Faculty Senate


December 1, 2005                                                                                                                               325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 7                                                                                                                                     3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

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

      Excused: Senger

Absent: Choy, Heim


II. Reports.

A.                Chair’s Report – Updates on search and screens. 

Director of the School of Education:  The ad is posted and the committee will start screening files on January 18th

Dean of Student Development & Academic Services – The ad is posted and also on the website.  The closing date is January 9th

Dean of SAH – The closing date is December 30th.  At the suggestion of Bob Hoar, chair of the Dean of SAH search, the senate office is gathering feedback from current chairs of administrative searches on phone interview questions, interview schedules and questions, and feedback forms.  This information should help future search and screen committees.


Faculty Senate Elections – Given the elimination of EESHR the representation on faculty senate by college needs to be adjusted.  Articles and By-Laws is currently working on this issue but will have a recommendation in time for the 41st Faculty Senate elections.  There is one seat currently designated as HPERTE that will be vacant at the end of this year.  SEC decided to change that seat to an “at-large” seat for this election only.  The senator that is elected will serve in that position for three years. 


General Education Listening Sessions – Chair Wilson extended her thanks to all those able to attend the listening sessions.  She emphasized that it is important that faculty make comments about the new Gen Ed design and mentioned that the Gen Ed webpage contains a method to supply comments.


  1. Chancellor’s Report – Chancellor Hastad updated senate on his opening Fall 2005 remarks.  The chancellor has had recent discussions with UW System highlighting that UWL is the 4th largest UW comprehensive institution but is 5th in terms of GPR budget.  UWL also has a history of bringing in the best freshmen class, retains them at a higher rate than any other comprehensive and has the highest graduation rate.  Therefore, the chancellor has begun conversations with individuals at UW System in regards to UWL piloting a program starting in Fall 2007 in which UWL be allowed to manage its own tuition and enrollment.  In doing so the chancellor is suggesting that UWL increase in-state tuition, decrease out-of-state tuition, and increase overall enrollment.  The increased money could be used to offer financial aid and to increase program array.  The chancellor has shared this idea with the faculty, academic staff and student governance units.  Official approval would be needed by UW System. 

Questions and comments focused on how this plan would work with Plan 2008, how this would work with Minnesota reciprocity, and concern on how competitive UWL would remain for in state students.  Chancellor Hastad agreed that these are important questions that would need to be considered before implementing this plan.


IV.       Resolution in Opposition to the Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Regarding the Definition of Marriage.
   Motion to approve this resolution as distributed by SEC (see posted resolution). General comments related to why this is a faculty senate issue.  It was discussed that the faculty senate is here to support faculty and staff at the university and that this issue has consequences for existing benefits of UWL faculty. 


M/S/P (voice vote)


V.        Briefing.

Kyle Barber from the Environmental Council discussed with faculty senate what action is currently being taken to ensure that the new academic building be environmentally friendly.  The student senate has passed a resolution about this issue and the faculty may want to consider also doing so. 


VI.              Reorganization Task Force Report (see posted report) – Bruce Riley, chair of the task force, distributed the report and highlighted aspects of the report.  In April 2005 the faculty senate charged this task force to 1) review the process followed to develop the budget reductions and reorganization decisions  2) review the implied academic structure of the university relative to curricular and academic issues, personnel issues, and budgetary implications, feasibility of the structure, and make recommendations as necessary.  The results of the first charge are highlighted in the report.  The task force has not been able to gather sufficient data as yet regarding the second charge.


Senator Riley highlighted that the budget reduction process has changed significantly in the past several years whereby this process has included division heads and college deans but much less so faculty.  Furthermore, the recent reorganization did not follow the UW-La Crosse Policy on University Reorganization which states that UWL administration will consult with appropriate governance groups prior to the implementation of university reorganization. 


General comments from senators included that UW campuses work so well due to strong shared governance.  Questions included how this process can be prevented from happening again in the future.  It was recommended that the task force present to faculty senate specific recommendations regarding information gathered for this report. 


VII.      Academic Program Review:  Department of Psychology.  Tammy Fisher, member of the Academic Program Review Committee, and Betsy Morgan, former chair of the Dept. of Psychology, presented the APR report to senate.  General comments included commending the department on the development of assessment in their program and using assessment data to improve advising in their program.   M/S/P to accept the Department of Psychology APR report (voice vote).


VII.      Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary