33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 15

April 1, 1999

I.  Roll Call.  Present: Bange, Betton, Duquette, Egle, Grant, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, LeDocq, Majak, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, Roskos, Snowberg, Stroud,  VanVoorhis, Vogt, Willey.

Excused: Haupert, Taylor, Wingate.

II.  Approval of Minutes.  Minutes of the March 25, 1999, Faculty Senate meeting were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report.  Chancellor Kuipers informed the Senate that UW-L has received approval from the Joint Building Commission Subcommittee for the Wing remodeling project and for the parking garage with International Center construction project as well.   She announced that state legislators John Gard and Mike Huebsch would be visiting Murphy Library on Monday April 19 and asked that faculty visit with them to support the library DIN in the 1999-2001 state budget proposal.  UW-L's Joint Legislative Affairs Committee also will be hosting local legislators for discussion of various issues on Monday April 5.   Chancellor Kuipers urged faculty to lobby in support of funding for faculty raises, as the amount of legislative support for faculty raises will affect the amount of tuition increase necessary for UW System to pay the proposed raises.  Lastly, she said that finalists will be announced soon for the various administrative positions being searched and screened.

B.  Chair/Faculty Representative's Report.  Chair Bange announced that he had discussed the First Year Student Seminars with Dr. Bill Cerbin of the Provost/Vice Chancellor's Office.  No sections of this course will be offered in the upcoming fall semester.  $5,000 is budgeted for development of this course in the 1998-1999 Planning and Budgeting Initiatives.  The 1998-1999 Planning and Budgeting Initiatives and recommendations from the Joint Budget Committee will be on the agenda for the April 8 meeting.   Chair Bange also announced that the meeting of May 6 will be Cookie Day and encouraged senators to participate by baking and bringing cookies to share.

IV.  First Reading of a proposed revision in Faculty Personnel Rule 3.04.  An editorial change of the word "extent" to the word "length" in the last sentence of the passage was made by consensus.   There was little further discussion.  Chair Bange noted that the second reading of this revision will occur at the April 8 meeting, at which time the Senate will vote on the motion to revise.

V.  Plan 2008.   Dr. Sarah Shillinger, Chair of the Joint Committee on Minority Affairs, and Mr. Al Thompson, Affirmative Action Officer, made a brief informational presentation, in which they noted that any changes made to the plan since distribution of the March 1st draft have been minor.   They then responded to questions from senators.  Issues raised in discussion included funding for internships, expectations we place on students of color to do extracurricular programming for the university, prioritization of goals, and accountability to UW System.

M/S/F (5-13-1 by show of hands) that the Faculty Senate endorses the stated "Goals" and "Strategies" of Plan 2008.

Discussion of this motion focused on excluding the "Action Steps" from the motion, because they reduce flexibility and because detail is lacking with respect to funding and the specifics of the "Action Steps."   Senators expressed concerns with various "Action Steps" that involve curriculum and other matters important to faculty.   After extensive discussion, the previous motion failed and another motion was considered.

M/S/P (18-0-1 by show of hands) that the Faculty Senate endorses the concept of Plan 2008 with the understanding that individual "Action Steps" will receive appropriate faculty review for approval before their implementation.

To conclude this agenda item, Chair Bange recognized Dr. Shillinger and Mr. Thompson on their work with Plan 2008, and the following motion was passed.

M/S/P (unanimous by voice vote) that the Faculty Senate commends Dr. Sarah Shillinger, Mr. Al Thompson, and the Joint Committee on Minority Affairs for their work on Plan 2008.

VI.  Proposal to create an Information Systems Department in the College of Business Administration.   Dr. Rex Fuller, Dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Niranjan Pati, Chair of the Academic Priorities Committee, and Dr. Bill Wehrs, Management Department were available to answer questions about this reorganization proposal.  After very brief discussion, the following motion was considered and passed.

M/S/P (16-0-1 by show of hands) that the Faculty Senate approves the creation of the Information Systems Department in the College of Business Administration.

VII.  Recommendation from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for a policy on academic program grade point (GPA) requirements.  Dr. Don Socha, Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and Ms. Jan Von Ruden, Office of Records and Registration, consultant to that committee, presented this policy recommendation to the Senate.  They noted that all programs had been surveyed on this issue.  Their committee was concerned to maintain flexibility in programs and in the proposed policy.  In brief, the policy asks that programs justify institution of new GPA requirements by accreditation requirements, nationally accepted parameters in a profession, or evidence showing that students with GPAs below the requirement do not succeed in the program.  Programs that wish to institute an exit GPA requirement must monitor students' progress.  The policy explicitly states that GPA requirements shall not be instituted exclusively for enrollment management purposes.   Socha and Von Ruden stressed that the proposal does not include any review of any current grade point average requirements in various programs and that these would be continued under the new policy.

M/S/P (14-1-2 by show of hands) that the Faculty Senate empowers the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to use the proposed policy in evaluating requests to use grade point averages for admission to, continuation in, and graduation from academic programs.

VIII.  Recommendation from the CAPS Committee on registering to repeat a course.  Due to time constraints, this agenda item was postponed until such time that other related recommendations are received from the CAPS Committee.

IX.  Old Business.  There was no old business.

X.  New Business.  There was no new business.

XI.  Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Dr. Laura L. Nelson, Secretary