Faculty Senate


September 14, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                 325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 41, No. 2                                                                                                                                                                                          3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Abler, Ahmed, Betton, Brokaw, Choy, Cravins, Crutchfield, L. Dickmeyer, Galbraith, S. Grunwald, K. Hoar, Hunt, M. Jackson, S. Kelly, Knox, S. Krajewski, C. Miller, Olson, Senger, S. Smith, Straker, C. Wilson

      Excused: Clow, Johnston-Rodriquez


II.         One Semester Replacement for Senator Johnston-Rodriguez – M/S/P to replace Senator Johnston-Rodriguez for one semester with Joyce Shanks.


III.       Approval of Minutes.   

Minutes from the May 4, 2006 (41st Faculty Senate), May 11, 2006 (40th Faculty Senate) and August 30, 2006 (General Faculty Meeting) meetings were approved as distributed. 


IV.       Reports.

A.  Chair’s Report – Wilson summarized Robert’s Rules of Order on basic principles, spirit, and voting in a meeting. 


Wilson reviewed the responsibility of Faculty Senate as written in Articles of Faculty Organization.  Faculty Senate determines curriculum and standards for requirements for graduation.  Faculty Senate also is free to investigate, to study, to debate and to deliberate on all matters of general faculty concern and may exercise review authority in these matters if it deems such exercises are in the best interest of the University.


Wilson reviewed the team recommendations from the NCA visit in which three areas were identified that needed special attention.  One area is Diversity, identified that we need to have better coordination of our efforts to address diversity across campus, and the second area is Assessment, identified that we need to actually use the data we have.  Third was the area of General Education.  The report stated that “Learning outcomes and the General Education curriculum should be consistent with the newly adopted mission of the General Education program. It is incumbent upon the Faculty Senate Leadership to complete the revisions to the General Education curriculum currently being discussed.”  Wilson noted that the team is not recommending any particular program or approach.  The team very strongly recommends that the revision of the program be completed, including developing a plan for systematically assessing the program and then implementing it. 


Wilson expressed optimism that the career progression and workload policies for Instructional Academic Staff could be finalized this year.

Finally, Wilson updated Senate on the chancellor’s search.  Over 60 applications were received.  The committee was impressed with both the quality and diversity of the candidate pool.  Candidates are expected to be on campus the week of October 23rd.   


B.  Interim Chancellor Report  – Interim Chancellor Hitch shared the UW-L Priorities for 2006-07 document with Senate, which included nine major priorities for UW-L.  She stated that program planning and managing enrollments is the top priority. 


Hitch discussed Growth and Access and the strategy that has been formulated to start work on this plan.  She shared an Executive Summary of the Growth and Access Agenda and emphasized that this is a plan to provide access for more students, not just diversity.  The document summarizes the idea, rationale, quality and ability to attract students, ability to retain and graduate students who contribute to Wisconsin’s economic growth and implementation of the Growth and Access Agenda.  She then shared the Growth and Access Planning/Communication Flowchart that summarized the various groups who will be planning for what will happen if we do or do not get Growth and Access.  The four groups will focus on Programmatic, Enrollment Target/Mix, Assessment and Benchmarks, and Educational Infrastructure.  A method is currently being developed for the campus to view the progress of these groups.


C.  Student Association Representative’s Report - Shared Governance Director Jake Rome introduced himself to Senate.  He stated that he will provide updates on Student Senate issues throughout the year. 


V.        Introductions.

A.  Paula Knudson, Dean Student Development and Academic Services – Knudson introduced herself.  She encouraged continued interaction between student support and faculty.    


B.  Peg Finders, Director School of Education. – Finders introduced herself.  She is becoming acquainted with the local education system and working with content liaisons.    


VI.       Briefings.

A.  Comprehensive Campaign – Kenna Christians, UW-L Foundation President, updated faculty senate on the current UW-L capital campaign.  The goal of the campaign is to raise $35 million:  $8 million for the sports complex, $6 million for the academic building, $5 million for scholarships, $7 million for professorships, $5 million for research, and $3 million for miscellaneous projects.  As of August 2006, $6.275 million has been raised:  $1 million for the academic building, $2 million for the sports complex and between $0.5 – 0.75 million for scholarships.  Christians stated that thus far there has been an excellent response from community and alumni.  A role for faculty and staff in this project would be to first be aware of the campaign and speak positively of it.  As it moves forward departments and faculty may be asked for additional information particularly on projects potential donors are interested in. 


B.  Equity Score Card – Al Thompson, Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action & Diversity, updated faculty senate on the progress thus far of the Equity Score Card team.  This project will allow UW-L to use current data to determine how to create more equity, determine where the gaps are, and understand the problems and obstacles that need to change.  Disaggregated data are analyzed to determine if and how institutional barriers might be impeding the access, retention, and performance of students of color as compared to white students.  An interim report is expected by May 2007 for the campus community to view and respond to.  An action plan will then be executed to change policies and practices to achieve greater equity. 


VII.            UWS 7 – Wilson reviewed the history and intent of the UWS 7/11 resolution.  The Board of Regents is asking faculty senates to state their endorsement of this resolution.  Several UW System faculty senates have voted to not support the UWS 7/11 resolution as currently stated.  A resolution that UW-Whitewater recently passed in response to this issue was distributed.  SEC has discussed this issue and plans to propose such a resolution by our campus that will be distributed at the next faculty senate meeting. 


VIII.     Senate Executive Committee Nominations – The following nominations were reviewed.   


A.        Joint Promotion Committee. M/S/P as distributed

Joe Heim

Bob Hoar

Rick Mikat

Lalita Pandit


Continuing members (2 years)

Alan Bigel

Gary Gilmore

Gerry Cox

Peg Maher


Continuing members (1 year)                                                              

Rafique Ahmed

Donna Anderson

Scott Cooper

Barbara Rusterholz       


B.        Consultative Lay-off Committee. M/S/P as distributed.

Tracie Blumentritt (CLS) – Assistant (Assoc in fall)

                                    Bob Hoar (SAH) – Professor

                                    Paul Keaton (CBA) – Associate


Continuing members (2 years)

Joe Heim (CLS) – Professor

Keith Sherony (CBA) – Professor

Mary Tollefson (CLS) - Associate


Continuing members (1 year)              

Butterfield, Bradley (CLS) – Associate  

Gibson, Mark (SAH) – Assistant

Osterby, Bruce (SAH) – Professor


C.        Committee on Faculty Committees. M/S/P as distributed.

Steven Brokaw

                                    Sandra Grunwald

                                    Kerrie Hoar                                                     

Sarah Johnston-Rodriguez

Carmen Wilson, Convener


D.        Senate Elections Committee. M/S/P as distributed.

Anne Galbraith

                                    Susan Kelly

                        Audie Olson


E.         Faculty Ombudspersons. M/S/P with addition of Donna Anderson (if accepts)

Billy Clow

                                    Steve Senger

                                    Kim Vogt


F.                  Parking Appeals Board. M/S/P as distributed.

Charlene Holler – member

                        `           Dave Reineke – alternate


IV.  Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary