Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

 4:00 p.m. – 327 Graff Main Hall

September 23, 2008

Volume 43, Number 05


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

Visitors: Kathleen Enz Finken, Bob Hoar


1.  Minutes from the Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 SEC meetings were approved.


2.  Query from Paul Beck re. Roberts Rules of Order

            The committee discussed Beck’s query regarding the proper method of interpreting abstentions under RRO.  SEC felt the query should be clarified and then perhaps sent to System Legal.


3. Continuing Business:  A coordinated Center for Teaching and Learning

            SEC reviewed the UW-L Policy on University Reorganization, which was approved by the Faculty Senate on April 29, 1993.  SEC felt that the proposed CATL centralization plan would not constitute a “University Reorganization” under that policy (i.e., “organizational changes involving more than one department, school, college, or division”). 

            There was some discussion about to whom, if anyone, the staff in the CATL center would report.  Bill Cerbin reports to the Provost.  As Online Teaching Director, Udermann consults with the ad hoc Online Advisory Group, which reports to Don Campbell (Dir., Continuing Education and Extension).  Is online curriculum currently under the purview of any particular Faculty Senate committee?  Or do we need a new Faculty Senate committee to deal with online curriculum?

            The SEC is in general agreement with the Provost’s plan to centralize CATL units, but the plan needs further review by specific Faculty Senate committees (e.g., Budget Review Committee, UCC, Faculty Development).


4. The Academic Building

            There has been some concern over whether the level of technology in the new academic building’s classrooms will meet the promised goals.  This will be monitored.  The UW-L Foundation met with its bank on Sept. 19 and will be getting the necessary line of credit to move forward with the academic building.


5.  Phase 2. of the Faculty Senate Evaluation of Administrative Offices

            Who should be in charge of evaluating administrative offices?  Any initiative should probably come from the Chancellor.


6.  Committees


A.  Apportionment Committee

            Two volunteers have filled the open positions on this committee.


            B.  JPC

            Carol Oyster has agreed to remain on the JPC for another term, replacing Lalita Pandit.  This will be voted upon at Senate.


            C. CAPS

            The incomplete policy approved by CAPS last year will come before Senate this year.


            D. GEC

            A request from Anne Galbraith that SEC consider a new meeting time for GEC was returned to the GEC for their discussion and resolution.


7.  Graff Main Hall Space Concerns

            The Chair was asked to advise on whether the SEC meeting room could be converted into office space.  The room is too frequently utilized as a meeting space to make this conversion practical for its current users.


8.  Online Education

            A.   The UW-L Online Educational Material Development Grant Program’s Faculty Sole Ownership Agreement

M/S/P to approve the UW-L Online Educational Material Development Grant Program’s Faculty Sole Ownership Agreement.


B.  SEI’s for Online Classes

            The Online Advisory Group has decided to administer the same set of SEI questions for online courses as were approved by the Senate for classroom instruction evaluation.  How should these SEI’s be administered and their data gathered?


            C. Program Requirements

            Is it allowable to offer some program requirements only online?  Some discussion of the issue.  What is the proper committee/unit to oversee such questions about online curriculum?


9.  The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Crutchfield