Chair’s Report for April 26, 2005
links to agendas, minutes, Chair's Reports and other sites of interest are
on the Senate web site: http://www.uwec.edu/Usenate. Senate Chair’s Report will be available on this site by noon on the day of the Senate meeting.
► Changes due to length of agenda and end of semester:
1. Open Forum
· Concern expressed about unavailability of hard copies of class schedules for registration and advising
2. Miscellaneous Business
· Question raised about discrepancy between salaries offered new hires across campus
· Concern raised about whether senator use of UWEC.SENATE email distribution list to send out information about topic currently on senate agenda violates open meeting laws
Other Items discussed with the Chair
The election results for nominations to be forwarded to system for consideration for the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee have been tabulated and are as follows:
Four from University Academic Staff: Kristina Anderson (Admissions), Sue Moore (Registration), Patricia Quinn (Educational Access), and Mike Rindo (University Communications)
Ten from College of Arts and Sciences: Mickey Crothers (Psychology), Brady Foust (Geography and Anthropology), Scott Hartsel (Chemistry), Robert Hooper (Geology), Irene Lazda (Foreign Languages), David Shih (English), Alex Smith (Mathematics), Susan Turell (Women's Studies), Anne Utschig (English), and Marty Wood (English)
One from the Library: Karen Pope
nominees join the two submitted from the
The Chancellor, in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee, will be adding the name of one more faculty member.
In addition, the Chancellor will be sending down the names of four community members, two administrators, and the names of four students submitted by the Student Senate.
Faculty Reps Meeting – next meeting via teleconference, Friday, April 29
Board of Regents Meeting – next meeting at Stout, May 5th & 6th
Legislative Update – Portions from the Legislative Update prepared by UW System staff
1. Participants in a Business
Roundtable discussion April 20 concluded that the
The Wisconsin State Journal
reported they said that lawmakers often see public higher education as a
discretionary expense, unlike the more politically popular areas such as
corrections, health care and K-12 education. Lawmakers also know that colleges
and universities can raise revenue through tuition increases, making the university
a first stop for budget cuts, they said.
State rules in hiring, wages and building construction further constrain system decision-making, the speakers said, putting the state firmly in control of university business even as taxpayer dollars funded less than 25 percent of system costs for the first time this budget cycle.
A protest by unionized workers over the lack of a contract led to a major protest outside the Capitol on Thursday. One result of the protest was the first public disclosure by the administration of Gov. Jim Doyle on the potential pay plan for faculty and academic staff.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Karen Timberlake, director of the Office of State Employment Relations, said the administration is proposing 2005-07 pay raises for non-represented state employees and UW System faculty and academic staff of 2 percent in July of this year, 2 percent in July 2006, and 1 percent in April 2007.The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations could hold hearings in early May on the proposal.
The Wisconsin Taxpayer
newsletter, citing a study by
2. Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs Dean Kaufert and Scott Fitzgerald began executive action on the budget bill to begin on Tuesday, April 19. The UW System budget isn’t expected to be acted on until May. In action this week the committee approved a sum sufficient appropriation to fund tuition benefits for returning veterans. It is not clear what impact this will have on two bills that were considered in public hearings this week by the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee.
3. The Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, Military Affairs, Small Business and Government Reform conducted a public hearing on tax credits to businesses on April 21. The UW System registered in support of SB 152, a bill to offer tuition tax credits to businesses that pay the tuition of low-income employees. UW System testimony by Margaret Lewis, associate vice president for government relations, indicated this would help to address the disturbing trend of a 7 percent decline in the percentage of system incoming freshmen from low income families in the last decade. The legislation will particularly help non-traditional students. The bill can be found at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/SB152hst.html
4. AB-343 Morning After Pill (LeMahieu) Prohibits the UW System from advertising the availability of, prescribing and dispensing on any campus a hormonal medication or combination of medications for postcoital control of fertility to any registered student or other person entitled to university health care services.
5. AB-349. UW
System Credit Transfer (Wieckert) Transfer
of certain program credits within the UW System. AB-350. Nursing Credit Transfer
(Wieckert) Transfer of nursing course credits between
the UW System and