Vol. 38, No. 2
September 11, 2003
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, Wingate.
A minute of silence for 9/11 was observed.
II. Approval of Minutes.
The minutes of the May 8, 2003, 37th Faculty Senate meeting were approved distributed. The minutes of the May 8, 2003, 38th Faculty Senate meeting were approved as corrected: Senator Taylor listed as present.
A. Chair Hoar welcomed new and returning senators. Over the summer he and members of the SEC had many conversations with faculty and administrators, which aided in the development of charges for the various standing committees. These charge letters are expected to be forwarded to conveners of the faculty committees early next week. Hoar reported that the newly formed Budget Review Committee will convene soon to review past budgetary actions and the impact of those actions on instruction. Chair Hoar has also met with Student Association President Luke Naegele regarding differential tuition. There are certain limitations on how these dollars – about $750K/year – can be used such as undergraduate research, advising, international education, and diversity. Hoar commented on a possible new enhancement to the faculty senate web site, which will aid in the work of the Committee on Faculty Committees next semester. Lastly, Chair Hoar distributed copies of IV. from the Articles of Faculty Organization, which describes the duties/responsibilities of the Faculty Senate as follows:
The representative body of the faculty shall be the Faculty Senate. It shall be free to investigate, to study, to debate, and to deliberate on all maters of general faculty concern and may exercise review authority in these matters if it deems such exercise is in the best interests of the University. The following provisions govern the senate:
A. Specific Powers and Duties
Specifically, the senate directly, or through committees, is empowered to:
1. Determine all curricula of the institution, graduate and undergraduate.
2. Determine academic standards and requirements for graduation.
3. Advise the chancellor on the appointment of administrative officials.
4. Participate in determining policies with respect to the annual budget.
5. Participate in planning the physical facilities of the campus.
6. Participate in formulating regulations pertaining to student activities.
7. Participate in the award of promotions and salary adjustments.
8. Participate in investigating cases and determining policies with respect to academic freedom, tenure, appointments, reappointments, leaves, dismissals and teaching loads.
9. Prepare the agenda for meetings of the general faculty and distribute copies of the agenda to faculty members one week prior to such faculty meetings.
10. Establish and terminate all faculty committees and determine their membership and functions.
11. Receive and disseminate minutes and reports of all committees.
12. Conduct nominations and elections of members of the senate.
13. Hear any faculty member on matters of concern to the member or the general faculty.
14. Hear the authorized agent of the organ of student government on matters of concern to the student body.
15. Inform the general faculty, the administration, and the student body of all senate actions affecting the areas of their respective concerns.
16. Provide for the election and instruction of representatives to extramural councils or committees which seek to communicate or consult directly with University faculty governance.
A final note: the Senate Executive Committee will meet each Tuesday this semester, at 3:45 p.m. in 327 Graff Main Hall.
B. Provost/Vice-Chancellor’s Report. Provost Hitch welcomed senators back to the new academic year. She anticipates that a letter to the academic community about priorities will be forthcoming in a few weeks, and that the Positioning Task Force will be reporting back to all the governing bodies.
C. Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Report. Ron Lostetter reported that UW System suffered a $100M budget reduction. UW – La Crosse came through it pretty much as we thought. Under the current budget process, issues on how much will be assessed to UWS with respect to fringe benefits is being discussed. The good news is that the Governor’s budget supports the building program. Currently, UW-L has a list of projects that will move forward, namely a $22M residence hall to replace Reuter Hall. The remaining $10M will go into infrastructure projects. The addition of a third chiller will allow us to air condition the new residence hall, and to add a new general access classroom building.
D. Faculty Representative’s Report. Senator Heim attended the faculty representative’s meeting last week where they discussed: the impact of the state budget (copies are available in the senate office); UW-System and Technical Colleges working together; the proposed concealed gun law, which if approved, will allow students to bring guns onto campus; fringe benefits involving increased health care costs (3-tier system); and the status of UW-S (where we are going as a System).
Chair Hoar reported that Bob Carney, who is the UW-L campus liaison for the President’s Advisory Committee will meet with the SEC next week to discuss a new proposal being floated around regarding being compensated for health care. The SEC will keep Senators informed; however Dr. Carney will need to respond fairly quickly.
E. Student Association Representative’s Report. Larry Goldba, who is the shared governance representative, introduced himself to the senate. He reported that the academic initiatives report will be out soon.
IV. Senate Executive Committee Nominations for Committees.
M/S/P to approve the following SEC nominations. (voice vote)
A. Joint Promotion Committee (4 new members appointed for 3-year terms)
Continuing members (2-year terms)
Continuing members (1-year term)
B. Consultative Lay-off Committee (3 new members for 3-year terms; and 2 new members for 1-year term; will need to appoint at least one more from CLS, SAH, and HPERTE with representation from the rank of Associate as well as Assistant Professor)
CBA: Knowles, Glenn (Associate) 1-year term
CLS: Anderson, Joseph (Associate) 3-year term
SAH: Cravins, Georges (Professor) 1-year term
HPERTE: Duquette, Dan (Professor) 3-year term
SAH: Nelson, Patricia (Assistant) 3-year term
2-year continuing terms
CLS: Krajewski, Sandra (Professor)
CBA: Morrison, Dianne (Lecturer)
SAH: Rott, Marc (Professor)
1-year continuing term
CLS: Pam Rodgers (Professor)
C. Committee on Faculty Committees (5 senators for a 1-year term)
Carmen Wilson, Convener
D. Senate Elections Committee (3 senators for a 1-year term)
E. Faculty Ombudspersons (3 appointees for 1-year term)
F. Parking Appeals Board
Jack Scheidt – member
Ron Glass – alternate
V. Report on Summer Activities.
A. Positioning Task Force
Senator Gibson, chair of the Positioning Task Force explained the process which began over the summer. The committee, which will report back to Provost Hitch, was charged with the following activities:
- To make recommendations on how UW-L can effectively accomplish the following outcomes:
1. Maintain its distinctiveness as a quality institution with strength in all programs offered and selected programs distinct to UW-L.
2. Create a logical structure, from a pedagogical perspective, where combined units share commonalities, build upon strengths, and reduce barriers (perceived or real) to collaboration.
3. Integrate our distinct array of Health Professions programs into a more closely linked and identifiable focus area within the institution that will facilitate:
a) Collaboration among faculty and staff in health sciences in both teaching and interdisciplinary research to lead to an even stronger reputation of quality health professions programs which can then be used to leverage increased levels of extramural funding
b) Smooth transition of students between programs that are currently located in different Colleges
4. Develop Teacher Education as a University-wide function, consistent with the NCATE/DPI standards.
5. Make the most efficient and effective use of university resources for achieving desired outcomes.
- And, to make any other suggestions on critical or related outcomes.
The work of the task force has been sub-divided into four work groups that have met on numerous occasions. Discussions have been excellent with a focus on the future potential of the University and its’ programs and how to best position ourselves to meet that potential. The meetings are ongoing and fruitful. The group has maintained a “big picture” for the university. It will be difficult to delineate a single proposal. In fact there may be multiple proposals. Gibson reiterated that governance structures will have a chance to discuss and approve proposals. He expects that the report will be available by October 1st for consideration at the October 9th faculty senate meeting.
B. Program Array Committee
Senator Gendreau, chair of the ad hoc committee on Program Array Review reported on the committee’s activities. The committee, which began meeting during the summer, is charged to make recommendations to the faculty senate about a process and criteria that can be used to review the program array at UW-La Crosse. Part of the motivation for creating the committee was concern that, as a result of the budget problems, UW-System may tell campuses to eliminate programs. However, he stressed that System is not currently pushing for program eliminations and the charge to the committee is not to create a process to eliminate programs. The results of the committee's work will undoubtedly include an outcome that could cause a program to be considered for elimination but a complete process should also include possible outcomes that say our current array is fine or that a program should be considered for additional funding. The committee hopes to make a report back to the senate by the end of the semester or the first meeting in the Spring.
C. General Education Committee
Emily Johnson, Director of the General Education Program described the current status of the General Education Committee’s work:
- The committee has agreed to suspend the moratorium of new proposals – pending a new way to review courses. Revised criteria for looking at courses will be brought to the faculty senate very soon.
- The committee is putting aside any more detailed work on outcomes.
- The committee is looking at identifying a set of courses/sequencing for a pilot project that all freshmen within the project will take.
- Terry Beck is looking at assessing writing; Bill Cerbin is looking at assessing critical thinking; and the committee will look at a third area, that has not yet been identified.
- Lastly, the office is looking at trying to get a web page up and running.
VI. Revision to CGAAF Guidelines for Grievances and Complaints. (informational item)
The following summary of changes made to CGAAF Rules and Guidelines for Grievances and Complaints document were approved by the committee on 4/25/03.
- All language that made grievance and complaint hearings seem to be events happening in a court of law was changed in order to describe the events as investigations by colleagues, rather than events potentially involving attorneys. For example, all references to a “case” were omitted.
- Hearings are to be held only during the Fall and Spring semesters, unless there is a compelling and demonstrated need for a hearing outside the two semester framework.
- Adjustments were made to the timing language, for example, “seven days” was changed to “seven calendar days” and a four day deadline for notifying parties of a scheduled hearing date was extended to seven days.
- Other minor changes were made to make the two documents consistent with each other.
VII. Revision to Hearing Committee Procedures for Appeals of Non-Renewal Decisions. (informational item)
The following revisions, made to the Hearing Committee Procedures for Appeals of Non-Renewal Decisions document, were approved by the committee on 4/25/03.
- Under the title the following phrase should be added: “All complaints shall be filed with the Chairperson of the Hearing Committee in accordance with UWS and UWL 3.08.”
- Change III.C. to read: “The time used to entertain questions from the committee during presentations shall not count toward the party’s time allotment.”
VIII. Resolution on Health Insurance Premium.
The following resolution was submitted for consideration by Senator Wingate:
M/S Whereas the adoption of a new system that requires all UW System employees to pay part of their health insurance premium will:
- impose a hardship on many lower paid employees of the UW System;
- reduce take-home pay of all UW System employees; and
- shift costs of increased health insurance to the employees while doing little to reduce overall costs;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the UW-L Faculty Senate go on record opposing the change to mandatory, across-the-board sharing of the premium payment for health insurance in the benefit package, that results in the reduction of take-home pay for UW System employees.
Therefore, be it further resolved that the UW-L Faculty Senate urge system administration to carry our concerns to the appropriate administrative and legislative bodies.
MSP to amend by adding (voice vote)
- would reduce the take-home pay of employees of dependents as compared to employees without dependents;
Main motion, as amended, passed. (unanimous show of hands)
IX. Old Business.
X. New Business. Senator Wingate urged Senators to consider that if the law to carry concealed weapons is approved, that a position statement should be passed that the university receives a listing of the names of both students and faculty who are licensed.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Eric Russert Kraemer, Secretary