Chair's Report for September 22, 1998
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Open Forum Items from Senate Executive Committee Minutes
- Guidelines for and distribution of differential tuition dollars was questioned, including what role the University Senate Budget Committee plays in the process and whether an itemized report was available.
- Response of Tom Miller
- Full presentation can be made at a later date to both the Executive Committee and the Senate
- Differential tuition dollars are not doled out by department, school, or college but are distributed to six separate categories, for example, for student/faculty collaborative research and to fund the internship coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences
- Distribution guided by the principals that every student should benefit by those dollars sometime in the course of the student's career and that the dollars support the redefined baccalaureate degree
- Budget Committee not necessarily involved up-front, but differential tuition moneys will be audited this year
- Students also review differential tuition every two years and decide whether or not to continue program
- Update on bagel and juice cart located in Haas Fine Arts Center
- Promptly investigated by administration, Vice Chancellor Bauer did informal survey
- At 2:00 p.m. daily, cart stored under stairs, on Fridays removed from the location so as not to interfere with other programs/activities being held in that area
- Comments of faculty and staff surveyed on the food carts were very positive
- Decrease in parking spots available to faculty in Phillips lot criticized
- Parking plan will be reviewed by Physical Plant Planning Committee this year
- Current situation reflects the 71 spots approved for Phillips Hall in the parking proposal; up from last year because only 50-60 spots were requested at that time
- Perhaps an option would be to decrease student parking in that lot
- Possible need to increase options in General Education category IV; currently students must choose four out of five options; will be referred to Academic Policies Committee
Other Items from Senate Executive Committee Meetings
Senator Angelo Armendariz, Senator Owen Marshall, Senator Bobby Pitts, and
- There is a meeting about Open Meeting Laws on October 1, 1998 in Davies Theater. All are welcome. Details to follow.
- New members appointed to the Ad Hoc Instructional Technology Committee to serve until 2001:
University Academic Staff member, Cynthia Hofacker
- The University 5-year Plan is being distributed to each Senator. Senators are asked to review the plan and provide any comments to the appropriate Senate Committee by November 1th. (Please see the back of this report for details.)
- The process of reviewing the University 5-year Plan is not only important for developing the next 5-Year Plan but also for preparing for the North Central Association Accreditation Review coming up in Fall of 1999.
- Committees should begin focusing on the recommendations outlined in the University 5-year Plan and on the issues presented in the Senator Survey Results summary sheet distributed at the last meeting.
Items discussed with the Senate Chair
- The contact person for the North Central Association Accreditation Review will be on campus October 15th.
- Plans are proceeding for administrator evaluations. This year the Assistant Chancellor for Information and Technology Management is due to be reviewed.
Faculty Reps Meeting
- Next meeting will be October 1st.
Board of Regents Meeting
- Next meeting will be October 8-9 in Green Bay.
- At the last Board of Regent's meeting, a report on the Student and Faculty/Staff Technology Survey was presented by Ed Meachen, Associate Vice President, Office of Learning and Information Technology (OLIT). Survey results are provided in the handout showing the slides used in his presentation.
A Summary of Recommendations in the University 5-Year Plan begins on page 25 of the main document.
Senators are asked to look over all the recommendations and provide comments to the appropriate Senate Committee by November 1st.
Senate Committees are asked to review the entire document while focusing on specific recommendations as noted below. Committees should provide comments to Senate Office by December 15th.
Senate Executive Committee will look at all areas, compile the responses, and provide a summary report to the University Planning Committee by March 1st.
Summary of Recommendations, page 25
Area of Recommendation in Five-Year Plan
Suggested Committees for Response
Enrollment Management III
Academic Policies for recruitment and retention
Budget for resources
IT for providing technology-related opportunities
Academic Policies for degree, advising, assessment, and program array
Budget for resources needed
Faculty Personnel for removing barriers to connecting disciplines and for advising-related workloads
Academic Staff Personnel for role in advising and assessment
Compensation for workload compensation.
Faculty Personnel and Academic Staff Personnel
Compensation for rewards and workloads compensation.
Classroom Instructional Technology
Budget for funding and incentives
Compensation for incentives
Physical Plant Planning
IT for technology upgrades
If a committee responded to the 1996 University Five-year Plan, a copy of those responses will be distributed to that committee.