32nd Faculty Senate

Vol. 32, No. 3

September 18, 1997

I. Roll Call.

Using the Dr. Anne Winter "memorial gavel", Chair Haupert called the meeting to order and asked the Secretary to call the roll.

Present: Barmore, Claflin, Egle, Grant, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, Lazinger, MacDonald, L. Nelson, J. Parker, N. Pati, Prucha, Reithel, D. Riley, Roskos, Shanks, Snowberg, Socha, P. Taylor, Willey, Wingate.

Excused: Duquette, S. Krajewski.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the September 11, 1997, meeting were approved as distributed.

III. Chair’s Report.

A. As requested, after several attempts the Senate Executive Committee minutes have been distributed via email.

B. Chair Haupert reminded senators that the State budget which reflects a 4% increase for faculty in the first year of the biennium, and a 4.5% increase the second year, is not fully funded and has not yet been approved by the Legislature.

C. Copies of the UW-L Faculty and Academic Staff Recruitment Reference Manual were distributed to senators.

D. The 1996-97 Affirmative Action Program has been received in the senate office, and is available for review.

E. The UW-Bioweb, led by Scott Cooper from UW-L, is "a system-wide network dedicated to improving biology education. This network, …will consist of a central website with links to all of the UW System biology departments’ websites, as well as links to five other websites. The proposed five other websites will hold specific information related to instruction in genetics, introductory biology, zoology, botanical images, and ecology. Rough drafts of these websites are under construction."

F. Chancellor Kuipers reported that she, recently attended Oktoberfest at the Capital with about 90 representatives from the LaCrosse community; will attend the Chancellors meeting next week; and, the campus will host a series of donors, fund raisers, and alumni over the next four weekends.

G. Provost/Vice Chancellor Lambert reported that tenth day enrollment figures are at 9086 and the quality of the students using traditional indicators looks stronger than ever.

IV. Second reading Proposed Change in Joint Budget Committee By-law.

M/S/P to approve the following changes to the by-laws for the Joint Budget Committee:

Membership shall consist of seven faculty*, four academic staff** and two students. There shall be at least one representative from each college. Consecutive appointments may be allowed for up to five years. Four faculty members, one from each of the four colleges, shall be appointed as alternates to fill vacancies according to college representation. Academic staff members and alternates shall be appointed by the Academic staff Council.. Administrative consultants to the committee shall include the provost/vice chancellor, the assistant chancellor for administrative services, the assistant chancellor for budget planning and control, the associate vice chancellor for student development, the associate vice chancellor/dean of graduate studies, the associate vice chancellor of information technology, and the deans of each college. The chairperson of the committee shall be elected from its faculty membership.

The committee shall report directly to the chancellor.

*one of whom shall be the vice-chair of the faculty senate **one of whom shall be the vice-chair of the academic staff council

This constitutes a second reading.

V. Reorganization Presentation by Provost/Vice-Chancellor Lambert.

Provost/Vice Chancellor Lambert joined the senate along with Dr. David Bange. Dr. Lambert reviewed the proposed change in the academic structure of UW-L which, seeks to focus the mission of the College of Liberal Studies; creates a Strategic Alliance of Human Development Programs; and, eliminates the Dean of Graduate Studies position. Dr. Lambert believes it is the responsibility of the P/VC to ask critical questions at important junctures, and with the search for deanships in the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science & Allied Health, he believes it is the ideal time to "assess which aspects of our organizational structure are functioning effectively and which could be realigned for even grater effectiveness."

Specifically, under the proposal the mission of the College of Liberal Studies would be focused on the humanities, social sciences, and the disciplines in the College’s School of Arts and Communication. The College of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, the School of Education, and the Department of Social would form an alliance of academic and professional programs related to the broad theme of human development, and Dean Hastad would hold dual titles as Dean for Human Development Programs and Dean of HPER. Each unit would come into this new alliance retaining present departmental structures, administrative leadership, budget, and curricular identities. Given the above restructuring, we could eliminate the position of Dean of Graduate Studies and reassign university-wide responsibilities for coordination of graduate studies to the Associate Dean of the College of HPER, who would then hold a dual title as Director of University Graduate Studies. Sixteen out of the twenty graduate programs would be under this umbrella achieving greater administrative efficiency.

Following his presentation, Dr. Lambert opened the discussion for questions/comments/response.

(C) Important to refocus on liberal studies so that the institution can remain a comprehensive university.

(Q) What has been the response to the proposal?

(R) Remarkably quiet response. P/VC is forwarding written correspondence to faculty senate both positive and negative. Sense that the reorganization needed to be done for a long time. Of course there are obvious concerns in School of Education (yet another change for them) however, not sure the current structure is sustainable.

(Q) What is the advantage of consolidating all but four graduate programs (MBA, Biology/Microbiology, School Psychology, and Physical Therapy)?

(R) Chiefly for administrative reasons. The four graduate programs are in very strong disciplinary homes. Academic structure of graduate programs rests with faculty.

(C) The last reorganization was painful. The major concern was of shifting positions between colleges.

(R) Each unit will come to the alliance with fiscal automony. Decisions regarding positions will, to an extent, depend on enrollment. It may become necessary to marginally shift monies in order to serve students, however, the institution is committed to teacher education. We are not going to gut teacher education.

(Q) What is the difference between a college and an alliance?

(R) Opportunity for faculty to invent their own college. The concept presents opportunity.

(Q) Has the current CLS structure been given enough time?

(R) Own instinct is that given more time the college will not become stronger. Its too large, too many challenges, mission too diffused, unweildly, complex, and unfocused.

(Q) Where there other reorganization plans, schemes, alternatives?

(R) Sure. The status quo was suggested, bring ALS back together, merge HPER and Education.

(C) Under the proposed reorganization, the proposal will not correct governance issues identified by NCATE.

(R) That’s correct, however it does take us ½ step toward issue.

(C) New structure seems like a way station toward something else.

(R) Intentionally so.

(Q) How long will the interim stage last?

(R) Up to faculty to decide. There is a great potential for collaborative efforts.

(Q) Have colleges formally responded?

(R) Not aware of formal action by colleges. All the memos which have been received have been forwarded to the Chancellor and the Faculty Senate Office.

(Q) What will be the role and responsibility of the Director of Teacher Education?

(R) Proposed job descriptions will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for their review.

VI. Old Business.

VII. New Business.

VIII. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Submitted by

James Parker, Secretary