Faculty Senate


February 23, 2006                                                                                                                               325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 10                                                                                                                                   3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Clow, Cravins, Gongaware, S. Grunwald, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, Johnston-Rodriguez, S. Kelly, Knox, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, Straker, R. Sullivan, C. Wilson.

      Excused: Chow, Galbraith


II.     Minutes.

      Minutes from January 26, 2006 meeting were approved as distributed.


III. Reports.

  1. Chair’s Report – Chair Wilson updated senate on the following items.


Updates on Search and Screens

·        Director of School of Education – Candidates will be interviewed during March.

·        Dean of Student Development & Academic Services – The following candidates will be interviewed.  Candidates will present on “Vision of Student Affairs in the 21st Century”

Joyce Shotick – Presentation and open forum 10:00, Tuesday, February 28

Paula Knudson – Presentation and open forum 10:30, Tuesday, March2

Jane Birkholz – Presentation and open forum 10:00, Monday, March 6

·        Dean of SAH – candidates will be interviewed after spring break.


Committee Preference forms

Committee preference forms were delivered on Monday, February 22nd.  If a person is currently on a committee, they need to indicate their interest in remaining on the committee next year.  Also, volunteering for three or more committees will maximize the likelihood of serving on one committee.


Senate Nomination Petitions

Enough nomination petitions were received to fill all senate seats and there will be run-offs in the SAH and At-Large categories. 


Speaker on Campus

The OCW Symposium committee and the Women’s Advisory Council are co-sponsoring Ann Crittenden's upcoming visit to campus.  In addition to her presentation the evening of April 6, she will be the speaker April 7th at this year's OCW symposium, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cleary Center.  The title of her presentation is “If You’ve Managed Your Kids, You Can Manage Anything.” – the same as the title of her most recent book.


Crittenden was a reporter for The New York Times for eight years, writing on a broad range of economic topics. She initiated numerous investigative reports and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She also has been a financial writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a reporter for Fortune magazine, a visiting lecturer for MIT and Yale, an economics commentator for CBS News, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Her previous books include Sanctuary: A Story of American Conscience and the Law in Collision, one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year in 1988.  Her articles have appeared in every national newspaper and numerous magazines, including Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Barron's, and Working Woman.



SEC charged the Faculty Development committee to report on:

1)      The operating procedures of each college with regard to sabbatical review including:

a)      the make up, selection process, and term length of the review committees members

b)      the role (if any) of administrators versus faculty in the selection process

c)      the specific criteria by which proposals are ranked

d)      the record of policies and procedures employed since the 2000-2001 academic year

2)      Create a table describing college sabbatical information from 2000-present. 


The faculty development final report is posted on the senate web page under documents for 2/23/06 meeting.  The report outlines the procedures used in each of the three colleges to award sabbaticals.  Additionally, the table summarizes the number of sabbaticals funded as compared to the number submitted.  In the last 5 years (including the 2006-07 academic year), 42 proposals were submitted, with 34 receiving funding.  The large majority of the remaining were not funded due to a lack of resources.  Faculty Development made no recommendations thus no action was taken.


B.  Provost’s Report – Provost Hitch updated Senate on the NCA visit.  She encouraged everyone to take a look at the NCA self-study which is available on the web at: http://www.uwlax.edu/nca/.  The site visit is scheduled for April 24-26. 


Provost Hitch also reported that she will be releasing approximately $650,000 for section relief over the next year.  That is about $100,000 more than the current year.  Finally, Provost Hitch reported that she is approving 2 new faculty lines.


C.  Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Report – Vice-Chancellor Lostetter reported to senate on two items.  Planning and Budget received a report this week stating that UWL is $950,000 short of which $800,000 is set aside for a budget reduction. The remaining $150,000 is still an estimate and is dependent on the status of spring enrollment. 


The Board of Regents has approved a recommendation to lower non-resident tuition to a competitive level of about $12,000.  Thus UWL will lose approximately $600,000 in tuition for next year.  UWL is planning to mitigate this.  Furthermore, application of waivers may adjust for the decrease in tuition. 


UWL will be officially presenting the “yellow taxi” project to UW System next week.  There are plans to present discussion at the March Board of Regents meeting. 


  1. Faculty Representative’s Report – Joe Heim, UWL Faculty Representative, gave a report on the most recent faculty representatives meeting.  Heim discussed the Board of Regents proposed Faculty and Academic Staff Disciplinary Policy in which staff who are accused of committing a felon, depending on the nature of the felon, can be dismissed or suspended without pay.  A copy and a summary of the proposed policy is posted on the faculty senate web site.  Other campuses have drafted resolutions or position papers in response to this policy.  UWL’s faculty senate will also be responding to this policy and thus Heim encouraged members to send comments to him as soon as possible. 


Heim also updated senate on the recent UW System chancellor raises, the conceal carry bill, and TABOR.



E.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Ryan Vanloo, student association representative, briefed senators that the United Council is looking at the issues of collective bargaining, alcohol as an intoxicant bill, and TABOR.  He also updated senate that the student body in an advisory referendum voted to support paying for a portion of the new stadium.  The Student Senate passed the resolution at their most recent meeting. 



IV.  Joint Planning & Budget Committee Recommendations – David Riley presented to senate the First Report on Operational Efficiencies and Enhancements, which is similar to a draft report presented to senate on 12/8/05 with the addition of recommendation #6. 


Recommendation #1: 

JPB recommends that administrators permit supervising employees to reduce the percentage of their appointment given two conditions:

   1. the employee requests such reduction of his/her own free will, and

   2. the reduction can occur without seriously impairing campus operations.


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #1.


Recommendation #2:

With regard to summer school and J-Term the Joint Planning and Budget Committee recommends:

1.  UW-L departments should be encouraged to develop course offerings that are specifically fit to the unique characteristics of these terms.

2.  UW-L departments should be encouraged to develop summer courses with appeal for non UW-L students.

3.  UW-L should increase marketing of summer session.

4.  Summer session class schedules should be available at the time of spring registration.


Discussion on this recommendation included the concern of who will be encouraging participation in summer school and the disincentives for faculty to develop and teach summer courses. 


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #2.


Recommendation #3:

The Joint Planning and Budget Committee (JPB) recognizes that the wide variety of Instructional Academic Staff (IAS) assignments makes it impractical to establish a “one size fits all” IAS workload expectation - be it credits per semester, contact hours or student credit hours.  It is also clear that many IAS have already assumed substantial responsibilities at or beyond the original suggestion’s spirit of a 15-credit instructional load, and there is no evidence that there is a reasonable expectation for significant additional revenue from blanket changes to IAS assignments.  JPB recommends that academic departments in consultation with their deans re-evaluate workload policies to ensure that IAS are treated fairly and that IAS responsibilities are appropriate.  JPB further recommends that IAS contractual policies be amended to provide job security for this group of employees that is more consistent with other UW-L employees and other UW campuses.


Discussion on this recommendation included that this recommendation is in the spirit of what the IAS Committee is currently studying. 


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #3.


Recommendation 4:

The Joint Budget and Planning Committee encourages the campus:

      1. to use more digital and less printed material.

      2. to investigate a campus-wide printing cost recovery solution.


Discussion on this recommendation included that Item 2 means that a study on this issue would be done and then ways of how to charge for computer printing would be looked at.


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #4.


Recommendation 5:

The Joint Planning and Budget Committee (JPB) recognizes that student printing at UW-L is a major cost to the campus that is currently subject to inconsistent controls.  Generally there are no explicit limits or costs for student printing.  JPB recommends that the chancellor charge a group to investigate and potentially implement a campus-wide and cost-effective solution that creates incentives for students to make rational trade-offs about on-campus printing.


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #5.


Recommendation 6:

A pool of money should be created for summer/J-Term courses that the Deans choose not to fund and that will earn a profit.


Discussion on this recommendation included questions on the details of this plan such as would it be a college level or a single pool and who would oversee this pool.  It was stressed that this would be a self-funded single pool.  The intent of this recommendation is to establish an incentive to teach summer school but the details of the plan are to be worked out. 


M/S/P to pass Recommendation #6.



V.  CAPS Report & Recommendations – Adrienne Loh, chair of CAPS, presented to senate a report on the committee’s 2004 charge to ”report on the Fall 2004 enrollment:  determine if enrollment targets were met, and review the admission criteria used in the selection of the cohort, and review enrollment targets and admissions standards for Fall 2005.”  The final report is posted on the Faculty Senate web site under “CAPS Report and Recommendations”.  The committee brings forth the following four recommendations. 


Recommendation #1:

CAPS strongly recommends (9/0/0) that enrollment targets be delivered to Admissions no later than October 1 of the target year.


Recommendation #2:

CAPS recommends (8/1/0) requiring completion of 18 credits or more for transfer to UW-L. 


Recommendation #3:

CAPS recommends (6/0/0) that non-resident students be subject to the same admissions standards used for all other incoming freshmen. 


Recommendation #4:

CAPS further strongly recommends (6/0/0) that the non-resident targets be re-evaluated to be more realistic.


Discussion on these recommendations mainly focused on recommendation #2. The evaluation of transfer students for admission to UWL was discussed.  Transfer students are evaluated via their own criteria.  For students without an established post-secondary record (no college GPA) their high school record is evaluated and they will not be officially admitted till a college transcript is submitted whereby final admission is based on college work. 


Concern was expressed over this policy being overly restrictive for the transfer student who decides to transfer after one semester and whose academic performance warranted admission as a new freshman. 


M/S/P to table these recommendations.


VI.  Adjournment.

       The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary