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December 3, 2013

Members Present: Castille, Hyde, King, Leatherwood, Moreno, Rachid, Saenz, Scott, Shutt, Walker, Welder and Williams

Absent: Alcorn, Butler, Cain, Espinoza, Herman, Jacob, Kellman, Loeb, McCrohan, O’Connor, Oehlke, Parikh and Weber

UHV Attendees: Charles Alcorn, Wayne Beran, Jeffrey Cass, Paula Cobler, Dakota Doman, Jay Lambert, Brandon Lee, Faye Landry, Kevin Myers, Farhang Niroomand, Ruston Raybon, Margaret Rice, Greg Rutzen, Denee Thomas and Kathy Walton

I. Welcome and Introductions

Chair Omar Rachid called the meeting to order and welcomed all Board members present. President Castille thanked those that were able to attend the holiday reception held at his home on Monday, December 2, 2013.

II. Organizational Business

  • Approval of Minutes – Viola Saenz moved that the minutes from the September 10, 2013, President’s Regional Advisory Board meeting be approved as written and Gene Moreno seconded the motion.
    Motion Carried Unanimously
  • • Dr. Castille shared his thoughts on the proposed changes of removing the 3 ex-offico community college presidents in the PRAB bylaws. UHV originally was an upper division university serving junior, senior and graduate level students in the Victoria Region. Almost all undergraduate students transferred from the three community colleges whose presidents were included in the by-laws as ex-offico members. Over time, UHV expanded into the Greater Houston, and in 2010, added freshmen and sophomores. This wider reach meant creating relationships with many more community colleges. It would not be feasible to include all of these community college presidents on the PRAB. Additionally, there are UHV issues that, at times, would be better addressed with those that deal with UHV only. Comments, pros and cons, were made by different Board members. Keith Williams moved that the bylaws be approved as presented and John Shutt seconded the motion.
    Motion Carried Unanimously

III. Presentations

  • Dr. Farhang Niroomand, Dean, School of Business Administration (SBA), presented an overview of the School of Business Administration that he had shared with his Dean’s Advisory Council. The school has transformed itself increasing their presence in the Fort Bend area by branching out in the Katy and Sugar Land. SBA is a top rated business school and was awarded AACSB accreditation in 2005 and was reaccredited in 2010. The school has received national recognition and ranking. The Princeton Review has consistently rated the UHV SBA as one of the top business schools in the US and number 2 as the Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students. The Fortune Small Business Magazine has also named UHV as the number three for Best Online Entrepreneurial Schools. The has ranked the School of Business Administration as number 4 for their Global MBA, number 17 for their Strategic MBA, number 6 for their BBA, and overall as an AACSB Accredited Distance Best Buy. Over the past few years, the UHV SBA program has had tremendous growth. Currently there are 45 faculty members with 40 faculty members’ officed at the UHSL campus. UHV’s SBA is now the second largest MBA program in Houston. Since 2005, the MBA program has grown from 575 students to approximately 900 today. The school’s Master of Science and Economic Development and Entrepreneurship program is a unique and one of a kind program. The undergraduate program has grown from less than 500 students in 2009 to over 1,000 students today. Increased graduate enrollment produced a record number of graduates in the MBA and MSEDE programs with 244 for the 2012 and 2013 school year. They also graduated 314 BBA students. The school has a highly diverse student body with students from the Far East, Middle East, Europe, South America, and Africa. UHV students have the opportunity to study international business in China. The school recently received a $600,000 contribution from Chairman Wu of the Sanzhu Group Corporation and his wife to establish the new Wu-Feng Center for International Business Education. One of the key initiatives in the SBA is the development of new programs to better serve the current needs of various industries in the greater Houston area.
  • Facilities Development
    Dr. Charles Alcorn, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, thanked Mr. John Shutt, Ganado Chair for the $45,500 grant from the VL & JH Robinson Charitable Foundation of Edna, Texas for half of the budgeted $91,000 needed to complete the installation of a multi-purpose athletic field. Dr. Alcorn stated that we have proposed to O’Connor-Hewitt Foundation for a matching grant that will allow UHV to move quickly on the first of a three-phase UHV Intramural Field/Outdoor Recreation area. These facilities are scheduled to be built off of Rio Grande Street behind the Jaguar Village dorms that currently house over 400 students.

    Mr. Wayne Beran, Director of Corporate and
  • Student Affairs Update and Tour
    Dr. Jay Lambert, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, introduced Denee Thomas, Sr. Director of Enrollment, Dakota Doman, Director of Student Life and Brandon Lee, Director of Housing. He presented an overview of Student Life and Activities. Highlights included Personal Touch by tasking our recruiters to work personally with high school counselors, parents and prospective students. We are using a lot more data from our first freshmen class on where our students are coming from. We are getting better prepared students. There was a 44% increase in SAT 1000 or above. We have hired Student Success Coaches to advise our freshmen and sophomore students and to help connect students with Career Services to help undeclared students find a major which is a good fit. Also, they advise students about courses, schedules, progress on degree plans, and assist students with enrollment each semester. We offer tutoring to our students and are working on a summer bridge program that we are going to submit this spring. We have established a Jaguar Activities Board (JAB) which is run by the students to provide fun, relaxing co-curricular programs for our students to enjoy. We have introduced new student development programs: International Festival – highlighting different countries; support of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week; support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a number of new programs to promote leadership in the spring. UHV has a strong history of community service…we are trying to pull all of it together so that we can make all of our students more aware of the volunteer opportunities in the community. We also started providing an intramural program, such as 3 on 3 basketball, full court basketball, pool, football, and ping pong tournaments.

    Dr. Lambert and his staff took the PRAB members on a tour of Jaguar Suites.

IV. President’s Remarks & Board Discussion

Dr. Phil Castille, President, commented on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that will take place in April 2014. Dr. Jeffrey Cass, Provost, will respond to our compliance audit of this fall. Per Dr. Cass, we received 20 “dings” (areas we need to change) and this Focus Report will be made available before the April 2014 visit. We will send a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of our Residential Learning Communities. “Learning in the living space” and “Learning doesn’t stop when the classroom door closes.” The SACS liaison said we had a very good start on our affirmation effort. We had no dings on the financial side but we had a ding on library facilities which we share with Victoria College.

Meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m.

Submitted by: F. Landry
Approved: 3/6/2014