Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

3:00 p.m. – 327 Graff Main Hall

March 3, 2009


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

Visitors: Bob Hoar


1.  Minutes from the February 17 and February 24, 2009 SEC meetings were approved. 


2.  State Budget Issues

Heim may pass out to the Senate the state legislature’s proposed Partner Benefit Rules. 

In accordance with the governor’s budget plan, UW-L will use its Auxiliary Funds to pay 21% of the System-wide cut of $25 million that is earmarked for increased financial aid to students across the System.   Should the Senate make a resolution to condemn this unfair apportionment?   If so, a resolution will need to be drafted. 


3.  This Week’s Senate Agenda

            A.  IAS Recommendations

 Senate will act on all the IAS recommendations except numbers 7 (Ch. 10) and 8 (contract language  revision).  Kerrie Hoar is meeting with the Provost, Bob Hetzel, and Jennifer Wilson on the 12th.  These last two recommendations will be taken up on March 24 for either a report on progress or a resolution.

            B.  Collective Bargaining

The Faculty Representative (Georges Cravins) will bring this up at Senate.  Senate may need to express its recommendation on the proposal.  Proposed new state legislation includes six bargaining units:  Madison faculty (1) and academic staff (2), Milwaukee faculty (3) and academic staff (4), all the comprehensive universities’ faculty (5) and academic staff (6).


4.  Integrating Assessment into APR

            This should be an APR Committee charge for next year.


5.  Revision to Chair Elections Policy

            This needs to be straightened out by next December or January.   This concern will be forwarded to Articles and Bylaws for action.


6.  Excused Absences for Students Participating in University-Sanctioned Activities

            This concern will be forwarded to CAPS.


7.  CAPS Chair

            The committee needs to find a new chair.


8.  Technology in the New Academic Building

            There are concerns that the original promise that this building will involve cutting-edge technology has been compromised.  Campus Planners are backing off from the original statement that this is a cutting-edge building.  Original plans called for $3 million worth of technology and now less than $0.5 million will be used.   On-campus technology experts are not being consulted and have not seen the blueprints.   SEC supports greater transparency in the planning for technology in the new building.  Heim will talk to Bob Hetzel about these concerns.


9.  Guidelines for the Ad Hoc Textbook Rental Policy Committee

            Senate will be asked to offer suggestions for guidelines to structure this committee’s work.  At the least, Senators should be asked to express an opinion on whether they are in favor of maintaining a TR service versus moving to a system of student textbook purchases.   Possible guidelines include the following: 

§         Policies should be flexible enough to account for various disciplinary textbook use practices.

§         The definitions of “primary” and “secondary” texts should be clarified, or the use of such designations should be reconsidered altogether.

§         There should be an information-gathering phase when the committee gathers information from departments regarding their particular textbook use practices.

§         The committee should recommend that the TR fee be reviewed annually. 

§         The three-year rule should be studied for practicality.

§         Policies should be developed to adequately address the needs of new faculty and new courses.

§         The process of approving textbooks should be studied:  who currently approves a request, and is this optimal?


10.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Crutchfield