Faculty Senate


April 19, 2007                                                                                                                                                                          325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 41, No. 13                                                                                                                                                                        3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

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

Excused: Choy, M. Jackson, S. Kelly, S. Krajewski

Absent: Ahmed


II.  Reports.

A.  Chair’s Report


Virginia Tech:  Wilson took a moment to remember those students and faculty who lost their lives at Virginia Tech on Monday.  She stated that there are no words to capture the tragic nature of this event.  She asked senators to join here in sending thoughts in whatever ways they choose to the friends and loved ones of those killed or injured. 


Regent Visit:  Regents Bartell and Smith will be available from 11:30 to 12:00 on April 23rd in 133A Graff to meet with senators.


Equity Score Card open forums:  Equity Score Card team members will present the final section of the Equity Score Card report on Institutional Receptivity on Tuesday, April 24 at noon and 4:00 in 332 Cartwright Center.  Wilson encouraged senators to attend to learn about and discuss the results.


Growth and Access Open forum:  Friday, April 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 in Graff Main Hall Auditorium.


Senate Executive Committee business:  The senate executive committee reviewed the committee on faculty committees’ report.  They also will be meeting with Jennifer Wilson next week about the criminal background check policy.


B.  Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Gow reminded senate of the various ways to reflect on the Virginia Tech tragedy.  He also discussed the recent bomb threat in Sanford Hall and stated how pleased he was in how UWL personnel, local police and fire worked together. 


Gow reported on the recent Regents’ meeting in OshKosh where UWL reported on the Equity Scorecard.  The report stimulated a lot of good discussion by the regents.  He commented on the various representations UWL students have had at recent undergraduate research symposiums.  He also commented on a recent visit to Messmer High School in Milwaukee where he promoted UWL. 



C.  Faculty Representative Report – Georges Cravins, Faculty Representative, commented on important issues in the UW System. 



D.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Student association liaison, Jake Rome, updated senate on important student senate issues.  Fred Ludwig and Bjorn Bergman will be next year’s Student Association President and Vice President.  Also, student senators voted to continue student segregation fee waivers for students who have obtained them through spring 2009, but after that, the granting such waivers will be much less automatic.  The policy will be reviewed again in 2011.  Student association is leading a student lobbying day, “Going to Bat for Students”, in which 60-70 students will make visits to 37 legislators


III.  Briefing:  Ingrid Peterson, Violence Prevention Specialist – Ingrid Peterson introduced herself to senate.  She is one of three Violence Prevention Specialists in La Crosse hired on a Violence Against Women grant.  Her primary responsibilities are to provide support and advocacy for students who have experienced some kind of harassment and to provide education and training on relevant topics.  She hopes to have students working with her on internships starting in the fall.  She can be contacted at 785-5126 and is found in 1087 Student Health Center. 


IV.  Academic Program Review Reports: 

A.     Honors Program – Mike Hoffman, chair of APR, summarized the APR report for the Honors program.   This program has 142 students, graduating 16 per year.  A number of notable strengths of the program were highlighted, including small class sizes that allow innovative pedagogies to be used and overall student satisfaction with the program.  The major issues facing the program is the limited number of courses offered in the program each semester due to a decrease in faculty availability to serve the program.  Furthermore the program suffers from a lack of identity across campus.  The director is very aware of the challenges facing the program and is working to advance the program. 


APR Recommendation:  The Program should submit a progress report to Faculty Senate/Provost’s Office in three years. This report should focus on progress regarding the APR recommendations.


  1. The University Honors Program needs to establish a solid identity on campus. This step is the most critical as all following recommendations will become easier if this first step is achieved. The process of establishing and identity could begin with a Faculty Senate discussion on possible ways the UHP could be restructured. The current director has numerous ideas on how the program could be redesigned. If a restructured program is affirmed, resources must be made available to make the new Program viable.


  1. The assessment strategies of the Program need to be strengthened.


  1. Better means for faculty to teach in the Program need to be established. This is critical as additional faculty are needed to deliver more than three courses per semester.


  1. The Program should continue its’ efforts to recruit and retain minority students.


  1. The Program should establish a timeline for the steps outlined in this recommendation.


Senate comments included that a decision needs to be made regarding if UWL wants such a program, and if so, then the program needs to be given the methods to succeed.  A question was asked as to the plan to restructure the program.  It was stated that the director is currently working with faculty and hopes to come to senate in the fall with a plan to restructure the program.  The new plan would need a grant to fund faculty development, but beyond that no new resources would be needed. 


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



B.  Geography/Earth Science – Mike Hoffman, chair of APR, summarized the APR report for the Geography/Earth Science program.  The department has many strengths, including clearly articulated future goals as evidenced by its 5-year strategic plan, as well as a state-of-the-art GIS computer facilities and an increase in GIS majors.  The department is working to improve career opportunities, and increase structured internships and undergraduate research activities.   


The APR recommendations included:

·         Continue utilization and expansion of the GIS Center and related curriculum.

·         Streamline the curriculum for more efficient delivery.

·         Revise general education courses to increase enrollment.

·         Incorporate awareness of career opportunities in advising, seek internship opportunities and undergraduate research.

·         Develop a standard assessment portfolio for all courses.


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



V.   PTS:  Report on the role of department faculty, deans, and the Provost in retention recommendations and decisions.  Anne Galbraith, chair of PTS, presented a report in which the committee’s charge to “Investigate the role of department faculty, deans, and the Provost in retention recommendations and decisions.  Report on both policy and current practice” was addressed.  Furthermore the committee reviewed a document regarding tenure practices from the Provost’s Office that included adding the following language to bylaws 3.06.    The probationary faculty member should provide an up-to-date CV and narrative statements on teaching, scholarship, and service and evidence in support of renewal following the most recent Joint Promotion Committee guidelines.  Narrative statements should be included starting in the 3rd year or the tenure year whichever comes earliest.  These materials shall reflect faculty activities since date of hire at UW-L as a ranked faculty member.  Additional materials particular to departmental criteria should also be included. 


After discussion of these issues the PTS committee presented the following recommendations. 

  1. Do not change the language of UWL 3.06 as indicated in the attached document (Appendix A).
  2. Allow departments to specify the documents that are required of probationary faculty for retention and tenure decisions. Departments should then provide letters of recommendation to the Dean that specifically outline reasons for their decisions on retention or tenure for each probationary faculty member. The PTS Committee believes that this is current practice, but if it is not universal, then departments should be strongly encouraged to adhere to these minimal requirements by their respective Dean’s Offices.
  3. College web sites should include the standard list of retention and tenure items that are requested by each Dean so that this information is readily available to all probationary faculty regardless of their College affiliation.


No action taken. 


VI.  International Education: Evaluation of International student needs, and revisions to Guidelines for International Study Tour Programs.  Tim McAndrews, chair of the International Education committee, presented a report that addressed the committee’s charge to “evaluate the needs of international students studying at UW-La Crosse, the student support services available for international students on campus, and make recommendations about additional services needed” and also addressed revisions to the Guidelines for International Study Tour Programs. 


The revisions to the Guidelines for International Study Tour Programs focused on providing consistent definitions for “ongoing study tours” and included a less cumbersome method by which the international education committee is informed of such study tours. 


M/S/P to approve the presented revisions to the Guidelines for International Study Tour Programs. 


As the committee addressed the charge to evaluate the needs of international students, they had many productive discussions with the International Student Organization.  Through these discussions the committee has identified a number of issues that will be discussed further.  Thus the committee is proposing the following addition to the duties of the International Education Committee as stated in the bylaws (additions in bold):


[7.  Meeting periodically with the International Student Organization and the Director of the Office of International Education to discuss issues regarding the needs of international students.]


Furthermore the committee is proposing a change in the International Education Committee membership bylaws as stated below (additions in bold).


Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members, one academic staff member chosen by the Academic Staff Council, and three students.  The faculty membership shall include at least two representatives from each of the College of Liberal Studies and  the College of Science and Health, and at least one representative from the College of Business Administration.  [The student membership shall include at least one representative from the International Student Organization.]  The Director of the Office of International Education and the Director of the International Studies Curriculum shall serve as nonvoting consultants to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.  A committee member shall abstain from voting on the approval of any proposal to offer courses or programs of study at international sites if the committee member or the committee determines that the proposal presents a conflict of interest for the committee member.


First reading of the proposed bylaw changes. 


VII.   Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:58 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary