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University of Houston-Victoria

University Of Houston-Victoria

President's Office


March 1, 2011

Members Present: Alcorn, Butler, Clapp, Herman, Leatherwood, O’Connor, Rachid, Smith, and Walker

Absent: Baynum, Cain, Duncan, Hyde, Jacob, Jaso, Marshall, McCrohan, Parikh, Rubio, Salazar, Villafranca, Weber and Williams

UHV Attendees: Matt Alexander, Wayne Beran, Thomas Cox, Lindsey Koch, Faye Landry, Margaret Rice, Larry Rossow, Denee Thomas and Kathy Walton

I. Welcome and Introductions

Chair Janet Leatherwood called the meeting to order.

Randy Clapp moved that the minutes from the December 7, 2010 President’s Regional Advisory Board meeting be approved as written and Morgan Dunn O’Connor seconded the motion.
Motion Carried Unanimously

II. President’s Remarks

  • Dr. Smith gave the following updates:
    • Busy semester of budget reduction concerns for next biennium.
    • Working to arrange freshman and sophomore housing.
    • Downward expansion growth brings in money but you have to find the money to grow.
    • Legacy Events have been planned to recognize and honor the accomplishments for those that helped us arrive at where we are today. Dr. Karen Haynes came in February and some of her contributions were acquisition of land and building from Victoria College; online delivery of courses; Letting Education Achieve Dreams (LEAD) and development of the Fort Bend UHS campuses. Dr. Goerke will come on March 30th. Goerke initiated an endowment campaign that became part of the UHS Margin of Excellence fundraising effort.
    • Chancellor Khator will be coming to visit and meet some staff and faculty next month.

III. Presentations

  • Dr. Thomas Cox gave an overview of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult and Higher Education online program. This program will officially begin this fall. We already have 18 students and 5 more in the pipeline for this summer. Target enrollment is 30 and we hope to exceed that number. The mission is to develop leaders who advance ethics, excellence and the highest educational standards in our institutions of learning. University staff, community college staff and faculty will be primary participants in this program.
  • Dean Larry Rossow presented the Doctoral Program with Texas A&M-Kingsville. One year ago we sent out feelers to see if anyone was interested in partnering with us for an Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership. Texas A&M-Kingsville offered to partner with us on the doctoral program. All courses will be offered in Victoria, with TAMU-K faculty traveling here to teach courses along with our UHV faculty. At first the degree will be conferred by TAMU-K, but we plan for it to become a UHV degree in the next few years. The articulation agreement is being finalized and the first class will start in the fall.
  • Dr. Denee Thomas presented a freshmen and sophomore recruitment update for the fall 2011 semester. Freshman applications indicate the following:
    • Female/Male – 2/1;
    • Hispanics – 63%;
    • African American – 16.1%;
    • Top 10 counties for applications: Bexar, Harris, Fort Bend, Cameron, Hidalgo, Travis, Dallas, Victoria, Webb, Nueces, and San Patricio.
    • Top 10 counties for admitted students to date: Harris, Bexar, Fort Bend, Cameron, Travis, Victoria, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Matagorda, Webb and Dallas.
    • El Paso has 20 applications and one of our San Antonio recruiters has made presentations in their schools. (UHV’s Centro Victoria has a pilot program in some of the high schools in El Paso.)
    • The Advancement Via Independent Determination (AVID) program invited us to present at two AVID meetings. We met with 80 regional directors.

      Sophomore applications are harder to track, but so far UHV has received 65 and admitted 33. Efforts are under way to determine how many will be Face to Face (F2F) students in Victoria.

      UHV is taking steps to gather information on returning students for retention efforts. Freshman retention is greater than 80% from fall to spring.

  • Mr. Wayne Beran presented a PowerPoint presentation on budget issues and information presented to the Legislature in February. Hopefully, the chancellor will have the state budget by April. UHV has setup an Austerity Task Force Committee to discuss current budget needs and to address any reductions in our budget. UHV hopes to have funding of $6 million in exceptional items for the downward expansion. Funding for Centro Victoria is also requested as an Exceptional Item. LEAD and Nursing are expected to receive Special Item funding, but with a 30% reduction from the previous biennium.
  • Ms. Lindsey Koch and Dr. Margaret Rice presented Community as Campus Initiatives and Student Activities. At this time, UHV is limited in its ability to offer some of the enrichment opportunities found on most liberal arts university campuses and is developing a partnership plan with community organizations to provide these opportunities. Two levels of partnerships have been identified:
    • Organizations that provide experiences one expects at a residential liberal arts university:
      Fine Arts and Physical Fitness
    • Organizations that want to make UHV students aware of their activities and ways students can be involved, such as Habitat for Humanity, Keep Victoria Beautiful, and Relay for Life.
  • Ms. Koch, the Director of Student Life, discussed her division. They plan at least one major social event a week. Resident Assistants plan several events during the semester. Her department’s move to Jaguar Hall has helped by being readily accessible to address various issues. Students are growing and experiencing things at UHV that they wouldn’t experience at a larger university, such as students being able to meet with the president once a month for lunch.

IV. Board Discussion

The search committee for new president is coming along and candidates will be invited to visit the campus soon.

Dr. Smith spoke on the issue of changing systems. UHV is part of the University of Houston System (UHS). More than ½ the students and faculty members are in the Houston area. It’s a funding issue. Maybe in 10-15 years there would be enough critical mass to sustain UHV in Victoria. We have a presence and a brand in Sugar Land. A university needs a physical presence in order to offer online courses. If we are going to create a destination university in Victoria, Houston is the key to that. Thirty percent of the freshmen class is from Houston. Houston is where we are known and have brand recognition. Enrollment and money are troubling issues. We now have a two-fold mission of non-traditional-online and destination-residential campus.

Randy Clapp moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:05 p.m.

Submitted by: F. Landry
Approved: June 7, 2011

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