Faculty Senate


November 10, 2005                                                                                                                               325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 6                                                                                                                                        3:30 p.m.



I.    Roll Call.

Present:  Choy, Cravins, Gongaware, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, S. Kelly, Knox, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, R. Sullivan, C. Wilson.

Excused:  Clow, Galbraith, S. Grunwald, Johnston-Rodriguez, Kraemer, Straker.


II.   Minutes.

M/S/P to approve October 13 minutes as distributed.

M/S/P to approve October 27 minutes with amendment to add “by the SEC” to the end of the last sentence in Section VI.


III.  Reports.

  1.  Chair’s Report.

Dean of Student Development and Academic Services as well as the Dean of SAH position descriptions have been posted on UW-L’s website and are being advertised in the appropriate places.  The closing dates are January 9 and December 30, respectively.  If you know colleagues at other institutions who might be interested in these positions, please encourage them to apply.  We will get the best results if we have good pools of candidates.  The paperwork is under review of the Director of the School of Education and ads should go out soon.


The November 17th Faculty Senate meeting is canceled. 


Update on motion re the Writing Emphasis Coordinator:  Chancellor Hastad has responded – After consultation with appropriate parties and given the uncertainties of the future, including possible budget challenges, it is not financially prudent to follow this recommendation.  While university level funding for the coordinator has been available for the past several years from the General Education “innovations” fund, the General Education Committee now feels that writing across the curriculum is no longer an “innovation” and should not be supported by those dollars.  However, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has directed the General Education Director to set aside $2000 from that fund to use at the Director’s discretion to provide stipends (and/or travel allotments) to faculty who offer workshops or consult for writing in the major proposals.  She has indicated that she views this as a short-term solution while she explores longer term options.  For the above-cited reasons, university level funding for a Writing Emphasis Coordinator position will not be identified nor disbursed for the foreseeable future. 


The first of two listening sessions regarding potential revisions of the general education program is scheduled for Monday 3:30-5:30 (Nov 14).  The topic of the session is first year experience.


The SEC is bringing forward a motion:  MSP (voice vote) The SEC moves to suspend the bylaw regulating the number of members on APRC for the 2005-06 academic year so that an additional committee member can be added to help write reports on the (unusually large number) 10 program reviews to be completed during the year.


  1. Ron Lostetter reported on the state of budget (how are we doing and where are we at).  Collection of tuition (enrollment) was down during the summer but up considerable during the fall due to 398 students above last fall’s enrollment.  Fall tuition can cover (summer) shortage.


Are we getting enough tuition to support our operation?  Assuming we get our percentage (spring enrollment at 92% of fall enrollment) and J term goes well, collected tuition will meet what was planned for in the budget.


Regarding the required budget reduction of $586,000 (in the second year of the biennium), we were required to submit something to Madison by October 15.  While we are still in process of identifying these reductions, a technical report was submitted to System.


  1. Faculty Representative Report.

Senators Joe Heim and Georges Cravins provided updates on what is happening in the legislature as well as at the faculty representative meetings.  Two bills being considered that could potentially impact our academic lives are the Student Bill of Rights (AB 578) and the Concealed Weapon bill (AB763/SB403).  “What can I do?” you ask, well have I got the opportunity for you!  On Monday November 21 from 1:00 to 2:00 Representatives Huebsch and Schilling, Senator Kapanke, and Regent Brent Smith will be at UW-L for an open discussion of issues affecting higher education.  The meeting will be in the Cleary Alumni Center.  Everyone is invited to attend.  This is excellent opportunity was organized by Carol Miller, Chair of Legislative Affairs committee. 


  1. Student Association Representative Report.

Bill Paulsen (Social Justice Director).  Reported on student activities in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment regarding the definition of marriage, and invited the Senate/senators to participate in similar efforts.  The Faculty Senate passed a resolution opposing the proposed amendment on January 27, 2005; the Senate could reaffirm that resolution – the SEC will work-up something for consideration by the Senate.


Ryan Vanloo commented on the proposed new stadium.  Students have been asked to help fund the stadium.  Every thing is in the discussion stage, students are reviewing how they might participate in such a project (what students might want in a new stadium, amount of funding, how funds might be raises, et cetera).


IV.  General Education Mission and Vision Statement.


Emily Johnson provided a brief review of the General Education Committee’s activities regarding a mission statement.  The Committee developed a mission statement last fall and brought it forward for Senate consideration.  At that time, it was determined that more campus input was needed before Senate action.  Listening sessions were conducted during spring 2005, and the Committee developed the proposed mission statement and vision statement based on these sessions.


General Education/University Core Mission and Vision Statements


The mission of the university core at UW-La Crosse is to develop life-long learners who will be engaged as knowledgeable and responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world. Approved by GEC 10/03/05


It is the University's vision that the core curriculum encourages students to

§         discover connections between disciplines

§         consider one's major in a broader context

§         cultivate knowledge, skills, and habits of mind essential for independent learning and thinking.  Approved by GEC 10/17/05


M/S/P to vote on the mission and vision statements separately. (voice vote)


Mission statement was approved.  (voice vote)


The Senate discussed issues associated with the proposed vision statement (order of items in vision statement potentially awkward; list items in the statement in order of importance; which comes first, mission or vision; the items in the vision don’t flow from mission; vision statement needs to be visionary; purpose of vision statement is to promote curriculum development)


M/S/P to amend the vision statement by rearranging three items (reverse the order).  (voice vote)


The vision statement as amended was approved. (show of hands: 10-yes, 3-no)


V.  Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.


Submitted by,

Bruce V. Riley