Faculty Senate


February 21, 2008                                                                                                                      Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

Vol. 42, No. 11                                                                                                                         325 Graff Main Hall – 3:30 p.m.



I.   Roll Call.

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

Excused: M. Abler, G. Straker


II. The minutes of February 14, 2008 meeting were approved.


III. General Education Committee Recommendations

The General Education Committee (GEC) voted unanimously to eliminate the University Core Curriculum package as a whole. The results of the survey conducted by the Senate Executive Committee indicated that the university was not ready for any major changes to the content of General Education without assessment first. The GEC requests that the Senate vote on this recommendation.


The GEC is continuing to examine parts of the University Core Curriculum package that they may wish to support as individual items. They will use current assessment data in creating any possible changes to General Education program.  Changes to the program will be ongoing as more assessment data becomes available.  All classes in the General Education program will be assessed and individual classes may be changed in the future.  The goal is to make changes to the current program instead of simply replacing it.  



Eliminate the proposed University Core Curriculum package as a whole.


IV. Reports.


            A.   Chair’s Report

SEC Activities

This last week, SEC met with John Tillman about the most recent IT strategic plan, which is more of a “guiding principles” document.  John will be presenting the document to Senate on March 13. 

Senate Elections

You and your colleagues should have received a “rocket red” nomination petition for faculty senate seats.  Please encourage your colleagues to run!  Forms are due in the senate office no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 22.

Ad Hoc Undergraduate Core/General Education Assessment Committee

We are still in need of volunteers for the Ad Hoc Undergraduate Core/General Education Assessment Committee – especially from CLS and CBA.  So please consider volunteering and encouraging your colleagues to do so.

Committee Volunteer Forms

Next week faculty and IAS will be receiving blaze orange forms to volunteer for faculty senate committees for next year.  Remember that even if you have been appointed to a multiyear term, you need to return the form to indicate your willingness to serve on the committee again next year.  If you do not indicate your willingness to serve again, the Committee on Faculty Committee will assume you would prefer to be dropped off – so please, return your forms and encourage your colleagues to do so as well.


B.     Chancellor

The Chancellor was unable to attend the meeting.


C.     Faculty Representative’s Report

Discussions from the February 1, 2008 meeting included the following:

(1) The Shared Governance proposal concerning voting rights for the Faculty Representative was supported by most campuses but opposed by some campuses who feared loss of Faculty Senate powers.  This will be discussed further at a later meeting.

(2)Advance Wisconsin is a proposal by President Reilly.  One part of this was a second transcript that students would have input on, but faculty would need to approve.

(3) Plan 2008 will be replaced by Inclusive Excellence.

(4)  Concern was expressed over State revenue shortfalls.  There could be a UW give-back later in the year.

(5)  There will be more done to encourage faculty involvement in politics.

(6)  There is some additional tuition money that could be used to increase faculty salaries.  Nothing has been done yet.

(7) The Assembly is unlikely to consider collective bargaining for UW faculty and staff.  There was some concern that it separated faculty from academic staff for each university.  It would be possible for groups to vote to join together. This would be a bill to vote if people want collective bargaining.


            D.  Student Association Representative’s Report

No Student Association Report.


V.  Briefing:  Debbie Veglahn, Peoplesoft

Peoplesoft will be a UW Common System.  This will replace AERIE, TALON, and CAS student systems.  Nine campuses have already implemented it.  Three other campuses, UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout will implement over the next 2 years.  Our campus will be working with other campuses on implementation.


Peoplesoft is a 24x7 web based, menu driven application for faculty, staff and students.  Faculty will be able to view teaching schedules, exam schedules, class rosters, and advisee rosters.  Faculty will also be able to e-mail selected students or all students in a class.  Grade rosters can be viewed and edited by faculty.  Faculty can search classes and browse the course catalog and access D2L.


Prospective students will be able to check admission status.  Students can access financial aid information and their status.  Students can access degree audits, transcripts, and request overrides electronically.


The project kick-off will begin in March 2008.  By the fall of 2009 all modules should be up and running.  Assessment and evaluation will continue.


Patience and understanding is needed during the transition.  Training will be provided closer to go-live dates.  For one year, it would be best not to make policy changes that require programming the old systems; instead changes could be made to Peoplesoft after it has been installed.  The new SEI items have already been programmed in the old system.


Some campuses have been very happy with the system.  Madison made more changes to the system and has advised others not to make changes to the product.


VI. WTC/UWL Consortial Associates of Science Degree – first read.

Bob Hoar and Chris Bakkum presented information concerning a Collaborative Associate Degree with Western Technical College.  This would offer another option for people not admitted to UW-L who are location bound.  The degree will be awarded by Western Technical College.  The agreement is needed so that Western can begin to teach the new courses that are currently not offered and that would transfer to UW-La Crosse.  The new courses are already offered at the Madison Area Technical College. Some of the courses for the degree would be taught at UW-La Crosse. 


Students earning the Associate degree would be treated like all other transfer students.  They would not receive priority admission.  The advantage to the students would be that courses would transfer in as part of general education requirements here and at other UW-System schools. 


In the past 5 years, courses in the Associate Degree offered by UW-La Crosse needed at least ten open seats per year.  There are no guarantees that the students in this program would be able to get seats in these classes.  Students will register based on credits.  Credits at UW-L and Western would be treated equally for registration time.


The senate agreed to waive the second reading of the proposal.



Support the Collaborative Associate Degree with Western Technical College and the Memorandum of Understanding.


VII. Old Business.


VIII. New Business.


IX. Adjournment.


The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly