President's Cabinet Meeting Minutes
9:30 a.m., December 12, 2018
President's Conference Room
Members Present: Beran, Cobler, Cockrum, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Faulk, Glenn, Lambert, Litton, Salazar, Sutton, Tomek and Walyuchow
Absent: Cass, Pisors, Smith, Stowe and Williams
Representatives: Eunice Mesa, Human Resources and Rhiannon Smith, Business Administration
Visitors: Rebecca Lake, Title IX and Marci Wallace, Web Services Manager
- Organizational Business
- President Update—Dr. Bob Glenn
Dr. Glenn reported a successful trip to China with Dr. Cockrum. He felt they had a good meeting with Dr. Bingxi Wu, donor of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the School of Business Administration. They were also able to get MOUs with an institute to send students to UHV and with a corporation to recruit students for UHV.
He reminded everyone of the commencement in Katy at the Merrell Center on December 15 at 11:00 a.m.
- Guest Speakers
Accessibility Review—Rebecca Lake and Marci Wallace
Ms. Lake handed out an exercise to the Cabinet members that emphasized the difference between a document that had images, headers, document titles and subtitles and a document that did not include these. Showing the members what some students with disabilities cannot see when our web pages and electronic files are not set up properly to accommodate those with disabilities.
Four years ago, UHV had 200,000 web pages, 185 sub sites and over 4,000 inaccessible pdf. UHV now has 3,000 web pages and under 500 pdf. Currently 14 public websites have not been addressed. There are some subdomains used for recruiting students that are not accessible. On the main website, pages originally were only 30–40% accessible are now 88–91% accessible. So far, approximately 50 people that have worked to update UHV’s website. The next step will be to address the academic side including syllabi and course instruction.
There has been a System-wide committee formed with Dr. Richard Baker, UH System Equal Opportunity Services, serving as chair. Dr. Baker has visited UHV and chosen to replicate many UHV strategies at the System level. Some of these strategies include local committees, Accessibility Point Persons and accessibility web pages. UHV started with the public domain, whereas UHCL started with their academic side. Following a meeting with the deans and provost, UHV will develop a process to correct for accessibility errors on public syllabi as a first step. A standardized template will be developed to address this issue. What is required in syllabi by the state also implicates accessibility. Blackboard Alley is a software addition that could help get UHV on the right track, and System is currently evaluating Blackboard Ally for possible System-wide purchase. AEFIS is also an option that could be adapted for accessibility of the syllabi. The System Committee can also evaluate Publishers to help determine which will make accessibility upgrades and discourage inaccessible purchases that contradict System policy.
- President Update—Dr. Bob Glenn
- Academic Affairs Updates
Dr. Cockrum said the Katy fall commencement saw 450 students receive their diplomas, and 480 graduated.
UHV’s members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Advisory committees are Dr. Craig Goodman, for Field of Study; Dr. Jang-Woo Park, Mathematics Field of Study; Dr. Barba Patton, Associate of Arts in Teaching Field (new committee); and Dr. Michael Wiblishauser, Health and Wellness.
- Facilities & Finance Updates
Mr. Beran said he and Dr. Glenn met with the System Executive Director of Real Estate concerning Ben Wilson. With the City Manager leaving in March, the university would like to get the final steps completed before her departure.
The new outside custodial service has begun, if there are any custodial issues please notify John Burke in Facilities.
The contract to get a new roof on Jaguar Hall has been signed and it will take six months to complete.
Johnson Controls has been busy working on lights and tenting windows to complete the energy-savings improvements to the current campus buildings.
The UHV/Victoria College Memorandum of Understanding has been completed and will be dated the date of the move into the building.
Victoria College has graciously allowed UHV to let us use their property as the laydown yard for the new STEM building.
UHV will continue leasing and using the current library building.
- Student Affairs Updates
Dr. Lambert said as most of you saw last week, the students voted to charge themselves a recreational center fee. There is still a lot of work to be done; approvals from the System, legislature, governor and then can UHV afford it.
We also have a vote for our Homecoming theme which will be from February 25 to March 2. The winner will be revealed next fall; everyone can vote, not just students. The options are: 90’s Theme – Keepin’ it Fresh at UHV, Harry Potter Theme – The Wizarding World of UHV or The Wizard of Oz Theme – There’s No Place Like UHV. Currently there are over 200 votes.
Housing numbers are looking good compared to last spring. We have 582 students, compared to last year’s 546. Dr. Lambert said he was sure we will lose a few more once grades come out.
- University Advancement Updates
With Mr. Pisors out there was no report for University Advancement.
- Academic Affairs Updates
- Other Items
Dr. Tomek said she had attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) annual meeting with Sharon Bailey from Institutional Effectiveness and Research and learned a lot about a number of topics, from freshman seminar to teaching excellence programs. She said many of the things we are doing and adding are right and on track for what we should be doing.
Dr. Salazar said Houston Community College (HCC) System signed a contract to purchase land and build a new Katy campus right by UHS new site.
Dr. Dahlstrom expressed his appreciation for Dr. Glenn coming and visiting with the Library staff.
Dr. Litton said the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development had a successful Katy Job Fair. Feedback on our students is that employers are very pleased with our graduates. UHV’s policy is that the student must be fully finished with their tests before they can teach. The school just hosted two induction ceremonies one in Katy and one in Victoria. Both ceremonies were well attended, with the one in Victoria being filled to capacity. When the school started these induction ceremonies, they had no idea the impact they would have on our students. There will be right at 50 new teachers graduating on Saturday in Katy. Out of those 50, 10–12 of the graduates will be in kinesiology. The upcoming spring symposium will be on February 7, on Homeless Issues for Students and Community. The school is also working on trying to do a symposium in Katy.
Ms. Sutton congratulated Eunice Mesa on being the October Employee of the Month. She announced she is serving on the Provost Search Committee and feels they are making progress on selecting a search firm. Ms. Sutton the Staff Council had a very successful Holiday Pot Lunch luncheon with staff numbers increasing. She thanked everyone for their support.
Mr. Faulk said there have been a number of scam emails going around. If you receive one of these emails with a link, please send it as an attachment to Instruction Technology for their review.
Mr. Walyuchow said for the past several years UHV has had two events to raise money for Athletics but the timeframes are too close. This year there will be just one event—Weekend for the Jaguars. There will be the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate golf tournament and our Night for the Jaguars event to be held the same weekend. February 16–18, 2019. Sixteen college teams having already committed. This is ahead of where we were last year. The quality of the teams are very attractive, so it should be a good tournament. Mr. Walyuchow said there is talk about student athletes’ concussion time out. NAIA said 2-day workouts for football are being phased out and it may happen in other sports. He said a new task force would be formed to discuss this issue. Emerging topics discussed; not as many reports from faculty, hope this means student grades are good, there will be more home games in the spring and said Athletics is looking forward to developing the gift of land and new facilities.
Dr. Di Leo announced he felt like the STEM groundbreaking was a huge success. To date two out of the three STEM/Computer Science professors have been hired with a third one coming up in the spring. Dr. Di Leo said at the last ABR reading, UHV had three busloads of advanced placement students (150) from area high schools which brought the ABR audience total for the event to 250. The speaker was good with a theme students found interesting. He thanked VISD Superintendent, Quinten Sheppard, for his encouragement. Dr. Di Leo said the university received major responses about our dual credit courses for Goliad students (approximately 75 students participating) and thanked Dr. Farhang Niroomand for volunteering to teach a section of Intro to Economics to these students this spring.
Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton