Tuesday, July 19, 2011
9:00 a.m.
ATTENDEES:  President Ivory V. Nelson; Executive Vice President Michael B. Hill; Fiscal Vice President Howard E. Merlin; Dean John O. Chikwem; Dean Judith A.W. Thomas; Ms. Jody C. Brunner.
The July 12, 2011, Cabinet minutes were approved as presented.
Annual Faculty Conference – August 18-19, 2011. The mantra of the 2011-12 conference is how faculty are performing, how are they evaluating and measuring their performance, and what value and return are they providing for the investment of people and capital. The conference will center on student learning assessment and the new accountability realities from MSCHE, the federal government, and the Commonwealth. Deans Chikwem and Thomas will develop the conference structure including, but not limited to: (1) MSCHE Monitoring Report Writing Team presentation, (2) new assessment software program demonstration (Dr. Brevett), (3) presentation on Lincoln’s curriculum design, and (4) a slide presentation by Dr. James DeBoy on “Assessment of Student Learning and Faculty Governance: Compatible or Contentious?”
John Miller Dickey Hall Renovation ($20 million). President Nelson announced the members of the building committee (Mr. Steve Carol, Chair; Dr. Oswald Richards; Dr. Kevin Favor; Dr. Judith Thomas; and Dr. Joanne DeBoy) for the renovation of John Miller Dickey Hall.  The newly renovated building will house the departments of Business, Education, Psychology, History/Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, and a separate addition for the University’s Information Technology Center.
The Library and Grim Hall is scheduled for occupancy by mid-August.  Grim Hall will house Mass Communications, Philosophy/Religion, Languages/Labs and a large lecture hall.  President Nelson encouraged members of Cabinet to visit the new “academic quad.”
2011-12 Operating Budget.  Budget deliberations are ongoing with significant progress.
Educational Policy and Academic Affairs Committee (EPAAC).  The Board of Trustees EPAAC will meet via teleconference on Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00 a.m.  The agenda will include (1) draft monitoring report to MSCHE; (2) promotion and tenure; and (3) sabbatical recommendations.  Cabinet will meet Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Vice President Merlin updated Cabinet members on HVAC issues in Lincoln Hall.  Particulars regarding the proposed new residence hall were discussed.
Several announcements were made regarding the activities of our summer programs, research and grants, and recent student and faculty development events.  President Nelson asked Deans Chikwem and Thomas to inform the Office of Communications of these accomplishments so that they can be publicized.
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a.m.

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