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PRESIDENT’S CABINET
9:30 A.M., September 14, 2011
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Akins, Beran, Bergstrom, Castille, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Mundy, Nelson, Niroomand, Norgard, Prince, Rice, D. Smith, L. Smith, Tart, and Walyuchow

Marketing Representative: Cooke

I. Organizational Business

--Dean Tart movedand Dean Niroomand seconded to approve the minutes of August 24, 2011 as presented.

II. Business

A. Destination Campus Planning–Dr. Phil Castille

Dr. Castille spoke to the President’s Cabinet members about the draft System’s Master Plan for UHV, noting this has been an ongoing project. He said UHV will run out of academic space in 2014-2015 and discussed a handout that showed a proposed 63,000 sq. ft. academic building to the north of University Center. To fast track the building of this facility, the funds that we have to go forward may not complete all 63,000 sq. ft. of a new facility, but this will allow us to get started on the building sooner. Most likely, UHV will have to look for additional appropriations to finish out the building but a new academic building will fill in a piece that makes UHV a destination campus. Dr. Castille said a Strategic Planning Committee will be established to assist with this endeavor.

The Master Plan homepage for the University of Houston System is http://www.uh.edu/af/masterplan/uhsmp.htm. The links to the plan for each component campus are located on the right hand side of the page.

There were suggestions discussed to assist UHV students that are not accessing the crosswalk to cross HWY 59 but instead are crossing in front of the dorm and ending up in the turn lanes.

B. Finance & Student Housing–Mr. Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran noted that a presentation will be made to The Coordinating Board committee on Strategic Planning and Policy on 9/20/11 on sophomore housing and the key to the project. The sophomore housing project will have 252 beds in a 3-story garden type apartment. The facility will be located next to Jaguar Hall and share support facilities. It will provide UHV with a dynamic center of student activity and campus life fostering student success and community growth. Construction is slated to start in April 2012, with completion by May 2013.

Mr. Beran passed out a schedule from the UHS Internal Auditing department noting which UHV areas that would be audited in fiscal year 2012. They are the President’s office, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, Facilities, Financial Aid, Finance, Information Technology and Admission & Records.

C. Academic Affairs Update–Dr. Don Smith

Dr. Smith said the academic priorities were discussed at the last cabinet meeting. An urgent matter that needs to be addressed is since moving to Digital Measures the return rate of student evaluations have decreased.

Dean Niroomand said there were over one hundred guests who participated in the reception last Thursday in honor of the Spring 2011 MBA Conference Winning Teams, the BBA Conference Winner, 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees and the faculty recipients of the Bloomberg Teaching and Research Awards. The School of Business Administration monthly faculty seminars begins this Friday where two faculty members will present their current research work. So far there are 128 publications produced by SBA faculty members during 2010-2011. He also announced the creation of an Endowed Professorship in Business in honor of Ron Sardessai and encouraged faculty and staff to contribute to this good cause. He reminded everyone that the university will match their contributions. He is optimistic that SBA will be able to raise the $250,000 minimum required to establish the Endowed Professorship before the end of this academic year. Dean Niroomand said he had received a complementary note from the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas thanking him for co-sponsoring the lecture on August 24th and their willingness for continued partnership with the UHV's School of Business.

Dean Prince expressed concern about the student scores in the School of Education & Human Development. It looks to be better than projected with an 81% pass rate on the 4-8 Generalist exam and she predicted that all scores should be in high 80% passing rate by the Spring semester due to the faculty efforts.

Dean Tart reported 77 attended the Fort Bend Chamber Educational Symposium event. On September 15, Dean Tart will welcome 400 attendees at the Good Samaritan Foundation Excellent Awards nursing luncheon as the luncheon chairwoman at the Hilton America Hotel in Houston. A $60,000 George Foundation donation has been received for nursing scholarships in Fort Bend. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony in November for the Patient Simulation Center in Victoria. The Coordinating Board has approved a MSN/MBA degree with the School of Business Administration as a direct need request from students.

Dr. Castille expressed kudos to Dean Tart on her presentation at the President’s Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting and invited other deans to participate in the PRAB meetings.

Dean Di Leo reported that since he has become dean, the School of Arts & Sciences has tripled its semester credit hour production, and raised its faculty publications rate from 1.0 publication per faculty member per year to 3.1 publications per year per faculty member. Davis Schneiderman launched this year's American Book Review Reading Series with a lively presentation to a packed auditorium on September 1.

E. Enrollment Updates–Ms. Chari Norgard

Ms. Norgard said enrollment is up in headcount and semester credit hours. The Fall 2011 enrollment for the freshmen cohort is at 182, with a return of 118 students which is 54%. Sophomore student enrollment is at 129 this Fall compare to 77 last Fall. The headcount of students enrolled on campus in Victoria this semester is 910, compared to 759 last year for a 20% growth in one year. There was a discussion on enrollment figures. Ms. Norgard indicated that there will be a meeting with Student Senate to visit with students about what the issues are as to why students are not checking their UHV email accounts. She will also be working on better defining how we want to use the student email accounts. Ms. Norgard reported the Student Advisory Board members will consist of the Student Senate members since the Student Senate is the voice of the students.

F. Other Item Reports

Dr. Castille confirmed the Fall 2012 registration date has been moved up and is now scheduled for mid April, the day after the Board of Regents’ meeting where the tuition fees are approved. He also asked where we are on packaging summer classes. Various incentive packaging ideas were discussed. Dr. Castille requested the provost to carry forward this idea.

Dr. Dahlstrom reminded everyone about the Library Open House scheduled for September 15, 9:00 to 1:00, in the VC/UHV Library.

Ms. Mundy said the George Foundation approved a $60,000 grant for scholarships to the School of Nursing 2nd degree BSN program. There is also a ribbon cutting planned for the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation Patient Care Simulation Center on November 10th. INVISTA is partnering with the University of Houston-Victoria to sponsor a Market Based ManagementTM workshop on Thursday, October 6. The UHV School of Arts & Sciences was awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Alcoa Foundation for the UHV/VC Math and Science Awareness Day and a high school robotics research class.

-- Dr. Akins movedand Dr. Rice seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at: 11:40 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton

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