President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
9:00 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, Ms. Thelma Ross, Dr. Debbie Bullock and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of July 29 and August 5, 2008 were approved.
 
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
Construction & Renovation Projects
An update on construction and renovation projects was provided by Mr. Thompson. 
 
University Projects
An RFP has been issued to determine the life of Cresson Hall, Bond House, Alumni House, Houston Hall and the Nkrumah Hall (Security building).
 
The exterior painting of Houston Hall has been added to the capital projects list.  The painting will commence this week.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Virtual High School Study - Governor Rendell recently signed Act 61 which establishes A Virtual High School Study Commission in Pennsylvania.  The Commission will examine the feasibility and costs associated with creating a PA Virtual High School.  The Act provides for President Nelson or his designee to participate as a member of this Commission.  The vice presidents have been asked to suggest persons for appointment to the Commission.
 
Title III Award - Lincoln University’s 2008-2009 Title III award Amount is $2,051.441, which is $41,786 more than the prior award.  We have also received a one time CCRAA Award in the amount of $838,150.  These one-time funds will be directed to Lincoln’s education program and its retention efforts.
 
Capital Funding Program - President Nelson presented information regarding the recent increase in the capacity of the HBCU Capital Financing Program.  Lincoln University utilized this program in the past and will consider the possible benefits of future participation in the program.
 
Retention Strategy - Copies of the Lincoln University Retention Strategy Update developed by SAEM and AA were distributed and discussed.  The Update included “Retention Factors” and the associated areas/offices, “Milestones in Progress,” and “Projected Milestones.”  The Strategy is being developed in collaboration with all campus constituencies. 
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
The office of human resources was asked to draft a substance abuse policy for the university.
 
DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
The All-University Convocations will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 PM during the 2008-2009 academic year.  This change was made after a review of class scheduling.
 
ADACEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Vice President Venerable distributed copies of the agenda for the August 14-15 Annual Faculty Conference and Directors’ Retreat.  The theme for the Retreat is “Post Middle States – A Design for Academic Excellence.”
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Sophomore Year Experience Program - A new “Sophomore Year Experience Program,” facilitated through Student Services, has been implemented this year as a piece of Lincoln’s retention initiative.
 
New Student Enrollment (As of August 11, 2008)
502 – # of new students checked into the residence halls as of August 11th
  38 - # of students listed as “no shows”
  42 - # of upperclass males on waiting list for housing
 
Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of August 10, 2008)
 
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2008………………………..    6225
# Undergraduate applications received for fall 2007………………………..    5771
 
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2008……………………………    2177
# Undergraduate students admitted for fall 2007……………………………    2211
 
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2008………………………………….    650
# Undergraduate deposits paid for fall 2007………………………………….    743
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# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….     553
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….     467
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………….…....      323
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007………………………………..…     262
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.
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