Faculty Senate


December 13, 2007                                                                                                                       Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

Vol. 42, No. 8                                                                                                                               325 Graff Graff Main Hall – 3:30 p.m.


I.   Roll Call.

Present:  M. Abler, R. Ahmed, J. Anderson, S. Brokaw, V. Crank, S. Crutchfield, L. Dickmeyer, J. Heim, K. Hoar, D. Hoskins, K. Hunt, S. Kelly, R. Knox, A. Loh, C. Miller, J. Miskowski, P. Miller, S. Senger, S. Smith, R. Sullivan, B. Udermann, C. Wilson

Excused:  A. Olson and G. Straker


II.   Approval of Minutes

The minutes of November 29, 2007 were approved.


III.   Reports.

            A.   Chair’s Report

A letter was drafted to send to Board of Regents President Mark Bradley and UW-System President Kevin Reilly concerning the proposed low pay package over the current biennium.  It was decided to send a copy of the letter to Regent Smith, Representative Shilling, Musser, and Nerison, as well as Senator Kapanke, Vinehout and Speaker Huebsch. There is a hope to bump the pay plan with tuition revenue.  System may go back to JOKER in December on this issue.  The letter supports President Reilly's recent request for better pay packages. The statement was made that the Universities need competitive salaries to attract and retain quality faculty and staff.


M\S\P to forward the letter to the above named.


B.     Chancellor

No report was made.


C.     Faculty Representative’s Report

Sick leave policy changes will be forward to faculty soon.  Faculty will no longer have sick leave credit when using colleague coverage.


            D.  Student Association Representative’s Report

No report was made.


IV. Discussion of Growth, Quality and Access implementation

The UW-L Growth, Quality and Access plan was approved by the State.  The Chancellor commented on the broad support of the La Crosse campus and thanked Regent Smith, UW-L students and the La Crosse Tribune for their help.  The unfinished piece of this plan is to redirect other funds to financial aid.  The Chancellor has met or will meet shortly with the Academic Staff Council, Joint Planning and Budget, Student Senate and Faculty Senate to inform these groups and ask for input. 


The Chancellor felt that the Joint Planning and Budget committee (JPB) was the best group to work on the growth, quality and access agenda.  To better represent groups on campus, it was proposed that two additional academic staff and two additional students be added to that committee.  The current JPB committee agreed to these changes.  Thus the proposed new JPB committee would consist of 7 faculty, 6 academic staff, 4 students and the 4 deans.  The chancellor also hoped to charge this committee with the oversight of the growth and quality agenda.


A concern was raised over the current make-up of the committee having three faculty from the same department.  A new policy drafted by Senate this year would put restrictions on the number of members of a committee from any one committee and thus this problem would be taken care of by next year.


Since the JPB committee has other business to do as well, there was a suggestion to create a new committee for this oversight.  Others supported using the JPB committee since that committee has been working on related issues over the past years and the campus needs to move quickly to begin implementation of this plan.


It was stated that we need to move as fast as possible on faculty hires if we hope to add some hires for the fall of 2008.  Others pointed out that it may be best to hire instructional academic staff for the fall of 2008 and give ourselves more time plan how we wish the campus to grow.  In addition to typical faculty hires, we may also want to look for ways to obtain high profile impacts, such as hiring someone, or directing a current person to work with students to prepare for Rhodes scholarships, Goldwater grants or other such honors. 


Guidelines need to be set before growth is to begin.  JPB has discussed many of these issues in the past years, so they have some experience with them.  We need to be able to explain why new students are paying more than current students.  We need student involvement on how to spend funds.  We need to clearly be able to identify progress and give measure of these improvements for a five year evaluation.  We need guidelines for growth based on State needs.  We should consider not letting space today limit future growth.  It is not difficult to add more students, but we may want to work on ways to recruit students with special talents.  We could try to recruit more in the larger cities and elsewhere to enrich the diversity on campus.  


The desire was stated that there should be wide campus involvement in this plan and the campus should be kept up-to-date on progress.  It is desirable to have guidelines brought to Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Council and Student Senate for support before implementation. 


The Faculty Senate endorses the expanded Joint Planning and Budget committee as the oversight committee for Growth, Quality and Access and request regular reports from the Chancellor about committee business.



V.  Old Business


VI. New Business


VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly