September 14, 2004



TO:                  Steven Senger, Convener

                        Budget Review Committee


FROM:            Bruce Riley, Chair

                        Faculty Senate


RE:                  Committee Charge for 2004-2005 Academic Year


This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Budget Review Committee for the 2004-05 academic year.  As the convener of the Budget Review Committee it is your responsibility to arrange as soon as feasible an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which is to elect a chairperson and a secretary.  Please share this memo with the committee members either at the organizational meeting or, if you prefer, prior to that meeting.


Each faculty committee is expected to promptly provide the Senate office the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.  Regarding the latter item, the committee chairperson should carefully review the policies on committee attendance and the role of alternates, on pgs 10-11, of the 8-27-01 Articles & By-laws materials distributed by Jennifer Wilson's office.  Following recent practice, we are asking that the committee secretaries e-mail the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers, ( so that the minutes can be quickly posted at the Senate Web site.  At the end of the academic year, the committee chair should submit a report on the activities of the Budget Review Committee for that year.


The duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1.  Study and report to the Senate on university budget decisions that affect instruction and research.
2.  Review annual budgets and report to the Senate on trends in support for instruction.

Membership of the committee will consist of five faculty members, one of whom will be the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate, to be appointed by the Senate.  Consecutive appointments may be allowed for up to five years.  The committee will respond to direct charges from the Faculty Senate but will also be free to determine its own scope of study and review.  The committee will aim for maximum coordination with the University Planning & Budget Committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.

In addition to the committee’s normal duties, special charges for the year are:


  • Investigate how Governor Doyle’s instructions to all state agencies, including the University of Wisconsin System, to prepare plans to absorb a 10% permanent base budget reduction has/might affect UW-La Crosse.


If the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.