University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., September 14, 2016
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present:  Akins, Beran, Cobler, Cockrum, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Faulk, Ferguson, Hatmaker, Higgins, Huerta, Lambert, Litton, Morgan, Niroomand, Pisors, Smith, Thomas and Walyuchow

Absent: Rice

Guest:  Norgard

I.  Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan

  • announced the Banned Book Readout will be in the Library on September 29 and encouraged everyone to participate either by listening or reading a passage from a banned book;
  • reminded everyone of the November 15 President’s Annual Report and Excellence Award event and requested everyone get their guest lists to Nancy Moffett;
  • presented a PowerPoint presentation on Campus Expansion
    • Student Center/Library Learning Commons
      • design is on going
      • construction to begin - winter 2016
      • expected completion - summer 2018
    • Sophomore Student Housing
      • design is on going
      • construction to begin - winter 2016
      • expected completion - summer 2018
    • STEM
      • selection process for architectural and engineering team is underway
      • expected completion – fall 2019
    • Current Projects
      • build-out of the shell space of the North Building
      • renovations to the West and Center Buildings
      • purchase of Town Plaza Mall
    • Future Opportunities
      • Funding and location for
      • Student Recreational Center
      • Athletic Complex

B.  UHV at Katy Marketing—Paula Cobler

Paula Cobler, Marketing & Communications director, presented a presentation about the various initiatives that were used for marketing the new Katy location.  Ms. Cobler said there was very little time to market once a confirmation of the location was received on June 24.  A partial list of the marketing examples are Facebook ads, banner ads on, Google AdWords, an email blast, direct mail postcards and 3 billboards. The marketing landing page,, received 11,164 page views in July, and the UHV Katy page,, received 5,840 page views in July.

C.  Title IX—Laura Smith & Chari Norgard

Ms. Smith, Title IX Coordinator, and Ms. Norgard, Assistant Title IX Coordinator, shared a presentation on the Title IX, VAWA, Clery, UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy:  What You Need to Know.  Information shared by Ms. Norgard--

Title IX - 1972

“No person in the United State shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

--Investigation of reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking

--Elimination, prevention and remediation of effects

Clery Act - 1990

The Clery Act is named in memory of Jeanne Clery, a student that was raped and murdered in her residence hall room in 1986.  Her parents championed laws requiring campus crime statistics be disclosed. The Clery Act was first enacted in 1990 and the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing.  The act has been amended regularly to keep up with changing campus safety.


VAWA –Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (2013)
CAMPUS SaVE (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act)-provision included in VAWA

--Crime statistic reporting, with or without an investigation
--Education and victims’ rights
--Broader than sexual misconduct

Ms. Norgard also discussed

--Title IX Compliance Elements
--Title IX Requirements and UH System Policy
--UH System and UHV Initiatives
--President’s Cabinet Members Responsibilities

D.  Minutes

Dr. Akins moved and Dr. Thomas seconded to approve the August 10, 2016 minutes as distributed.   

II. Business

A.  Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum presented a PowerPoint presentation on UHV Comparisons and shared the following Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board data--

Baccalaureate Graduates Employed



Statewide Average          


UHV ranks 3/39 statewide

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity














Statewide Average










Tenure Track

Student to Faculty





19 to 1




22 to 1

Faculty Salaries





First Four






Statewide Average





UHV ranks (of 39 institutions)





Graduation Rate (Full-time students)









Statewide Average




Research Expenditures


Dollars per FTE Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty



Statewide Average


Selected Student Characteristics



Students in Top 10%


Pell Grant Recipients






Statewide Mean





UHV ranks (of 39)





Time to Graduation


Average Semesters

Average *SCH Attempted

Average SCH earned in High School





Statewide Average




UHV ranks (of 39)




*SCH = Semester Credit Hour

Transfer Graduation Rate


Graduation Rate for 2-year Transfers

Graduates w/30 SCH at Community College




Statewide Average



Note:  For information on comparisons to other UHS campuses, please see Dr. Cockrum.

Dr. Cockrum discussed also the findings of the Face-to-Face Enhancement Committee’s recommendations.  The recommendations covered challenges, retention problems, how undergrads view online courses, international students, class scheduling and increasing the number of face-to-face classes.

B.  Facilities & Finance Updates—Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran reminded everyone that this is a count year where the semester credit hours generated for summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017 are counted by the state for funding.  He said we are above budgeted SCHs for the fall semester but below on what we bring in graduate funding.  Non-resident students are coming in as residents students (teacher aides, graders, etc.); and he requested everyone be careful in giving out resident status.  Mr. Beran reported that the punch list for Katy is being worked on.

C.  Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Dr. Lambert reported

  • we are at 103% of budgeted credit hours;
  • currently there are135 students on the “zap” list with 106 of those being full “zaps” for no payment made;
    • we are up by 48 students online, up 155 students in Victoria, down by 203 students in Katy,
    • up by 40% in spring transfer applications;
    • that September 30-October 1 will be UHV’s Family Weekend;
    • that housing is at 95%;
    • intermural student football games are being held on Monday night behind Jaguar Hall; and
    • a group of 27 students and 5 sponsors went to Baton Rouge, LA, and worked hard on assisting flood victims—“it was an amazing opportunity for our students and they did an amazing job.”

D.  University Advancement Updates—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors reported to Cabinet that the President’s Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) had 100% member participation in terms of supporting UHV financially this past year.  He discussed the employee giving campaign luncheon and the kick-off for the FY17 One For All, All For One Campaign.  He said FY16 had 129 employee donors (or 30% of full-time UHV employees), the highest number of employee donors in the past seven years.  In the past week, he said they had 40 people sign up for OFAAFO.  He said that Kira Mudd, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, will be happy to come and visit with your staff.  He announced the next UHV Alumni Road Trip will be on November 12; two charter buses have been reserved and 120 tickets purchased to the UH Homecoming football game.  He passed out a UHV alumni info-graph that provides easy to visualize and helpful information on UHV’s alumni population, such as the total number of alumni since 1973, alumni by school, alumni by age range, alumni across the U.S., alumni across the world, etc.   He closed by thanking the Marketing department for the great job they did on preparing the handout.

E.  Other Items

Dr. Thomas shared the following—


Freshmen Class 2013

            55% to 2nd year

            56% to 3rd year

            90.5% to 4th year—beating goal of 72%

Freshmen Class 2014

            60% to 2nd year

            61.5% to 3rd year—beating goal of 56%

Freshmen Class 2015

            60% to 2nd year

Our freshmen class for fall 2016 has a record number of students from the Valley and Dallas.

Breakdown by Gender/Ethnicity

51% were Female

49.9% are Hispanic

23.3% are Black

20.2% are White

2.6% are Asian

--The spring undergraduate applications are up by 40%; accepted up by 24.6%

--The fall undergraduate applications are up by 68%; accepted up by 318%

Dean Di Leo said the School of Arts & Sciences faculty have been working on the MWF assignments, will offer 40 sections of at least one course from every discipline, and are excited to try this out.  The school’s graduate and undergraduate SCHs are up from last year, as well as from as from two years ago.

Dean Litton said a group of the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development met on September 1 with representatives from Soochow University, Center for Teacher Education in Taipei, Taiwan.  Spent all day with them and the six students they brought.  He said he felt the meeting went very well, they like the affordability, size, and low teacher ratio UHV has to offer.  The school is up 10% over last year, along with undergrad and graduate enrollment.   It is up by 20.9% over two years ago.  He feels the increase in numbers is due to their grants being able to support their students.

Dean Niroomand said the School of Business Administration has 558 graduate students.  He said that the graduate enrollment is down compared to the last two years. This has to do with the record number of graduates as well as the uncertainty about our future or location in the Houston market. This past year, the SBA has enrolled more new students than the number who graduated. He said with about 560 enrolled graduate students, we have a large graduate program that is the envy of many of peer institutions. He believes that with our new location in Katy and more and effective marketing plan, our graduate programs will grow and our future is bright.

Dr. Dahlstrom announced the VC/UHV Library will be hosting the annual Banned Books Week Read-Out on September 29 at 10:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Library.

Dr. Akins announced the freshman seminar courses are at an all-time high and that they are having difficulty finding enough faculty to teach.  With the number of students, the seminar courses have expanded available options.

Ms. Smith said after some queries were run it has been brought to her attention that we have some student workers working more than 20 hours per week because of multiple assignments in different departments.  Per UHS Policy, student employees may work 50 percent FTE or less during the academic session, and up to 100 percent FTE during break periods (i.e, between academic semesters, summer and holidays).  In addition, the Affordable Care Act mandates that employers who have employees, including student workers, working more than 30 hours a week over a certain period of time provide health insurance.  Therefore, we need to be sure we are limiting the hours of work for student workers to no more than 20 hours per week.

Dr. Higgins said the Faculty Senate has been working on online cheating across the university--how to deal with it and prevent it.  He said they will also be working on updating the Faculty Manual.

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