33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 6

November 12, 1998

I.  Roll Call.

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

Excused: Snowberg.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the November 5, meeting of the Thirty-third Senate were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report.   Chancellor Kuipers was delayed and gave her report at the close of the meeting.  At that time, she thanked the Faculty Senate for its nominees to the Search and Screen Committee for the Provost/Vice Chancellor.  She informed the Senate that she has been advised by UW System legal counsel to not comment on either the Ready lawsuit or the hazing incident.  However, she also noted that she will write to Professor Cambid Choy to assure him of the high regard in which the UW-L community holds him.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report.  Dr. Hastad reported that there had been a good preliminary discussion of the per credit tuition proposal at the November 10 Provost's Council meeting, and that Senator Nelson, who represented the Faculty Senate at the meeting, would share information with the Faculty Senate about that discussion.  Chair Bange noted that discussion of per credit tuition will be an item on the agenda for the Faculty Senate's November 19 meeting, following discussion of biennial budget initiatives.   Dr. Hastad also reported that, since the previous Faculty Senate meeting, there have been over 1500 hits on UW-L's vacancies page on the UW-L web site, attributed to the one page advertisement taken out in the Chronicle of Higher Education by the university that lists most of our current faculty and administrative vacancies.   Senator Betton informed the Senate that he had been contacted about international recruitment by Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services, Dale Montgomery.

C.  Chair/Faculty Representative's Report.  Chair Bange informed the Senate that the Southworth decision on allocation of student fees is being appealed by UW System.  He noted that the report on the Honors Program, distributed at this meeting, should be read for our next meeting.  Senator Host asked if our action on this report would be to consider approval of the proposed program or to consider support of the budget initiative related to this program.   Chair Bange replied that we are only considering the budget initiative.   He reminded the Senate that we are discussing the budget initiatives proposed by the colleges at the present meeting, and at our next meeting we will be discussing the budget initiatives for the First Year Student Seminars, the Honors Program, and the Research and Grants Committee's request for additional funding to support faculty research.  He asked the Senate to approve a new appointee to the Joint Promotion Committee to replace a member who had resigned:

M/S/P (unanimous voice vote) to approve Dr. William Zollweg as a member of that committee.

V. The 1998-1999 Planning and Budgeting Initiatives.

To open the discussion of the biennial budget initiatives, Chair Bange shared the schedule of discussion topics with the Senate:

  • November 12 Collegiate academic program proposals
  • November 19 Research and Grants funding, Honors Program, First Year Student Seminars
  • December 3 Academic Services, Student Development, Plan 2008, and other university wide initiatives
  • December 10 Technology requests, Joint Budget Committee report, and wrap up of discussion
He announced that the Joint Budget Committee's report to the Senate will not be available until December 9 but will be discussed with the Senate on December 10.   He then opened the floor for discussion, motions, and debate on motions pertaining to budget initiatives proposed by the colleges.  Senator Haupert asked, if we endorse or adopt current biennial budget items, are we obligated to fund related items in the future?  Dr. Lambert replied that, no, we would not be obligated.  Senator Egle suggested that the discussion proceed on a college by college basis.  After general discussion, the following motions were made, debated, and resolved.

M/S/P (20-0-2, show of hands) that we recommend that high priority be given to adding faculty positions to cover unmet instructional needs as requested in the following proposals:

28-00-02 for 1 FTE in Women's Studies
28-00-03 for 1 FTE in Ethnic and Racial Studies
28-00-04 for 1 FTE in Spanish
28-00-05 for 1 FTE in Psychology
28-00-06 for 1.5 FTE in Communication Studies
36-00-03 for 3 FTE in Instructional Support for the Basic Sciences
It was noted in discussion that these requests are not in priority order in the motion.   In response to a query by a senator, Dr. Lambert indicated that the positions in "Basic Science" almost certainly would be allocated to Biology.

M/S/P (20-0-2 voice vote) that proposal 28-00-01 support for the Center for Death Education and Bioethics should be funded by CLS internally rather than by university wide funds.

Chancellor Kuipers made her report to the Senate at this point in the meeting.  See III A. above.

VI.  Old Business.   There was no old business.

VII.  New Business.  There was no new business.

VIII.  Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:10 p.m.

Submitted by,

Laura L. Nelson, Secretary