with lower and lower funding. The tuition increase will be discussed at the June BOR meeting. A student success piece will be presented at the next BOR meeting.

Enrollment and Student Success Updates–Chari Norgard

Ms. Norgard provided the following summer enrollment numbers:

  • 1,825 compared to 1,586 this time last summer
  • 2,657 budgeted
  • 12,329 SCH compared to 10,669 last summer
  • Budgeted 16,307 SCH, currently 3,978 below budgeted figure
  • Currently 244 sections, compared to 269 last summer

Freshmen applications:

  • 1,774
  • 366 on the firm list
  • 667 accepted

Sophomore applications:

  • 164
  • 4 on the firm list

Highlights on retention:

  • Focuses on parents
    • Setting up a parent liaison
    • Explaining parent orientation
    • Continue parent newsletter
    • Expanding/growing parent web site
    • Working with parents to establish a parent association
    • Add parents to some of the campus committees, possibly the President’s Regional Advisory Board
    • Opportunity for parents to give back, work with Athletics for a booster club
  • CSI trying to identify those students and assign an assistant coach
  • PEER mentor program certification
  • Tweak academic referral success system

Sandra Heinold’s new title is Director of Retention and Summer Leibensperger has accepted the Director of the Academic & Career Services. Paige Ruschhaupt will continue to serve as the coordinator. Ersilia Garcia is currently working on full-time retention.

Update on Counseling Center:

  • Spring semester, 21 clients, ages 18-65
  • Majority were 23-30 years of age
  • Three urgent cases this spring
  • Four top categories
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Family issues
    • Intimate relations
  • Peer relationships
  • Identify concerns/substance abuse

Ms. Norgard said Dr. Aros is providing an important service that will continue to grow. Ash Walyuchow said Dr. Aros has been a blessing to the Athletics students. She reported the concealed handgun bill is still moving forward and looks like it could go through. Announced there is a new bill for bacterial meningitis that requires any student under the age of 30 and not taking only online classes to be immunized. Tracking the immunization of these students will require a new process and coordination.

Other Item Reports

Dr. Rice
said even though there has been discussion to not hood master's candidates, we will be hooding master's candidates at the spring commencement. At the request of Dr. Smith, Dr. Rice is working on a personnel guide of administrators with a brief bio of each to help the incoming president become familiar with the UHV leadership structure.

Dean Niroomand announced that he is working with University Advancement on creating an Endowed Professorship honoring Dr. Ron Sardessai. He is optimistic about raising over $100,000 soon with a goal of $250,000. Dean Niroomand announced that the School of Business Administration has hired seven new faculty members and the school is currently short 15 faculty offices and would appreciate assistance with providing office space for the SBA faculty.

Dr. Smith said even though some may feel anxiety over the possibility of the UH System at Sugar Land becoming a branch campus of UH, this is one of various scenarios that have been talked about over the years. He indicated he will send out an email to try to reassure people that he does not feel anyone’s job is at risk. As long as there is a demand, somebody has to serve that demand and UHV has been doing that. He doesn’t feel there is a concern or a threat in the short range. Even if it were a free standing institution, there would still be a collaborative effort possible in meeting the student demand.

Dean Di Leo said he had to cancel all summer lower division classes due to not realizing that Jaguar Hall dorm would not be open. He expressed his concern over there not being enough seats for face-to-face classes. He indicated he may have to schedule classes after 2:30 p.m. which will conflict with athletes practice time. The Alcorn Auditorium will be reserved 11:30-1:00 for freshmen seminars on Mondays and Wednesdays and the ABR Reading Series on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Ms. Mundy suggested an email from Dr. Smith would help to eliminate the concerns and uncertainties some staff members are feeling.

Dean Tart reported there were 64 attendees at the School of Nursing (SoN) Annual Spring Forum. She announced this is Nurses' Week. UHV's RN to BSN student, Linda Lim-Buckingham, was recognized and awarded a $1,500 scholarship at the Salute to Nurses Luncheon hosted by the Houston Chronicle. A research grant was awarded by the Texas Higher Education Board to Dr. Linda Dune and a National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) grant to Lisette Barton. The SoN graduates' pinning ceremony will be held immediately following the commencement ceremony with Janet Leatherwood, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as the guest speaker.

Meeting was adjourned at: 11:15 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton

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