President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
9:00 a.m.
 
 
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 Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of May 27, 2008 were approved.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Preparing Lincoln Students for the 21st Century
 
The following four (4) areas of focus have been identified as we continue efforts to enhance the University’s academic environment:
  1. Institution effectiveness/student learning assessment
  2. Quality of academic programs
  3. Retention
  4. Graduation
Comprehensive Retention Program
 
The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation has awarded Lincoln University a $75,000 grant over a three-year period to support a comprehensive retention program at the University.  The first-year commitment of $25,000 has been received by the University.  Vice Presidents Bynum and Venerable have been charged with the task of developing the retention plan with an initial goal of providing mechanisms to assist our students with their studies.  These support services are to be in place when our students return in August.
 
Title III Funds Utilization
 
During fiscal year 2007-2008, Lincoln University purchased computers, furniture and equipment totaling $843,391.86 from Title III carry forward funds.  Purchases included:  
Projected use of Title III funds includes activities consistent with the institution’s comprehensive plan and designed to increase the institutions capacity to prepare students for careers in the physical or natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or information technology or sciences, engineering, language instruction in the less-commonly taught languages or international affairs, or nursing or allied health professions.  This will include purchase, rental or lease of equipment; construction, renovation or other forms of improvement in our instructional facilities; purchase of library and research material; and a focus on a program of teacher education.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Admissions Update
 
Vice President Bynum provided the following information:
o       We are recruiting 550 students for the entering class, not 700 as last year.
o       The number of continuing students who have paid deposits and are housed is 1,100.
o       The number of continuing students on the housing waiting list is currently 175.  The academic standing of these students will be reviewed to see how many can be moved from the wait list and/or assigned housing.
 
Summer Capital Improvements
 
·        Houston and Rendell Halls are being outfitted with new furniture.
·        McCrary Hall bathrooms are scheduled for renovation
 
Food Service
 
The 2008-2009 academic year is the final year in the current food service contract with Sodexho.  Cabinet discussed possible plans for moving forward in the current market climate.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of May 30, 2008)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5643
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5410
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1884
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    1924
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….    236
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    402
 
 
2008-2009 PROPOSED CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS
 
The FY09 salary budget was discussed and approved with necessary revisions approved by President Nelson.  Still more adjustments are needed to reach a balanced FY09 budget. 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

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