University Of Houston-Victoria
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Members Present: Beran, 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
--March 9th minutes were approved as written.
Board of Regents (BOR) meeting—Dr. Don Smith
Dr. Smith said a proposed tuition increase of up to 5% will be taken to the Student Fees Advisory Committee hearing in April. Following the open Tuition/Fee Hearing, this increase will be presented to the Board of Regents at a Special Called BOR meeting on April 13th. Dr. Smith said projecting on the assumptions of a severe reduction in appropriations and absence of other sources of increased revenue, there comes a point when the university can no longer continue without serious impact. He will be presenting at the BOR meeting to reiterate what the implications are by not increasing revenue. When asked how our tuition and fees compare with those institutions around our area, Dr. Smith said Mr. Beran will provide the BOR members with a chart that shows we will still be among the lowest in a 200 mile radius. If we get the tuition and fees increase, we are going to try to address the impacts made due to the inadequacies and use the fees to support retention and maintain our graduation rate. Dr. Smith said land purchase may also be on the May BOR agenda.
Academic Efforts Underway—Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque
Dr. LaBrecque said the next Research Workshop is scheduled for March 25th in Sugar Land on how to write and prepare federal grants. An important part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) 5th-Year Interim Report, that is due on April 15th, is institutional effectiveness, which affects every area on campus. Dr. LaBrecque expressed kudos to Dean Niroomand and his colleagues for hiring 3 new faculty members to teach accounting and 2 for management. Dr. LaBrecque said the new instructional evaluation questions for all 4 schools have been submitted to Digital Measures and will be used this semester for the evaluation process, providing immediate feedback for faculty. Dr. LaBrecque reported the Provosts’ Council did not approve the Doctoral Nursing Program (DNP) at this time due to feedback from the Coordinating Board. The UHV/VC Joint Oversight Committee co-chaired by Dr. Pat Vandervoort and Dr. LaBrecque has met twice this semester. The committee’s biggest project is establishing one enrollment process with Victoria College for UHV students, as was done at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch between the University of Houston System universities. Minimum class sizes for summer 2011 will be the same as for summer 2010, 15 students per undergraduate course and 10 students per graduate course. All exceptions must be approved by the provost before classes begin.
Financial & Jaguar Hall Updates–Wayne Beran
When asked about appropriations, Mr. Beran responded by saying we don’t have any news but hopefully by next week we’ll know something. During the State Fire Marshall’s inspection there were minor issues found that will be addressed. Mr. Beran announced the laundry facility in Jaguar Hall has been completed.
Enrollment & Student Success Updates–Chari Norgard
Ms. Norgard said Trudy Wortham had sent out an email concerning the PeopleSoft migration from 8.9 to 9.0 to everyone announcing the system would be brought down at 5:00 p.m. on March 30th through April 4th. Due to the upgrade, the last day to drop/withdraw from a spring 2011 course with a grade of "W" has been changed to April 7th. The last Jaguar Day for this semester is scheduled for April 2nd with 180 attendees, of which 55 are prospective students and the rest are family members. Freshmen recruiting figures currently stand at 1,432 applications, compared to 741 at this time last year; and 482 applications have been accepted, compared to 210. There have been 19 deposits already made for Jaguar Hall. Ms. Norgard said they are wrapping up a U.S. Department of Justice grant. This $300,000 grant will be for 3 years and be used to train students on domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus. UHV will work with the Victoria Police department, South Texas Mid-Coast Family Services and the Hope of South Texas. If approved, this funding would start in September and allow UHV to have licensed police officers, a part-time female counselor and a victims' advocate on campus.
Other Item Reports
Dean Tart said the School of Nursing (SoN) has signed an articulation agreement with Wharton County Junior College. This agreement will allow their nursing students to go straight into the UHV SoN RN to BSN program. The annual SoN Spring Nursing Forum is scheduled for May 5th, 1-5 p.m., in the UHV Alcorn Auditorium.
Dr. Rice recently attended the American Council on Education (ACE) conference in Washington, D.C. and shared a few copies of a presentation from the conference on “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education” based on a forthcoming book by Henry J. Eyring and Clayton M. Christensen.
Ms. Ruschhaupt announced the Student Senate has scheduled Student Forums on the possible move to the Texas A&M University System; March 31st in Victoria and April 5th in Sugar Land. Dr. Smith will attend in a resource capacity.
Mr. Walyuchow announced UHV’s softball team is 16th in the country and will play the number 7th in the country here in Victoria at 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Mr. Beran announced that the President’s Conference Room is going to be set up as an ITV meeting room.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton