Faculty Senate

                                        

April 13, 2006                                                                                                                              325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 14                                                                                                                            3:30 p.m.

                                       

I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Choy, Cravins, Gongaware, S. Grunwald, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, Johnston-Rodriguez, Knox, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, R. Sullivan, C. Wilson.

      Excused: Clow, S. Kelly, Straker

      Absent: Galbraith

 

II. Reports.

  1. Chair’s Report – Chair Wilson updated senate on the following items.

 

Joint Promotion Report – JPC promoted 16 out of 17 candidates for promotion, 7/7 to Full, 9/10 to Associate.  The committee approved a motion to have promotion portfolios electronic by Fall 2007.  They also made a couple of minor changes in the guidelines.  The major change is that all candidates are now required to include representative syllabi which were suggested before.

 

Research & Grants Committee motion Chancellor Hastad approved the motion senate passed about increasing the funding for faculty research grants to $175,000 initially and then tying yearly increases to some metric – on two conditions

  • Identification of a funding source
  • A commitment to a pre-arranged metric of inflation

 

General Education Meeting:  All senators are invited to the General Education meeting on April 17, at 3:30 in this room.  Senators will have the opportunity to hear more about the proposed revisions as well as have the opportunity to ask questions.  Also, the senate meeting will be moved to 339 Cartwright on April 20 to allow plenty of room for members of the campus community to listen and provide input.  Wilson requested that those who know that they would like to make a statement contact her so she can make a list of people who will present.  Certainly, people can speak from the floor, but it will be helpful to have some idea of how many people plan to make a statement. 

 

Chancellor’s Search & Screen and extra meeting:  The list of names for the chancellor’s search & screen committee has been circulated.  SEC would like to give senators a chance to discuss what they want to see in a chancellor.  In order to fit this discussion in, we will need to schedule an extra meeting.  By consensus it was decided that this meeting be scheduled for April 27th at 3:30.

 

 

III.  Articles and By-laws – David Koster and Keith Sherony, Articles and By-laws committee members, presented proposed changes to the faculty senate by-laws.  These represent reorganization of the university and include appropriate representation of instructional academic staff in the by-laws.  The changes to the by-laws are dependent on changes to the articles; therefore, the changes to the by-laws would be contingent on changes to the articles being approved by the whole faculty in the fall.

 

Comments included verification that these changes would go into effect immediately upon approval of the articles in the fall and that the approved changes would be used as a working document by SEC in the fall when charging faculty senate committees in fall 2006.  The committee on committees would use these proposed new designations for committee assignments for 2007-08. 

 

A question on the principles that was used to rearrange committee membership due to the reorganization was asked.  This was admitted to have been a challenge due to the significant size imbalance of the colleges.  There is included language such that at least minimum values need to be represented on committees.  It was also challenging to properly represent education faculty.  CLS can further designate how their representation should be split up. 

 

Changes to the presented document include the following:

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section III B delete “Allied” from the College of Science and Allied Health and delete reference to  “the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education”

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section IV F2 change “by-law” to policy

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section V D2g change “bylaw” to policy

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section V E1 change “Bylaw” to policy

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section V F1f change “Bylaw” to policy

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section V F2a change “bylaw” to policy

·        Under Faculty Senate Policies, Section V F3b change “Bylaw” to policy

 

Second read will take place on May 4th

 

Wilson commended the committee for their hard work.

 

 

IV.  CAPS Report  - Adrienne Loh, chair of CAPS, presented a report (see posting on the faculty senate website) that addressed the following faculty senate charges to the committee:

Consider and report on the following special charges:

·        Based on CAPS 2005 report, continue to investigate trends in enrollments of continuing students

·        Report on Fall 2005 admissions standards used in the selection of the cohort as well as academic demographics of incoming class (High School GPA, ACT scores, etc)

·        Review enrollment targets and admission standards for Fall 2006

 

The committee brings forth the following recommendations:

 

Recommendation #1: That a Task Force be established to determine how to best improve the academic success of transfer and Priority 3 students.

 

Comments included verification that faculty senate would appoint this committee and that this committee would explore what support systems are currently in place for priority 3 students, how they are working and what could be better.

 

M/S/P to approve Recommendation #1.

 

Recommendation #2:  That freshman scholarships be increased to bring more students of diverse backgrounds and talents to UWL who meet Priority 1 and Priority 2 admissions criteria.

 

General comments included obtaining money for this matter.  CAPS did not address where the money would come from.  Discussion on this issue focused on the fact that 102 monies cannot be used for scholarships, thus the money would most likely have to come from the foundation.  This recommendation would then have to be forwarded to the UWL Foundation so that they could take this into consideration. 

 

M/S/P to approve Recommendation #2.

 

Recommendation #3 – That non-resident status does not itself warrant Priority 3 admissions consideration.

 

M/S/P to approve Recommendation #3.

 

Recommendation #4 – That moderate non-resident scholarships be instituted to bring more non-resident students to UWL who meet Priority 1 and Priority 2 admissions criteria.

 

M/S/P to approve Recommendation #4.

 

Recommendation #5 – By Fall 2007, the gap between UWL and the UW comprehensive average student FTE/ faculty FTE  (SFTE/FFTE) ratio be substantially reduced by decreasing student enrollments and/or increasing faculty hires.  Further that this effort be continued until SFTE/FFTE ratio at UWL is no higher than the UW comprehensive average.

 

General questions included how this recommendation takes into account UWL’s proposed Growth and Access proposal which has been presented to the Board of Regents.  CAPS response was that since that is not an instituted policy yet the proposed recommendation takes into account the current situation.  It was commented that with the recent budget cuts faculty positions have been severely cut so that quality is being eroded.  Furthermore, no formal response has been given as yet by the Provost regarding a similar faculty senate motion brought forth earlier asking for a response in how the increasing student FTE/faculty FTE ratio is being addressed.   

 

M/S/P to approve Recommendation #5.

 

Wilson thanked the CAPS committee for their hard work.

 

V.  Academic Program Review for Education – APR committee members, Curt Czerwinski, Jasmine Saros and Carla Graham, reviewed the APR recommendations/concerns for each of the following programs: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC) / Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) /Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A) / Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A), the Graduate Special Education Program, the Graduate Reading Program, and the MEPD Program.

 

General comments included the need for a permanent director of education.  In only 2 of the past 15 years has there been a permanent person in that position.  Since education is a large program spanning campus, organization of the program is critical.  Furthermore, the need for more faculty lines for certain areas of education, such as special education, was discussed.

 

Motion to accept the academic program review of the Education Program.

 

 

VI.  APR Format of the Self-Study – Betsy Morgan, faculty intern to the provost, presented proposed changes to the APR Self-Study Report.  These changes mainly are in the Assessment of Student Leaning and Degree of Program Success section and reflect current language regarding student learning outcomes.  The proposed language was adapted from UW-Whitewater.

 

Comments included that the term “curriculum” in the last sentence of Section III 3 be changed to “program” such that the sentence reads “Also discuss potential revisions to the program that you foresee over the next review period based on results of assessment of performance objectives.” 

 

M/S/P to approve the presented changes to the Format for APR Self-Study Report with the indicated change. 

 

Morgan also commented that APR is looking into recommending three different levels of program approval:  No concerns, Minor concerns, and Serious concerns.  The latter would then require an abbreviated review in 3 years.

 

Furthermore, a comment on establishing criteria for program reviewers was discussed.  These criteria would give guidance to reviewers on what aspects of programs should be looked at and commented on.

 

VI.      Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 4:39 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary