President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, June10, 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. Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of June 3, 2008 were approved.
 
 
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
   
 
PRESIDENT
 
Preparing Lincoln Students for the 21st Century
 
President Nelson asked Cabinet members to review the “goals” for Lincoln University for necessary revisions/updates.  The goals should be qualitative and quantitative.
A draft “Plan for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Assessment” was discussed by the Cabinet.
 
Honda Campus All Star Challenge
 
Cabinet discussed ways to improve the Honda Program on Lincoln’s campus.  President Nelson asked that a package be put together for consideration.
 
Centers of Excellence
 
The President asked the Deans to develop program descriptions for all of Lincoln’s Centers of Excellence by the end of July.
 
The Sullivan Alliance
 
Dean John O. Chikwem will serve as Lincoln University’s liaison regarding the Alliance’s strategies to “identify, recruit, educate, and graduate capable, committed health professionals and faculty for our nation’s health care needs.”
 
Research & Development Funds
 
Lincoln University is ranked 22nd among colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia Region for 2006 research & development funds ($610,000).
 
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Cabinet discussed the possibility of offering summer school classes out of 3020 Lincoln Plaza.  President Nelson asked that a proposal be developed so that a decision can be made during the fall semester.
 
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
2008-2009 proposed capital and operating budgets
 
The FY09 operating budget was discussed.  All areas were asked to look at expense line items to determine where adjustments can be made.
 
Fiscal Affairs was instructed to prepare student billings using the figures currently projected on the FY09 budget. 
 
President Nelson approved the reclassification and attached salary of two positions in the School of Humanities from visiting instructor/lecturer to Asst. Professor.
 
Benefits Broker RFP
 
The Committee faculty, staff has narrowed the field to five finalists.  Representatives of the clerical and faculty constituencies served as observers on the interview sessions.
 
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Lincoln University Scholarship Guidelines
 
Vice President Bynum informed the group of a proposed change to the guidelines for the awarding of continuing scholarships in the schools of Natural Science and Humanities.  President Nelson asked that the matter be researched in more depth before implementing and that a written agreement be developed for dean signature.
 
Athletic Director Search
 
The search team has completed interviews of the candidates for the Athletic Director.  President Nelson commended the search committee on the quality of the candidate pool.  The Committee consisted of persons from all constituencies including alumni. 
 
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 1,200.
o       The number of continuing students on the housing waiting list is currently 167.  The academic standing of these students will be reviewed to see how many can be moved from the wait list and/or assigned housing.
 
Drive-in sessions for new students have been scheduled for July 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23.  During these sessions, students are permitted to register for classes and take care of financial aid matters.
 
Admissions personnel are hosting receptions for high achieving applicants in various cities.  These students are also receiving letters from the President, Vice President, Deans and Chairs in addition to follow up telephone calls.
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of June 9, 2008)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    5798
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5483
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    1921
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    1973
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….    307
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    443
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# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….      278
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….      296
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………….…....       174
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007………………………………..…      100
 
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:30 a.m.
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