Chair’s Report for December 12, 2000

 

Senate update

1.        Important links to agendas, minutes, Chair's Reports and other sites of interest are available
on the Senate web site: http://www.uwec.edu/Usenate

2.        During debates, Senators may speak only twice to any motion or amendment. Each speaking term is limited to 10 minutes. The Chair will add names of those wishing to speak to a speaker's list upon recognition.

 

Open Forum Items from Senate Executive Committee Meeting minutes

1.        Question raised as to where faculty and staff with disabilities go for accommodation or advocacy

         System now have, with Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, works great majority of time

         When history of animosity, difficult to determine where to turn

         Would like to see committee or other entity responsible for faculty/staff members with disability

         Would like to see comparable structure such as one that currently helps students

 

Other Items from Senate Executive Committee Meetings

1.        Discussion of available assistance for disabled faculty/staff

         Proactive approach used for students; for faculty/staff, approach more reactive

      American Disabilities Act requires reasonable accommodations be made

         Coordination for ADA under Personnel Services

         Legally have to take care of these issues, but is second issue of advocacy

         Most people clueless about this until personally involved

         Perhaps need to flesh out function of committee in regard to faculty/staff and proactive approach

         Employee health also deficit on campus

         Health Services for students; nothing for faculty/staff

         Most other big employing organizations provide such services

         Disabled employees need someone to think about them, just like disabled students do

         Disabilities not necessarily known when hired – some result from aging, not necessarily easily discernable

         Current committee was created and functions for students; not intended for staff

         [For more details of the discussion , see University Senate Executive Committee minutes on-line]

         Suggested perhaps should do two things: 1) Talk with Director of Services for Students with Disabilities to find ways needs of disabled faculty and staff could be determined; 2) Need to reaffirm and communicate that ADA coordinator is person for faculty and staff to go to

         Provost will share discussion with Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities when meets with them next; Vice Chancellor Soll will talk with ADA coordinator also

 

2.        Selected comments from Follow-up on faculty workload open discussion and possible January University Senate meeting [See University Senate Executive Committee minutes on-line for more details]

         Open discussion at last University Senate was best attended by senators and visitors of all meetings during this chair’s tenure

         Seems to have missed one thing – discussion and setting of priorities; where to spend time

         Can’t be all things to all people – so must set priorities

         Would be nice to know university-wide expectations and priorities

         Should always go back to mission statement

         Currently seems adding to laundry list – need to stop and look at resources when look at new causes

         List getting longer, resources are not

         Need to know institutional priorities so can make directed decisions

         Chancellor would welcome conversation and discussion

         University does have ambitious agenda – continued that even when resources not forthcoming

         Consensus to have meeting January 23rd – direction and priorities of university and how relates to workload

 

Items discussed with the Senate Chair

1.        Student Senate Resolution 44-R-24 in Opposition to the Smoking Entrance Policy Enacted as a Result of University Senate Legislation 35-PP-1 states that the Student Senate believes that the current smoking entrance policy is ineffective and unenforceable.

2.        Discussion was held with Ed Meachen, Associate Vice President for Learning & Information Technology at UW-System about the raising costs for network use and if Regents have been apprised of the rising costs. It is projected that UWEC will grow in internet usage from 38 mbps to 95 mbps in 2001-2002. Due to the raising costs for using the internet, the projected cost of $475,000 is a dramatic increase from the current $190,000 (of which UWEC paid $32,072). Meachen strongly suggested that a campus should not be looking at any reallocations at this time to cover this cost until the committee currently being formed to investigate funding methods has a chance to work. He also noted that Regents have not been informed as of yet.

 

Board of Regents Meeting

 

1.        Robert Kvavik, Associate Vice President from the University of Minnesota, spoke on E-business: vision, strategy, policies, and outcomes. He stressed how E-business was first and foremost about improving service to ensure enduring relationships with clients, about community building and especially developing and maturing the virtual learning community. E-business affords the university the opportunity to transform key business processes through the use of Internet technology to improve services to the customers. The web site demonstrated was organized around the life of the users. All necessary links were conveniently available and pages were customizable both by the user and the university to market special opportunities.

 

The key challenge to a successful university e-business site is changing the current culture from thinking about vertical integration to cross-department integration; from hierarchical and silo structures of service units to enterprise-wide solutions; from administrative solutions to self-service solutions; from a producer-centric culture to customer-centric culture; and from specialists to generalists. The benefits of such a system are convenience of integration/one-stop shopping; efficiency through cost reduction; information-based services that are scalable to more users; customized and personalized services for both the producers and the customers; and the availability of more choices. Each student entering the one-stop web page can redesign the page to meet his needs including such things as local events and local weather.

 

Kvavik’s goal is to make the site easy enough that each person will want to visit the page everyday. For example, one can register for classes, link to information about the instructor and the course, have a list of necessary textbooks for the courses printed, order the textbooks from the bookstore for delivery to the dorm or home (thus helping to capture business away from the on-line bookstores such as Amazon.com), and use financial aid services to pay necessary bills. Check it out at: http://onestop.umn.edu/  The Regents were obviously impressed and asked Kvavik what role should Regents play. He responded: (1) develop a policy environment that is friendly toward moving this way; (2) endorse the cultural shift; and (3) set outcomes, priorities, and budgets that promote the change.

 

2.        UW-System President Lyall presented her recommendation for the 2001-2003 Unclassified Pay Plan that included a 4.2% increase for each year of the 2001-2003 biennium for faculty, academic staff, and university senior executives. Among other items included, it asked that the Department of Employment Relations Secretary recommend to the Joint Committee on Employment Relations that academic staff salary ranges be increased by up to the full amount of the pay plan each year of the biennium.

 

3.        The Board adopted 2001-2003 General Compensation Distribution Plan and Guidelines. These included the standard 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 distribution and authorized the UW-System President, following consultation with the chancellors, to earmark up to 10% of the total pay plan each year to be used at the discretion of the chancellors to address special compensation needs such as specific market shortfalls by faculty rank and to reward innovative, collaborative program delivery and exceptional performance in support of institutional goals.

 

4.        At the full Board meeting on Friday, Regent Smith provided four key goals for the UW-System as they related to the Economic Summit: (1) move ahead to form a voluntary statewide PK-16 council; (2) commit to increasing the number of college graduates in the state; (3) develop a system-wide strategy to bring more federal dollars to Wisconsin; and (4) enhance the Universities role in nurturing entrepreneurial activity and developing technology transfer. Regent President Smith announced he would ask the campuses to report in March what they will do in each of these four areas.

 

5.        The creation of voluntary Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council was approved. “Regent Randall recommended that the Superintendent of the Milwaukee Public School System be included on the Council, given that system’s unique characteristics”.

 

6.        The Education Committee heard a report on teacher supply and demand. “Regent Axtell expressed concern that UW-Stevens Point has capped enrollment in the areas of mathematics and science, and asked what is done in situations where demand exceeds supply. Regent Mohs suggested position reallocation and retraining as possible strategies. President Lyall noted that among strategies being discussed nationally is a movement to bring mathematics and science faculty from Arts and Sciences Colleges more actively into teacher education and possibly eliminating separate schools of education…. Regent Mohs urged emphases on developing measures to bring supply more in line with demand.”

 

7.        Revisions to the UW System Undergraduate Admissions Policy and Traditional and Nontraditional Freshman Admissions Policy were approved to included the phrases “After September 2003 students graduating from public high schools in Wisconsin will be required to provide evidence on their final transcript that they have taken all sections of the state-developed High School Graduation Test or the test adopted by their school board.” Regent Oliviere “urged UW System to be very involved in development of the Wisconsin high school graduation test. Regent Barry expressed concern that the proposed admissions policy applies only to students in Wisconsin public schools and expressed his preference that the board support a strong testing program throughout the student’s educational career.”

 

8.        During the discussion on high school admissions, Regent Mohs announced that he would be raising questions about race-based admissions and hoped future dialogue would take place on the question. Regent Olivieri noted that, “given the issue’s significance, it is important both to specify when the issue will be discussed and articulate precisely what will be discussed. Regent Smith described the issue as interesting and provocative, but questioned whether it should be a priority of the board at this time. He stated his opinion that advocating for the budget should be the board’s top priority, including budget items integral to Plan 2008.”

 

When Mohs presented his request to look at race-based admissions to the full board on Friday, he made it clear that he stood behind Plan 2008 100% and that “the timing is never right to bring up this topic. This is a civil rights issue. The citizens of our state are ahead of us, they know what equal is.” Regent Smith once again stated how he respected Regent Moh’s right to bring this forward, but that all on the Board agreed to the stated priorities. “Ours is the budget. We are firmly behind 2008.” Regent Gratz said “looking at the Wisconsin grade report, it seems to work hand-in-hand with what we are trying to accomplish. Would like to see us all Regents rally behind Mohs and Plan 2008.” Regents Olivieri and Marcovic expressed concern for procedure and the need for a motion to be on the agenda to provide time for lots of discussion and information.

 

9.        During the discussion of new program authorizations, “Regent Olivieri raised two issues: (1) that new program proposals attend to advising issues related to credits-to-degree; and (2) the importance of using distance technology to make unique programs available across the state.”

 

10.     Proposed sabbaticals for faculty across the system, including those for 11 faculty at UW-Eau Claire, were approved.

 

 

 

 

Have a Wonderful Holiday

Full of Joy, Peace,

And Special Blessings.

- Sue