President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
9:00 a.m.
ATTENDEES:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Dean Thelma Ross for Executive Vice President Michael B. Hill, Mr. Lloyd Asparagus for Vice President Howard E. Merlin (VP Merlin joined the meeting close to adjournment), Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, and Ms. Diane M. Brown.
Cabinet meeting minutes of March 30, 2011 were approved.
         Standard 14 Requirements – The members reviewed the draft “Report on MSCHE Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning as of March 30, 2011” presented by President Nelson.  The deans provided updated information and clarification for the report which will be included in the President’s April 2011 Report to the Board of Trustees.   The report shows the progress made to date for each of the 37 academic programs for which assessment is required.
President Nelson reviewed the importance of data collection, and documentation of action taken based on the data.  The deans indicated that they are confident that sufficient data is available to support assessment activities to date.
The deans agreed that Oral Communications would be renumbered to be in line with other “Success” courses.  The program will now be identified as “Oral Communications 099.”  The criteria to determine whether students must take this course will be discussed further before making any revisions to the current guidelines.
         Pell Grants – President Nelson discussed the effect that the proposed cuts in the federal budget would have on summer financial aid for our students.  The proposed changes cut out year-round Pell funding and would require that Lincoln University consider other options for the programs currently offered during the summer months for which our students are able to receive federal funding.
         Estimated Student Billing – Every effort will be made to mail “estimated statements” to the students as early as possible prior to the fall semester.
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

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