36th Faculty Senate

Vol. 36, No. 7

February 7, 2002


I. Roll Call.

Present:  Barmore, Barnd, Bigel, Cravins, Gibson, Heim, Hoar, Hollenback, Kelly, Krajewski, Monte, Senger, Sullivan, Taylor, Vandenberg-Daves, Weaver, Wilson, Wingate, Zellmer

Excused:  Hench, Tyser

II. Minutes.
The minutes of the December 6, 2001, meeting were approved as distributed.

III. Reports.
There were no Chancellor or Provost reports.  Both were at the Board of Regents meeting.

Faculty Representative’s Report.  Joe Heim commented that there are problems with how faculty governance has been working in recent years and felt that faculty workload are one cause of this.   He also stated that the roll in governance of instructional academic staff varies widely within system and that this can cause problems.  Our campus is presently putting together a report for system on departmental rights.

Preliminary budget concerns – There is the possibility of not filling some open positions.  Ron Lostetter will speak more on the budget.

Chair’s Report.  The SEC has been meeting weekly.  Topics of discussion have included strategic planning.  Bill Cerbin and Ron Rada have presented some preliminary results to the SEC on the Student Engagement Survey, a national survey on how engaged students are.  When a more complete summary of the results is ready, it will be presented to the Senate.

Committees. – Two senators are asking for leaves of absence.   Kim Vogt has a sabbatical and T.J. Brooks has a timing conflict.  Brooks will make some meetings and has agreed to chair the Senate Elections Committee.  There are no Senate replacements available, so these spots will not be filled this semester.

Elections notice for the Senate will be in the Campus Connection next week. Please encourage folks to run.

The State planning process final plan will be coming out in about 6 weeks.  The State deficit is about $1.1 billion.  The UW system may be cut further (as late as June is possibly).

This spring the Senate will look at the firearms task force report, the smoking ban report and reports from various Senate committees.  The dates of upcoming Senate meetings (February 21; March 14, 28; April 4, 11, 18; May 2, and a tentative date of May 9) will be sent out again by electronic mail.

Assistant Chancellor for Planning & Budget.  Ron Lostetter reported on the State budget.  The  $1.1 billion State cut translates to $1.2 million for UW-La Crosse.  Rather than try to adjust spending for the first part of the biennium, the University will take dollars out of university reserves. The division/unit heads have already been asked to look at areas where money could be cut starting in fiscal 2003.  The Chancellor has stated that cuts should not be across the board, the instructional mission of institution should be protected as much as possible, and that the target FTE for fall 2002 should be 83 less than previously stated (enrollment target for fall includes graduate and undergraduate students).

Timing (distributed schedule):  The Instructions on cuts were given to division/unit heads on January 21, 2002.  The instructions did not give any unit specific dollar amount targets. These forms are due back on or before February 15.  Reduction materials will be prepared for the Joint Planning/ Budget Committee by February 27, 2002.  The input from JPBC will be completed and sent to the governance groups by March 27, 2002.  Each governance group should have two meetings for discussions, questions and answers.  The governance group’s input should be completed and sent to the Chancellor by April 26, 2002 and the Chancellor will make final decisions by May 17, 2002.  Its in our best interest to have this resolved as soon as possible since the State may decide they wish to cut our budget further.  The Governor has limited tuition increase to 10%.  We had already built in a tuition increase of 7% into our budget, so our actual usable increase is 3%, which has already figured into the deficit.

The University is trying to protect the instructional mission as much as possible.  No one wants to reduce the pay plan for next year and no one has heard of discussion regarding pay increases.

IV. Senate Executive Committee Nominees.

A. Hearing Committee Alternates

M/S/P to approve the following list of Hearing Committee alternates: (voice vote)
 

Members

3-year terms
Clark, Barry - Chair  (Kuffel, Tom-1st Alt)  (Skala, Helen-2nd Alt)
Shanks, Joyce  (Chaney, Barb-1st Alt)  (Maly, Ken-2nd Alt)
Sechrest, Sandra  (Bigel, Alan-1st Alt)  (Heim, Joe-2nd Alt)

2-yr continuing term
Betton, John  (Khandker, Wahhab-1st Alt)  (Ahmed, Rafique-2nd Alt)
Matchett, Andrew   (Senger, Steve-1st Alt)  (Cravins, Georges-2nd Alt)
Schockmel, Barry   (MacDonald, Gary-1st Alt)  (Grant, Roger-2nd Alt)

1-yr continuing term
Bange, Dave  (Harbst, Kim-1st Alt)  (Kelly, Susan-2nd Alt)
Breiter, Tom  (Oyster, Carol-1st Alt)  (Marx, Charles-2nd Alt)
Keaton, Paul  (Sherony, Keith-1st Alt)  (Fater, Dennis-2nd Alt)


B. Replacement for Tom Gendreau on University Planning & Budget Committee.

M/S/P to approve Mark Zellmer’s appointment to the University Planning & Budget Committee.  (voice vote)
 

V. Second Reading of Proposed Changes to the By-laws for the International Educational Committee.

M/S/P to approve the following changes to the International Education Committee by-laws: (voice vote)
 

The International Education Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1. Establishing, maintaining, and updating the procedures and criteria used to review proposals for offering credit-generating courses or programs of study at foreign or international sites.  The committee shall publicize the standards used to determine if awarding academic credit is appropriate.
2. Receiving and reviewing all proposals for offering credit-generating courses or programs of study at foreign or international sites provided the proposed offering has been approved by the appropriate department(s) and dean(s).  The review shall provide for consultation with the Office of International Education.  Upon approval by the committee, the proposal shall be forwarded to the appropriate curriculum committee (or dean in the case of umbrella course topics) for further review.
3. Reviewing the International Studies (INS) minor program and courses with the INS prefix.  The committee shall receive and review all proposals for revisions in the requirements for the INS minor and all proposals for new or revised courses with the INS prefix.  The review shall provide for consultation with the Director of the International Studies Curriculum.  Upon approval by the committee, the proposal shall be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies and to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for further review.
4. Advising the Director of the Office of International Education and other administrative authorities and university committees in the development, application, and evaluation of policies and procedures for global education programs.
5. Providing for the periodic review and assessment of the university’s international education programs, policies, and procedures.  The areas reviewed shall include both credit and non-credit study tours, foreign study and exchange programs, and international student issues.
6. Receiving annual reports on the number of international students enrolled at UW-L, the number of UW-L students participating in global education programs, and the number of international education opportunities for UW-L faculty and staff.

Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members with representation from each of the colleges, one academic staff member chosen by the Academic Staff Council, and three students.  The Director of the Office of International Education and the Director of the International Studies Curriculum shall serve as nonvoting consultants to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.  A committee member shall abstain from voting on the approval of any proposal to offer courses or programs of study at foreign or international sites if the committee member or the committee determines that the proposal presents a conflict of interest for the committee member.


VI. Approval of Modern Languages Department Proposal for a Change in the Retroactive Credit Policy.

Barb Rusterholz joined the Senate.  The Modern Languages Department gives retroactive credits and wishes to extend policy to students (trying not to punish best students).
 

Retroactive Credit and Advanced Placement
The Department of Modern Languages does not offer an exam to establish retroactive credit or advanced placement.  Instead, a student may receive retroactive credits provided a grade of “B” or better is earned in the student’s first university course above the 101 level in a particular language.

However, if a student received college credit for a course taken while still in high school (through Advanced Placement, Youth Options, or other cooperative agreements between secondary schools and colleges/universities), received a grade of “B” or better (if a grade was given), and did not receive retroactive credits at that time, retroactive credits may be awarded upon completion of the next level course at UW-La Crosse with a grade of “B” or better.

Retroactive credit may be given in one or more languages.  No retroactive credit is given for FLG 203 (Spanish for United States Hispanics) for FRE or SPA 331, or for FRE/GER/SPA 326.
 

Elementary Language II (102)
earns 4 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 8 credits

Intermediate Language I (201)
earns 8 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 12 credits

Intermediate Language II (202)
earns 12 retroactive credits plus 4 course credits for a total of 16 credits

Any Advanced Course (except 326 and 331)
earns 16 retroactive credits plus 2-4 course credits for a total of 18-19 credits


M/S/P to approve the above change (italics) in the policy.  (voice vote)
 

VII. Unclassified 2001-03 Pay Plan Distribution.

Mike Abler, Chair of the PTS Committee joined the Senate.  Last year, the faculty senate approved a two-year plan.  The SEC recommends no change.  State is distributing monies 49.5% in July and 50.5% in January.  There will be two compression adjustments, one in September and one in January.  This doesn’t change original intent of the pay plan.  It was pointed out that promotion and compression are separate.

The faculty senate agreed to continue using the same unclassified pay plan distribution procedures as approved by the previous year’s Faculty Senate on February 15, 2001.
 

1) Each year of the biennium, all faculty should receive any compression adjustments based on their rank in the academic year just completed.  Promotion adjustments will be the sum of the previous year’s promotion adjustment plus 2/3 of any compression adjustment for the rank the faculty member will be entering (up to a maximum of $3000 for Associate Professor and $5000 for Professor).
2) The $3000 and $5000 amounts should be increased annually by the same percentage as the average increase in the faculty pay package.
3) The University administration is encouraged to contribute $131,000 of University-wide resources toward the elimination of compression between ranks each year of the next biennium.
4) The Chancellor is encouraged to dedicate his/her discretionary portion of the salary package (10%) to addressing compression between ranks.
5) If the pay increase is 2.5% or greater, then 10% of the increase in pay package dollars should be used to address compression between ranks.
6) Available funds to address compression should be allocated to faculty at the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor in a 33-1/3% to 66-2/3% ratio.


VIII. Strategic Planning Update.
Billy Clow, Chair of the University Planning & Budget Committee, stated that he felt that the future search conference went better than many thought it would.  122 people participated.  At the conference participants discussed who we were, who we are, what we value and what we want to be.  He felt we build sense of community and that most participants left with good feeling.  Currently the committee is working on summarizing all of work from the conference.  Participants will receive comments by the end of next week and will be asked to comment.  Feedback will be solicited.  Self-nominated people who did not attend the conference will be meeting today.  The time line is to have a couple of town meetings/ ideas/ plans and to get a rough draft out before Spring Break.  The deadline for the work is May.

It was asked from the Senate what the main theme from faculty perspective is.  Clow stated that the general perspectives are ideas of community, increased diversity (broadly defined), and looking at how to create a global/cohesive community.  He said that he was satisfied with representation at the conference and he feels positive about the future outcomes.

IX. New Business.
Senator Wingate wants to look at the academic misconduct policy (what is cheating – what are the rights of faculty).  The SEC will discuss this.

X. Adjournment.
The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
 

Submitted by,

Susan Kelly, Secretary