Faculty Senate


January 26, 2006                                                                                                                              325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 9                                                                                                                                  3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Choy, Cravins, Galbraith, Gongaware, S. Grunwald, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, Johnston-Rodriguez, S. Kelly, Knox, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Shanks, S. Smith, Straker, C. Wilson.

      Excused: Clow, Senger, R. Sullivan


II.     Minutes.

      Minutes from December 1, 2005 and December 8, 2005 meeting were approved as distributed.


III. Reports.

A.  Chair’s Report Updates on Search and Screens

·        Director of School of Education- files are currently being reviewed and interviews on campus are being planned for after spring break.

·        Dean of Student Development & Academic Services – closed on Jan. 9; hope to bring candidates to campus end of February beginning of March. 

·        Dean of SAH – closed December 30; in the process of reviewing files, hope to identify candidates for interview by spring break or earlier. 


Regent Visits

Regent Judy Crain, from Green Bay, visited campus on Tuesday, January 24 and met with a variety of groups.  Wilson extended thanks to the faculty who were able to attend this visit and expressed the faculty’s appreciation to Regent Crain for coming to La Crosse. Crain has been visiting several campuses in the system to gain more first hand knowledge about the schools.  She asked about our primary concerns.  The discussion centered on the budget and how damaging the severe cuts have been and have the potential to be.  Cited examples included, among others:

Ø      salaries that make it difficult to recruit and maintain faculty and staff

Ø      fewer faculty and staff positions leading to increased workload

§         larger classes

§         previously funded positions changed to service positions

Ø      Increased use of single-year and single-semester IAS contracts

            The opportunities UW-L provides students that they cannot get in many larger institutions, such as undergraduate research, smaller classes, and individual attention from faculty and staff was emphasized.  But, that UWL will not be able to maintain these opportunities at the same level without some change in fiscal support.  The Board was urged to continue to impress the severity of the problem upon the legislators. 


Regent Christopher M. Semenas will be visiting campus Wednesday, February 1.  He is scheduled to meet with faculty from 10:30 to 11:20 in 325 Graff.  Wilson encouraged any who are able to attend.


Campus Climate Commitment

All on campus received an email inviting you to take a pledge to help the campus improve our climate for all who work and learn here.  Wilson encouraged senators to consider this request.  The pledge reads:

I pledge to work towards building an inclusive community by communicating effectively with others, searching for avenues to collaborate more creatively, and breaking down the barriers that separate and divide.

The pledge can be accessed on the Campus Climate webpage – click on “commitment”.  The Campus Climate webpage can be accessed on the Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity home page.


B.  Faculty Representative’s Report – Joe Heim, UWL Faculty Representative, provided the following comments and announcements on legislation that could affect the campus.

·        Senate Majority Leader Dale Schultz introduced legislation to allow UW System faculty and staff the right to decide if they would want collective bargaining.  The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education and Tourism.  Some, including academic staff, are concerned the bill would be divisive as it potentially could allow for separate collective bargaining groups for separate schools and separate bargaining groups for faculty and academic staff.  More information on the bill can be accessed at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/SB-452.pdf

·        The concealed gun carry law has passed both houses but will be vetoed by the governor.  This affects UWL in that guns could be carried on campus but not in campus buildings.

·        U.S. Representative Ron Kind will be on campus Thursday, February 2, at 3:00 p.m. in Port O’ Call.  One item of interest is the possibility that the government could cut $12 million dollars in financial aid. 


C.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Ryan Vanloo briefed senators on the status of the plan for students to partially fund the new stadium.  All students will have the opportunity to vote on an advisory referendum on February 21.  Student senate approved a motion to use 1/3 of the revenue generated by luxury corporate boxes for student scholarships.   


IV. Approval of 2007-2008 Academic Calendar.  M/S/P to approve the academic calendar as distributed.


V. Academic Program Review Proposed Revisions.  Betsy Morgan, Faculty Intern to the Provost, presented the following recommendations from APR.


  1.  M/S/P to adopt the format and content of the revised unit data sheets as recommended by APR


  1. M/S to adopt the following APR policy. 


Departments (or units or programs) wishing to request an official deferment of their review to the next academic year, need to request a deferment in writing to their Dean.  Reasons for deferment need to be non-trivial and justifiable. If the Dean concurs, he/she will request an approval from the Provost.  If the Provost concurs he/she will forward the request to the chair of APR.  Deferments require the approval of the Dean and the Provost.  The APR chair will provide official notification of the decision to the department, the Dean, and the Provost.  Only an official deferment will alter the timeline.  Delays in the process do not alter the timeline.


M/S/P to amend the policy such that deferments will require the approval of the Dean, the Provost and the APR committee.


The motion, as amended, to include APR committee approval of all APR deferments, was approved. 


  1. M/S/P to adopt the following APR policy. 

Starting in Fall of 2006, all departments (or units or programs) will submit the following materials in pdf format:  the self report, the unit data sheets, the reviewer’s recommendations and the Dean’s letter.  When the report is submitted to APR both the reviewer’s recommendations and the Dean’s letter also need to be submitted in hard copy with original signatures.  Finally, the APR report to Faculty Senate will need to be submitted to the Faculty Senate in PDF format.


VI.      Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary