President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Dean John O. Chikwem was in attendance for the latter portion of the meeting.  Mr. John Thompson, Director of Physical Plant, was in attendance for a portion of the meeting.
Cabinet minutes of October 14, 2008 were approved.
Mr. Thompson provided an update on the status of ongoing construction and renovation projects.  He indicated that steam (heat) to all residence halls has been turned on.  Mr. Thompson was instructed to bring the academic/administrative buildings on line as well.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 – The vice presidents were asked to review the Duane Morris update on the new reporting and disclosure requirements under The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 signed into law on August 14, 2008.  It was indicated that Lincoln is already in compliance in some areas.  However, an in-depth review of the legislation is necessary to determine what Lincoln University must put in place to be in compliance with other requirements under the Act.  A thorough review of the Act will be performed by University personnel to identify all requirements to which Lincoln is subject.  Responsibility for compliance with many of the requirements began on August 14, 2008.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Award - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Lincoln University a grant totaling $4,009,132.  The grant will be funded over the five-year period September 30, 2008 through June 30, 2013.  President Nelson is the principal investigator of the grant, which is titled “Strengthening Research Infrastructure at Lincoln University.”
Middle States Commission on Higher Education – A Lincoln University team of academic affairs personnel will attend the Annual MSCHE Conference December 7-9, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. 
U.S. Department of State – Ms. Constance Lundy, Director of International Student Services, will be asked to spearhead the university’s efforts to make our students aware of State Department opportunities available for them in the areas of Foreign Service and American diplomacy.  The office of Career Services will also be involved in this effort.
Survey on post-secondary education costsLincoln University will cooperate with the PA State Board of Education in its attempt to survey PA resident students to determine the affordability of post-secondary education in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Renford A.B. Brevett will provide the Board with the information requested in order for our students to participate in the survey.
NCAA Division II Membership Process – President Nelson distributed copies of the agenda for the “NCAA Division II Membership Process – Exploratory Period Years 1 & 2 Presidents and Chancellors Meeting” which he will be attending October 29, 2008 in Indianapolis.
Vice President Venerable provided a briefing on his recent trip to Dublin, Ireland.
Deans Chikwem and Willis discussed tutoring programs/requirements in place in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Humanities.   The tutoring program in place for remedial English has been a requirement for a number of years and has proven to be very effective.  Retention efforts include tutoring sessions provided in each of the humanities departments.  The “ALEKS” tutoring program in mathematics is now in use.  However, since it is a new program requirement this year, its effectiveness can not be evaluated at this time.
Dean Thomas provided an update on activities in her area including the Centers of Excellence and a partnership with the Philadelphia Urban Center.
Vice President Merlin presented the FY09 Enrollment numbers as of October 21, 2008 (reported below in SAEM).
Mr. Merlin discussed the statement of fiscal activities and variance analysis for the three months ending September 30, 2008.
Fall 2008 Enrollment (As of 10/21/08)
Undergraduate students enrolled:                 1,974
Graduate students enrolled                              550
          Total                                                  2,524
Vice President Bynum anticipates that the fall 2008 student body will be the largest in the university’s history.  The entering class and graduate programs will most likely record the largest numbers in the university’s history as well.
Security personnel have been assigned to 3020 Lincoln Plaza beginning Monday, October 20th. 
The Homecoming events held over the weekend were very well attended with an estimated 4,000+ in attendance at the football game on Saturday and 5,000 students, alumni and visitors on the campus.  The atmosphere was one of excitement and many positive comments were received from those in attendance.
ESPN2 will air a piece on Lincoln University football November 4th @ 1:30 AM and November 5th @ 2 PM.  The 10-12 minute segment will focus on Dr. Frank “Tick” Coleman and Coach O. J. Abanishe.
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

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