Faculty Senate

 

Vol. 39, No. 9                                                                                      3:30 p.m.

January 27, 2005                                                                                 325 Graff Main Hall

 

I.  Roll Call.

Present:  Beck, Clow, Cravins, Dixon, Galbraith, Gendreau, Gongaware, Grunwald, Heim, Hench, Johnston-Rodriguez, Kernozek, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, Maher, Majak, Ragan, B. Riley, Senger, Shanks, D. Sullivan.

 

Excused:  Choy, Poulton, Shillinger.

 

II.  Minutes.

There were no minutes to approve.

 

III. Reports.

Chair Riley updated the senate on recent search and screen committees.  The Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs – success with the hire of Vijendra (VJ) K. Agarwal, who assumes responsibilities April 21.  Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Enrollment Management not successful – will work without position for time being.  EESHER Dean search moving along – received approval to interview four candidates – 1st interview to be held Feb.12-14; 2nd interview Feb. 17-18; followed by the 3rd interview Feb. 21-22; and the fourth interview on Feb. 24-25.  Director of the School of Education search – receiving applications will start to review in early February.

 

The February 10, Faculty Senate meeting will be cancelled and in its place will run a faculty forum on the general education program.  Consequently, the next senate meeting will be held February 24, when the PTS Committee will present recommendations re distribution plans for the 2004-2005 pay.  Consideration of a Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy will also be on the agenda.  A report from the Task Force on Instructional Academic Staff Employment Issues is expected before Spring Break.

 

Provost/Vice-Chancellor Hitch welcomed senators back for a second semester.  Because of the need to begin a search now, the search/screen process for the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Enrollment Management position has been extended.  The position description will remain the same so that advertisements can be placed to take advantage of the spring search season.  Governance groups have been asked to reappoint committee members or submit names as suitable replacements.  July or August is the targeted start date for that person.  The first round yielded a solid group of candidates and good group of interviews – just didn’t land anyone.  It is hoped we will have another robust search.

 

The new Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, V. J. Agarwal, will join us on April 21st.  He will also come for a short visit in February.  In the meantime, Bill Gresens is in volunteer status about 3 days/week.  He will be back 60% on Feb 2nd and also stay for transition time.  Ron Rada continues serving as Director of Graduate Studies and has tremendous support in that position.  Ron accepted the role because he believes strongly in graduate programs – increase awareness and visibility of graduate program at university – currently about 1200 students including learning communities.  Exceptional graduate programs.  Wanted to be part of setting the plate for new graduate director.  Highlight a couple of things: one of the things is this is the first year we will have a Graduate Research Day in cooperation with Undergraduate Research and Creativity day.  Another step has to do with academic initiative – differential tuition to enhance educational experience – matching program between students and institution.  Chancellor Hastad directed us to seek additional input – so Graduate Council held focus groups with graduate students – got input from them regarding primary needs in relation to the four academic initiatives which include greater resources for research and travel to professional conferences; the Graduate Council will work to set up programs to direct how resources can be used.  The Graduate Student Organization has not been real active over the past few years so trying to rejuvenate that – good mechanism for graduate student voice to be heard.  Another thing is working with Noel Levitz to move Graduate Studies process forward.  Senators expressed concern that the momentum gained under Rada’s leadership will be lost with new administrator.  Hitch replied that it might be time to consider once again, the idea of Graduate Council Chair being a faculty member.

 

Chair Riley noted that the Senate has heard about revenue shortages due to not meeting enrollment targets during several meetings during the fall semester.  Steve Senger, Chair of the Budget Review Committee, has been asked to summarize what has been learned about the shortfalls, and Vice Chancellor Lostetter will then discuss how the shortfalls are being addressed and discuss plans for the future – plan for increasing enrollment and plans for increasing instruction.  The current revenue shortage is in the range of $1.9 M to $2.1M, which included $800K-$1M in non-resident shortfall (This is the amount cut two years ago which continues to be used to offset the shortfall.  Incidentally, the non-resident gap has grown.); $300K Summer 04 under 12,000 SCH that corresponds to $2M summer revenue in AFIR. (We have actually been below 12,000 SCH for the last several years.  Summer 04 SCH was 10,471.); $210K Fall 04 under enrollment (105 FTE @ $2K each); $210K Spring 05 continuing under enrollment; $350K differential tuition match (This counts as a shortage since it is really pre-encumbered revenue.).

 

Senator Senger also shared his observations with the senate:

  • it appears that UWL, in addressing the last biennium state reductions, reduced instructional positions to a greater extent than other campuses;
  • in addition to state reductions we further cut instructional positions to deal with non-resident shortfall.  Approximately 16 positions were cut because of a non-resident shortfall of 80 FTE.
  • position reductions disproportionately affected instructional capacity.
  • reduction in teaching positions due to non-resident shortfall created an instability.  Reductions in teaching capacity cause reductions in opportunities for students to take classes, which in turn results in reduced revenue.  Continued reductions in teaching capacity will not break this cycle.

 

Vice Chancellor Lostetter presented a plan to cover $900K in tuition shortages (mainly from Summer and Fall 2004) using FY05 and FY06 non-positional funds.  Current Spring semester numbers indicate we will hit our target (92% of 8075).  A plan is in place to meet a 12,000 SCH target for Summer Session 2005 (college targets are 1628 CBA, 2733 CLS, 3536 EESHR, 4087 SAH).

 

The enrollment cap associated with EM21 is no longer in effect.  To take advantage of this change, the Fall 2005 enrollment target will increase from 8075 FTE to 8200 FTE and the enrollment target for Fall 2006 will be 8325.

 

The additional 125 FTE in Fall 2005 will generate approximately $5000K in tuition dollars next year.  These additional funds will be used to increase instructional capacity via section relief.  This is a short term action – the long term goal is to add tenure-track positions.

 

Joe Heim, UW-L Faculty Representative, reported that at their December meeting the faculty reps learned that  a number of resolutions have been passed by faculty senates on the definition of marriage; heard plans regarding consolidation of travel; UW-Madison faculty passed resolution re Marder decision criticizing Regents for creating standard of how to fire tenured faculty; some faculties sent letters to Governor asking to support UW budget initiative (Governor’s address on February 8 should give us specifics on his budget proposal.  There is a projected $1.6B shortfall in budget over next two years.); heard proposals for reorganization of UW-System – Reilly proposed four-year campuses merge with UW Extensions. (At the same time proposed merging two year campuses with four year campuses.); the Federal cut-back in Pell grants will affect 100s of  1000s of students;  State Representative Shilling is on the Building Commission, and Higher Education Commission along with newly elected Kapanke.  Mike Huesb is the majority leader (a shift to western Wisconsin); and lastly, TABOR is bubbling out there on the horizon.

 

IV.  Resolution on Proposed Constitutional Amendment Regarding the Definition of Marriage.

 

Last fall the Faculty Senate received copies of resolutions opposing the Wisconsin constitutional amendment regarding the definition of marriage.  SEC asked for review by Affirmative Action Diversity Council.  Membership of council includes representatives from units across the university:  Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action and Diversity, the Director of Campus Diversity Development, one student (Social Justice Coordinator of Student Senate), and one representative from the Joint Minority Affairs Committee, Office of Intercollegiate Athletics, Department of Women’s Studies, Institute for Ethnic and Racial Studies, AFSCME Wisconsin State Employees Union Local 1449, Office for Multicultural Student Services, Disability Resources, Women’s Advisory Council, Dean or Dean’s designate from each college, and the Eagle Equity.

 

SEC is bringing the following resolution, submitted by the Affirmative Action and Diversity Council, to the senate for consideration:

 

Whereas, both branches of the state of Wisconsin Legislature, the assembly and the senate, have approved a joint resolution to amend the state's constitution by creating a new section 13 of article XIII with the following language:

 

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.

 

And, whereas such legislation would further intolerance and thus have significant and far-reaching societal consequences,

 

And, whereas current federal, state, and university legislation broadly and specifically prohibit both harassment and discrimination,

 

And, whereas the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff is predicated on an inclusive climate that supports all individuals,

 

And, whereas such legislation is inconsistent with the faculty's values and commitment to provide a broad and contemporary education to its students,

 

Be it therefore resolved that

 

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Faculty Senate stands in opposition to the recently passed Wisconsin Legislature's joint resolution supporting the above quoted constitutional amendment in that by narrowly defining marriage and denying "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals" in the state, the joint resolution represents a signature and dangerous erosion of harassment and discrimination protections.

 

The SEC believes that a paper ballot might give a truer representation of the will of the senate.

 

M/S/P to approve use of paper ballot.  (show of hands: 16-yes, 2-no, 2-abstain)

 

The resolution was approved.  (paper ballot: 17-yes, 0-no, 3-abstain)

 

V.  Presentation of Plan 2008: Phase II.

 

Al Thompson, Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action and Diversity, Enilda Delgado and Roger Haro, Members of the Joint Committee on Minority Affairs, reviewed the  Plan 2008: Phase II, Educational Quality through Racial and Ethnic Diversity, 2004-2008 Plan for Action.  The Plan consists of the following goals:

 

Campus Climate

  • Formally and systemically integrate racial and ethnic diversity into teaching curricula across campus (formerly Goal #5 of Plan 2008).

 

  • Provide a physical campus conducive to an environment that is rich in racial and ethnic activities and programming (formerly Goal #1 of Plan 2008).

 

Recruitment and Retention

  • Encourage partnerships that build the educational pipeline by reaching children and their parents at an earlier age (formerly Goal #6 of Plan 2008).

 

  • Increase the number of high school graduates and undergraduates of color who apply, are accepted and who enroll at UW-La Crosse.

 

  • Increase the amount of financial aid available to needy students and reduce their reliance on loans.

 

  • Improve the graduation and retention rates of targeted racial/ethnic students so those rates will be comparable to the student population of the campus as a whole.

 

  • Increase the recruitment and retention of faculty, academic staff, classified staff and administrators of color, so that they are represented in the UW-La Crosse workforce in proportion to their current availability in relevant job pools (formerly Goal #4 of Plan 2008).

 

Structure

  • Examine, with the purpose of advancing, the various goals, staffing, physical facilities, and funding levels of all campus entities whose primary mission is related to racial and ethnic diversity.

 

  • Create structural entities and mechanisms that help in the design, delivery, and assessment of Plan 2008 (formerly Goal #8 of Plan 2008).

 

  • Establish a mechanism that recognizes and encourages faculty/staff participation in diversity-related activities.

 

  • Provide resources and mechanisms to create an environment rich in racial and ethnic diversity.

 

 

This draft is being reviewed by governance groups on campus – System is also reviewing and will send to BOR – document is a living document – can make changes all along.

Campus climate, recruitment/retention, and structure.  Please study – give input (omissions, reprioritization) .  Would like to take a vote back to chancellor sometime in the spring.

 

VI.  Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.