Faculty Senate



November 30, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                         325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 41, No. 6                                                                                                                                                                                                  3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Abler, Ahmed, Brokaw, Clow, Cravins, Crutchfield, L. Dickmeyer, S. Grunwald, K. Hoar, Hunt, M. Jackson, S. Kelly, Knox, C. Miller, P. Miller, Olson, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, Straker, C. Wilson

      Excused: Galbraith, S. Krajewski

Absent: Choy


II.  Reports.

  1. Chair’s Report – The December 7th faculty senate meeting is cancelled.


  1. Faculty Representative Report – Faculty representatives met on Nov 3rd.  President Reilly was present during part of the meeting.  Items that were discussed include the criminal background checks and the LAB audit.  The pay plan was also discussed at length.  The overall system plan is to increase salaries to the national average over a period of time. 


III.    CAPS Report – Becky LeDocq, chair of the CAPS committee, presented a report in response to the committee charge to review UW-L transfer students, specifically where they transfer from and what classes they initially take when entering UW-L.  Due to the limited number of transfer students, the committee did not find it possible to break these students into smaller categories for study.  The committee study did find that the larger the transfer pool the lower the student quality (GPA, # of students on the Dean’s list).  The committee had no specific recommendations from their report. 


Comments to the report included that if Growth and Access comes through the # of transfer students may go up and if that happens UW-L will need to be careful at targeting transfer students.  Additional support to deal with these types of students may be needed since they lack the orientation that our native students have.  Also efforts may need to be made to target different categories of transfer students.


Questions regarding the report included where the transfer students come from – UW Colleges vs technical colleges.  Currently we do not target transfer students in regards to recruitment due to limited support staff.


No action taken.


IV.  Approval of 5-year BS/MSE proposal – Tom Gendreau, representative from the Computer Science Department, presented the proposal.  The proposal has been approved by UCC, GCC and Graduate Council.  It was commented that possibly 5-10 students per year may enter this program.  Students would need to maintain 3.0 GPA to continue in this track and to be accepted.  The UG degree will be completed when they have completed the traditional UG degree – usually at the end of the 4th year.  Concern on the title of the program was noted in that stating 5 year in the title may cause students to assume that in all cases it takes 5 years to complete.  However, the name could also attract students into the program. 


M/S/P to approve the 5-year dual degree BS/MSE.


V.   Articles and Bylaws:  Second reading

A.     Instructional Academic Staff Committee bylaws – These have been modeled after the faculty PTS committee and the IAS Committee has provided input in the development of these committee bylaws. 

B.     Start date for new chairs.

C.     Change in UCC and General Education bylaws - This was a recommendation from UCC and agreed on by the Gen Ed committee that will allow the General Education Committee to review waiver requests in the general education program.

D.     Addition of a representative from the Provost’s office as a consultant to the Faculty Development Committee.


M/S/P to consider all changes as a group.

M/S/P to approve the changes as written.


VI.  Approval of Academic Calendar – The only general comment was that it is critical for faculty to meet classes the day before Thanksgiving break.


M/S/P to approve the academic calendar


VII.  Acknowledgement of the Retirement of Diane Schumacher.  Chair Wilson publicly thanked Diane for her 32 years of service to the university. 


VIII.  Nutrition Minor Proposal - Peg Maher, Biology Department, presented the proposal for a new Nutrition Minor.  It was discussed that a wide range of students could be served by this minor.  The minor consists of 18 credits including three core courses and electives.  The program will be hosted by the Biology Dept for the first 4 years.  Criteria has been established to determine the departmental home for this program.


M/S/P to approve the new Nutrition Minor effective Spring 2007.


IX.  Approval of List of Fall 2006 Graduates

M/S/P to approve the presented list of graduates.


X.   Adjournment. 

The meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary