President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
2:00 p.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President William B. Bynum Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting: Mr. Michael Taylor, Director of Admissions, Ms. Germel Eaton-Clarke, Assistant Director of Admissions
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of April 21, 2008, were approved.
 
ADMISSIONS BRIEFING
 
Mr. Taylor and Ms. Eaton provided an update on the current admissions climate in the region and the competition Lincoln University faces in its admissions efforts.  Mr. Taylor indicated that the “Branding” power among high achieving students has a big impact on the choices students are making.
 
Dean Judith Thomas spoke about “The Lincoln Man/Woman” and agreed to draft a synopsis of the branding of this concept.
 
Cabinet agreed that, as a beginning point, Lincoln will try to increase from 150 to 300, the number of incoming students with SAT scores above 900.  A three-prong strategy was agreed upon to try to accomplish this goal.
  1.  Academic Affairs will work with Admissions to come back with a strategy to raise these numbers.  A probable component of the strategy will be additional follow up with students by faculty.
  2. Dean Chikwem and Vice President Bynum will discuss retention strategies
  3. Vice President Hill will work with Dean Briggs on a summer bridge program
 
Plans are to be brought back to Cabinet in two weeks for discussion to determine what can be implemented within the university’s operational parameters.
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Merlin provided updated copies of the proposed 2008-09 budgets as well as various analyses. 
 
The Deans will participate with Cabinet in a complete 2008-2009 budget review at the May 6th Cabinet meeting.
 
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT
 
Cabinet discussed the recent finding by the Middle States Team in this area and what will be required to satisfy the team’s recommendation.
 
STUDENT LOAN ISSUE
 
A recent news release reported that PHEAA will cut college grants by up to $750.  This will directly impact the amount of funding available to in-state students.
 
Other developments reported that Chase Education Finance will no longer provide certain discounts it had promised to maintain in February.  In addition, the bank’s 2% initiation fee will be reinstated.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS & ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of April 28, 2008)
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5033
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5103
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1403
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    1681
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….      71
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    183
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………....        55*
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….      142
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………..……………        53
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………..……………        18
 
*On-line applications direct input into new Datatel system is not quite up-to-date.
 
President Nelson asked that future admission statistical reports include brief explanations of the numbers reflected therein.
 
NEW POLICY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
 
A copy of the PA Dept. of Education “Curricular Credit Policy: Ensuring Quality and Transferability” was distributed.  The policy sets requirements for the appropriate number of hours of classroom instruction for awarding credit and for setting the academic calendar.  Lincoln University’s is already operating in compliance with the policy. 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.

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