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University Of Houston-Victoria

President's Office

June 7, 2011

Members Present: Butler, Cain, Clapp, Duncan, Jaso, Rachid, Smith, Walker and Weber

Absent: Alcorn, Baynum, Herman, Hyde, Jacob, Leatherwood, Marshall, McCrohan, O’Connor, Parikh, Rubio, Salazar, Villafranca and Williams

UHV Attendees: Wayne Beran, Ersilia Garcia, Sandra Heinold, Faye Landry, Melinda Law, Amy Mundy, Chari Norgard, Margaret Rice and Kathy Walton

I. Welcome and Introductions

Vice Chair Richard Weber called the meeting to order.

Omar Rachid moved that the minutes from the March 1, 2011 President’s Regional Advisory Board meeting be approved as written and Randy Clapp seconded the motion.
Motion Carried Unanimously

II. Report from Nominating Committee

The board discussed the nomination of new PRAB members and officers. Dora Duncan moved and Randy Clapp seconded a motion to delay election of new board members and officers until the September meeting, with those in current positions continuing to serve until that time. Since President Castille will formally assume his duties on August 18, this delay in selection would allow him to have input into these decisions.
Motion Carried Unanimously

Recognition of Service – Dr. Smith presented gifts to the officers and members completely terms.

Tentative dates for 2011-2012 PRAB meetings were reviewed.

III. President’s Remarks

Dr. Smith gave the following updates:

  • Incoming president, Dr. Philip Castille and Chancellor Renu Khator will come for a visit – no date has been selected;
  • Budget forecast looks better than we had anticipated;
  • Two types of tuition – state and local. With Representative Morrison and Senator Hegar’s help UHV had our formula for students changed to a more reasonable expectation;
  • System Issue – Since the Legislature is still in session and the Texas A&M chancellor has resigned, we expect the meeting with the two systems to be next month;
  • International Education – A handout of statistics from Fall 2010 is included in folder. We haven’t been extremely successful in the past with international students going abroad because most of our students are working. As we move forward with downward expansion, we will see this program grow. An International Committee has been formed and is working on three criteria to consider: clarity of mission; what is feasible; and what we want to do.
  • Dn3 – a half dozen students are in this program. We believe it will grow in time.
  • UHV Progress Card in folder. The University of Houston System asked us to measure UHV with state and national peer institutions in Fall 2009 and Fall 2010

Kay Walker is seeking meaningful and comparative data between UH System and Texas A&M System. A lively, sometimes heated discussion, ensued around this issue.

  • Incentive funding – State would get this information from the Coordinating Board. Will email to President’s Regional Advisory Board members.

Hernan Jaso thanked Dr. Smith, as Interim President, for his leadership of UHV in this strenuous time. He expressed frustration on lack of information from the University of Houston System (UHS).

Omar Rachid asked to go on record saying he did not appreciate being scolded by Walker on what he has or hasn’t said as an advisory board member and what he has or has not done. Mr. Jaso indicated same.

Richard Weber was offended that the UHS representatives have not come to address the President’s Regional Advisory Board concerning recent issues.

IV. Presentations

  1. Wayne Beran presented a PowerPoint presentation on the “UHV Student Housing Timeline.” He showed a modest growth rate for the next 5 years, allowing for those students that would be exempt from student housing. The figures showed a possibility of 580 bed shortage by 2015-16.
    • Trying to stay a step ahead of students
    • Building would cost the students more money
    • Fall 2011, there are 250 beds available in Jaguar Hall, with 88 beds available for sophomore housing in 6 apartments close to UHV. The overflow student housing plan for freshmen and sophomores for fall is to lease the Regency Hotel, located next to Jaguar Hall, with approximately 200 additional beds.
    • Fall 2012, Capstone Companies, a student housing company, is exploring purchasing the two apartment complexes across the street from UHV. They would provide us with approximately 200 beds that will be used for sophomore and upper-level housing.
    • Fall 2013, the new UHV apartment style dorm, Jaguar Court, next to Jaguar Hall will be open with approximately 200 beds, and
    • $22 million for 850 beds – 50 to 60,000 normally for a student bed (or 42,500,000), so we are adding beds at a very reasonable cost.
  2. Chari Norgard presented an enrollment update and student programs -
    • 2,253 summer enrollment – a little above last summer
    • 14,381 semester credit hours
    • Expanding tutoring center – location in Jaguar Hall
    • Most core classes have tutors
    • Early Intervention Program – to help students at risk academically
    • Student Employment Center - both career/professional employment and part-time student employment
    • Freshman Seminar – a course designed to help freshmen transition from high school to college
    • Community of Readers Program – designed to provide a shared intellectual experience for our incoming students, faculty and staff. They selected for Fall 2010 – “Issac’s Storm” and for Fall 2011 – “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”.
    • Fall to Spring Retention – 219 freshmen in the fall; 187 freshmen in the spring – 85%
    • Freshman Awards – 8 spirit of the Jaguar Awards for students with a GPA 3.25 and above (who have reflected high standards in academic leadership and citizenship)
              29 Dean’s List for GPA 3.5 and above
              5 President’s List for GPA 4.0 and above
    • Jaguar Athletics – 32% of freshmen participate in athletics
    • New Student Profile – Fall 2011 freshman applicants = 1929; 756 accepted; applicants represent 98/254 (39%) Texas counties, 14 other states, and 27 countries; Top 5 Texas counties: Harris (364), Bexar (322), Ft. Bend (200), Cameron (139), and Hildago (89);

      58% Hispanic and 21% African American; 43% of freshman applicants are first generation.

    • National Survey of Student Engagement – 96% of UHV survey participants answered that they would choose UHV again – highest percentage in the state.
    • Life After College Program designed for all students, however, our specific program is for residential freshmen. It provides a series of panel discussions with professionals from different occupations within specific majors; e.g. panel discussions for students in Criminal Justice might include a police officer, a warden, a probation officer, a public prosecutor and a juvenile detention officer. Opportunity for students to explore the occupational possibilities within their chosen major and allows students to learn what “a day in the life of ________” is really like, so they can make more informed decisions about career directions.
    • Success Coaching – a two pronged-program designed to help freshmen succeed
      • Proactive: Use the College Student Inventory (all freshmen are required to complete) which is a survey of beginning college students to identify their strengths and risk(s) for attrition and pair at-risk students up with a Success Coach (could be university faculty, staff and upper-level or graduate students) to help the student build on strengths and mitigate risks.
      • Reactive: (Mandatory) Pair students on Academic Warning after the first semester with Success Coaches to create plan to identify and change behaviors student identifies as self-defeating and recover credit.
    • Supplemental Instruction – Targeted specific core curriculum classes with historically high fail/dropout rates rather than individual students – no stigma in students’ participating because if focuses on the class rather than individual deficits; peer instructional leaders work closely with faculty each week to prepare study materials for organized study groups; weekly or bi-weekly organized study groups in the residence hall led by a peer instructional leaders who sits in on classes.

C. Sandra Heinold presented “Student Success and Parent Engagement” -

  • Forty-three percent (43%) of our freshmen students are First Generation. Parents are often unfamiliar with the college environment;
  • Parent programming is being set up to help parents help their students and better partner with us;
  • Appointing a parent liaison – Ersilia Garcia;
  • Revising our parent website and continuing the parent newsletter and expanding it;
  • Developing a Facebook page for parents to access;
  • Having parent orientations;
  • Creating a parent organization that will be in place by Fall 2012.

V. Roundtable Discussion

PRAB members expressed that they would like System representatives to attend their next meeting and share their vision for UHV. A PRAB member said that the community has expressed enthusiasm and energy towards higher education. There is a lot of support for UHV and that impacts our surrounding counties.

Dr. Smith noted that learning is important for the future. The United States is ahead of all countries in three areas: agriculture, military and higher education.

Richard Weber moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:57 p.m.

Submitted by: F. Landry
Approved: 9/13/2011

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