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PRESIDENT'S CABINET

9:30 A.M., March 28, 2012
President's Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Beran, Bergstrom, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Mundy, Nelson, Niroomand, Norgard, Prince, Rice, Smith, and Tart

Absent: Akins, Cass, Castille, Walyuchow

Guests: Chuy Aros and Jess Butler

Faculty Senate Representative: Denise Neill

Marketing Representative: Cobler

I. Organizational Business

--Dr. Neill moved and Dean Niroomand seconded to approve the minutes of February 22, 2012 as presented.

II. Business

Mr. Beran was asked to be in charge of the meeting in Dr. Castille’s absence.

A. Guest: General Council Report & Department of Justice Grant & Implementation–
Dr. Chuy Aros

Dr. Aros, Counseling Center Director, provided a snapshot of the Counseling Center’s activities since August 2010; the Counseling Center has seen 66 individuals and has received about 275 sessions on all three campuses. A few other, but not all, client demographics Dr. Aros touched on concerning the Counseling Center are as follows:

  • About 2/3 are female and 1/3 male;
  • Approximately 75% are undergraduates with 25% graduate students;
  • Some 48% report SoAS as their academic home, 19% for SBA & SoN, 15% for SoEHD;
  • Some 5 suicide watch incidents, with no suicides to date completed or attempted.

Dr. Aros provided information on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Grant. This grant will protect more students on and off campus from being stalked, raped, and/or victimized by violence. There will be a Coordinated Community Response Taskforce developed and chaired by a Student Affairs executive. Dr. Aros said this fits in perfect with Chancellor Khator’s zero policy and puts us ahead of the legislation for every campus to have a taskforce. The grant will:

  • Partially fund a sworn peace officer to do investigations;
  • Establish a victim advocate that will supervise a campus victim hotline;
  • Establish a Counselor/Psychologist position;
  • Enable UHV to start, run and continue mandated training;
  • Attend to online as well as face-to-face students in this “Dear Colleague” era when we have as an institution decided to do this of our own free will and choice, virtually from the get-go of our downward expansion;
  • Discussion that UHV is matching funding for all 3 positions to bring each to a 1.0 FTE.

Ms. Norgard said the DOJ grant UHV received was written by Dr. Aros and with it, we are aligned with what is state and nationally required and ahead of the curve.

B. Carried Forward Items

1. Summer Flex Schedule–Laura Smith

Ms. Smith shared a handout that included the history of the Summer Flex guidelines that have been in place since 2006. There was a discussion on the pros and cons of the SummerFlex schedule. SummerFlex does require approval by supervisors. This item will be brought back to Cabinet to continue discussion on April 3.

2. Cabinet Retreat Follow-Up–Dr. Margaret Rice

Dr. Rice shared a handout that recapped and categorized the vision statements from the January 10th Cabinet Retreat.

C. Facilities and Finance Updates–Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran said at the special meeting of the UHS Board of Regents (BOR) the regents voted to keep the undergraduate tuition rate at UH and UHCL at their current rates but allowed UHD to increase by 3.9% and UHV to increase by 1.9%. These increases were approved to increase student success initiatives and support services that enhance graduate rates. Graduate school tuition rates may increase depending on the UHS university and the degree being pursued. He passed out a handout that showed a comparison of Texas public universities undergraduate tuition and fee rates; this shows UHV in the 4th quartile as among the lowest in the state for affordability. Mr. Beran said Dr. Castille was instrumental in getting the increase for UHV. 

Mr. Beran said the Budget Committee approved 2 more FTE for the Counseling department and UHV will eventually have their own police department.

Mr. Beran reported that plans to renovate the first floor of the George Brown building at the UH Sugar Land campus will be developed to house student services and have a Counseling Center that will be shared with Wharton County and UH. He also said UHV is not in control of the renovation of the faculty offices in the Brazos building; but hopefully this will be finished by the end of the summer. Mr. Beran said there is a design in place for the TimeGate building. UHV's budget for sophomore housing is finalized; the architecture and a contractor are on board and the construction should start this summer.

D. Enrollment Update–Chari Norgard

Ms. Norgard apprised Cabinet members of the remodeling going on in her area and explained they are building out the Counseling Center and adding to additional offices.

Fall freshmen applications are at 1,933 with 829 of them being accepted. On April 21, UHV will host its first “Passport to UHV” day where students will receive advising and help with registration. There will also be a “Passport to UHV” event on June 14 with 2 other dates in reserve. Ms. Norgard reminded everyone that the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) is not an admissions requirement but rather a registration requirement; students who are TSI incomplete can be admitted to the university but may not be able to register for some courses; they will be required to co-enroll in the appropriate foundational (developmental course(s) at a community college or pass one of the state-approved TSI exams.

E. Guest: VISD Superintendent Search Consultant–Dr. Jess Butler

Dr. Butler as part of the consultant firm, hired by the Victoria Independent School District, is visiting with members of the community on what they see as the need for VISD in the future. This report on input from the community will be given to the school board to assist them in finding a replacement superintendent.

F. Other Item Reports

Ms. Mundy announced that Ashley Furniture has graciously donated furniture to UHV Jaguar Hall for the commons area and also will be furnishing Jaguar Court and Jaguar Suites common areas in the future.

Mr. Nelson announced that USSEC (University System Staff Executive Council) will be meeting at UHV on April 11th.

Dr. Neill announced that the April Faculty Senate meeting will be this Friday, March 30 due to religious and school holidays.

Dean Tart announced that Dr. Neill will be heading up the RN-BSN program that is expanding to the Lone Star Community College System at the University Center in The Woodlands.

Mr. Beran closed the meeting by reminding everyone of the April 3rd meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton

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