President's Cabinet Minutes

 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Meeting Minutes

Present:  Bullock, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Gunasekera, Hartshorn, Hudson, LaBrecque, Pantel, Phillips, Rice, Smith, Stansell

Absent:   Beran, Ochoa

I.   Organizational Business

The minutes of the April 11, 2007, meeting was unanimously approved as written.

II.  Business

--2007 Summer Flex Schedule—Karen Pantel

Ms. Pantel shared updated summer flex guidelines for this summer. After discussion on which offices were to remain open, it was requested that Ms. Pantel check with Admissions to see if there was an issue last summer that indicated a need for this office to remain open and bring results back to next Cabinet meeting.

III. Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Hudson
acknowledged the wonderful turnout for the UH vs. UT San Antonio ballgame.  He awarded kudos to Dick Phillips and Ash Walyuchow for their part in making the event a success.  Dr. Hudson also expressed his appreciation to those that attended the Sugar Land Groundbreaking.  Dr. Hudson provided an overview of the Board of Regents Retreat.  One item mentioned was the Historically Utilized Business (HUB) purchases.  He reported UHV has made tremendous progress in three years, and that we are well above the norm with 35% of our purchases being made with HUB vendors.  He also noted UHV’s administrative costs have been driven down from 20% to 12%, well below the national state average. Another item was that Bill Funk has been hired as the consultant to conduct the search for the next UH Chancellor. Dr. Hudson indicated the debate on whether to keep the combined position of chancellor/president or have an independent chancellor will have to be decided before the search begins. 

Mr. Ferguson
provided an update on the bandwidth issues.  He indicated the schedule is slipping a little due to working around railroad contracts but assured everyone availability by fall 2007.

Dr. Rice
announced UHV would be hosting a luncheon for female professionals from the Mexico Rotary Campus Exchange Program.  She also reminded cabinet of the May 12, 9:00 a.m. UHV Commencement.  The ceremony location will be between the two buildings in the University West Parking Lot Q.  In case of inclement weather, she said there will be a 1:00 p.m. commencement ceremony at Faith Family Church.  Reception will be held in either case in the University Center Multipurpose Room following the commencement ceremony.

Dr. Stansell
announced SoEHD is still working to fill open positions with an offer on one position, getting ready to extend another offer, and a Reading candidate coming into interview.  Dr. Stansell also announced Dr. Barba Patton has been selected to serve on a state committee to review primary grade math textbooks for the state.  He also stated there is another possible Master Mathematics Teacher cohort in the Cy Fair area.

Dr. Hartshorn
reported the Research Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting on Monday, April 30.  She also noted that all teacher quality grants have been funded.  Dr. Hartshorn announced the Nursing MSN Program will graduate one and one half students for every week the program has been offered.

Mr. Phillips
reported we have received a $2,500 endowment from the Sunrise Rotary and acknowledged Mr. Beran for his work.  He also announced the search for a marketing firm has closed.  The marketing campaign will be outsourced for a period of time.  Mr. Phillips announced that Sarah May, our Alumni Relations Specialist, will be leaving and commended her on the outstanding job she had done. 

Dr. Hudson noted that since 2003 UHV’s endowment has made tremendous progress with growth of 32.8%.

Dr. Dahlstrom
announced the library is working on the move of media resources from University Center to the Main Library.  He also announced he would be participating in the upcoming American Library Association’s Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.  There was a discussion of the Fort Bend County branch library, which is to be shared with UHS and WCJC, as well as costs of library resources for an off-campus center versus the costs at a stand-alone institution.

Dr. Di Leo
reported record enrollment in Arts and Sciences for the summer.  He also identified online Psychology as the one program that has experienced three times the growth than any other program in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Di Leo brought to cabinet’s attention that Andrei Codrescu, the last speaker of the American Book Review Reading Series, is the spring commencement speaker.  He also announced there would be a private reception for Mr. Codrescu at the home of Ms. Dorothy Alcorn.  And that there will also be a public event in recognition of the spring 2007 graduates’ achievements, Saturday, May 12, at The Victoria College Auditorium, sponsored by Victoria Bach Festival, American Book Review, and UHV, titled “A Celebration of New Orleans.”

Dr. Bullock
announced a growth of 20-24% for the summer in the SoBA.  He contributed this growth to a combination of new programs and increased funding for target marketing.  The School will pilot-testing iPod casting.  Dr. Bullock touched on his trip to Mexico stating that UHV is attracting the right kind of international candidates.  He also mentioned the partnerships with China, indicating that those students would spend their last year at UHV. He expressed kudos to President Hudson and Provost LaBrecque for their support of the BBA program in Sugar Land and stated the upcoming BBA at Sugar Land will be a milestone event for the School of Business Administration.

Ms. Pantel
reported the same day UHV is hosting the Board of Regents, BOR, meeting we will also be hosting the University System Staff Executive Council, USSEC, meeting. Ms. Pantel noted she had visited with Toni Wyer concerning the travel card and they decided this issue will be revisited at the next Staff Council meeting in order to get a general census as to whether this card is needed. 

Ms. Smith
noted the classification reviews will be back next week, and the market study will begin shortly.  She also stated she was concerned with the staff turnover and whether this was a salary turnover issue. 

Dr. Gunasekera announced there would be a Faculty Senate meeting on April 27 at 10:00 a.m., and Faculty Council meeting on May 4.

Dr. LaBrecque noted the MSN proposal has been submitted to the Provost Council.  She also announced UHV has been awarded the Title V Grant with Coastal Bend College.  Dr. LaBrecque addressed the fact that UHV’s distance education report had not been accepted by the Coordinating Board.  She noted we are now preparing a more detailed report to meet the Coordinating Board’s requirements. She also mentioned at the April Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that there was a presentation and discussion on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) that was very well received by the Coordinating Board. This response indicated a genuine interest in competency-based testing for university graduates.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Submitted by:  Kathy Walton