Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

327 Graff Main Hall

Feb. 3, 2009

3 p.m.


Present:  Joe Heim, Rebecca LeDocq, Susan Crutchfield, Brian Udermann;

Visitors: Katherine Enz Finken, Bob Hoar, Bruce Maas, Randy Shelley


1.  Qualtrics Survey Software

Bruce Maas, UW-Milwaukee, provided information on a proposed replacement for UW-L’s outmoded Select Survey software/server.  UW-Milwaukee will propose a Qualtrics package available to interested state universities.  UW-L would pay approximately $3,000-3,500 to participate and would receive access to Qualtrics software but would not have to host a server as it now does for Select Survey.  UW-L would probably have until June 30 to decide whether it wants to participate.


2.  The minutes from SEC meetings on Dec. 2, 2008, Dec. 16, 2008, and Jan. 20, 2009 were approved.


3.  Campus-wide Review of Information Technology

            Bruce Maas and Randy Shelley, from the IT Review Team, were present to gather 

feedback from faculty about IT.  Topics discussed included the basic requirements for technology in classrooms; consistency across classrooms in technology setup; the technology budget for the new classroom building; and disc storage capacity for backup onto the campus server.  It was decided that T.J. Teegan needed to be cloned.


4.  Textbook Rental

Plans to privatize textbook rental on campus were discussed, touching on the following issues:  concern for current Textbook Rental employees; ensuring academic freedom and faculty control of curriculum; disciplinary parity in book ordering and other policies; general oversight and monitoring of Textbook Rental across and within colleges.

            Senate may want to consider creating a motion to formalize its recommendations regarding the future of Textbook Rental.


5.  Honor’s Program

            There is a proposal to dissolve the University Honors Program.  


6. The Affirmative Action Officer Position

Donna Anderson has written to the Senate Chair expressing concerns over how the AAO position was filled.  She will visit SEC in the coming week(s).


7.   Next meeting of SEC will be Feb. 17th.


8.  Inclusive Excellence Coordinator Position

            Is it possible to set a term limit on the position so that various faculty could bring their expertise to the position over time?  This could be similar to the Faculty Advisor to the Provost position.


9. Pending Resignation from Senate 

SEC discussed how to handle Brian Udermann’s upcoming resignation from Senate due to his working as full-time Online Education Director in the fall.  He would have one remaining year as Senator.


10.  Peer Course Evaluations for Online Courses

Should there be a campus-wide format for peer review of courses, for the purposes of promotion and retention, or should this be left up to the departments, as is the case with peer review of face-to-face courses?  It may be advisable to create a common form for online and face-to-face peer course reviews.  The Online Advisory Committee will make a recommendation relative to formatting online course reviews.


11.  IAS Policies Handbook

The new IAS policies are still being reviewed by Human Resources.  The Senate may want to formally endorse the new policies.


11.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Crutchfield