University of Houston-Victoria

President

President’s Regional Advisory Board
March 3, 2020
Minutes

Members Present: Sally Aman, Bret Baldwin, Debra Baros, Ben Galvan, Chance Glenn, Evvy Gnabasik, Tina Herrington, Lane Keller, Kathy Manning, Susannah Porr, Mike Rivet, Amy Schwartz, Jack Swanson, Kay Walker, Debra Williams

Absent: Charlotte Baker, Art Calvo, Daniel Cano, Lola Castro, Carry DeAtley, David Hinds, Zach Hodges, Lance LaCour, Betty McCrohan, Morgan O’Connor, Quintin Shepherd, John Shutt, Roger Welder

UHV Attendees: Wayne Beran, Jose Cantu, Paula Cobler, Joseph Galvan, Joe Humphreys, Donald Jirkovsky, Jay Lambert, Kathy Walton, Ash Walyuchow, Mike Wilkinson

  1. Welcome & Introductions–Mike Rivet/Bob Glenn

    Chair Rivet called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

    President Glenn thanked those that were able to attend the Yoakum outreach event; said it was a great success and thanked Kathy Manning for hosting.

  2. Organizational Business

    1. Approval of the Minutes–Mike Rivet

      The December 3, 2019, Minutes were unanimously approved as written.

    2. PRAB Endowment Report–Sally Aman

      Ms. Aman said the total number of scholarships and amount of each awarded from the PRAB Endowed Scholarship Fund is one-$1,000 scholarship awarded to Mr. Jose Pinedo, for the 2019-2020 academic year. The current balance of the scholarship fund is $75,143.02, up about $3,500 from the last report in December. The goal is $100,000 so we have now crossed the 75% mark. The total given or pledged so far this fiscal year for this fund is $12,600. Total number of current PRAB members who have given to this fund since September 1, 2019, is 10. We know that several PRAB members have given to other areas of UHV, and we are very grateful for this, as well.

  3. Presentations

    1. Academic Affairs–Chance Glenn

      • UHV’s School of Business Administration recently underwent their 5-year AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Continuous Improvement Review and received commendations, as well as a recommendation of extension of accreditation.
      • The School of Education, Health Professionals & Human Development year after year meet the standards of the ASEP (American Society of Exercise Physiologists). This accreditation insures that the students have the appropriate coursework to set for the board exam.
      • In preparing to offer engineering programs, the Computer Science (CS) program degree has been undergoing changes and preparing for the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The CS program and Gaming are now separate programs. As with any accreditation, there are established steps and guidelines to follow. Faculty groups are working on the first phase for ABET. The submission deadline is October 1, 2020. ABET recommends collecting three-years of data for an accreditation review cycle. UHV is trying to do this in one-year.
      • SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) 5th-Year Interim Report was submitted at the end of February. This accreditation is for degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For this accreditation there were 22 standards relating to adequacy of administrators, faculty, curriculum and facilities. SACSCOC will respond in July 2020 on their recommendation. The next reaffirmation report will be due in 2024 and will include 72 standards.
      • UHV is reporting graduation rates using National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data. The NSC data allows us to track success of students who transfer into UHV or out of UHV to another university.
        • The Academic Strategic Planning process requires many constituents to represent this process--administrators 5, faculty 20, staff 6 and students 3. There are 11 subcommittees. The report will focus on “Who we were” (history), “Who we are” (assessment of current state of UHV), and “Who we want to be” (where we want to go as a university). The various committees have met and put together the story of where their area of focus currently stands. The timeline and next steps:
          • November – established work group membership lists
          • December – brought executive committee and representative from each work group together to discuss charges
          • January-February – workgroups convened and fulfilled charges
          • March – Task Force will reassemble and discuss progress of work groups
          • April – Writing Committee will complete first draft and present to campus community
          • May – Provost will present final draft to president
    2. Athletics—Ash Walyuchow

      Mr. Walyuchow shared exciting developments concerning the UHV Athletic Program.

      • Fund Raising

        The Claud Jacobs Golf Tournament raised $90,000 this year. This allows UHV to remain competitive in offering scholarships to our athletes.

      • Future Facilities

        Over the past eight months, UHV has been working with CanonDesign out of Boston, MA. This company has great experience with facilities similar to what UHV will need. Plans are for a 65 acres athletic campus. Of those 65 acres, 45-50 acres are usable acreage after easements and roads. The plans are for approximately 1,000 spectators.  

        • Phase 1 will include:
          • Baseball Stadium
          • Soccer Stadium
          • Softball Stadium
          • Site Work
          • Supporting Building consist of:

          -Concession

          -Visiting locker room

          -Storage and other space

          The cost of Phase 1 will be $25.4 million.

        • Phase 2 will include:
          • Basketball Gym/Athletic Complex
          • Track and Field Stadium
          • Recreation Fields/Golf Practice
          • Site Improvements

          The cost of Phase 2 will be $38 million.

        • Future—Limitless
          • Volleyball
          • Wrestling
          • Bowling
          • Ice Hockey
          • Curling
          • Shooting/Archery
          • Lacrosse
          • Tennis
    3. Capital Projects & Construction—Wayne Beran

      Mr. Beran provided a brief rundown of Smith Hall. Smith Hall will be 23,000 sq. ft. and will house 270 beds. Phase II will add 43,000 sq. ft. Currently the building is at 40% of where we should be.

      Center for Regional Collaboration—Joe Humphreys & Donald Jirkovsky

      Mr. Beran introduced Joe Humphreys, Director, and Donald Jirkovsky, Associate Director, of UHV’s Center for Regional Collaboration (CRC).

      Mr. Humphreys and Mr. Jirkovsky shared:

      • UHV-CRC Mission

        Provide leadership as a regional facilitator and connector.

      • UHV-CRC Vision

        Provide a neutral environment where communities come together and become involved in mutually beneficial partnerships.

      • History
        • In 2017, UHV received a grant from the US Economic Development Administration for the renovation of the UHV property at the former Town Plaza Mall.
        • In 2019, UHV initiated a new department, UHV Center for Regional Collaboration.
        • Late 2020, the New Town Plaza Center locations, or Northwest Campus will house CRC and other resource partners.
      • Program Objects
        • Develop regional partnerships and collaborations.
        • The new NW Campus center will offer a neutral environment to develop regional initiatives and leverage opportunities for job growth, economic prosperity and stability.
        • Satisfy the impact requirements from the EDA grant for Town Plaza Mall.

      In summary, UHV-CRC emphasizes regional connections with our rural communities by bringing higher education opportunities. The direct outreach will be to all regional communities, partners and stakeholders. Leverage regional community assets and promote the long-term commitment of UHV to the region and regional growth.

    4. Enrollment Management—Jose Cantu

      • Dr. Jose Cantu discussed the Evolution of Enrollment Management.
      • Admissions —“If you build it they will come.”
      • Enrollment Management—“If you build it and finance it, they will come.”
      • Strategic Enrollment Management—“If you build and finance what they want, they will come and stay.”
      • Strategic Enrollment Alignment—“If you design, build, finance, integrate and constantly enhance what they need, they will come.”
      • UHV’s Enrollment Management team consist of Admissions & Recruitment, Campus Solutions, Financial Aid & Scholarships, International Programs, Registrar and UHV-Katy. Each of these units have a place in building UHV’s future.

      Dr. Cantu said students come to a university for many reasons. Forward thinking, data power, clear communication, continuous assessment, intentional relationships and technology. This generation that wants everything now, doesn’t want to wait.

    5. Student Life—Jay Lambert

      Dr. Lambert introduced Mike Wilkinson, UHV’s Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs.

      Dr. Wilkinson discussed student conduct at UHV.

      • What is it?
        • The Student Code of Conduct sets forth those acts that constitute unacceptable conduct for students of the University.

        UHV supports the concept of education discipline—educating the student through appropriate sanctioning when circumstances permit; but should the student demonstrate an unwillingness to obey the rules governing conduct; the students will be treated in the same manner as one who has failed academically. Students are expected to adhere to, and will be held accountable for adhering to all federal, state, and local laws in addition to all University policies and regulations not mentioned herein.

      • Why?
        • UHV, as an educational institution, has a special set of interests and purposes essential to its effective functioning. These include:
          • The opportunity for students to attain their educational objectives.
          • The creation and maintenance of an intellectual and educational atmosphere throughout the University.
          • The protection of health, safety, welfare, property, human rights of all members of the University and the property of the University itself.
      • How?

        -Disciplinary conference or hearing

      • With Who?

        -Hearing Officer or the University Hearing Board

        Who are the hearing officers?

        -Tier 1, Coordinators (3) or Residence Life

        -Tier 2, Director and Assistant Director of Residence Life

        -Tier 3, Senior Director, Student Services & Judicial Affairs

      • Outcomes?

        Expulsion                           Restitution 

        Suspension                         Revocation of Admission

        Eviction                              Revocation of Degree

        Room Change                     Educational Programs

        Probation                           Space Restrictions/Bans

        Reprimand                         Monetary Fine

        Warning                             Activity Restrictions

        No Contact Order                Other

        10.11 The burden of proof shall be on the complainant or University, whichever is applicable, to prove the case by preponderance of the evidence standard.

      • Other Services
        • Behavioral Assessment Team
        • Mediation
        • Training
        • Educational Programs
        • Referrals
  4. President’s Remarks & Board Discussion

    President Glenn announced:

    • There would be a public hearing on the Ben Wilson Corridor Renovation on March 4. 
    • Mr. Ed McMahon an internationally known leading authority on economic development and land use policies and trends will be visiting UHV and presenting at different venues. He invited everyone to come and attend a talk at the Leo J. Welder on March 12.
    • UHV Homecoming is scheduled for the third week of April.
    • There are two applicants for the UHS Student Regent, one from UHCL and one from UHV. The governor will appoint one.
    • That Mr. Jesse Pisors could not make the meeting but provided a handout in their folder that covers UHV Here, We Go Update, Six Major Gifts in the Last Six Months and Focal Areas for the Next Six Months.

    President Glenn thanked everyone for attending.

Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Submitted by: Kathy Walton