University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., May 10, 2017
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes 

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

Absent:  Huerta                                                                                                  

I.   Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan said

  • “Here, We Go” is a System fundraising campaign that includes all System institutions in their goal of $1 billion--expectation for UHV to initiate a campaign next year with a goal by 2020 of an amount to be determined, likely around $3 million
  • Legislative Sessions—lots of gridlocks on funding
  • Senate committed to holdout for their proposals, House committed for theirs, some probability for a special session for budget
  • week of the May 15 is the deadline for bills to reach the floor
  • Senator Seliger is pushing for a bill to restore Coordinating Board authority that was reduced a few years ago, which was prompted by the University of Texas’s land purchase
  • still looking at bills for tuition freeze, performance measures and set asides
  • not much progress on Hazelwood, although there are efforts to reduce the legacy component to full-time enrollment with a 2.5 GPA to keep benefits, discussion of requiring 4-years of service for eligibility, considering transferring records and tracking to the Coordinating Board rather than the Veterans Association
    • Board of Regents Agenda
    • some rule changes, primarily on how the board functions
    • UHV’s Master Plan Update
    • System adoption of food service agreement, meals plans likely to increase
    • purchase of house behind University Commons
    • Budgets
    • all universities are struggling, doing much the same thing UHV is doing—not filling vacant positions, looking at ways to reduce costs, some more data driven based on enrollments and programs
    • the closing date on the Town Plaza Mall will be May 26.

B. Minutes

Dr. Higgins moved and Dr. Lambert seconded to approve the March 22, 2017, minutes as distributed.

II. Business

A. Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum said    

  • Coordinating Board has turned down UHV’s request for a Computer Engineering program — they requested that we seek ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation for our Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs first. Dr. Tavakkoli feels we can reach all the requirements for the accreditation in a year
  • UHV will be signing an articulation agreement with Lone Star College on June 27; shared a handout on Lone Star College and discussed various topics (their headcount, demographics, and international students)
  • feels this has real potential due to the proximity of Lone Star College to the Katy campus
  • Houston Community College would like for UHV to sign an agreement with the HCC system that would be effective with all of their campuses
  • hopefully these signings will add students on our campuses. 

B. Facilities & Finance Updates—Wayne Beran               

Mr. Beran said

  • staff scholarships are at $126,745 this year, up by 46%
  • Buildings
  • two of the three dorms are very old and have to be reported as historical buildings
  • $115,000 beyond the budget for the dorms
  • back in 2008, UHV was awarded a Department of Commerce grant, which ended up not being used and was returned; now the Department of Commerce has awarded UHV a $1 million matching grant that will be used to help renovate the former Town Plaza Mall. 

C. Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Dr. Lambert said

  • copies of the April & May Recruitment Reports were shared
  • there are 205 freshmen housing applications.  The increase from last year shows that we are up.  We are down on freshmen from last year, mostly because our recruiters used to put all confirmed students in a class before they met with their Success Coach.  The same is true for new transfer students.  We stopped doing this as we had to limit recruiter responsibilities because of FLMA.  Also, we are seeing a decline in returning students.  In years past we were more lenient in letting students who owed us money register, now we are only let students who owe less than $200 register.
  • next orientation is scheduled for June 17 with 200 students already scheduled to attend.

D.  University Advancement—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors said

  • University Advancement (UA) is preparing to launch our own fundraising campaign next fiscal year
  • “comprehensive campaign” is what UHV will have meaning that all dollars raised for all purposes at UHV will count toward our campaign, as well as for the overall System campaign goal
    • the UA office has submitted several large proposals for funding
    • there has been a lot of alumni work
    • 200 attendees at the Alumni Banquet
    • 145 Jag Spirit Cord donations (so far)
    • involved in the first ever ring ceremony and related traditions
      • a May 2017 fundraising snapshot was shared with Cabinet members.

E.  Other Items

Dr. Di Leo discussed the upcoming Math and Robotics Awareness Day on May 17, noting these are some of the best kids from area high schools. The grant funded event will have about 225 in attendance. He said the architects have visited with faculty concerning needs for the new STEM building. The building will have 62,000 sq. ft., with 5,000 sq. ft. unfinished. Stage two will include designs of the classrooms and offices. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 2018 with a building completion date of June 2019. Announced the NMRS (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy) unit is scheduled for arrival on June 5.

Dr. Litton said thanks to a faculty member from Arts & Sciences and a faculty member from Education, Health Professions & Human Development, UHV received a $100,000 NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) grant for science teachers. Dr. Youna Chen from Zhejiang Ocean University Chinese Scholar has arrived at UHV at no cost to UHV. Dr. Chen’s field is English as a Second Language (ESL) and will be doing research while visiting. He said the school had a very successful symposium on Climate Change. Two induction ceremonies were held for our new teachers, one in Victoria with 22 graduates and one in Katy with 24 graduates. The Dyslexia program is underway and working on accreditation. The school is working on expanding our ELS program. Dr. Litton said summer graduate enrollment is up by 18% and graduate SCHs are up by 46%. The fall enrollment for graduates is up by 20% and SCHs up by 24%. The Nursing program will have their accreditation visit next fall, with a mock visit scheduled for this July.

Dr. Niroomand said the School of Business Administration is coordinating recruitment efforts with HCC-Katy with the idea of “Start in Katy & Finish in Katy” for local students.  He has had several meetings with the administrative team at HCC-Katy. The plan is for the department chairs of both institutions, as well as their respective advisors, to meet in June and move forward. HCC has agreed to host a UHV advisor on their campus one-day per week. HCC is also interested to work with the School of Arts and Science on the BAAS degree. 

Mr. Faulk reminded everyone about JagSpace training. Announced Tech Services is close to awarding the winning bid for the ShoreTel phone system upgrade happening this summer. He said Technology Services will begin to migrate email from our Exchange servers to Microsoft’s Office 365 “cloud” service this summer. He expressed also his appreciation for the donated Skype equipment from Dr. Dennis Fouty, UHS Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer.   

Dr. Tomek said she shared University College information with 65 students and families at orientation. UHV will offer Math 1300 and English 1300 in Summer II.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mr. Walyuchow said golf’s final athletic event of the year is at the Florida PGA Minority Championship. This tournament provides our students with good opportunities and exposure.

Dr. Higgins announced the results of the Faculty Senate officers for next year; Joseph Ben-Ur, Jeffrey Cass, Keith Akins and Paul Carlson. 


Meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Submitted by:  Kathy Walton