President's Cabinet Meeting

November 15, 1999

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Richard C. Winchester, Vice President Edward L. McCusker, Vice President Anthony R. Fairbanks, Vice President Arnold T. Hence, Ms. Diane M. Brown

A-133 Audit for 7/1/96 to 6/30/97 - The University received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education concerning the audit referenced.  The letter indicated that Lincoln must file a Corrective Action Plan for findings related to the Title IV Federal Student Financial Assistance programs.  Vice President McCusker provided copies of the Corrective Action Plan that had been sent to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse on September 3, 1999, fulfilling this requirement.

Campus Technology Issues - The matters of possible problems with Lincoln's computer network security and Internet problems had been brought to the attention of President Nelson.  The Cabinet decided that these matters would be brought to the attention of the new Chief Information Officer when he comes on board.

A proposal, "Lincoln University Acquisition, Implementation and Utilization of Technology" has been given to persons in Harrisburg and to Mr. Earl Baker, Vice President of Unisys, for consideration.

State Appropriations - Dr. Nelson shared with the Cabinet two documents concerning State Appropriations: the House Appropriations Committee 1999/00 General Fund Budget, and the Budget Process Timetable.  Of particular note and interest was the statement "The appropriations hearings provide the legislators with an opportunity to review the specific programmatic, financial and policy aspects of each agency's programs.  The legislators make their decisions on the budget in the form of the General Appropriation Bill and individual appropriation bills.  The General Appropriation Bill contains appropriations for the executive, legislative and judicial departments, public schools and for public debt.  All other appropriations are made individually by separate special bills. (Emphasis added)

Alumni concerns - Dr. Nelson shared with the Cabinet a list of Alumni concerns brought to his attention by Mr. William Scott, President of the Alumni Association.  Vice President Fairbanks was asked to follow up with Mr. Scott to clarify some issues that are already being dealt with.

Form 1098-T Reporting Requirement - Notice has been given of the University's responsibility to issue Form 1098-T, Tuition Payments Statement of tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution.  Vice President McCusker will make certain that
Lincoln has systems in place to fulfil this requirement.  He believes the University contracts with an outside firm for this purpose.


Academic Affairs
Psychology Department - An unsigned letter has been received from "Concerned Psychology Students."  As the letter was unsigned, and therefore considered an anonymous communication, no response will be given to this piece of correspondence.

Development and External Relations
Vice President Fairbanks reported that alumni in that area have again raised the issue of establishing a satellite campus in Pittsburgh.  The consensus of the Cabinet is that the University is not in a position to do this at this time.

Enrollment Planning and Student Life
Vice President Hence reported that the RFP to secure the services of a consulting firm for the financial aid area should be ready to go out in the next couple of days.  He also reported that the University is close to settling the contract for security.

Registration - President Nelson indicated that the registration process must be refined and in place to make certain we do not run into a registration backlog in the Fall.  In addition, the plan for the collection of tuition and fees must be finalized and in place.

Staff vacancies - President Nelson has requested a monthly report on staff vacancies and the status of any relevant searches.  Vice President McCusker suggested that such a report should come to the cabinet from the Office of Human Resources.  The Vice Presidents could then review the report for accuracy.  It was agreed that this would be the appropriate way to handle this matter.

Cost Centers - President Nelson reminded the Vice Presidents of the need for them to develop goals for their cost centers that will guide the budget planning.

Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President

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