Faculty Senate


Vol. 38, No. 17                                                                                                4:00 p.m.

May 6, 2004                                                                                                    325 Graff Main Hall


I.          Roll Call.

Present:  Beck, Bigel, Brooks, Gendreau, Gibson, Gongaware, Heim, Hoar, Kernozek, Kraemer, Maher, Majak, Poulton, Ragan, B. Riley, D. Riley, Shanks, Shillinger, Sullivan, Taylor, Vandenberg-Daves, Wilson, Wingate.

Excused:  Dixon.


II.         Approval of Minutes.

There were no minutes to approve.


III.       Reports.


Chancellor’s Report - none

Provost/Vice-Chancellor – none

Chief Financial Officer – none


UWL Faculty Representative, Joe Heim attended a recent meeting were the issue of faculty sabbaticals were discussed.  It is likely that in the future, faculty will be expected to identify benefit of sabbatical to teaching, students, quality of instruction, and the applied element in terms of benefit to region or state.   Likewise, faculty receiving faculty development grants will be expected to demonstrate how it is related to faculty quality.  No news on pay plan.  Concern that public link quality of instruction to pay benefit.  What should Katharine Lyall tell the new president:  governance, stand up for faculty and their rights, communication skills, practical understanding of things and political.  TABOR was discussed.  Gov Doyle is opposed to it.


IV.       Proposal to Implement a UW Graduate Business Consortium MBA Degree.

Bruce May, Associate Dean of CBA and Bruce Osterby, Chair of the Academic Planning Committee joined the senate.  Osterby presented the proposal from the committee’s perspective.  Besides the La Crosse campus, the consortium includes Eau Claire, Oshkosh, and Parkside.  While it is unusual to have a proposal for entitlement to plan and entitlement to implement in same document, the committee notes that the online MBA is already being done but the degree is offered from UW-Eau Claire.  The APC recommends approval of the program but does have the following concerns:

  • How will the integrity of the examination process be protected?
  • There is no clear indication on how workloads across the four campuses will be distributed.  Further, there is concern that workloads might be impacted should one or more of the consortia members opt to withdraw from the partnership.
  • The use of ad hoc staff to replace faculty who elect to teach the online courses.


The committee would also like to point out the following:


  • The consortium seeks to award the degree, have oversight over curricular changes, and conduct programmatic assessment.  Curricular changes will not pass through the individual campuses as it will be too time-consuming and confusing to try and obtain agreement across four campuses simultaneously.
  • UWS supports this innovative approach because it pays for itself by using a service-based pricing model; meets the needs of place-bound students and captures an untapped international market.
  • Class size will be limited to 25 and is not intended to replace the residential MBA program.
  • There is a strong market for an online MBA degree.


May reported that the College of Business Administration approved the proposal by a 2/3 vote and has also been approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee and Graduate Council.  In addition, both UW-Parkside and UW-Eau Claire have approved to proposal.  UW-Oshkosh is at about the same place we are.


A rigorous period of questioning followed.  Senators were concerned by courses delivered on-line.  May indicated that all faculty have terminal degrees and have graduate teaching status.  There is no problem finding people to teach.  He explained process re awarding of degree, and review of curriculum.  Module three is the only obligation, which is taught once a year in the fall; electives are taught by UWL faculty and have gone through curriculum here.


M/S to approve the entitlement to plan and the authorization to implement.


M/S/P to split the motion.  (voice vote)


The motion to approve the Entitlement to Plan was approved.  (show of hands: yes-19, no-1, abstain-3)


M/S/P to table the Authorization to Implement.  (show of hands: yes-10, 9-no, 4-abstain)


V.        Discussion of Instructional Academic Staff Contracts.

Members of the instructional academic staff have asked the faculty senate to join them in requesting that the UW-L administration abide by the letter and spirit of the approved UW-L employment policies related to academic staff concerns.  In the spring 2003 semester, the UW-L administration made a decision to eliminate al rolling-horizon contracts for academic staff, effective fall 2003.  All new IAS contracts include the statement that “renewal is not intended,” and the majority of IAS have been informed that new contracts will be issued on a one-year terminal fixed-term basis.  The UW-L administration cited a need for flexibility in the face of a budget crisis as the justification for this change in policy related to IAS contracts.  The IAS object to this change in policy because it threatens job security and undermines principles of faculty governance.  The IAS ask for consideration of the following points:


  • With this change, the administration violates the letter and spirit of approved UW-L employment policies and contradicts UW-System employment guidelines.
  • Other UW-S institutions have not allowed budgetary problems to affect their employment policies for faculty who are IAS.
  • This change in policy jeopardizes program continuity throughout the university.



M/S/P the Faculty Senate requests that the Chancellor abide by the letter and spirit of the approved UW-L employment policies related to academic staff contracts (see excerpt from UW-L 10.03).  The Faculty Senate also requests that the Chancellor clearly define the process for determining Instructional Academic staff contracts with regard to length of contract and with regard to type of contract (rolling horizon, fixed term, etc).  (unanimous show of hands)


Excerpt from UWL 10.03 Appointment policies.

… A fixed term academic staff appointee with a 50% or more appointment who is reappointed after four years of continuous service shall receive at minimum, a two-year rolling horizon contract, if his/her performance is determined to be appropriate and there is reasonable certainty that the position will be continued and that resources for the position will continue to be available.  The rolling term appointment shall be for a specified time period set forth in the letter of appointment…


…After seven years of continuous service fixed term academic staff members with a 50% or more appointment shall receive at a minimum a three-year rolling horizon contract if his/her performance is determined to be appropriate and there is reasonable certainty that the position will be continued and that resources for the position will continue to be available…


M/S/P the faculty senate participate in the creation of a task force to address instructional and non-instructional academic staff concerns regarding contracts and other employment and representational issues.  (unanimous show of hands)


VI.       Discussion of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Position.

Provost/Vice Chancellor Hitch and Grants Officer, Bill Gresens, joined the Senate.  PVC Hitch presented a brief outline and abbreviated position description.  It is certainly the administration’s intent to tighten position description, however the tight time line necessitates the need to appoint a search committee to begin work over the summer.  At its meeting yesterday, the Joint Planning & Budget Committee approved the creation of the position but had the following concerns:

  • Is the timeline too quick for an appropriate search and screen?
  • Is the job description too large for one person?
  • Does this position lessen the importance of the reporting line assignments?
  • Can this search committee be formed without a clear job description completed?


M/S/P the Faculty Senate directs the Senate Executive Committee to meet with the Provost/Vice Chancellor to review a revised position description for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  (voice vote)


The senate agreed that members of the faculty senate will also be invited to attend the special SEC meeting.


VII.      Approval of Graduation List.

M/S/P to approve the Spring and Summer list of graduates contingent upon the successful completion of requirements for the respective degrees.  (unanimous voice vote)


VIII.     Discussion of Academic Program Review.


M/S/P while the Senate understands that program reviews can be time consuming, the intent of the review process is to discover how each degree program can be strengthened.  As a collection of degree programs is not itself a degree program, it cannot be appropriately reviewed as such.  The information provided by a college’s self study and the accreditation review information should be reported in the context of each individual program in the college.  While the departments may use the larger studies, each major degree program and each free-standing minor degree program at UW-L should file a separate report to be reviewed by APR and the Faculty Senate.


IX.       A Progress Report from the General Education Committee.

Emily Johnson, Director of the General Education Program, reviewed the report from the General Education Committee, which provides a brief history of the current program.  Dr. Johnson discussed the work which the committee had completed this year and the proposed new structure.  The committee will continue its work and present recommendations to the faculty senate in the fall.


X.        Adjournment.


The meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.