36th Faculty Senate

Vol. 36, No. 6

December 6, 2001

I.  Roll Call.

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

Excused: Weaver (Does this mean treats for our first meeting next semester?)

II.  Approval of Minutes.
The minutes of the November 1, 2001, faculty senate meeting were approved as distributed.

III.  Chairs Report.
The SEC recently approved the Withdrawal Policies and Procedures for Students Called to Active Military Duty that was forwarded to the Senate office by the Academic Policies & Standards Committee.  The SEC met with Chancellor Hastad to discuss the Roger Harring Field issue and attended meetings with the candidates for the Provost/Vice-Chancellor.  Chair Heim reported that the Red Cross fund-raising and memorial tree project is completed.  He thanked Senator Kelly for her leadership on this project as well as Chancellor Hastad for the extra funding for the tree-planting site.  On campus, just over $800 was raised for the Red Cross.  Heim encouraged senators to stop by the area between Cowley Hall and Wittich Hall to view the permanent memorial to the victims and heroes of September 11th.  Heim reported that there have been two faculty resignations from the University Planning & Budget Committee. He distributed a news article announcing Gov. McCallum’s announcement that state agencies will need to cut their budgets by 3.5% by January 1.  The cuts will stay in place through the rest of the biennium budget, which ends June 2003.  The order exempts research and instruction at UW-System institutions.  There will be a forum with area legislators at 1:30 p.m. on December 7th at the Cleary Center.

Faculty Representatives – Heim reported that 13 campuses have approved collective bargaining resolutions. Faculty ranking of candidates continues to bubble system-wide, while system attorneys are recommending not to rank.  The issue of retirement appointments  – administrative retirement appointments to faculty positions at an 82% of salary rule was discussed. System is looking at faculty workload: how to measure, why so high, what to do with it, faculty burnout. Resolutions regarding the Marder case are popping up. The executive pay plan is very controversial. Heim attended a two-day economic summit in Milwaukee dealing with future of the State.  UW system is a major player leading the state in economic recovery.  Lyall’s summary comments were distributed.

Strategic Planning Report.  Senator Cravins reported that nominations for the Future Search Conference (held January 23-25, 2002) are closed.  Letters will be sent out Monday to selected conference participants.  Participants include faculty staff, students,  etc.  Subcommittees have been formed, and are active.  Some people who self-nominated but were not selected will be incorporated into process at some stage.  University Planning & Budget Committee Chair, Billy
Clow reported to the Senate that Mike Haupert has also resigned from the committee and will need to be replaced.

Senator Cravins answered questions concerning Strategic Planning.

Q. What will the product of the Future Search conference be?
A. We hope to generate ideas that will form some sort of document.
Q.  Who will form document?
A. The committee will formulate the plan (writing subcommittee).
Q. What is constitution of Future Search Conference?
A. List of participants will be widely distributed – approximately 45 faculty, 16 students, 16 administrators, 6 academic staff, 9 classified, 6 outside university.
Q. Any criteria?
A. Representation will have diversity in gender, GLBT, length of service, faculty representation from different colleges, tenure, not tenured, range of rank.

Rada reported that a communications subcommittee is associated with the conference and will have a web site up and running very soon.

IV.  First Reading of Proposed Bylaws for the Travel & International Education Committee.

Dave Koster reviewed the background to bring the wording of the by-laws into line with the duties of the committee.

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.

V.  Approval of Senate Executive Committee Nominees.

M/S/P to approve Bob Carney’s nomination to serve on the UW-System Compensation Advisory Committee. (voice vote)

M/S/P to approve the appointment of Jeff McBride and Aaron Monte to the University Planning & Budget Committee.  (voice vote)

VI.  Approval of the List of Fall 2001 Graduates.

M/S/P to approve the list of Fall 2001 graduates contingent upon the successful completion of the requirements for their respective degrees.  (voice vote)

VII.  Discussion of Enrollment Management 21 (EM21).

Ron Rada, Ron Lostetter, and Akorlie Nyatepee-Coo joined the senate.  Lostetter explained enrollment management history.  As a result of a modest decline in students we are able to retain resources associated with increased average funding per student.  1st year of enrollment management was fall of 2001.  Rada emphasized that by reducing enrollment we will increase average funding per student. and we will need to make an informed decision of what to do with monies.  The target for fall 2002 is set at FTE 8377.  The benefits should be in line with strategic planning.  Students in high technical fields increased by 52, but the University received over $500K for those students.  Rada called attention to transfer students. In Fall 2001 375 transfers was the target and 385 were admitted; Next year 347 transfers is the target, which follows trend to decrease those transfers.  How will we accomplish reductions?  We will need to increase standards again and it will be significant – CAPS is considering possibilities (strategic planning discussions).  When the strategic plan is written it will be a living document, continually reviewed.  Senator Hoar reported that CAPS has been looking at EM21 – specifically looking at types of students (where are our successes and failures).  They compared new freshmen to transfer students.  Hoar distributed statistics re first semesters.

Currently, the makeup of transfers is as follows:  25% UW 4-yr schools, 17% Wisc. 2-yr schools, 6% Wisc. private schools, 17%  Wisc. tech. schools, 7% Minn. 4-yr schools, 5% Minn. 2-yr. schools, 2% Minn. private schools, and 1% Minn. tech. schools.  Akorlie advised Senate that if anyone wanted to see statistics he could provide model.  Some would like to see some historical data re admissions.

VIII.  Proposed Resolutions on “Just Cause” and “Due Process”.

Due Process

M/S:  Whereas events in a recent Dismissal Case on a University of Wisconsin System campus have raised honest concerns for due process on both sides of this proceeding;

Be it resolved that the faculty senate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse reaffirms its commitment to the principles and practice of due process in all its functioning and respectfully asks for a similar reaffirmation and commitment to due process from its Chancellor, from the University of Wisconsin System President, and from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

M/S/F to amend the first clause to read:  Whereas events in the University of Wisconsin System have raised honest concerns for due process;  (show of hands: 1-yes, 18 -no, 3-abstaining)

The main motion PASSED.  (show of hands: 11-yes, 7-no, 3-abstaining)

Just Cause

M/S/P:  Whereas, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System have recently decided as defined in the Safransky case that just cause for the dismissal of tenured faculty exists if “some deficiency has been demonstrated which can reasonably be said to have a tendency to impair his performance of the duties of his position or the efficiency of the group with which he works;”

And whereas that loose standard for dismissal, which developed in cases at law not pertaining to colleges or universities, threatens, in its construction and by its application, to erode the systems of tenure and shared governance so essential to the preservation of academic freedom;

Be it resolved that we the faculty senate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse reject the appropriateness of this standard for dismissal and insist that the Board of Regents abandon the Safransky definition of just cause and uphold the protection of tenure to faculty members in the University of Wisconsin System.  (show of hands: 17-yes, 2-abstain)

It is further understood that copies of the above two resolutions shall be forwarded to the Regents and President of the University of Wisconsin System, to the Office of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, and to the members of the State Legislature of Wisconsin.

IX.  Old Business.  none

X.  New Business.

Chair Heim asked for a show of hands to determine whether or not the Senate wished to discuss the Roger Harring Field issue at its first meeting next semester, which is scheduled for February 7, 2002.  (show of hands: 4-yes, 9-no, 5-abstaining)

Heim reminded senators that area legislators will be meeting on campus tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Cleary Center.

Senator Wingate distributed a copy of Salary Increases for Top UW-Executives, 2001-2002.

If any Senator is interested in attending a workshop on Chapter 36, contact Georges Cravins.

XI.  Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Submitted by

Susan Kelly, Secretary