Faculty Senate


April 12, 2007                                                                                                                                                                          325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 41, No. 12                                                                                                                                                                        3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

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

Excused: Ahmed, Cravins, Crutchfield, Galbraith


II.  Approval of Minutes.   

The minutes from March 22, 2007 and March 29, 2007 were approved as distributed.


III.  Reports.

A.  Chair’s Report

Regent Visit:  Regents Bartell and Smith will be visiting campus on April 23.  Senators have been invited to meet with Regent Bartell from 11:30 to 12:00 on that day.


Equity Score Card open forums:  The final section of the Equity Score Card report on Institutional Receptivity was scheduled to be presented on Monday (April 16), that report has been delayed until Tuesday, April 24.  Wilson strongly encouraged senators to attend to learn about and discuss the results.  It is vital to have faculty input on this process.


English Departmental Colloquia Series:  Dr. Jean Janecki from Modern Languages will present “Ode to Surrealism:  The Visual and Verbal Creations of Lorca and Dali” in 207 Wimberly Hall. 


Senate Executive Committee business:  Chose members for the Provost and CFO search and screens. 


Maurice Graff:  Wilson recognized the recent passing of Maurice Graff who joined UWL in 1941.  There will be a celebration of his life May 11th and 12th


C.  Faculty Representative Report – Wilson distributed a Faculty Senate Representative report on behalf of Cravins.  It summarized the key discussion of the March 20th UW System Faculty Reps meeting, which included sick leave reporting, collective bargaining, domestic partner benefits, credit transfer from technical colleges, and criminal background checks. 


D.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Student association liaison, Jake Rome, updated senate on important student senate issues.  Student association is leading a student lobbying day in which 60-70 students will make visits to 40-50 legislators.  The student senate is also looking into the issue of segregated fee waivers for students in internship programs greater than 90 miles away from La Crosse. 



IV.  Briefing:  Jim Leonhart, Chair, Foundation Board – Jim Leonhart briefed senate on the status of the UWL capital campaign.  He stated that the board is developing a good relationship with Chancellor Gow.  Thus far $11 million has been raised.  In May the foundation board will be voting to accept the campaign plan.  There is a monetary target for the campaign but this will be officially set in May.  The campaign is set to go public sometime in Fall 2007. 


Questions included how faculty can get involved.  UWL is unique in that there are several faculty serving on the foundation board.  Beginning in the public phase faculty will be asked to give to the campaign.  It was commented that there has not been enough information given to the faculty and that faculty were not greatly involved in setting the goals for the campaign.  Leonhart thanked the senate for allowing him to provide an update and restated that the campaign needs to be an inclusive work. 


V.  Approval of Senate Nominations for Search and Screen Committees - The following search and screen lists were presented to senate.


Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search & Screen Committee Nominees:

  • Gwen Achenreiner
  • Beth Cherne
  • Carol Miller
  • Steve Senger
  • Michele Thorman



  • Ronda Knox
  • Aaron Monte


Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Search & Screen Committee Nominees:

  • Mike Abler
  • Billy Clow
  • Victor Macias-Gonzalas


M/S/P to approve the Provost/Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Search and Screen Committee nominee list.


M/S/P to approve the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Search & Screen Committee nominee list. 


It was commented that the timeline for the CFO position is to have a hire by August 1st and for the Provost position to bring candidates on campus in late fall or early spring. 


VI.  Academic Program Review

A.  Mathematics – Chris Frye and John Ready, APR committee members, presented the following Mathematics APR recommendations that were modified from those initially presented to senate on March 22nd


The APR committee would recommend that the Mathematics department be reviewed again in seven years.  Recommendations formulated through this process appear within the self-study, the Dean’s letter and the external review document but this committee would offer the following recommendations:


1.      The department and administration need to work together to increase instructional staffing within the department. This is a serious issue that has resulted in an average of over 6 sections of classes per semester that should be offered not being staffed.  Calculations show that the math department was unable to offer over 1200 seats in much needed mathematics classes over the past 4 years.

2.      Compare failure/withdraw rates with other institutions

3.      Develop consistent assessment procedures

4.      Encourage student research

5.      Continue to recruit and attract majors


A question from senate focused on increasing the class sizes to accommodate student needs for mathematic courses.  Riley responded that class sizes have increased from 30 to 40 and there is worry about quality if class sizes increase further.    


M/S/P to accept the academic program review of the Mathematics program.


B.     Theatre – Chris Frye and John Ready, APR committee members, presented the following Theatre APR recommendations.  The department has experienced considerable success as evidenced by the number of graduates who go on to graduate school and who receive considerable scholarships.  It was noted that there is significant strain on personnel and facilities in this program. 


APR recommendation:  The Department of Theater Arts should undergo its next Academic Program Review in seven years.


M/S/P to accept the academic program review of the Theatre program.


C.     Computer Science – Billy Clow, APR committee member, presented the self study, external review and Deans comments for the Computer Science program.  The department was acknowledged for their commitment to seeing the masters in software engineering, the new five year dual degree, and the collaboration with Central University of China succeed.  There is concern regarding the decrease in majors at a time when there is still a high demand for CS degrees. 


APR Recommendations: 

  • Establish more defined student learning outcomes
  • Strengthen C-S 101 by working to restore staffing cuts
  • Continue to advocate for a restoration of multi-year IAS appointments
  • Explore more ways to recruit new students
  • Closely monitor the balance between the MSE program and the UG major
  • Consider ways to revive the Computational Science minor


The Department of Computer Science should submit its revised student learning outcomes in three years.  The Department should undergo its next Academic Program Review in seven years.


There was a question on where the revised student learning outcomes will be submitted.  It was stated that they should be submitted to the APR committee. 


M/S/P to accept the academic program review of the Computer Science program.



VII. CAPS:  Change in English Proficiency test minimum score for admissions – Jay Lokken presented a request to accept new IBT equivalencies for the TOEFL and new IELTS equivalencies.  These have been approved by CAPS.  There was discussion that the minimum scores set are in line with what Madison and Milwaukee accept and are higher than UWEC.  The high minimum scores are not expected to affect the number of student applications. 


M/S/P to approve the new IBT and IELTS equivalencies.



VIII.  General Education Assessment Timeline – Emily Johnson, General Education Director, presented the General Education Assessment Timeline (see posted timeline).  The timeline includes a plan for course embedded assessment as well as standardized measures to provide baseline data along with indirect measures of both student and faculty/staff perceptions of the program.  Part of the timeline requests that faculty senate submit a budget request to appropriate parties to support required and necessary assessment efforts. 


There was discussion on the cost of the standardized assessment instrument versus the gains.  Also discussed was course embedded assessment feeding into future APR reports and the issue of having students take assessment seriously. 


M/S/P to approve the presented GEC Assessment Time Table. 



IX.   Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:52 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary