University Of Houston-Victoria
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Members Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Devick-Fry, Di Leo, Ferguson, M. Harrison, Mundy, LaBrecque, Niroomand, Norgard, Rossow, Ruschhaupt, Rice, D. Smith, L. Smith, Tart, Walyuchow
Marketing Representative: Cobler
I. Organizational Business
-- Dr. LaBrecque moved and Dean Tart seconded to approve the minutes of February 9, 2011 as presented.
Motion Carried Unanimously
Academic Efforts Underway–Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque
Dr. LaBrecque announced that Dr. D. Smith has appointed a Joint Oversight Committee for the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) –Victoria College (VC) Memorandum of Understanding. This committee will be co-chaired by Dr. LaBrecque and Dr. Pat Vandervoort, VCs Vice President of Instruction. Other members include: Greg Fanelli and Chari Norgard of UHV and Keith Blundell and Florinda Correa of VC. The first committee meeting is scheduled for February 28th. Dr. LaBrecque stated that if anyone has issues related to VC that they would like discussed to let her know. The University of Houston Systems (UHS) new 2 page academic proposal for preliminary approval to develop new degree programs is delaying the approvals by 2 to 3 months. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Fifth-Year Interim Report is in process and due by April 15, 2011. UHV has responses to all the questions and the report will be submitted on time. Dr. LaBrecque reported that Faculty Senate approved 6 questions for student evaluations of instruction for the university. These questions have been submitted to Digital Measures, the firm we have contracted for students evaluations of instruction. Starting this semester, this process puts UHV in compliance with House Bill 2504. The Second Grantsmanship Workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 25th, from 10-2 in Sugar Land. A van will be rented so everyone can ride together. Academic Council has approved forming an Academic Advisors Council (AAC) to make sure all advisors know about all degree plans and best practices can be followed. The AAC will be similar to the Recruiters Council.
Financial Update–Wayne Beran
Mr. Beran reported the Budget Committee is reviewing the budget requests for FY 2012 that totaled nearly $5 million. He announced he had attended the Texas Association of State Senior College and University Business Officers (TASSCUBO) meeting in Austin and said there was an interesting report at the meeting concerning more accountability for higher education. He said the presenter indicated that higher education went from being student centered to faculty centered and needs to get back to being student centered again. He said there was an efficiency study the governor requested that reported–higher education is inefficient by 15-25%; faculty productivity needs to increase by 10%; there is a need to increase online and dual credits; the $10,000 degree; about students declaring their major in the first 36 hours taken and the need to reduce the number of courses due to more courses the more confusion for students. He also said the Employees Retirement System (ERS) insurance is going to cost more next year.
Enrollment & Student Success Updates–Chari Norgard
Ms. Norgard said UHV will host a Jaguar Day on February 26th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Currently there are 110 registered attendees. There will also be 50 students from Donna High School touring and visiting the campus on February 27th from noon-2:30 p.m. The last Jaguar Day is scheduled for April 2nd. The PeopleSoft (PS) migration started integrated testing on March 17th. Some of our staff members have been traveling to Houston for this testing, hopefully next week the testing will be moved to Victoria. The plan is to migrate to PS 9.0 by the end of March or first part of April. Ms. Norgard shared a copy of the letter the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents will be sending to the Texas State Senate and House concerning not allowing guns on campuses that provided a list of the members' institutions that expressed their opinions and concerns. A report on freshmen applications for fall was 1,231 applications with 354 having been accepted, with the rest being incomplete. The applications for summer were 21 applications with 2 having been accepted. Ms. Norgard said a Student Code of Conduct revised draft policy is being reviewed in Student Senate, will then be sent to Athletics for review and onto legal. She hopes to have this policy in place in the next couple of weeks. She reported she is working on sections 2.10 Student Services and 4.5 Student Committees of the SACS Fifth-Year Report.
Other Item Reports
Dean Niroomand said the School of Business Administration is interviewing candidates. He announced there would be a reception in Sugar Land honoring the Fall 2010 MBA Conference Winners on February 24th. Dean Niroomand said that the school is finishing a grant proposal to be submitted to the United States Department of Education before March 3rd.
Dr. D. Smith reminded everyone of the Employee Recognition Luncheon in Sugar Land on February 24th. There will be a President's Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting on March 1st in the Multi-Purpose Room. He said he had given testimony last week at a Senate Finance Committee hearing and House Sub-Committee on appropriations hearing. Dr. Smith said he and others are working on lining up sophomore housing for year after next. When asked about raises for next year, Dr. Smith responded at this time it does not look favorable for any raises for next year. He indicated he would like to do something to recognize those that have contributed significantly to the university.
Ms. L. Smith said all UHS campuses are having Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights audits. These are scheduled audits and feels UHV is in good shape. This will be an onsite audit and is scheduled for May 10th.
Dean Di Leo said the Society for Critical Exchange Winter Institute conference was well attended. He thanked Mr. and Mrs. Richard Logan for hosting the February 16th ABR guest speaker reception for Kate Bernheimer. Dean Di Leo also thanked the Victoria Advocate for the nice article on our guest speaker. Searches continue this semester for Humanities and Computer Science. He indicated they are trying to wrap up the History candidate search. It appears there is going to be a lot of freshmen so the School of Arts & Sciences will need help if we are to fulfill our promise of smaller classes. He reported the governor has announced there could be cuts for the Texas Commission of the Arts and Sciences and the Texas Commission of the Historical Society which will effect donations. Dean Di Leo closed by thanking Ash Walyuchow for his role in Athletics.
Mr. Beran announced a program with TimeGate Studios, a company which develops video games in Sugar Land. This partnering with TimeGate would allow our students in the gaming field to work in industry toward a degree. TimeGate would provide a live lab environment allowing students to work with a team of gaming developers; and be given credit on the games they help to develop. These students would not receive academic credit for the training on site but getting their names out in the gaming community is good for their career path. The ultimate goal is to have a building on the Sugar Land campus, allowing UHV to partner within the community. Currently we are looking at a possibility of 200 students for this program and feel this is a good recruitment for not only the surrounding communities but for the out of state and out of country students. This may open up other areas, nursing and pharmaceutical, that could be covered by this company.
Dr. Dahlstrom said he feels that the State should continue its support of TexShare.
Mr. Harrison announced the Staff Councils 2011 Food Drive will be held from February 28th through March 5th.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton