President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, August 27, 2008
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson,  Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant attended for a portion of the meeting.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of August 20, 2008 were approved.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Cabinet engaged in a lengthy discussion on the academic goals established for the University.  President Nelson has set the following goals to be achieved in the next three years:
                   75% Retention Rate (Freshman to Sophomore)
                   45% Graduation Rate
                   Top 20 Ranking (The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings
                                    placed Lincoln University at 27 among HBCUs, up from 32 in last year’s rankings.)
 
Title III – Vice Presidents were asked to work with Dr. Brevett to develop the Additional Funding Proposal as soon as possible.  Priority focus should include retention, assessment and teacher education.
 
2008-2009 Scholarship FundingLincoln University’s 2008-2009 Scholarship Budget totals $3,373,500.  This does not include private and endowed scholarships.  Of the $3,373.500, 83.5% ($2,815,000) is awarded in areas other than athletics.
 
 PHYSICAL PLANT
 
Mr. Thompson provided an update on the status of on-going capital projects. 
 
Bids have been received in response to the RFP to evaluate five campus buildings for structural stability.  Mr. Thompson was instructed to move forward with the selected contractor.
 
The antenna for the Electronic Sign will be moved to the roof of Lincoln Hall once the roofing project for that building has been completed.
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Sophomore Year Experience – The two activities held thus far have been very well attended by our students.
 
Early Monitoring Alert Program (EMAP) – Copies of the EMAP Program Manual were distributed to members of Cabinet.  “The philosophy of the EMAP is to provide academic enrichment and support to students who are in jeopardy of academic failure and/or academic suspension due to their cumulative grade point average and/or completion rate.”  The program will be a collaborative effort between SAEM and Academic Affairs.  Support services will include Peer Tutor Study Sessions (PTSS), academic department tutoring, academic enrichment workshops, self assessment evaluation tools, living and learning study halls along with various additional support and incentive based components.  The program will be open for enrollment to eligible students September 10-12.  Ms. Rita Myers is the EMAP Director and has been asked to provide the academic deans with a briefing of the program.
 
Fall 2008 Enrollment
 
Registered Returning Students (8/20/08)     New Students to Date (8/27/08)
Freshmen             272                                Undergraduate               694
Sophomores         455                                Graduate                       380
Juniors                 281                                Total                           1,074
Seniors                 236
Graduate              217
Total                  1,433
 
Grand Total to Date:  1433 Returning + 1074 New = 2507
Fall 2009 Enrollment Number:           2449
 
Residence Life/Housing Statistics (As of August 19, 2008)
 
Total Housing Capacity            1,768  (All available spaces have been assigned)
          Females                         1,061
          Males                               707
 
Housing wait list:  75 males   
Graduate Admission Statistics for fall 2008 (as of August 26, 2008)
 
# Graduate applications received for fall 2008……………………………….      591
# Graduate applications received for fall 2007……………………………….      511
 
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2008…………………………….…....      380
# Graduate students admitted for fall 2007………………………………..…     322
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Assessment - Vice President Venerable distributed the draft assessment templates that have been developed following the consultant’s presentation during the Faculty Conference, August 14 and 15.
 
BS (Nursing) - Dean Chikwem has begun discussions with external colleagues to ascertain the best possible path for establishing a BS degree in nursing at Lincoln University.
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
The first draft of the proposed “Substance Abuse Prevention” policy was presented for review.
 
Vice President Merlin shared the draft proposed Wellness Program that is being considered for Lincoln employees.
 
A wireless study will be undertaken at the Graduate Center in Philadelphia.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

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