Faculty Senate
Vol. 38, No. 13
March 25, 2004


 

I.  Roll Call.

Present:  Beck, Bigel, Brooks, Dixon, Gendreau, Gibson, Gongaware, Heim, Hoar, Kernozek, Kraemer, Maher, Majak, Poulton, Ragan, B. Riley, D. Riley, Shanks, Shillinger, Sullivan, Taylor, Vandenberg-Daves, Wilson, Wingate.

 

II.  Approval of Minutes.

There were no minutes to approve.

 

III.  Reports.

 

Chair Hoar reminded senators that ballots for election to the 39th Faculty Senate are due in the senate office by 4:00 p.m. April 2nd

 

Committee on Faculty Committees information –  Last year we received 207 (out of 400) committee preference forms.  This year we received 226 (out of 379) committee preference forms.

 

The senate office has received notice that beginning January 1, 2005, a UW System policy will require electronic direct deposit for all employees.  Currently, UW-La Crosse leads the way for direct deposit.

 

The committee to review the faculty recruitment process will hold its organizational meeting in mid-April.

 

Updates on Administrative Search and Screens:

CLS – Permission to interview three candidates; two have been interviewed with the third one scheduled for next week.  (Ronda Knox, Chair)

 

EESHR – Over break we received permission to bring in three candidates. One has since

withdrawn, one is confirmed, and I have not yet connected with the third.  The committee is meeting to decide on a new third candidate. I hope to have bios on the three by the end of this week.  (Mandi Anderson, Chair)

 

SAH – Two Associate Dean positions:  four finalists and interviews scheduled for the science position; one finalist and interview scheduled for the finalist in health professions.  Bios and CVs are on the web.  (Robin Tyser, Chair)

 

Provost/Vice-Chancellor Hitch reported that the Chancellor at UW-River Falls was killed in a car accident earlier this morning.  Her vehicle was broad-sided by a truck driving in fog.


Relative to the advising proposal, Dr. Hitch has reconsidered her original position and is now willing to have the advising initiative report directly to her rather than reporting to one of the college deans.

 

Chief Financial Officer, Ron Lostetter reported that President Lyall will take the following recommendations to the BOR regarding the compensation package for next year:  there is a possibility of an additional floating holiday to recognize Veterans Day; with respect to health insurance, some of the Unions have settled for a lower payment for Tier 1, Family Coverage – will ask for the lower rate as well as a retro rebate payment; could be looking at additional .35 percent pay increase = 1.35% effective July 1st; also looking at one time payment of $200.

 

Joe Heim, a member of the Search and Screen Committee for President of the UW System, asked for faculty input to provide what qualities characteristics we want in the next President.  What is wrong with System that the new president could deal with?  Any thoughts, please email or call Joe.  He would like to be able to speak with authority that “faculty believe this”, or “faculty want this”.

 

IV.       Certificate in French Studies Program.

Bruce Osterby, Chair of the Academic Planning Committee, and Dr. Denis Provencher, representing the Department of Modern Languages met with the senate.  In the Fall of 2002, the faculty senate adopted the Guidelines for Certificate Programs which was used to review the current proposal.

 

The committee recommends approval of the proposal but does have a couple of concerns:  will approval of such a program create a proliferation of other certificate programs offered on this campus?  Will we be setting a precedent?  Does this fit the meaning or model of a certificate program?  The program is essentially a “mini-minor”.

 

The committee does recognize that a Certificate in French Studies could be very appropriate for students in the Department of International Business.  Students who plan to work or travel abroad as part of their education or employment could also benefit from the program.  It was also recognized that approved certificate programs undergo an annual review by APC.

 

It should be noted that the Certificate in French Studies Program has the support of Modern Languages and the College of Liberal Studies.  The courses required for the program are already in place.  No new courses are needed.  No new funding or staffing is needed.

 

Dr. Provencher, along with Don Socha, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, responded to questions from the senate.  No new courses are being proposed so what is the difference between certificate and minor in French Studies?  Would capture students who are already committed.  Mostly upper-level courses are being taught – gives the students something on their transcript indicating more language study, cultural study, internship, and experience abroad.  It will also encourage students to continue to take credits in language.

 

Is internship required?  No French 450 is an elective.  What about a move towards a French Studies Minor?  The certificate program meets the needs of a different student.  On review what is a measure of success?  What will cause concern for certificate?  How many new students come into program, how many students end up doing something that is more international.  New clientele – may help other students across campus to internationalize experience.

 

M/S/P to approve. (unanimous show of hands)

 

V.        Continued Discussion of the Student Academic Initiatives Proposal.

Since the last meeting, Chair Hoar met with Ron Lostetter, Luke Naegele, and Liz Hitch in an attempt to look for common ground to move forward – everyone seems pleased with document.

 

Academic advising is both the privilege of and a duty of the faculty. While the Faculty Senate supports the Student Senate proposal subject to the recommended changes/additions contained in this document, and while the Faculty Senate appreciates the hard work that the students have committed to the academic initiatives, the faculty would like to reaffirm its commitment to providing and overseeing high quality academic advising for all students.

 

1.      Students who have declared an academic major will be assigned advisors in the associated academic departments.  Campus policy shall continue to require Freshman students with declared majors to meet with a faculty member from their declared department instead of the Advising Center during their June campus visit.

 

Undeclared students will be primarily advised at the Center. Many UW-L majors have intricate and/or dynamic requirements that have never been properly understood outside of the advisers from that academic department.  Training Advising Center staff to understand these programmatic details and keep up with the changes isn’t practical.  Any advising procedure that even remotely encourages students to avoid advising from the academic department puts students at risk for longer time to graduation.  

 

2.      The qualifications for the Director will specify that that the candidate be a UW-L employee with faculty status (tenure and academic advising experience preferred). When hiring the other staff members, the most qualified individuals should be selected, and therefore, interested UW-L faculty and staff with experience in academic advising should be preferred.

 

The proposal calls for rapid implementation. Training highly qualified, new-to-UWL staff members would require more time. Existing faculty and staff have considerable advising experience and more background in campus academics.   

 

3.      The Advising Center shall report directly to the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies.

 

Of the three associations (career, counseling and academic advising) of the Advising Center it would seem that academic referral would be the most complex, therefore it is logical to associate the Advising Center with an academic unit.  CLS clearly has had more experience with undeclared students than any other college.

 

  1. In the Spring of 2007, a review of the Advising Center will be conducted to determine if the implemented plan is achieving outcomes commensurate with the investment. This review will be conducted jointly between the Center staff and the governance groups.

 

The differential tuition proposal calls for a 5 year review and would give the students the opportunity to change the focus or amounts of the differential tuition. The review of the Advising Center will give the various groups a chance to determine if the Advising Center should continue.

 

  1. An Implementation Team will need to be constructed in order to work out the details not contained in the proposal. The Team should include Student Senate representatives and two individuals from each college (perhaps one faculty and one college office staff member that deals with advising).

 

There are a number of things that need to be considered, and to ensure success in the first year, these items will require the expertise of those currently performing advising as well as those that understand the concerns of the students. Possible items for the implementation team to consider would include the following:

                                          i.   Is June of 2004 the appropriate starting date for the new Center? The summer activities (relating to the advising of new freshman) are among the more critical and time consuming. Should the first summer include a joint effort between those carrying out the current practices and the new staff to ensure that the new students receive the best possible advising?

                                         ii.   Will the 4 new full time members of the center (not including the director) be aligned with the programs in the 4 colleges? In order to be effective, it would seem that the advisors would need both a general understand of all UW-L programs, and an expertise in some subset of the programs (expertise in all programs does not appear to be a reasonable goal). If the subsets of expertise are chosen to be the programs in a particular college, should these four members be housed in the college offices?

                                       iii.   What are the specific roles and responsibilities of the Center staff? The stated purpose of the Advising Center not only overlaps with academic advising, but also with the goals of Career Services and Counseling and Testing.  More effort would seem to be needed to articulate the overlapping responsibilities of these three campus centers.

                                       iv.   What are the expected outcomes of the new Center, and how should they be assessed in the two year review? The NSSE data and/or other measures should improve in order to justify the continued use of the $350,000.

 

M/S/P to amend number three to read the Advising Center shall report directly to the Provost/Vice-Chancellor.  (voice vote)

 

M/S/P to amend #2 by moving UWL into (preferred) area.  (show of hands:  18-yes, 4-no, 1 abstain)

 

M/S/F to amend #2 by moving faculty status into (preferred) area.  (Show of hands:  3-yes, 19-no, abstain-1)

 

M/S/F that academic advising experience be a requirement (show of hands:  8-yes, 11-no, 4-abstain)

 

M/S/P candidate have the equivalent of UWL faculty status.  (show of hands:  19-yes,  2-no, 1-abstain)

 

Concerned about #5 especially with respect to the budget implications/matching funds.  Long term budget implications

 

M/S/P to delete the second sentence in the opening paragraph up to (show of hands:  18-yes, 4-no, 1-abstain)

 

The main motion, as amended PASSED.  (show of hands:  16-yes, 3-no, 3-abstain)

 

VI.       Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by

Eric R. Kraemer, Secretary