President’s Cabinet Meeting
June 9, 2009
9:00 a.m.
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Mr. Andre Dixon for Vice President Michael B. Hill, Dean Jerryl Briggs and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson was in attendance for a portion of the meeting.

MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of June 2, 2009 were approved.
  
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
DGS FUNDED PROJECTS
·        Back up generation – Will include a second feeder to the new residence hall building 116 and the sewer plant. In Dickey Hall we are looking into the installation of a larger back up generator with enough capacity to run the IT section including our HVAC and life safety needs. In Amos Hall we will provide back-up power for the phone system. Other upgrades are being considered as funds permit. 
·        HVAC – Phase II funds have been released and we are again following the wish list. project in moving forward
·        Dickey Hall – The Dickey Hall chiller is still down do to a project status change but we are working with DGS to have it back-up by mid week.
·        Roofing Project – Contract for the Thurgood Marshall Living-Learning Center 16 bump outs project has been awarded to general contractor. Work should start in 2 weeks.
·        Science building – The flooring contractor has finished the 3rd floor and the process may take 3 more weeks. After that we have to wait for the furniture to arrive.
·        International Cultural Center  We are in the last stages of finishes. DGS has started the process to let us complete our additional requested items (parking, patio, site work)
·        Langston Hughes Memorial Library – DGS has agreed to allow $600,000 available dollars to be used along with the additional state funding to complete the original design conception.
·        Landscaping/Athletic Fields – Project is moving forward with no issues to report
·        Academic Learning Center – Building site has to be adjusted 20 feet due to a mistake on the original site survey. Everything else is proceeding well.
·        Manuel Rivero Hall – Both a wet room and locker room are included in the renovation budget
 
PRESIDENT
 
The Lincoln University Senior Satisfaction Survey Comparison 2008 and 2009 shows “positive improvement in all the questions.  The percentage that responded, “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” increased or remained about the same for most questions.
 
  Total eligible Spring Seniors Total Responding to Survey
2008 181 101
2009 216 165
 
The survey result showed:
·        Over 95%, up from 73% of students believe they are better change agents.
·        About 96%, up from 86% are more tolerant of cultural differences. 
·        Ninety-seven (97) percent, up from 40% improved their speaking skills.
·        Eighty-eight (88) percent, up from 76% would recommend family and friends to Lincoln University
·        Ninety (90) percent, up from 68% said they would make the same choice
 
·        Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation – Dr. Eric Watson has been awarded a Minority Junior Faculty Award in the amount of $12,600.00 for the project entitled “Recruiting and Retaining African American Males to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”
·        Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation Grant has approved continued funding for support of Lincoln University’s Comprehensive Retention Program.  The Dolfinger-McMahan Foundation awarded a $75,000.00 grant (over 3 years) to fund this program.  The current funding cycle is the 2nd in the 3 year commitment. 
·        Graduation and Retention rates have surfaced as the new measuring stick of institutional success.  Cabinet discussed how we might positively impact Lincoln’s graduation and retention rates.  Several articles regarding these statistics and how they are impacted were also distributed and discussed. 
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Merlin provided a variance analysis of the University’s  05/31/09 Actual vs. 05/31/09 Budget.  The report shows that we are on target to meet our FY09 budget.

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
The record number of applications, admits and paid deposits will enable the division to close out the new freshmen class by next month, which is much earlier than in previous years. 
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2009 (as of June 6, 2009)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2009………………………..    7626
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5740
# Undergraduate applications for fall 2009 with 900+ SAT …………………   815
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2009……………………………    2249
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1892
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2009 with 900+ SAT …………..      642
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2009………………………………….     449
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….     288
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2009 by students with 900+ SAT       86
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2009……………………………….       276
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….       182
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2009…………………………………..       126
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………………..       173
   
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.
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