President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room

Minutes

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Jr., Vice President Michael B. Hill, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, II, Mr. Kiran Taunk for Vice President Howard E. Merlin, and Ms. Jody C. Brunner for Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Attending for a portion of the meeting:  Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean Gladys J. Willis, and Mr. John Thompson.

PHYSICAL PLANT
Mr. Thompson briefed Cabinet on the stage of each DGS project and other University projects.  DGS Project No. 1101-36 (Asbestos Abatement) and the demolition of Building No. 78 were discussed.

DISASTER-RECOVERY PLAN
President Nelson requested Cabinet members to develop an emergency disaster and recovery plan for the University.  Critical staff and student housing is to be defined and risk management is to be considered when developing the plan.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
The Office of the Registrar should include with final grades a letter reminding students of the University’s policy regarding the completion of all course requirements and payment of all fees prior to graduating from Lincoln University.

Writing Proficiency
The University’s writing proficiency program was discussed in detail.

Middle States Self-Study and Evaluation
 A preparatory visit by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is scheduled for Spring 2006.  The Commission’s liaison shall meet with members of the Board of Trustees on Saturday, April 8, 2006.

At its session on November 16, 2005, the Commission acted to accept Lincoln University’s monitoring report.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled in 2007-2008.

President Nelson commended Dean Thomas on the PA Department of Education’s response to the Report on the Major Review of the Professional Educator Programs at Lincoln University.

DEVELOPMENT
Center for Graduate and Continuing Education
Vice President Hill reported that all answers to questions regarding the Master Lease from interested clients were answered by the deadline date.

FISCAL AFFAIRS
The Office of Human Resources will develop a standard University policy on the payment of moving expenses.

Rager, Lehman & Houck, P.C., rendered the opinion that the system of quality control for the accounting and auditing practice of Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, P.C. (Lincoln University’s external auditors) in effect for the year ended May 31, 2005, has been designed to meet the requirements of the quality control standards for an accounting and auditing practice established by the AICPA and was complied with during the year then ended to provide the firm with reasonable assurance of conforming with professional standards.

STUDENT AFFAIRS
Admission Statistics for Spring 2006 as of November 18, 2005:
No. Undergraduate applications received Spring 2005    341
No. Undergraduate applications received Spring 2004    336

No. Undergraduate students admitted Spring 2005        57
No. Undergraduate students admitted Spring 2004        75

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

Jody C. Brunner
Administrative Assistant
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