Faculty Senate


April 6, 2006                                                                                                                                        325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 13                                                                                                                                    3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

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

      Excused:  Galbraith, Johnston-Rodriguez


II.     Minutes.

      Minutes from March 23, 2006 meeting were approved as distributed.


III. Reports.

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


Searches – Margaret Finders will assume the position of Director of the School of Education on July 1.  She is a faculty member in the department of education at Washington University in St. Louis, where she has served as Director of the Teacher Preparation Program. She is a nationally recognized scholar on the topics of literacy and gender issues in education.  Before her present position, she was a professor of English and education at Purdue University. 


Wilson thanked Joyce Shanks, chair of the search and screen committee, and all the committee members for their hard work.


Senate ElectionsThe electronic voting system went well.  Wilson thanked TJ Teegan for all his hard work.  The results are as follows:

  • SAH: Mike Abler
  • CBA: Stephen Brokaw
  • CLS: Susan Crutchfield and Audie Olson
  • At-Large: 
    • Rafique Ahmed
    • John Betton
    • Linda Dickmeyer
    • Mike Jackson
    • Carol Miller


General Education Meeting:  All senators are invited to the General Education meeting on April 17, at 3:30 in the faculty senate chambers.  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 on April 20 will be moved to a larger room to allow plenty of room for members of the campus community to listen and provide input.


Articles and By-laws voting:  Senate will engage in a first-read of the article and by-law changes at the April 13th meeting.  Many of the changes to the by-laws are dependent upon changes to the articles.  Changes to the articles must be approved by the faculty as a whole – so that will not happen until next fall (during the all university address).  SEC is proposing that senate vote on changes to the by-laws pending approval of the changes to the articles.  SEC is proposing to vote on changes to the by-laws May 4.


B.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Ryan Vanloo, student association representative, briefed senators that student senate has forwarded student names for the chancellor’s search.  Also a student advisory committee has been formulated to monitor progress of remodeling the stadium and monitoring that students have a voice in the plan. 


IV.  NCA Update – Carmen Wilson, NCA coordinator, presented an overview of UWL’s NCA Self-Study report.  She reviewed the introduction portion of the document, which provides strengths and highlights of UWL and concerns from the 1996 Self Study. Wilson encouraged senators to read at least that section of the report.  She also reviewed the following sections of the document highlighting conclusions and recommendations of each section.  Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity, Criterion 2: Preparing for the Future (i.e. Planning and Budget), Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching, Criterion 4: Acquisition , Discovery and Application of Knowledge, Criterion 5: Engagement and Service.


V.  Inclusive Recreation Minor – Paul Miller, UCC chair, presented a recommendation to approve the proposed Inclusive Recreation Minor through the Recreation Therapy Department.  Miller summarized the proposed minor stating that there were no major concerns of UCC. 


M/S/P to approve the Inclusive Recreation Minor as presented.


VI.  General Education Update – Robert Ragan and Cris Prucha, General Education Committee members, presented a proposed new structure for the General Education (University Core Curriculum) Program, which can be found on the General Education website.  They described the proposed structure stating that this structure addresses some of the concerns identified in the summer 2005 Design Team Report, student surveys, focus groups, assessment of student learning, and reflects some of the concerns heard in the various Gen Ed listening sessions.   The structure is based on the learning outcomes and is structured in a hierarchical manner.  University Foundations I (UF I) includes foundational courses students should complete by 60 credits.  University Foundations II (UF II) includes breath of the college experience with the traditional categories of a liberal arts education.  Courses in this level can be taken anytime in a student’s college career.  University Foundation III (UF III) emphasizes integration and citizenship and provides flexibility for students to meet these requirements.  This level has a 45 credit prerequisite so that this integrative experience is later in the student’s career to maximize the experience.  Also included in this structure are university wide BA and BS requirements. 


Ragan and Prucha commented that the Freshman Experience (FE) could be a UWL 100 type course or be existing courses that are adapted to include a freshman experience component.  This would be taken in the fall for new freshmen and would provide an opportunity for initial assessment.  Inclusion of the freshman experience was in part a response to NSSE assessment data that shows freshmen do not feel they have a connection with faculty. 


Ragan and Prucha addressed the following questions.  The minimum credits in the UF I category could be 16 if the FE is course embedded in another general education course.  The total credits in this general education structure would not be a minimum of 41 if several of the requirements could be satisfied via one course.  The general education committee has not set a minimum credit.  A question on how to enforce the hierarchal structure was asked.  The general education committee has consulted with Records and Registration on this issue.  With the current system, if a particular course has not been taken then students could be prevented from registered, but this is not the case if a particular category (having more than one course that could fulfill a requirement) is not taken.  However, current software can put notes on the student’s SNAP.


Comments included the following:

  • Are resources available for offering courses to fulfill the UFIII civic engagement and the FE requirements?  Also is there sufficient interest in developing these types of courses. 
  • The 102 level foreign language requirement for the BA in this proposal is possibly too low and the need to communicate with the modern language department on this requirement.
  • The humanities and aesthetic categories are found combined at many institutions
  • The proposed program is smaller than the current program
  • The relationship between the student learning outcomes and the program structure need to be clarified. 


VII.  Academic Program Review for English – Georges Cravins and Mike Hoffman, subcommittee of APR, handed out a summary of the APR review of the Department of English which included facts pertaining to the English review process, summary of key points in the present APRC document, and summary of recommendations and observations.  Cravins pointed out that the university took so long to do the review that many of the issues of concern have already been addressed.  No clear problems were found in this review. 


Dick Sullivan, English Department chair, commented that the department’s general university service is not just English 110 but also literature courses.  In the last 4 years much work has been done on revamping the English major curriculum.  This resulted in development of two new emphases, completely revising all upper level courses, upgrades etc….  The department is currently working on offering a more flexible writing experience to meet the varied writing skills of incoming students.  There is a strong need for a writing director position to accomplish this.  There has been minimal institutional support for writing as shown in the denial of the faculty senate’s request for university funding for a writing coordination to coordinate writing emphasis courses and the writing center. 


M/S/P to accept this report. 


VI. Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary