33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 18

April 29, 1999

I.  Roll Call.

Present: Bange, Betton, Duquette, Egle, Grant, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, LeDocq, Majak, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, Roskos, Snowberg, Stroud, P. Taylor, Vogt, Willey, Wingate.

Excused: S. Krajewski, VanVoorhis.

II.  Approval of Minutes.  The minutes of the April 1 and April 22 meetings of the Faculty Senate were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report.  Chancellor Kuipers discussed the TAUWP flier on the Madison Initiative that faculty recently received in the mail.  She asked that faculty reserve judgement on the Madison Initiative until they have full and accurate information that she will provide in the near future.  She stated that the situation may be interpreted in more than one way.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report: Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor Hastad indicated that he had no report at this time.

C.  Chair's Report:  Chair Bange recognized Senators Wingate and Kraemer, who introduced a motion relevant to the Madison Initiative for the Senate to consider.  After discussion, the following action was taken.

M/S/P (16-0-3 by voice vote) that the UW-La Crosse Faculty Senate supports a pay plan that treats equally all universities under the Wisconsin Board of Regents and [advises] that all universities should share equally in any proposed salary catch-up plan.

Chair Bange asked Senator and Vice Chair Dan Duquette to discuss the legislation proposed by state legislator Gary George, which would lift the $12,000 cap on earnings from a second state position for faculty members.  Senator Duquette explained that this legislation would be advantageous to faculty who are employed on grants because it would enable these faculty to more easily "buy out" of some teaching responsibilities and therefore could be an added incentive to seek external funding.   Grants can be from any source but when the grant money is channeled through the university, these grant appointments qualify as state positions.  He noted that this does need to be monitored to prevent abuses and recommended that guidelines be established.  Further discussion focused on the need for oversight to prevent abuses and on this legislation's potential to send "mixed signals" to the state legislature while they are considering the faculty pay plan.

It was moved to take from the table a motion endorsing this legislation, which was introduced at the last Faculty Senate meeting.  This motion died for lack of a  second.

Senator Duquette remarked that even if the $12,000 cap remains in place, UW-L should develop guidelines for oversight of faculty earnings from second state positions.

IV.  Recommendations from the Committee on Faculty Committees.  Chair Bange apologized for not distributing the motions prior to the meeting.  Senator Haupert, who chaired the 1998-1999 Committee on Committees, explained the motions.   Bange noted that if the motions were to pass, they would be referred to the Articles and Bylaws Committee for revision of relevant bylaws.   Don Campbell, Director of the Continuing Education and Extension Office, informed the Senate that the Continuing Education and Extension Committee had little to do that was not duplicated by other bodies.  Bange asked that the Senate consider all three motions from the Committee on Committees as a package, and there was no objection.

M/S/P (17-0-2 by voice vote) the following three motions:

1. That the Continuing Education and Extension Committee be eliminated.
2. That the membership of the Graduate Council be changed from two members of the graduate faculty from each college to one member of the graduate faculty from each college and four at-large members of the graduate faculty.
3. That the membership of the Graduate Curriculum Committee be changed from three members of the graduate faculty from each college to two members of the graduate faculty from each college and four at large members of the graduate faculty.
 

Attention was then turned to the Committee on Committee's recommendations for faculty memberships of the 1999-2000 governance committees.   In discussion, Senator Betton noted that the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS), the Academic Program Review Committee, and the General Education Committee were all being convened by members of the Economics department.   He asked that the report be amended to change the convener of the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards.  The following actions were taken.

M/S/F (2-13-4 by show of hands) to amend the report by changing the convener of the CAPS committee to Rob Wolf from Michael Haupert.

M/S/P (17-1-1) to approve the Committee on Committee's recommendations for faculty memberships of the 1999-2000 governance committees.

V.  Report from the Ad Hoc Distance Education Committee.  Dr. Tom Aiuppa, Chair of the committee, joined the Senate for discussion of the report.  He explained that the committee had concentrated on Web-based courses but had also considered some issues related to interactive television.  The committee stayed in contact with the Senate Executive Committee as it carried out its charge.  He noted that the report is not comprehensive and that there certainly will be more issues to be considered.   He then gave an overview of the report.  In response to a question posed by a senator, Chancellor Kuipers said that there is a UW System committee working on this topic, but it has not yet reported to the Board of Regents, nor has the Board of Regents taken positions on any of the issues identified by the report.  Chair Bange noted that the UW System committee is more concerned with administrative problems and coordination among campuses.   In discussion, there was general agreement that this report begins a necessary process that must continue quickly and comprehensively in the UW-L community, or we will be reactive rather than proactive.   The Senate then took action to effectively follow up on the report.

M/S/P (17-0-2 by voice vote) that the Chair of the 34th Faculty Senate include specific issues raised in the Report from the Ad Hoc Distance Education Committee in charges to appropriate committees for the 1999-2000 academic year.

VI.  Proposals on the appointment and compensation of department chairs.  Chair Bange explained the background of these proposals, which arose from two forums of department chairs held earlier this semester.   He advised the Senate that it could choose not to enact these proposals but instead choose to recommend that appropriate committees and offices conduct further investigation of them.  After brief discussion, the following action was taken.

M/S/P (17-0-1 by voice vote) that the chair of the 34th Faculty Senate charge appropriate committees to consider these proposals and return recommendations about them to the 34th Faculty Senate.

VII.  Old Business.  There was no old business.

VIII.  New Business.  There was no new business.

IX.  Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:15 p.m.
 

Dr. Laura L. Nelson, Secretary