Chair’s Report for November 9, 2004


Senate update

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

2.      Senators – please remember to initial the roster when you enter the room and pick up your name tags.

3.      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.


Senate Actions signed off by the Chancellor

1.      Two-Year Nominating Committee Terms


Open Forum Items from Senate Executive Committee Meeting minutes

1.      Deans Christian and Rhoades outlined a proposal on University General Education Committee membership in response to the charge from University Senate last meeting.

o       Working group included four deans and two faculty senators from each college

o       Proposal will be returned to full body of senate when completed


Faculty Reps Meeting – October 29th – next meeting November 19th

1.      Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Director Lisa Kornetsky gave an overview of the new Faculty Developer’s Project currently in pilot stage. OPID is seeking input on the needs of faculty for faculty development. Ideas regarding faculty development should be shared with the campus OPID Council members (Linda Carpenter and Rodd Freitag).

2.      Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Al Crist and Associate Vice President Ron Singer provided a draft of System guidelines relating to Overload Payments and Temporary Base Adjustments for Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited Appointees. While the draft is just a reorganization of existing policies for clarity, in sharing the draft with Chancellors and Provosts, Al and Ron have discovered the policies do not match practice. Faculty Reps were asked if the $12,000 cap was too low – most agreed it was too low, but cautioned about attempting to ask for a change at this time. The need to be careful in terms of the number of people teaching overloads was stressed. If  the legislature sees that a significant number of faculty are teaching overloads, it may assume then that faculty must have ‘extra time’ and therefore attempt to legislate an increase in the full-time teaching load.

3.      A brief report on the Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE) was given and a Matrix of proposed strategies distributed. Provosts have already been asked to respond with which of the 13 strategies would be undertaken by each campus. Since most of the strategies directly involve faculty in order to succeed, the Faculty Reps were concerned, as a whole, on how much faculty input was gathered by the Provosts before making the commitment to engage a campus in specific strategies. Reps also suggested that language requesting department-level periodic reviews of transfer courses be included to ensure that currently approved technical college courses transferring for credit remain equivalent to the university courses to which they transfer. System is looking for data on how students transferring into the UW System fare – are there some specific areas where they are not prepared for university courses even though ‘on the books’ they meet the prerequisites? Reps agreed that it “can’t be just the UW System’s responsibility to graduate transfer students, but the tech’s responsibility as well to prepare them”.

4.      System is looking at enrollment management and proposing not to dictate enrollment numbers, but allow each campus to determine the numbers. System stressed that “Integrated Enrollment Planning” is not just for the academics to discuss, but for all areas of the university to discuss. All areas are involved in some way. To determine the enrollment number, questions such as how many students can we support in terms of faculty to teach, faculty to advise, faculty to be involved in collaborative research projects, size of classrooms, cafeteria space, dorm rooms, parking areas, health care support, access to technology, library access, etc. must be asked. Representatives from all areas should be involved in the discussions – not just upper administration setting the number.

5.      Academic Planner Christine Flynn Saulnier gave a brief report on the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) upcoming workshop designed to address the needs of faculty researchers at all UW System Institutions.

6.      A draft of the UW System International Education Strategic Plan was distributed and Reps provided comments. The plan’s primary goal is to ensure that all UW System students attain a level of global and international awareness, knowledge and proficiency that enables them to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century.


Board of Regents Meeting – November 4th & 5th – next meeting December 9th & 10th

Summaries from the Board of Regents meetings:

Day 1
Day 2

1.      “Role of Liberal Education in American Higher Education” presentation by Dr. Carol Geary Schneider, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, provided an overview of what Liberal Education could be.[Chair Harrison will be sharing some of her ideas at the Open Discussion, November 30th.]

2.      The Board decided on the proposed pay increases for faculty and academic staff. Links to the text of the actual motions are available on the Day 1 summary. Regents established the need for a 6.3% increase for each year of the biennium and recommended an increase of 2% per year of the biennium provided sufficient funds are placed in the biennial budget to distribute at least 3% each year. The same pay plan distribution guidelines as used for 2003-2005 were adopted provided the amount (beyond the budget request of 3%) is greater than 2%. Otherwise, the funds will be distributed across the board based on solid performance.

3.      The Board endorsed state group health insurance for domestic partners of all UW System employees and encouraged the Governor and the Legislature to amend state statutes to provide that benefit. [The on-line summary has the original language of "all state employees", but the language was amended on Thursday to read "all UW System employees". As far as I know, the language was not reversed anytime on Friday.]

4.      Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, shared research and reasons for why academic research and development are essential to growing Wisconsin's economy.