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University of Houston - Victoria

President's Office


9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, LaBrecque, Norgard, Prescott, Rice, L. Smith, Stansell, Tart, Wang

Absent: Lindley, Phillips

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dr. LaBrecque moved and Dean Stansell seconded to approve the minutes of August 27, 2008, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

  3. Roundtable Discussion
  4. Mr. Ferguson reported the Sugar Land fiber project is behind 2-2 ½ weeks due to Hurricane Ike. He did note that all labs are up and going and work continues to get the ITV function in the conference room back up.

    Dr. Hudson announced that due to the hurricane damage to the new University of Houston System at Sugar Land building the new projected opening date is February 1, 2009.

    Dr. Rice announced the President's Annual Report is scheduled for November 13 and stated that cabinet members will have the opportunity to buy a table. She requested that names be submitted to her prior to the mailing of invitations. She also announced that President Hudson will be receiving the Education Award at the African American Gala.

    Dean Stansell said the Business Dean Search Committee has identified 9 semi-finalists from the pool of applicants, and had scheduled telephone interviews that had to be cancelled due to UHV's closure for Hurricane Ike. The committee meets via ITV, and is re-scheduling phone interviews for next week. The School of Education and Human Development Program Committee has been surveying current education students, alumni, community members and school personnel about the desirability of new programs since May, gave its report at the September 5 faculty member. The committee recommended consideration of several graduate level certificate programs that could be offered by re-packaging existing courses. Proposed programs may include behavior management, advanced curriculum development, crisis management, school leadership and online curriculum development/instruction. Also under consideration are having these programs count toward meeting Master's degree requirements, so that a student could earn the graduate degree by completing two 12-hour certificate programs and the 12-hour M.Ed. core. Specific programs will be developed this fall. SoEHD is also collaborating with SoBA to provide an online Superintendent certification program to those principals who are served by TxPEP. In October, Dr. Wang will take information about the SoEHD's graduate online programs to China to see if there is interest in possible partnerships and student/faculty exchanges.

    Ms. Prescott reported the next Staff Council meeting will be in October. She commented on the great turnout and positive responses from the Commission on Expanding Access to Higher Education's Public Forum meeting, noting the only negative responses were that staff would have liked to have been able to stay for the entire meeting.

    Ms. Smith announced the Human Resource's office was busy with the beginning of the new fiscal year. She also shared results of the Corporate Cup.

    Mr. Beran reported on the $100 million incentive funding set aside by the governor last year.

    The Break Down:

    • $20 million to top 10% graduates
    • $40 million average of the 3 years
    • $40 million at risk/critical fields

    UHV's part is $588,000, which is more than the standard allocations.

    Mr. Beran stated John Ellis had done a great job representing UHV at the Commission's meeting where he addressed the Commission's question of whether UHV can recruit students from outside the region.

    Dr. Jaeckle said the next Faculty Senate meeting will be next Friday. Toni Wyer has been invited to talk on travel, rental car issues for clarification. Don Birx will meet with Faculty Senate at their November meeting to discuss research.

    Dean Di Leo thanked the President's office and Arts and Sciences staff for the set up for the Commission meeting. He has asked his faculty for brief statements on how they are addressing the hurricane issue. Dean Di Leo announced the SoAS has 15% growth for the fall semester and will have about 10 sections of intra-session courses. The school has preliminary authority requests for new programs, a BA in Design and a MA in Forensic Psychology. Drs. Tom Williams and Horace Fairlamb are working on the specifics for a January 2010 Society for Critical Exchange conference. American Book Review will be hosting an open house in the near future. This past week, the SoAS has received $6,500 in donations from 3 sources, $5,000 from Exelon and $1,500 from private sources.

    Dean Tart reported the School of Nursing classes are all organized after the hurricane. The Texas Nursing Association seminar on "First Receivers" will be held on the UHSSL campus in November. The school has written preliminary authority requests for new programs in Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Kinesiology Exercise. Onsite visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education will be March 2-4, 2009.

    Ms. Norgard apprised cabinet of a quick admit process planned for the spring semester. She reported the admissions department has been approved to hire 2 new staff members and 1 replacement staff member since an analyst accepted a position in another department within the university. In trying to stream line the admissions process, admissions forms that now have to be completed and faxed in are being converted to automated forms that can be submitted electronically. Ms. Norgard is checking with legal on whether signatures are required on these documents.

    Dean Di Leo complimented the efforts of the Admissions office in processing the late admissions.

    Dean Wang reported he had contacted most of his faculty concerning how they are handling their classes due to the time off required for Hurricane Ike. He announced he would be meeting with his executive team on curriculum assessment. The School of Business Administration growth for the fall semester is 26.66%.

    Dr. LaBrecque apprised cabinet of the projects being addressed in the Academic Affairs office. The new mission statement is still a work in progress and will be brought back to cabinet for review. She reported the progress card developed by UH does not fit UHV and is working with other sources to try to personalize the UHV report card. Dr. LaBrecque said there are 7 preliminary authority requests for new programs. The first reading at the Provost Council will be in October, second reading in November, then to the Board of Regents for approval and then to the Coordinating Board for final approval. If approved, these new programs will be added to UHV's Table of Programs allowing for more programs for recruiting students. Academic Affairs is also working on mentoring for new faculty members. New faculty orientation is being rescheduled for early October, and the assessment workshops with Dr. Marilee Bresciani are being rescheduled for February.

    Dr. Hudson requested for SACS auditing purposes, that all deans collect documentation on the ways their faculty members are compressing their 12-week classes into 10 weeks to cover the time lost due to Hurricane Ike. Dr. Hudson thanked everyone for their support at the Commission on Expanding Access to Higher Education Public Forum meeting, noting it was a phenomenal event. He shared a copy of the information provided at the last Commission meeting and announced the next meeting will be September 30. Dr. Hudson and Dr. Butler will present a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions at this meeting, and at Regent Wilson's requested, the Chamber of Commerce will present on local scholarship potentials.

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