President’s Cabinet Meeting
March 5, 2009
9:00 a.m.
 
 
Minutes
 
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  

MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of February 24, 2009 were approved.
   
PRESIDENT
 
Budgetary issues – President Nelson has received several comments in response to his February 23, 2009 memorandum regarding the 2009-2010 Proposed Budget Process and Measures for Operational and Capital Budget.  Each suggestion will be reviewed and assessed as part of the 2009-2010 budget preparation process.
 
The Cabinet will also take a close look at overtime costs during the budget preparation process.  An effort will be made to consider carefully all known overtime needs and to properly budget this expense for 2009-2010.
 
Economic Recovery Bills – Cabinet reviewed the higher education and research provisions contained in the House, Senate and Final Economic Recovery Bills.
 
MSCHE Invitation for Nominations to the Commission – The vice presidents were asked to present any names for consideration for nomination to the Commission on Higher Education to Dr. Nelson for submission to the Commission by the March 30, 2009 deadline.
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
The faculty is presently developing fall class schedules.
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Cabinet approved the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) Policy.
 
A draft University Reimbursement for Spousal Travel Expenses policy was distributed for Cabinet review and comment. 
 
The division is currently reviewing bids received for the University’s insurances.
 
DEVELOPMENT & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
Vice President Hill initiated discussion regarding recent University events including the Black History Month Debate, meetings regarding the Centers of Excellence, March Faculty meeting and the House Appropriations Hearing in Harrisburg.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Lincoln University’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) Earns College Reading and Learning Association’s Level 3 International Tutor Program Certification – Already certified in levels 1 and 2, certification at level 3 included: review of levels 1 and 2 and training in: strategies to help students develop into self-regulated learners; planning to study, monitoring your performance, self-reflection, self-evaluation and establishing consequences and rewards.  Additional level 3 topics of training included training and supervising tutors, group management skills, student development theories, constructive criticism and physical disabilities.
 
LRC Lab Outcomes - A review of data shows that the fall 2008 GPA of students who participated in the LRC labs increased significantly over the fall 2007 GPA.  The increase was significantly higher for those students participating in 6-12 labs as opposed to those participating in 1-5 labs.  Students participating in the online labs showed a greater increase over those who participated by physically attending in the LRC labs.
 
Administrative Student Withdrawals - The number of students who may have to be administratively withdrawn because they are carrying balances over the limit has been reduced down to 42 (39 undergraduate and 3 graduate) from 107.  Thirty (30) of the 39 undergraduate students reside in our residence halls.  SAEM has been working with these students in an effort to assist them in securing the funds necessary to remain enrolled at the University.  Letters instructing the students that they must be out of their campus residences by Sunday, March 8, 2009 will be hand-delivered to the students today.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2009 (as of March 4, 2009)
The number of admission applications continues to remain over 1,000 above the number received at this same time last year. 
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2009………………………..    4886
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    3497
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2009……………………………    1160
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………      808
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2009………………………………….      19
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….        9
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2009……………………………….     106
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….       27
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2009…………………………………..        13
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………………..        22
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

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