33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 17

April 22, 1999

I.  Roll Call.  Present: Bange, Betton, Egle, Grant, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, LeDocq, Majak, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, Roskos, Snowberg, Stroud, P. Taylor, VanVoorhis, Vogt,  Wingate.

Excused: Duquette, Willey.

II.  Approval of Minutes.  The minutes of the April 1 meeting were not available for review because the secretary forgot to send them to the Faculty Senate Office for duplication and distribution.  The minutes of the April 8, 1999, meeting of the Faculty Senate were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report.  The Chancellor was unable to attend the meeting due to other obligations.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report.  Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor Hastad had no report.

C.  Chair's Report.  Bange reminded senators that there are two more meetings for the academic year, and that the May 6 meeting is both Cookie Day and the first meeting of the 34th Faculty Senate.  He informed the Senate about the "Madison Initiative," which includes higher raises for faculty at UW-Madison than for faculty in the rest of the UW-System.  He noted that this will be a controversial agenda item at the next Faculty Representatives' meeting in Madison.   Senators Wingate and Kraemer provided more details about the "Madison Initiative."   Senator Wingate asked that the Faculty Senate take some action to address salary compression, even if the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Adjustment Committee (PTS) does not.   Bange noted that our salary distribution plan was due at UW System at the end of March and that Assistant Chancellor Sue Schoenberger has sent notification to UW System that we will use the standard distribution of one third for merit and two thirds for solid performance.  He expressed concern that he was not informed about the due date and that the PTS Committee was unable to be involved with this.  He observed that this is another example of faculty abdicating control of matters in which we have considerable authority.   Senator Wingate reminded the Senate of a motion on the salary compression problem that he made earlier in the year, which was tabled, and expressed concern about the significant difference in raises given to people promoted this year versus people promoted last year, before promotion raises were increased significantly.  Bange advised that governance needs to be more involved in issues that matter rather than minutiae and that administration needs to be more consultative about these issues.   He then announced the Senate Executive Committee's recommendations for appointments to the search and screen committee for the Assistant Chancellor for Budget Planning and Control.  Four volunteers were available: Diane Cannon (English), Tom Claflin (Biology), Dianne Morrison (Finance) and Dave Riley (Computer Science).

M/S/P (unanimous by voice vote) that Tom Claflin, Dianne Morrison, and Dave Riley serve as the Faculty Senate's appointments to the search and screen committee for the Assistant Chancellor for Budget Planning and Control.

IV.  Proposed Legislation from State Senator Gary George.  Chair Bange explained that the proposed bill would eliminate the $12,000 cap on earnings from a second state appointment for faculty.  Endorsement of the proposed legislation from faculty governance bodies has been requested.

M/S  that Chair Bange contact State Legislator Gary George and inform him that the UW-La Crosse Faculty Senate endorses the proposed legislation.

In discussion of this motion, Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor Hastad explained that the bill is intended to increase staffing flexibility in the UW System.  Senator Roskos advised that we not endorse the proposed legislation as it would open the door to abuses that would mediate against faculty raises.

M/S/P (19-0-1 by voice vote) that the motion on the floor be tabled.

V.  Recommendations from the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS).  Dr. Alan Bigel, Chair of CAPS, joined the Senate to review the recommendations.  He noted that CAPS did not change the current policy governing incomplete grades. He reviewed CAPS discussion of the D and F grade policy and the policy governing repeating courses.  Discussion in the Senate focused on equity with the policy governing dropping courses, degree of instructor control over course enrollment, program enrollment pressures, and wasting instructional resources.  A motion to amend the CAPS motion was made and seconded but withdrawn when discussion indicated that the Senate did not wish to adopt any version of the proposed policy.

M/S/F (3-14-3 by show of hands) that students who earned a grade of D or F in a course and wish to repeat the course for a better grade will be required to register for the course after the normally scheduled registration period.  Standard override procedures would still be available
for instructors who wish to admit students into closed courses.

After further discussion, the Senate also took the following action.

M/S/F (0-15-4 by show of hands) that students will be limited to a maximum of 10 repeated courses for the duration of their degree program.

VI.  New Procedures for the Academic Priorities Committee.   Dr. Niranjan Pati, Chair of the Academic Priorities Committee, joined the Senate and discussed the committee's work in drafting their report.  Both he and Chair Bange directed attention to the two significant changes made in the proposed procedures.  First, the deadline for submitting proposals for new programs will be changed from October 15 to January 15.   Second, guidelines for evaluating proposals to eliminate programs are now included in the proposed procedures.   Pati also discussed the problem of defining clearly what constitutes a "program" subject to review by the Academic Priorities Committee, in order to prevent future inconsistencies.

M/S/P (19-0-1 by show of hands) that the Academic Priorities Committee adopt the new procedures outlined in "Attachment #1"  of their report.

Chair Bange then asked what the Senate wished to do with regard to defining the term "program." Discussion focused on minors, emphases, and concentrations.

M/S/P (19-0-1 by voice vote) that "programs" subject to review by the Academic Priorities Committee be defined to include minors as well as majors.

VII.  Old Business.  There was no old business.

VIII.  New Business.  There was no new business.

IX.  Adjournment.   Prior to adjournment, Chancellor Kuipers, who had arrived during the meeting, asked to be recognized.  She informed the Senate that the letter to UW System on our salary distribution plan was sent to Madison today, and that a copy would be sent to Chair Bange.  She stated that she supports the efforts of the PTS Committee, but that there is no time left for its involvement in this process for the upcoming fiscal year.   She has informed UW System that we are working on a salary distribution plan to be instituted in the following fiscal year.  She concluded by expressing her interest in receiving a proposal from PTS on solving the compression problem.

The meeting then adjourned at approximately 5:10 p.m.

Dr. Laura L. Nelson, Secretary