36th Faculty Senate

Vol. 36, No. 9

March 28, 2002

I.  Roll Call.

Present:  Barmore, Barnd, Bigel, Brooks, Cravins, M. Gibson, Heim, Hench, R. Hoar, Hollenback, S. Krajewski, Monte, Senger, R. Sullivan, P. Taylor, Tyser, Vandenberg-Daves, Weaver, C. Wilson, Wingate, Zellmer.

Absent: R. Sullivan, T.J. Brooks (who has most graciously agreed to provide treats for the next meeting???—well, actually, we are not sure of that. . .but he will no doubt do so upon reading the minutes!)

Excused:  M. Gibson, S. Kelly.

II.  Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the March 14, 2002, meeting were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

A. Chancellor's Report .  Chancellor Hastad reported on the budget crisis.

· When cuts were initially announced, the UW System accepted its "fair share." On the whole, legislators (including the House's Joint Finance Committee) heard loud protests from other state agencies, but not from the UW System.
· When the regents made the decision to stop admissions, they acted on behalf of  the health of the system, as well as on behalf of faculty and staff.
· The Joint Finance Committee's (JFC) decision to make cuts above what the governor had proposed appeared to be a reaction to the decisions of the regents.
· If the JFC proposal is ultimately adopted, the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse will face $2,800,000 in cuts. Under this scenario, we would have to serve about 700 fewer students, increase tuition by $375 per year, and cut 60-80 faculty and staff positions.
· In addition to the negative impact of such deep cuts on UW-L, there would also be a significant impact on the local economy.
· In addition to the proposed cuts, the cap put by the JFC on tuition (allowing a maximum of an 8% rather than a 10% increase) cost the UW System $10,000,000.

B. Senate Chair's Report .  Chair Heim reported that:

· We have witnessed a steady decline in overall support outlays from the state to the UW System. Total state financial support for the UW System has remained constant over the years, while costs – and the system's overall budget – have steadily increased.
· The current budget crisis is the worse such crisis in 15 years.
· Local legislators, especially Senator Meyer and Representative Schilling, have been very supportive of the UW System and this should be acknowledged.
· UWL faculty should become more active politically. The Chair advised senators to communicate with legislators via phone calls, e-mails, and letters. Make your voices heard.
· The Senate may cancel its meeting which is scheduled for April 11, 2002. This is Inaugural Week for Chancellor Hastad.

C.  Student Liaison David Glisch, reported one, that Student Senate would again take up the issue of differential tuition. It has been re-drafted since its initial defeat. It is expected to be a close vote, as it has to pass with a 2/3rds vote. Two, the Student Senate voted down Phase III of the Eagle Recreational Center because the plans were not sufficiently developed to allow those voting on it to understand fully what they were voting for. Three, David Glisch reported that the Student Senate reviewed current budget proposals concerning CLS, the English/History departments and the consolidation of Career Services and Academic Advising. The Senate was concerned about some of the proposed cuts and consolidations.

D.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report skipped, awaiting further agenda items, below.

IV. Proposed Changes in Graduate Studies Reporting Relationships.
Dan Duquette and Ron Rada each addressed the Faculty Senate concerning the proposal to have the Office of Graduate Studies report directly to the office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor. Dan Duquette explained the rationale for the proposed change and Ron Rada gave a brief history of where the graduate office has reported in the past and why it is again appropriate for it to report to the office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor once again. The proposal came to the floor as a motion and passed with unanimous support from the Faculty Senate.

V. PTS Committee Reports.

A. Salary Compression. Mike Abler presented a report documenting the latest findings on Salary Compression at UW-L. It appears that the problem of salary compressing has been essentially resolved across all academic ranks through a strong collaborative effort among UW-L faculty and administration. It was further expressed that the spirit of collaboration should be a model for the successful resolution of pay discrepancies in the future. The report was received by the Faculty Senate. No action was necessary.

B. Linking Promotion and Tenure.  The PTS Committee concluded after its investigation that there was no broad-based interest or support for linking promotion with tenure. It requested that this issue be discussed at departmental meetings throughout the university, but it appeared that few did. Still, the consensus appeared to favor keeping the decisions separate and therefore not possibly erode departmental authority and responsibility for the tenure decision. The report recommended promotion and tenure not be linked. The report was received by the Faculty Senate. No action was necessary.

VI.  Medical Laboratory Science Program.
Ray Schoen, Chair of the Academic Planning Committee, reported  the committee's recommendation to support the proposal from the Dean of the College of Science and Allied Health to suspend new enrollments in the Medical Laboratory Science program. In supporting this proposal, Ray did express concern about how and when an academic program is eliminated, what constitutes elimination, and who has authority to put academic programs on hold or to otherwise deny students access to an established major or program. He said that his concerns were going to be expressed in a follow-on report to the Faculty Senate at a later date.

In approving Dean Nelson's proposed suspension of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, The Academic Planning Committee also communicated to Dean Nelson its expectation that any future elimination of the program would have to be submitted to the APC for its deliberation and action.

Carol McCoy, the current head of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, also addressed the Faculty Senate to express concern that a reduction in staff to only one faculty member would result in a de facto loss of accreditation. This would augur badly for the future of the program.

The motion to approve the temporary suspension of the Medical Laboratory Science Program was approved by the Faculty Senate by a vote of 10-2-6.

VII. Old Business. None

VIII. New Business. None

IX. Adjournment.
The meeting adjourned 4:50 p.m.

Submitted by,

Thomas Hench
SEC At-Large Member