36th Faculty Senate

Vol. 36, No. 11

April 18, 2002


I.  Roll Call.
Present:  Barmore, Barnd, Bigel, Cravins, Gibson, Heim, Hench, Hoar, Hollenback, Kelly, Krajewski, Senger, Sullivan, Taylor, Tyser, Vandenberg-Daves, Weaver, Wilson, Wingate, Zellmer.
Excused: Brooks, Monte.

II.  Approval of Minutes.
The minutes of the April 4, 2002, meeting were approved as distributed.

III.  Reports.

Chair Heim alerted the Senate that the May 2nd meeting is likely to be quite long in order to avoid scheduling another meeting on May 9th.   The organizational meeting of the 37th faculty Senate will proceed the regular meeting of the current Faculty Senate.

The Chancellor’s Inaugural week was successful allowing faculty, students, staff and administrators to showcase the institution.  Congratulations for a job well done are extended to emeriti faculty member, Dale Montgomery, who chaired the planning committee.

Faculty Representatives met via teleconference two weeks ago.  The main agenda item was the discussion of budget issues.  Heim reported that the budget has now been forwarded to the Joint Legislative Conference Committee.  He distributed copies of a detailed description of the UW-System requests for Conference Committee modifications.  Once again, he encouraged Senators to contact area legislators to speak out against further severe budget cuts.  Lastly, Heim reported that UW-System has not taken a position on early retirement.

Assistant Chancellor Lostetter explained funding for inaugural events – $11,528 spent on postage, printing, and banners – source is vending machine revenues – moneys that are at the discretion of the Chancellor.  Major costs of reception, dinner, sound system, etc. were from donated funds.  Each of the food-type events hosted a cash bar.   The Foundation used the Inaugural as a focal point to kick off the Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund, which will well exceed the $11,500 cost of the Inaugural event and will continue to grow.  The week was an opportunity to spotlight UW-La Crosse.

Newly re-elected Student Senate President, Adam Mueller reported that at its 4-3-02 meeting, the Student Association took a proactive approach in a budget process to ensure that the Academic Discovery Lab retains position funding and remains a stand-alone department by amending the Proposed GPR Budget Reduction document to reinstate full funding to the Academic Discovery Lab.  Mueller urged the Faculty Senate to take a similar stand.

Provost/Vice-Chancellor Rada and Bill Cerbin joined the Senate to discuss the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement for UW-L.  Presently in its third year of survey, the NSSE assesses college students’ involvement in curricular and co-curricular activities that are associated with academic achievement.  The survey is given to second semester freshmen and seniors who are eligible to graduate.  Copies of a 2-page summary of the 2001 survey were distributed to the Senate.  One general observation Cerbin made about UWL’s results is that the freshman year is below the national norms in every category.  However, on the positive side the senior year level is above national averages.

Q. Why did UW-L participate in the NSSE?
A. Participation in the NSSE is part of ongoing institutional assessment of student learning and development at UW-L.

Q. How will the NSSE results be used?
A.  The NSSE will be used by UW-System to demonstrate how campuses are meeting system-wide goals for educational quality.  At UW-L, the NSSE can serve as an important source of information about students’ involvement and experiences, and can help: identify areas of educational strength and weakness at UWL; assess student growth and development from the first year to the senior year; monitor campus progress over time; faculty, staff administrators and students better understand and improve the quality of education – curriculum, instruction, and student services.

Senators were encouraged to examine the survey results in more detail in the report NSSE 2002 Report for UW-La Crosse (previously distributed) or at the following website: http://www.uwlax.edu/provost/assessment/A_NSSE.htm

Student Senate Liaison, Bonnie VanNieuwenhoven, who is the Senator for SAH and also chairs the Academic Affairs Committee, presented the Faculty/Staff Web Page Idea.  Presently only one quarter of the faculty have a web site.  The goal is to get all UW-L faculty and staff web pages within four years.   The objectives are to:

· provide a link between students and faculty/staff before they step into a classroom together
· provide students another resource in which to get to know and to fully utilize faculty/staff as a resource on campus
· provide faculty/staff with another way of reaching students with their knowledge and experience

The sense of the Senate is that they are supportive of the initiative.

IV.  Minor in Geographic Information Science.

Geography Department Chair, Dean Wilder, and Ray Schoen, Chair of the Academic Planning Committee and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee joined the Senate.  Wilder reported that the new GIS minor was developed at the request of the Dean of the College of Science & Allied Health as part of the UW-System high tech initiative, and consists entirely of courses which already exist, taught by personnel who are already teaching the required courses.

The department has requested that the old minor in Applied Geography be deleted from the curriculum (approved by UCC last week).  The SAH College Committee, the Academic Planning Committee, as well as the UCC have approved the Geographic Information Science Minor.

Schoen indicated that this is a straightforward proposal – not a new program or level of program – no new money necessary – no problem with personnel.

M/S/P to approve (show of hands: 2 abstentions)

V.  Proposed GPR Budget Reductions.

Ron Rada and Ron Lostetter joined the Senate.  Senator Cravins restated that the Chancellor instructed the Budget & Planning Committee to examine reductions with the ideas of preservation of instruction, no across the board cuts, and to cut with clear principles.  Ron Lostetter explained the bottom-up strategies rather than top down that was used.  Each dean, and division head was asked to look at what their recommendations would be with the knowledge that the institution needs a $1.2M reduction.  Almost all dollars coming for enrollment management are from instruction.  If budget cuts are more than $1.2M they will need to examine the full package again.  No additional cuts are in the wings to bring forward.  These are permanent base cuts.

Academic Discovery Lab amendment.
M/S to recommend to restore item 8.A., 0.8 FTE position in the Academic Discovery Lab, and other substitutions come from somewhere else.

In the discussion, which followed, Petra Roter, Dean of Students, stated that with the proposed cuts, the ADL will still remain in tact and will be combined with Career Services.  Cross training will take place.  Petra encourages staff to look at how it will work instead of how it won’t work.  Potentially it will be more efficient.

Several of the Peer Advisors spoke in support of retaining staff position.  The program helps link students with faculty.

The motion to amend by restoring item 8.A failed.  (show of hands:  5-yes, 13-no, 2-abstentions)

The main motion to approve the proposed GPR budget reductions passed.  (show of hands: 17 yes, 3-abstentions)

M/S if the budget reduction is not as severe as expected, that item 8.A. be the first item to be reinstated.

Several Senators stated that they would want the entire budget looked at instead.  There are many important items being cut including faculty positions.

The motion failed.  (show of hands:  7-yes, 13-no)

VI.  Old Business.

VII. New Business.
The Senate is reminded that the last meeting of the year is called Cookie Day.  To celebrate this tradition, Senators are encouraged to bring a batch of their favorite cookies to the May 2nd meeting.

VIII.  Adjournment.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:22 p.m.

Submitted by,

Susan Kelly, Secretary