33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 5

November 5, 1998


I.  Roll Call.

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

Excused: Willey.

II.  Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the October 1 and October 15 meetings of the Thirty-third Senate were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report: Chancellor Kuipers was attending a Board of Regents meeting.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report: Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor Hastad reported that the biennial budget process was proceeding in a timely fashion.  He distributed a copy of a full-page advertisement taken out by UW-L in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which advertises 41 positions and appeared on Friday, October 30.  Since then, there have been 91 hits on our new vacancies page  in the UW-L web site.   The cost of the advertisement was comparable to placing individual classified ads for all positions included.  Senator Betton suggested that we should place an advertisement in the London Times Educational Supplement to recruit internationally.  Dr. Hastad briefly discussed recruitment of a more diverse faculty and summarized the presentation on that topic made by Dr. Orlando Taylor of Howard University, to department chairs and other interested parties during his visit on Friday, October 30.

C.  Chair and Faculty Representative's Report:
1.  Chair Bange noted that Chancellor Kuipers has sent a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation stressing that the previous letter on the North-South Corridor Proposal expressed her personal opinion.

2.  He reported that the Faculty Senate voted unanimously by email to endorse a 5.5% faculty raise for the next biennium.  He has passed this endorsement to President Lyall.  He described the process by which President Lyall determines what level of raise will be requested and noted that the Board of Regents should support her request this year.

3.  He noted that he was asked by the chair of the Joint Budget Committee to inquire about funding of health insurance for the first six months of employment for new hires; President Lyall informed him that it is likely to be an unfunded mandate.   This would cost UW-L approximately $150,000 per year.

4.  He asked President Lyall about the problem of salary compression, and while she admitted that she does see this as a problem for individual campuses, she also noted that the legislature and the Board of Regents believe that faculty have helped to create this problem by giving across the board raises to themselves through the merit process.  Chair Bange will probably charge the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Committee to consider what can be done on this campus to address the compression problem.

5.  The "Southworth Decision" has been appealed to the 7th Circuit Court.  The Board of Regents is determined to take this to the Supreme Court if necessary.   Thus far, all decisions have been in favor of the students.

6.  He inquired about academic program reviews and discovered that we are mandated by UW System to conduct these on only a 10-year cycle, but the UW-L cycle is a 5-year cycle.  We are also only mandated to review major programs.  Most campuses represented at the Faculty Representatives' meeting use a 7 or 8 year cycle and review department by department; interdisciplinary programs are reviewed independently from the departments involved in them.  He will ask  the Academic Program Review Committee to consider the revision of our review cycle.

7.  Senator Nelson will attend the Provost's Council on Monday, November 9 to represent the Faculty Senate in a discussion of per credit tuition.  This will be an item on the Faculty Senate's agenda for the November 19 meeting.  There was a brief discussion of the issue.  It was suggested that the officers of the Student Association be invited to share their point of view with  the Faculty Senate.   Senator Nelson requested that senators communicate concerns to her prior to the meeting on Monday.

8.  He noted that the compensation and evaluation of department chairs is an issue that has surfaced in three different meetings recently, including the Faculty Representatives' meeting.  These are matters that the faculty has control over and can change if we desire.   An informational forum on this issue will be scheduled for the first or second Faculty Senate meeting of Semester II.

9.  Chair Bange recently met with the Ad Hoc Committee on Distance Education and urged them to shift their focus from interactive TV courses to web-based asynchronous courses.  These courses are proliferating and there are many issues to be considered, such as credit valuation, security, assessment standards, and transfer of credits from one institution to another.  The committee will try to identify the most important issues and bring these to the Faculty Senate around the middle of Semester II.  President Lyall believes that these courses are the most frightening development in higher education that she has seen in her career.

IV. Nominations for the Search and Screen Committee for the Provost/Vice Chancellor.

M/S/P (18-0-3 by show of hands) to approve the following slate of five members to this committee:

  • Steve Brokaw, Marketing, CBA
  • Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, History, CLS
  • Richard Sullivan, English, CLS
  • Jearold Holland, Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation, ALLIANCE
  • Jaime Perry, Clinical Science, SAH
V.  Executive Committee Motion on the UW-L Policy on Accommodation of Religious Beliefs.

M/S/P (unanimous by show of hands) to amend the policy as follows:

"2) the student must notify the instructor within the first two three weeks of the beginning of classes (within the first week of summer session and short courses) of the specific day or days on which he or she will request relief."
This change was needed to bring the UW-L policy in compliance with UW System policy.  The discrepancy occurred inadvertently when the Faculty Senate approved our policy a few months before the final draft of UWS 22.

V. The 1998-1999 Planning and Budgeting Initiatives.

This item was on the agenda for preliminary discussion.  It was noted that the distributed
materials did not reflect a $50,000 request for additional funding from the Research and Grants Committee.  Chair Bange noted that the Budget Committee has a brief period of time in which to consider these initiatives and then send a prioritized list to the Faculty Senate of the items they believe deserve strong support.  He suggested that the Faculty Senate itself should focus its discussions on selected initiatives--those requests that we strongly support and those that we strongly question.    Specific individuals such as the academic deans can be invited to respond to our questions.   There was a consensus that the Senate Executive Committee schedule specific initiatives for discussion at up coming Faculty Senate meetings.

VII.  Old Business.  There was no old business.

VIII. New Business.

Senator Betton, who is representing the faculty on a committee studying alternative means of running the UW-L Book Store, asked for guidance from the Faculty Senate about the possible privatization of the book store.  There was a general discussion of the relationship between the bookstore and textbook rental.  Senator Betton was advised not to bring the text book rental system into the discussions of the committee.

Senator Wingate informed the Senate that there was no report from WCWC because there has been no WCWC meeting.

IX. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:15 p.m.

Submitted by,

Laura Nelson, Secretary