Faculty Senate


March 13, 2008                                                                                                                                     Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

Vol. 42, No. 13                                                                                                                                      325 Graff Main Hall – 3:30 p.m.



I.   Roll Call.

Present:  M. Abler, M. Anderson, S. V. Crank, Crutchfield, J. Heim, K. Hoar, D. Hoskins, K. Hunt, S. Kelly, C. Miller, P. Miller, J. Miskowski, S. Senger, G. Straker, R. Sullivan, B. Udermann, C. Wilson

Excused: R. Ahmed, L. Dickmeyer, R. Knox, A. Loh, A. Olson, S. Smith


II. The minutes of March 6, 2008 meeting were approved.


III. Reports.


            A.   Chair’s Report

SEC Activities

The topic of a dual transcript is one of ten action steps President Reilly proposed in the Advantage Wisconsin plan.  Bill Colclough briefed the SEC about the plan on March 11.  The plan was initiated by President Reilly and the Board of Regents (BOR).  They created 7 think tanks to address various areas.  UW-L had representatives on some of the groups, including Joe Heim.  Each group submitted a final report which was then used to develop the action steps.  The ten action steps are listed below.  At this point, the processes that will be used to address these actions are unclear.  It seems in our best interest to be as informed as possible.  In particular, item #1 seems to have clear curricular ties.  President Reilly proposed that faculty around the System lead this initiative and cited the AAC&U Leap Initiative as an example.  Bill will be learning more about the plan and processes at the Provosts' meeting on Friday, March 14, and will report back to the SEC with more information.  Carmen will include the link to President Reilly’s presentation to the BOR as well as the 7 think tank reports in her email tomorrow. 

Summary: 10 Actions

  1. Commit to a coherent set of learning outcomes and values for baccalaureate graduates
  2. Create the “UW Dual Transcript”
  3. Accelerate transformation of knowledge capacity into high-economic vitality for Wisconsin
  4. Model inclusive excellence in our education and employment
  5. Offer UW New Pathways Degrees to Wisconsin’s underserved
  6. Build a “Wisconsin KnowHow2Go Network,” enlisting undergraduate ambassadors to schools and kids
  7. Collaborate with PK-12 community to enrich college preparation college offerings in high school
  8. Expand UW-Madison Connections Program
  9. Ramp up operational excellence and efficiency to focus more Growth Agenda for Wisconsin
  10. Establish New Wisconsin Idea Public Policy Forums that bring best research to bear on Wisconsin’s biggest challenges


B.     Chancellor

Budget talks have reopened due to the State budget deficit.  The financial aid portion of the Growth, Quality and Access plan has stopped at the State level.  There is a hope the State will look at this again.


The Chancellor felt the dual transcript may be one of the most doable action steps coming from the Advantage Wisconsin Plan.


C.     Faculty Representative’s Report

No report.


            D.  Student Association Representative’s Report

Students will vote if they want a $5 segregated fee for sustainability.

The Student Senate is reworking their constitution.


IV. Academic Program Reviews 


A. Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies(WGSS)


            Comments from the Academic Program Review Committee (APR)

The WGSS program offers an excellent curriculum of General Education, area specific and multidisciplinary courses, and effective community outreach opportunities for their students.  They have aggressively secured outside funding and have worked to increase their visibility through various marketing techniques.  The increase of 1 FTE has helped the program increase their sections of W-S 100 and their ability to service the campus General Education program.  The Academic Program Review (APR) committee commends the program for their curricular development of new courses in the discipline and hopes to see more new offerings. 


The APR committee recommends that the WGSS program receive an increase in the funding for their clerical staff so the important and successful Self Sufficiency Program can be maintained.  The Self Sufficiency Program was founded in 1998 to help low income adults prepare for college and the technical school.  Most participants are women and parents, but men and nonparents also participate.  The program should also work with the CLS public relations committee so that they can become more visible through University-wide marketing.


The external reviewer’s concern regarding the campus’ "chilly climate" toward women at UW-L is disturbing.  The APR committee commends the program for continuing to address this issue in their response to the external program review by looking into ways to communicate with university administration and Campus Climate personnel.  


The APR committee found no serious issues to address and recommends that the WGSS program should be reviewed again in its regular 7 year review cycle.



Accept the APR report.


The WGSS Department addressed the "chilly climate" for women on campus with the suggestion to develop a leadership team chosen from administrators like Affirmative Action Officer, Campus Climate Coordinator, Faculty Senate Chair, Dean of Students, or Human Resources who will:

1.      Develop a Hostile Climate Incident Report form (not just for Women);

2.      Identify Issues from past and future chilly climate reports, exit interviews, and from the Incidence Report information;

3.      Respond to the issues identified above;

4.      If a faculty member leaves because of hostile climate issues, work with unit to develop a “success plan” for next faculty hired;

5.      Assess work life issues yearly.


The question was raised whether or not this could be handled with the Campus Climate office.  Currently that office works mostly with student issues and may have little recourse to extend their duties.



The Senate supports the proposal above. 


B.  Political Science/Public Administration

            Comments from the Academic Program Review Committee (APR)


The Department of Political Science/Public Administration should submit a Progress Report detailing progress with respect to assessment in three years. Otherwise, the program should undergo its next Academic Program Review in the next regularly scheduled cycle. Particular areas that need to be addressed in the coming years include:


1. Improving assessment of student learning and program success:

The Department should refine their Mission Statements before they progress to clarifying learning outcomes. The Department should then continue with existing plans to improve assessment, but be sure to couch these efforts in the context of their clarified learning outcomes. The Departments also needs to have mechanisms in place to collect, analyze and respond to the data.  

2.  Hiring wisely:

The Department should accept the Dean’s offer of funding a strategic planning retreat to identify needs in the Department and trends in the field. The Department and College Office also need to work together and be creative and aggressive in putting together attractive packages to attract high quality faculty to the Department. 

3.  Continuing efforts to secure resources:

The Department and College Office need to work to make classroom modernization and stable funding for the distinctive Mock Trial and Model UN programs a reality.


There was a concern over the uneven work load.  Expectations of scholarship will be made clear to potential job hires.



Accept the APR report.


C.  Ethnic and Racial Studies(ERS)

            Comments from the Academic Program Review Committee (APR)

1.  Provide more substantial data on program assessment, including a more specific listing of learning goals and outcomes, the degree to which they are being met, and any changes aimed at furthering these goals.

2.  Change the status of the Institute to that of a “program,” thus bringing Ethnic and Racial Studies in line with other minor-granting programs across the University.

3.  Increase number of graduates with ERS minor, especially through recruitment.

4.  Improve communication of resources and campus programming with faculty not currently affiliated with the Institute, perhaps through the development of promotional materials and/or an electronic mailing list.

5.  Develop a more detailed plan for both student and program assessment.

An update is requested in three years.

The institute has about 20 current majors.



Accept the APR report.


V.  Academic Planning:  Report on approval guidelines for credit and non-credit bearing certificate programs

The SEC charged the Academic Planning (AP) Committee to review and update the guidelines for credit and non-credit bearing certificate programs.  The updated guidelines were submitted to the Senate.


Some Senators felt that the document phrases “academic value” and “high academic standard” needed to be more carefully defined.  These ideas could be tied to departments.


M\S\P (9-8-0)

Guidelines for the Certificate Programs was approved.


VI. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee: International Studies Minor – Asian Emphasis



Approval of the International Studies Minor – Asian Emphasis


VII.  Information Technology Services (IT) Strategic Plan


A brief introduction to the IT strategic plan was given.  The Senate was just given the document.  To give Senators time to review the document, this item will be placed on the agenda of a future Senate meeting.


Faculty and staff have asked for more technology classrooms, standard equipment and permanent equipment.  Document cameras are very expensive.  IT has found that they are used by about half of the faculty and staff.  Faculty don't want white boards covered up by screens.


No timeline was given to this document since no funding was associated with the document.  Timelines will be determined as funds are allocated.  Peoplesoft is the big administrative project coming up and this will limit resources for other matters.


System reporting mandates require that an IT strategic plan be submitted from each campus.  Each project over a million dollars also requires a strategic plan.


A Senate forum was lost, so the last two items below were not discussed and will be added to our next agenda.


VIII.  Faculty Senate General Education/University Core Ad Hoc Assessment Committee nominees

Kathryn Birkeland (CBA), Scott Cooper (SAH), Linda Dickmeyer (CLS), Kenny Hunt (SAH), Betsy Knowles (CBA), Cris Prucha (CLS)


Other volunteers:  Susan Crutchfield (CLS), Emily Johnson (CLS), Jocelyn Shadforth (CLS)


IX.  Motion to oppose the hiring of an assessment coordinator


The Faculty Senate opposes the hiring of an assessment coordinator. 

Rational for this motion were the following: 

1) Putting resources into non-instructional positions inhibits the reduction of our student/faculty ratio which is an objective which has clearly been established as one of the primary campus-wide goals by the Growth and Access Agenda

2) The reassignment of the previous assessment coordinator position argues against hiring another such person. The current role seems to in no way related to accreditation nor curricular improvement.

3) The creation of the ad-hoc assessment committee may prove sufficient to the task of managing the assessment of a large component of any campus-wide assessment: the University Core program.  We should give this committee a chance to do it’s work and see how things play out over the next two to three years before creating another administrative position.


X. Old Business


XI. New Business


XII. Adjournment


The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly