Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

 327 Graff Main Hall – 3:00 p.m.

March 10, 2009


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

Visitors: Kathleen Enz Finken, Bob Hoar


1.  Minutes from the March 3, 2009 SEC meetings were approved. 


2.  Senate Resolution Against the Raid on Auxiliary Funds

The Student Association will put together a resolution, and then we can support their resolution.  Heim will meet with them this week.  Any resolution should suggest an alternative funding source.  Possibilities discussed include:

§         The Star Fund (High Demand Faculty Retention Fund).  Discussion of the Star Fund ensued, touching on the following points:

o       Faculty don’t understand why certain people get their raises despite the fact that there are clear published guidelines governing the fund’s use. 

o       It may make sense that Madison gets the larger percentage of the funds given its Research 1 status. 

o       UW-L needs to have a way to recruit faculty to our campus, and to bring some of our sorely underpaid faculty up to market standards. 

o       It’s hard to argue for such a fund in years when the faculty are not getting a raise.

o       TAUWP is overwhelmingly against the Fund.

§         Gasoline tax generated by students driving to/from campuses

§         Auxiliary funds but in a more proportionally balanced way


This raid on the Auxiliary funds seems similar to the practice of negative school tax, which was struck down as unconstitutional because monies taken for local purposes must remain in the local community.

The earlier version of GQ&A included provisions for tuition to fund financial aid, but the legislature voted this down—why are they now effectively reversing their decision?


3.  Textbook Rental Committee

M/S/P to accept Heather Hulett (Math) as the replacement for R. Ahmed on this committee.


4.  Joint Finance Committee of the State Legislature

This committee will be holding hearings Monday, March 23rd, 10-4 in Sparta.   Joe Gow is planning to speak.  Students will attend.  Jennifer Shilling is a member of the committee, and the two chairs of the committee are from Madison.


5.  Students’ D2L request

The Student Association’s general request that faculty and instructors create D2L sites for their courses has gone out via an e-mail from the Chancellor.  The students decided not to pursue creating D2L courses across the board via Educational Technologies.


6.  School of Education

The Provost reported on concerns that the DPI continues to express regarding the School of Education.  Enz Finken has consulted with current SOE Director Finders, CLS Dean Benson, SAH Dean McLean, and the DPI representative for our campus to address those DPI concerns, some of which must be addressed immediately. 


Motion: that SEC support temporarily suspending the bylaws of the DES until no later than June 1, 2011 and support restructuring the reporting line of the Director of the School of Education to address concerns of the DPI.


M/S/P with unanimous support.


It is not clear exactly what the Senate’s role in this will be.  If Senate must approve this, it will be voted on later.


7.  Online SEI Taskforce

Udermann provided a handout summarizing the taskforce’s work.  This will be discussed at the next SEC meeting.


8.  Chapter 10 of IAS Policy

            This will be on the next Senate meeting’s agenda. 


9.  The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Crutchfield