39th Faculty Senate
Vol. 39, No. 3
September 30, 2004


 

Vol. 38, No. 3                                                                                                  3:30 p.m.

September 30, 2004                                                                                         325 Graff Main Hall

 

I.  Roll Call.

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

 

II.  Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the September 16, 2004 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

III.  Reports.

Membership for the Task Force on Academic Staff Employment was announced; the charge is to investigate instructional academic staff concerns.  Faculty members include: Donna Anderson, Anne Galbraith, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Carmen Wilson, and Michael Winfrey.  Instructional academic staff members are:  Suzanne Anglehart, Elizabeth Cason, Kerrie Hoar, and James Putz.  Dr. Wilson has agreed to convene the committee.

 

The senate heard the following brief updates on search and screen committees.  Institutional Research – approval to interview candidate scheduled for October 14; will have open sessions where faculty will be encouraged to attend.  Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management – the committee has completed the initial screening of the applicants and is preparing to conduct telephone interviews with the continuing 19 applicants.  The search is progressing on schedule with on-campus interviews expected during late October to early November.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – received 26 completed files; committee meeting tomorrow to complete initial screen.  This search is also progressing on schedule with on-campus interviews expected during late October to early November.  EESHR Dean Search committee will convene next week.  The deadline for nominations to the search and screen committee for the Director of Teacher Education is tomorrow.

 

Senators were encouraged to participate in the workshops/presentations on Learning Communities with Ellen Goldey, held today through Saturday at the Cleary Center.  This mini conference is sponsored by the General Education Committee.

 

Thomas Harris, from the Office of Multicultural Student Services, invited senators to attend the Allan Johnson lecture, scheduled for October 20.  The event, entitled “Unraveling the Knot of Race” is free and open to the public.

 

M/S/P to move $100 from the Faculty Senate account to help defray expenses associated with Dr. Johnson’s visit.

 

Ron Lostetter, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, distributed a summary of the 2005-07 bienniel budget request for UW System, which seeks to restore $140 million of the cuts in the last biennium and keeps tuition increases to 4.3% per year.  Lostetter also distributed report highlights of the Legislative Audit Bureau’s evaluation of UW-System staffing.  

 

UW-L Faculty Representative, Joe Heim, invited senators to attend the two campus forums for upcoming political candidates.  The first held on October 19, for Congressional candidates incumbent Ron Kind vs. State Senator Dale Schultz in the Port O Call, Cartwright Center, 7:00 p.m.  Then again on October 26, State Senate candidates Dan Kapanke vs. Brad Pfaff in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center, 7:00 p.m.

 

The faculty representatives met at UW Superior for a two-day retreat where issues including establishment of a faculty representative advisory council, advising, hiring procedures, and generally pushing for a broader role within System were discussed.  Dr. Heim distributed copies of a summary presented by Erika Sander, Faculty Representative from UWM, regarding faculty and shared governance roles and responsibilities as delineated in Chapter 36.  Lastly, the State of Wisconsin Report Card on Higher Education which looks at areas of preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits was distributed.

 

IV.  Presentation by Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Ron Lostetter: Response to Ten Budget Related Questions Submitted to Chancellor Hastad by the Faculty Senate last Spring.

 

Last spring the faculty senate reviewed the report presented by the Faculty Budget Committee with respect to the previous year’s budget reduction and related issues.  The following questions were forwarded to Chancellor Hastad:

 

  1. Where are the resources associated with the UW-L reductions not returned to the state (35% cushion, salary savings and fringe benefit savings).  When and how will it be restored?
  2. What is the projected situation for F04?
  3. Is there a credible plan for meeting EM21 non-resident targets by 2006?
  4. Is there a plan to develop additional financial resources that can be used to recruit the required number of non-resident students?
  5. Is there a plan to coordinate the various student recruitment targets across UWL offices?
  6. Is there a plan to predict and compensate for fluctuating student FTE?
  7. Will the proposal for matching differential tuition adversely affect instruction?
  8. Is the proposal for matching differential tuition viable in the long term?
  9. How do other campuses provide financial incentives to non-resident students?
  10. Are there differences between UWL and other system campuses in terms of the way the AFIR reports are structured?

 

Vice Chancellor Lostetter provided the answers to 1-3 (below) but because of time constraints, delayed discussion of the remaining questions until the 10/21/04 faculty senate meeting.  Copies of the documents are available on the Faculty Senate web site:

http://www.uwlax.edu/FacultySenate/39index.htm

 

 

  1. Where are the resources associated with the UW-L reductions not returned to the state (35% cushion, salary savings and fringe benefit savings)? When and how will it be restored?

 

For the first question, please refer to “Attachment A”. The campus implemented a budget reduction for the 03-05 biennium which, with the “fringe benefit” effect, had $ 1,096,141 for items beyond the state-imposed budget reduction of  $1,692,900. The majority of the $ 1,096,141 was allocated by moving $ 800,000 to cover the tuition shortfall from reduced non-resident tuition. The remaining amount was used to cover FY 04 and FY 05 ACT 33 Veto Reductions. Once the ACT 33 reduction was phased in, the campus used the remaining $ 195,804 for funding ad hoc instructors to fill needed sections in FY 04. The result is that at the end of FY 05, we will be $ 3,752 short of needed funds to meet these reductions.

 

Related to the second set of questions, the funds would be “replenished” as we restore our non-resident enrollments to our original targets. This will occur over the next several fiscal years as our new “investments” in student mix produce results. The funds will be allocated to the top priorities of the campus as recommended by the Joint Planning and Budget Committee, governance groups and as approved by the Chancellor.

 

  1. What is the projected situation for FY 04?

 

We assume the question refers to projecting the non-resident enrollment for Fall 2004. At this time, the projections are that non-resident enrollments for Fall 2004 will be about the same as Fall 2003.

 

  1. Is there a credible plan for meeting EM 21 non-resident targets by 2006?

 

We assume the question is referring to the non-resident targets for Fall 2006. The campus has hired the consulting firm Noel-Levitz to work with the campus in developing recruitment plans (short-term and long-term) to meet campus enrollment mix goals. One of these goals is to meet the campus non-resident targets. The campus recruitment plans will have specific steps that the campus must accomplish in order to meet this and other recruitment goals. Working with Noel-Levitz is the “Task Force for Attaining Enrollment Targets/Mix” comprised of the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, the Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity, and the Assistant Chancellor for Advancement. This Task Force is currently working with the offices of Admissions, Financial Aids, and Registration and Records to move forward with recruitment efforts geared to move the campus along the slope needed to meet the Fall 2006 numbers. By about December 2004, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management should be on board to assume this task. The Task Force will work directly with the person hired in this new position as the campus progresses in its student mix recruitment efforts.

 

 

 V.  Adjournment.

 

The meeting adjourned 5:05 p.m.