Faculty Senate
Vol. 38, No. 7
November 6, 2003


I.          Roll Call.

Present:  Bigel, Brooks, Dixon, Gendreau, Gibson, Heim, Hoar, Kernozek, Kraemer, Maher, Ragan, B. Riley, D. Riley, Shanks, R. Sullivan, P. Taylor, Vandenberg-Daves, Wingate.

Excused:  Beck, Gongaware, Majak, Shillinger, Wilson.


II.          Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the October 16, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed.


III.         Reports.


Chair Hoar announced that Assistant Registrar, Jan Von Ruden, has been named the UW-La Crosse representative to the newly formed system-wide advisory group on credit transfer.   In response to the Chancellor’s suggestion of requiring an international experience for all students and faculty members, the International Education Committee is doing the good work of asking hard questions:  what defines an international experience, what is the cost, what are the benefits.  The committee is addressing the student question first.


Provost/Vice-Chancellor Hitch reported that Chancellor Hastad contacted her from Madison where the BOR Education Committee approved the proposed principles for credit transfers with the variation that assures faculty of the right to review courses.  The advising group on this issue may not be sufficiently diverse, so we may have an opportunity to recommend a faculty member to help influence what might happen with the proposed principles.


The search/screen committee for the College of Liberal Studies Dean has been formed. There has been a request for HPERTE dean search and for two assoc dean search in SAH.


The Legislature has a bill before it that requires that sabbaticals will be funded by private donations.  Currently the bill is still sitting in committee.  Will they be funded on campus?  Ask that there is a sentence of applicability within proposals.


NCATE review team has concluded their on-site visit; however the report will not be final for several weeks.  Accreditation will be determined by a review board.  Interim Director of Education, Richard Swantz passes along his sincere thanks to everyone who made the visit so successful.


Chief Financial Officer, Ron Lostetter, distributed tables projecting the UW System 2003-05 Distribution of Part Time Health Insurance and Dca Lapse; FY 2004 Health Insurance Lapse %; and 2003-05 Distribution of Dca Lapse Based on Staff Between 50% and 74 report.  Lostetter explained how the Dca lapse is to work.  Other lapses are unlikely this year.


UWL Faculty Representative, Joe Heim, attended two meetings last month.  The main discussion items included the Regent study committees, planning the future of UW System, expansion and spread of instructional academic staff, university public relations and open meeting laws, credit transfer and the concern of student success, and health insurance costs.  The sabbatical leave issue seems to be on hold right now, and the concealed weapon law, which has passed through the Assembly, allows for any building on campus to be exempt, however the campus itself is not.


Student Association Liaison, Larry Golba, informed the senate that the students selected the academic initiatives oversight committee at their meeting last evening.  The committee is expected to begin work early next semester.


IV.        Continued Discussion of the Report from the Positioning Task Force.


Chair Hoar reviewed the five recommendations put forth in the Task Force Report:  to maintain a four college structure; to change the name of the College of HPERTE to better reflect the teacher education component; to establish a Teacher Education Institute, and a Teacher Education Council; and to create a campus-wide Health Institute.  The faculty senate has previously approved the recommendation to remain with the four college structure, and to approve the faculty appointments to the CLS Dean search/screen committee.  Provost Hitch has informed the SEC that the two associate dean positions in the College of SAH will be handled by one committee – two separate pools of applicants.  Nominees to the search/screen committee will appear on the next faculty senate agenda, along with the proposed name change for the College of HPERTE.  Director Swantz will take comments/concerns raised at the previous senate meeting and put them together for a more formal proposal.  Continued discussion might be better delayed until formal proposal comes before us.


The senate turned its attention to Outcome #3:  Integrate UW-L’s distinct array of Health Professions programs into a more closely linked and identifiable focus area within the institution that will facilitate:

  • collaboration among faculty and staff in the allied health sciences in both teaching and interdisciplinary research to lead to an even stronger reputation for quality health professions programs which can then be used to leverage increased levels of extramural funding
  • Smooth transition of students between programs that are currently located in different Colleges


Mark Gibson, chair of the Task Force, reviewed the structure and function of the proposed campus-wide institute.  Senators heard from faculty who generally opposed the creation of the institute, citing reasons that there is no power to the group, no dean, nothing of substance, yet an administrative workload would be created for faculty without any authority.  Within the P.A. and P.T. programs, there are several collaborative efforts already in existence with multiple external institutions as well as informal groups.  Faculty are concerned about adding another administrative level without any authority.  There just doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to justify the amount of time it will take. 


Provost Hitch explained that she asked the task force to look at collaborative efforts, to see if there is a way to solve student transition problems between the colleges.  Presently there is a bind we put our students in.  Is there a possibility of a core curriculum?  Can we say to our students you won’t be penalized?  It is a compelling concern.


Dean Nelson indicated he is not in favor of adding another layer of bureaucracy, which this institute seems to be.  Cooperation is and can continue to take place in area of scholarship and research.  There is confusion in area about majors.


Interim Dean, Sandy Price agrees.  Let the academic advisors get together.  There are two courses causing problems:  HPR 105 vs. SAH 105, and the anatomy and physiology courses are very different – they have different focuses.


Senators commented that it is inexcusable to require students to take anatomy and physiology in two different colleges.  Who is paying attention?  Perhaps an ad hoc committee from affected departments could develop a solution.  Suggest the academic advisors get together.


Chair Hoar asked for the sense of the senate regarding whether or not the proposed Health Institute sound like a good idea and warrants more discussion.  (show of hands: yes-1, no-14, abstain-1)


V.         Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.


Submitted by 

Eric R. Kraemer, Secretary