President's Cabinet Meeting
September 3, 2003

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Dean Gladys J. Willis and Ms. Diane M. Brown

Minutes of the August 27, 2003 Cabinet Meeting were approved.

Faculty Contract Negotiations
The administration has been informed that the LUC-AAUP membership rejected the University's contract offer.  The membership also voted to approve Strike Authorization for LUC-AAUP leadership.

The administration is awaiting the response of the negotiating team to its offer to continue collective bargaining or, in the alternative, its willingness to mutually declare an impasse in negotiations with the further intent of pursuing mediation.

Analysis of 2003 Periodic Review Report (PRR) for Lincoln University from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The PRR analysis contained the following main points:
- The PRR covers the major recommendations and concerns of the preceding Self-Study and Follow Up Report
- The PRR provides substantial amounts of material relating to progress since the 1998 Self Study and Team Report
- The PRR does outline many areas of positive change since the 1998 Self Study and therefore indicates a serious intent to address the issues outlined in the team report and the follow-up report
- While progress has been made in many areas, fiscal management remains the single most significant improvement
- Broadly speaking, the University is struggling to balance its notable history and broad aspirations with its fiscal realities
- In general, the review team would have liked the report to have provided greater analysis and synthesis of materials and less description
· The University needs to connect both budgeting and assessment to its strategic planning process
· Enrollment management issues, including student retention, need immediate attention
· Outcomes assessment needs continued attention and follow-through
· Maintenance of physical plant is a concern which, still remains an issue
· The University should pursue its stated goals regarding the balance between full-time and part-time faculty, as well as gender balance

The 2003 NCAA Graduation-Rates Report indicates that Lincoln University's four-year graduation rate for all students is 41%.

The University's six-year graduation rate is 45.2%, compared to 39% overall for all African Americans (42% for Black females and 35% for Black males).

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Enrollment Statistics
A report from the Office of the Registrar showed a total of 552 new and readmit students enrolled as of September 3, 2003.  The total number of undergraduates enrolled as of September 3 is 1,546.

The Cabinet meeting was adjourned at 11:30 AM.

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President

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