Faculty Senate


April 14, 2005                                                                                                                        325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 39, No. 15                                                                                                                      3:30 p.m.


I.  Roll Call.

Present:  Clow, Cravins, Dixon, Gendreau, Gongaware, Grunwald, Heim, Hench, Johnston-Rodriguez, Kernozek, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, Maher, Majak, C. Miller, Poulton, Ragan, B. Riley, Senger, Shanks, Shillinger, D. Sullivan.

Excused:  Beck, Galbraith.


II.  Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the March 10, 2005, meeting were approved as distributed.


III.  Reports.


Speaking about the budget, Chancellor Hastad told senators, that in addition to the Governor’s directive for UW System to reallocate $35M over the biennium by cutting 200 administrative positions, the Governor has also directed System to reallocate $30M through enterprise savings including restructuring of state procurement contracts and improving asset management.  The enterprise savings ideas will affect how we interact on campus, specifically with respect to travel and is probably a signal for other down initiatives the road.


Provost/Vice-Chancellor Hitch – 2 items are information items.  On PVC agenda tomorrow is communication contract which is a done deal with provisions for network.  Again another enterprise savings – issues result from each of these.  It’s the beginning of a wave of attempts to centralize things.


North Central Accreditation Update.  Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted made a pitch for NCA and the process of the self-study as a venue or place to voice concerns.  Criterion allows us to be introspective as a university.  She encouraged senators to get involved in the process.  The May 5th forum will address Strengths and Areas in Need of  Improvements in the University.  Criterion #3 involves Student Learning and Effective Teaching.  Strengths are #1 assessment (80% participating departments.)  and innovative teaching methods.  Weaknesses – even though we have assessment – feedback remains a problem.  Evaluations of effective teaching relies too heavy on SEI.


Kathy Keifer, Interim Director of Admissions, reported that fall 2005 numbers are right on target with respect to freshmen and transfers.  For non-residents we are up in number of applications as well as acceptances – looking similar to last year with deposits.  Registrar, Diane Schumacher, commented that registration for fall semester just started so it is too early to tell about continuing students.  The summer session assigned registration period ended last Friday – 250 headcount behind where we were for summer a year ago at this time (require $100 deposit is the first time that has been in effect – so we don’t know if summer is really down or it is the money issue).  Summer target is 11,984 SCH and we are at 4300 SCH as of last Friday; 6000 as of today.  Last year ended up at 10,584; have tried doing more promotion for summer session.


Concern was expressed about lack of resident halls.  If we meet our targets what does it mean for our budgets?  Depends on the target you are talking about.  Non-residence big impact on revenue.


Faculty Representatives met on April 1st where UWL Representative, Joe Heim distributed copies of the resolution indicating that UWS does not appear to be taking proportional cuts.  Several of the other representatives took additional information regarding this concern.  The agenda included discussion on SEIs and the issue of privacy vs access on individual campuses.  Privacy seems to be outweighing.  Reps also learned that System will be providing more advice with respect to undergraduate admissions policies. Other items were universal designs (Americans with Disability Acts); who has control over distance education; collective bargaining; budget issues; Dept of Administration is moving ahead with centralizing travel plans – expect to be done deal by August; Food contracts likely to handled by one State-wide contract.


Chancellor Hastad had some good news – Physical Facilities and Planning reaffirmed priority for building projects 05-07.   Four projects will be moved forward including UWL.  Hastad publicly thanked Senator Heim for the work he has done in Madison on this project.


IV.  Chancellor’s Budget Reduction Decisions.

The SEC offered the following motion for consideration:  That the Faculty Senate establish an ad hoc committee to investigate the implications for faculty and academic programs of the chancellor’s recent administrative budget cuts relative to UW-L’s policy on university re-organization.  The committee is to present a report on its findings to the Faculty Senate in early fall 2005.


(The details involving size, representation, charge, and timeline will be worked out by the SEC.)

What would be possible outcomes?  Identify curricular issues and how they might be resolved; review structure and feasibility.  EESHR will have representation on college structure – probably operate with two committees in SAH (college core or departmental requirements , new bylaws, size of committee), expect a  single recommendation from committee.


The budget listening sessions and Chancellor Hastad’s email today answered many questions.


MSP to approve.  (unanimous show of hands)


Senators made comments on parenthetical statement: 

  • Process – what role did faculty play? 
  • With respect to representation – have some parties that represent the campus that may or may not be directly affected by the vote.
  • What are potential curricular issues?  College cores would need to be articulated.  Think we recruit very different types of students.  Academic structure
  • How about the advising center?
  • Everything that is significant should be looked at seriously.
  • Are curricular issues that were ongoing going to be affected.
  • Email concerns/issues to Chair Riley in next couple of days.


V.  Second Reading Proposed By-law Revisions.


A.  Library Committee


Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1. Studying and recommending means of improving library services.

2. Providing liaison between faculty and library staff regarding policy-related issues.

Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members, one of whom shall be the chairperson of the library department, and three students, one of whom shall be a graduate student. The faculty membership shall include at least one representative from each of the following academic units: the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and Recreation.  Consecutive appointments may be allowed for up to five years: however, at least three faculty members shall be newly appointed each year.  The director of the library shall serve as an administrative consultant to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.

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

B.  Budget Review Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1.  Study and report to the Senate on university budget decisions that affect instruction and research.

2.  Review annual budgets and report to the Senate on trends in support for instruction.

Membership of the committee will consist of five faculty members, one of whom will be the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate, to be appointed by the Senate.  Consecutive appointments may be allowed for up to five years the seven faculty representatives constituting the faculty membership of the Joint Planning and Budget Committee. The committee will respond to direct charges from the Faculty Senate but will also be free to determine its own scope of study and review.  The committee will aim for maximum coordination with the University Joint Planning & Budget Committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.

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

C.  Teacher Education Governing Council


Duties and Responsibilities of the committee shall include:


  1. Developing and reviewing policies on issues affecting teacher education programs including overall program philosophy and framework, and unit assessment.


  1. Establishing, in consultation with departments or colleges, standards pertaining to certification requirements, candidate review policy, admission requirements, exit requirements and enrollment management.


  1. Reviewing, in consultation with departments or colleges, proposals for new teacher education programs or changes in current teacher education programs, and forwarding recommendations to the appropriate curriculum committee.


  1. Monitoring and maintaining the Strategic Plan for the School of Teacher Education.


  1. Providing advice to the Director of the School of Education.


  1. Serving as an advocate for teacher education on campus and in the community.


  1. Reviewing accreditation and program approval reports for teacher education programs.


Voting membership of the committee shall consist of the Director of the School of Education, nine faculty members, one teacher education student chosen by the Student Senate, and three professional educators from outside the university chosen by the Director of the School of Education and approved by the Teacher Education Governing Council. The faculty membership shall include:

a.         one representative from each of the four professional education programs in the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and Recreation (CEESHR). The professional programs are Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle Level Education, Middle Level/Secondary Education, Physical Education Teacher Education, and School Health Education.

b.         one representative from a CEESHR graduate program leading to certification.

c.         four representatives with teaching or advising responsibility for teacher education in their discipline from the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, or the College of Business Administration.


The Director of General Education, the Assistant to the Director of the School of Education, the Director of Student Teaching/Internships, and the Assistant to the Dean of CEESHR shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its chair. The Director of the School of Education shall serve as convener. Terms of membership shall be three years, staggered so that three members retire and are replaced every year. A committee member shall abstain from voting on the approval of any policy or programmatic proposal if the committee member or the committee determines that the proposal presents a conflict of interest for the committee member.


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


VI.  General Education Committee Report

Emily Johnson joined senate and reported on assessment activities conducted over the past several years and on the course reviews and faculty forum conducted this year.  The sense is that we have reached a turning point.  General education is on the radar screen of most people, there is interest in the program and in making improvements in the program.


Dr. Johnson reviewed the General Education Committee’s commitment to program quality and improvement, listed below:


We are committed to:


1.      Working cooperatively with Faculty Senate in the process of review and revision of General Education as per the Faculty Senate By-Laws. 

2.      Working cooperatively with Faculty Senate and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to create an understanding of the learning outcomes expected of UW-L graduates.  GEC welcomes a joint meeting of members of the three bodies to discuss UW-L’s vision for its graduates as found in the Strategic Plan, and the role that both the General Education Program and the student’s major and minor should play in achieving this vision. 

3.      An outcome-guided General Education Program that reflects a broad-based liberal education.

4.      Asking Faculty Senate to approve a revised set of learning outcomes as a living document that will be routinely evaluated and revised as needed, and used to guide assessment activities.

5.      Changing the name of the program from General Education to University Core Curriculum.

6.      Continued use of the “Human Rights” theme for at least another year as a means of helping students make connections across disciplines. The effectiveness of using this theme will be assessed.

7.      Development of an assessment plan that allows for ongoing and systematic assessment of all aspects of the General Education Program.

8.      Creating a diverse General Education design team that will work during the summer 2005 to identify effective strategies and areas for program improvement and have ready in early fall specific recommendations for program improvement.

9.      Exploring ways to make the program more flexible and connected, while maintaining assurance that learning outcomes will be met.

10.  Developing a manageable course review and revision process that includes timelines and processes for course recertification.

11.  Ongoing professional development for and among General Education faculty and staff.

12.   A General Education design that reflects these commitments




The Faculty Senate received the report. Senator Cravins complimented the committee for a fine report – impressed with seriousness of task.


VII.  Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.