44th Faculty Senate
January 28, 2010 – 3:30p.m.
Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers – 325 Graff Main Hall
Vol. 44, No. 8 

I.      Roll Call.

Present:  J. Anderson, C. Angell, J. Baggett, S. Brokaw, D. Buffton, V. Crank, G. Cravins, T. Gendreau, J. Heim, K. Hoar, J. Holman (excused), D. Hoskins, K. Hunt, D. Lake, R. LeDocq, A. Loh, C. Lee (excused), R. Mikat, J. Miskowski, S. Shillinger, R. Smith, M. Tollefson, B. Van Voorhis and M. Wycoff-Horn


II.      Minutes of December 3, 2009 were approved.


III.      Reports.

a.       Chair’s Report.

                                                  i.      Welcome to Senator Bradley Butterfield.   Carol Angell, who replaced Bradley Butterfield fall semester will be replacing Deb Hoskins for spring semester.

                                                ii.      The quality and amount of scholarship showcased at the Celebration of Campus Authors and Faculty Research Day was very impressive.

                                              iii.      Assessment Coordinator Position Update: On-campus interviews will take place next week and times have been reserved for governance bodies.  Specifics will be sent via email, but governance group forums are tentatively scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 3:30pm in 161 Wing.  Senators are encouraged to attend either the governance group or the open forum.

                                              iv.      Paper Reduction Updates:  FS election petition forms will be sent via email attachment or web link so that only prospective candidates need to print a copy.  Distribution of FS committee preference forms will be replaced by a Qualtrix survey.  Electronic submission of LX forms will go into effect soon.

                                                v.      University Calendar:  The last major revisions to the university calendar were made 20 years ago.  An Ad Hoc committee of faculty and students will be asked review the calendar during spring 2010 semester.  A call for volunteers will go out via email soon.

                                              vi.      Why didn’t the IT Task Force provide options and an opportunity for a campus vote for a new email provider?  After all factors were taken into account, the only viable option that remained was Google.  Please contact our faculty representatives to the task force, Todd Will and Dave Riley, or Bob Hoar in the Provost’s office, with questions.

                                            vii.      Congratulations to Teri Hinds who will be leaving UWL to take a new position at Winona State.  She will be missed.  Verbal acceptances have been received for both the Institutional Research Analyst and the Director of Institutional Research positions.

b.      Chancellor’s Report.

                                                  i.      Educational Attainment Update:  The timeline for this initiative includes campuses receiving a template for goal setting on January 25, followed by campus discussions.  A completed degree goals template is due to UWS by February 17.  These degree goals will be finalized in April for BOR approval in May.  Many questions still remain unanswered about this initiative, but faculty will need to respond to this issue quickly considering the timeline above.  FS should see something more on this soon.

                                                ii.      Student Senate approved some final pieces of the Academic Initiatives proposal.  UWS will be making a final decision on this differential tuition proposal soon.

c.       Faculty Rep’s Report.

                                                  i.      From the December Faculty Rep’s Meeting:  Among the many UW campus responses to the furlough issue is UW-Platteville’s proposal to schedule a furlough on an instruction day.  UW System has advised that this would not be a wise thing to do.  Other topics of discussion were the role of limited employees in shared governance, the possibility of a budget adjustment bill (given that the state revenue is $200 million short of projected), and collective bargaining, which appears to be moving slowly on system campuses.

                                                ii.      Joe Heim is the only faculty member of the Competitive University Workforce Initiative Committee.  This committee will be discussing UW faculty salaries.   


IV.      Closure of University Honors Program (Deb Hoskins).

In December 2008, due to low enrollment and retention rates and difficulties with recruitment, the decision was made to close the University Honors program.  Most of the courses have been absorbed into departments and Deb will continue to work with those students who are still moving through the program.  The English and Art departments will continue to work together to continue production of The Catalyst as an online publication.

Motion to approve the closing of the University Honors Program.   Motion Approved.


V.      Graduate Probation and Retention Standards (Bob Dixon).

a.       Graduate Council is recommending changes to the Graduate Probation and Retention Standards that affect Good Standing status and the appeals process.  Appeals processes for probation and dismissal have been changed to include an initial appeal to the program director prior to appealing to Graduate Council. 

b.      These changes would go into effect immediately and would be retroactive to Fall 2009.

Motion to approve  changes to Graduate Probation and Retention Standards effective Fall 2009.  Motion approved.


VI.      Response from Gen Ed Comm on Special Charge (Anne Galbraith).

a.       Special Charge: Consider the possibility of requiring that the lower level English competency course, math general education requirement, and perhaps the required speech course be completed within a certain time frame (e.g. by the completion of the first 30 credits or by the end of the students third semester) and make a recommendation to Senate.

b.      Recommendation: Require students to complete ENG110, CST110, and a General Education Math course prior to earning 60 total degree credits.

c.       Discussion:  When would this go into effect?  Fall 2010.  How would this be enforced and what are the consequences of non-compliance?  Information about the policy would be provided during Freshman Registration and semester advising sessions and would be added to the Degree Audit.   A deadline of 60 credits would allow time for those who are struggling or must retake a course to do so within the timeline; however, those students who are still working towards this goal and Junior/Senior transfer students would not be punished for non-compliance.  All three departments affected by this policy have given their approval.  The Provost will provide funding for any extra sections necessary during the transition phase.

Motion to approve the General Education Committee recommendation.   Motion approved.


VII.      Discussion of the Question: What role should online education play in the next round of strategic planning discussions on campus? (Brian Udermann & Kristin Koepke).

a.       Online course statistics:  Last year, 2% of UWL courses were offered online.  Traditionally more courses are offered online during J Term and Summer.  This number has remained relatively consistent with 12 to 15 J-Term and 30 to 35 Summer courses.  Online courses during Fall and Spring have shown slow, but steady growth (64 in 2006 and 135 in 2009).  Approximately 25% of all current UWL online courses are part of one of our online graduate certificate programs.

b.      What is the definition of an online course?  If 75% or more of course material is delivered through electronic means, than that course is defined as an online course.

c.       Brian and Kristin have developed an Online Course Manual, which will be discussed during an upcoming FS agenda.

d.      Online courses are not addressed in the current strategic plan, so, as the number of online offerings continues to grow, the subject of how online education fits into the mission of the university should be discussed.  Such discussions should include discussions among faculty regarding what courses would or would not be effective as online offerings and the goal of the online program with regards to number of offerings and the student population that we hope to serve.


VIII.      Adjournment at 5:02p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kerrie Hoar