President’s Cabinet Meeting
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Dr. Renford A.B. Brevett for Vice President Michael B. Hill, Ms. Danielle Jones for Vice President Howard E. Merlin, and Ms. Diane M. Brown. 
Cabinet minutes of January 29, 2008, were approved as corrected.
Lincoln University’s 2008-2009 Commonwealth Appropriation
The Governor’s budget includes only a $207,000 increase for Lincoln University.  This is considerably less than what was requested.
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The need to review the prudent use of space and personnel at the Graduate Center was discussed.
Lincoln University’s First Alumna, Ruth Fales
President Nelson shared with the Cabinet a weblog about Ruth Fales, Lincoln University’s first female graduate, posted by Special Collection Librarian Susan Pevar.
The College Board – CollegeKeys Compact
Lincoln University has joined The College Board in its commitment to support low-income students overcome the many challenges they face as they attempt to attain a higher education.  Mr. Michael Taylor, Director of Admissions will be responsible for coordinating efforts related to this commitment.
Higher Education Funding News
Congress’ 2008 spending bill contains $145 billion for education, health and employment programs.  The bill, however, cuts the top Pell Grant from $4,310 to $4,241.  The cut will not actually take effect due to the College Cost Reduction Act passed by Congress and the President last year, which has $18 billion in new spending separate from the budget bill.  “As a result, the maximum Pell Grant actually will increase to $4,731 next year.”
It has also been reported that the federal education budget plan for 2009 would cut funding for historically Black colleges and universities by $85 million.
In other news The College Loan Corporation, the eighth largest originator of federally guaranteed student loans, announced that it would stop making loans in the federal program on March 1.
Lincoln University will send 60 students to the upcoming Chaka Fattah Conference on Higher Education, February 15-17, 2008 in Philadelphia.
The university will support the attendance of two students at the Thurgood Marshal College Fund (TMCF) 8th Annual Professional Institute, which will take place March 2-5, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Lincoln University TMCF student representative will also be in attendance.
A part-time secretary has been brought on board to assist with preparations for the self-study review.  All departments are asked to cooperate as much as possible with any requests for documentation and assistance in preparing for the April 13-16, 2008 visit of the evaluation team.
Student Attire
In an effort to further assist in the personal and professional development of the Lincoln University student body, different University constituencies (faculty, staff, students) are being asked to discuss the subject of appropriate attire on campus.  The final “Appropriate Attire” policy will go into effect for the 2008-2009 academic year after all groups have opined.
Lincoln University Safety Committee Mission Statement
Cabinet approved the Mission Statement of the Lincoln University Safety Committee.
Enrollment Statistics - Spring 2008:
   Enrollment  Statistics – Spring 2008 (as of 02-06-08)  
# Total Undergraduate Students 1862
# Total Graduate Students 512
Total UG/G Students 2374
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

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