President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
9:45 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Dean John O. Chikwem for Vice President Grant D. Venerable and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting: Dean Gladys J. Willis and Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of March 18, 2008, were approved.
 
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
Student Union BuildingWaiting on parts for the elevator.  Hope to have certificate of occupancy by May.
 
Langston Hughes Memorial Library – Contractor has started demolition.
 
High-technology Science & General Classroom Building – Contractors have begun laying slab (flooring) for the second floor of one wing.
 
2008-2009 Capital Budget – The 2008 summer capital projects list submitted by SAEM was discussed and revised slightly.  Cabinet agreed that Rendall Hall laundry room would be expanded to include more than one washer and one dryer given designation as a first-year female building for 2008-09 academic year. This cost will be in addition to the $736,488 in summer projects; however, some of the projects included, i.e. painting, may be folded into 2007-08 or 2008-09 Operational Budget for Physical Plant.  New residence hall furnishings for Rendall and Houston Halls are on the list.  Frederick Douglass Hall furnishings will be placed on the 2009 summer capital projects list if funding permits.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Cabinet discussed a plan for budget adjustment if a significant number of students do not qualify for student loans in light of the federal student lending situation.


STUDENT AFFAIRS & ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Student Government Association (SGA) on-line elections will be held this week.
 
Student Housing Selection Lottery is this week.
 
Fall 2008 Class Registration is taking place this week.
 
SAEM has asked to utilize the 1st & 2nd floors of the Living-Learning Center Guest Wing to house honors students for the 2008-2009 academic year in order to accommodate the anticipated student enrollment.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of March 24, 2008)
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    3848*
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    4460
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1071
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    1244
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….      17
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….      54
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………....        37*
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….      129
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………..……………        33
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………..……………          6
 
*Actual number of applications received is higher than shown though undergraduate applications are less than fall 2007 numbers.  On-line applications direct input into new Datatel system has not yet been accomplished.
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Dean Chikwem proposed possible avenues to address need for developmental math instruction for students with special needs.  He was encouraged to take appropriate steps to rectify the situation.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:40 p.m.

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