President’s Cabinet Meeting
September 13, 2006
9:00 a.m.

Minutes

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President Michael B. Hill and Ms. Diane M. Brown.

Minutes
Draft Cabinet minutes of September 5, 2006 were approved.

Physical Plant Briefing
Mr. Thompson informed Cabinet that the Township has approved the International Cultural Center and new Science Building height variances.  

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Members of the Lincoln University staff and faculty are scheduled to attend the Commission’s annual conference December 6-8, 2006 in Philadelphia.  Special sessions for Institutions in Self-Study are on the conference schedule.

Internal Audit Reports
The Cabinet was provided with copies of audit reports for Petty Cash Funds and Purchasing/Accounts Payable Activity prepared by Lincoln University’s Internal Auditor.  The Petty Cash audit found all petty cash funds to be in general compliance with the University policies and procedures.  The audit of Purchasing/Accounts Payable activity found that policies and procedures are being adhered to and bid waiver procedures are being observed.

State Board of Education Chapter 31
The PA Department of Education has completed the regulatory review process to update State Board of Education 22 PA Code, Chapter 31, General Provisions, which set the definitions and minimum requirements for all degree-granting institutions in the Commonwealth.  The divisions of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs were charged with reviewing the provisions to ascertain any areas that Lincoln University may need to bring into compliance.  

 
New Federal Student Aid Available
The Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005, which was signed into law February 8, 2006, creates two new grant programs for students: Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART).  For both programs, students must be Pell Grant eligible, U.S. citizens.  Lincoln University has received an initial allocation for SMART for nine students.   A review of student applications must be conducted to determine whether any students are eligible for ACG.

Fiscal Affairs
Vice President Merlin briefed the Cabinet regarding the status of the Master Lease contract negotiations.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Vice President Bynum provided enrollment statistics as of September 5, 2006.  Final enrollment figures will be determined after September 30, 2006, which is the University’s extended deadline for student financial clearance.  A letter will be sent today to those students showing a substantial balance on their accounts.

Fall 2006 Enrollment Statistics as of September 7, 2006
# Undergraduates enrolled
                Returning                    1,166
                New                              722
                   Total                        1,888

# Graduates enrolled    
                Returning                       361
                New                              212
                    Total                          573

    Total UG/G                              2,461

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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