Chair’s Report for February 22, 2005


Senate update

1.        Important links to agendas, minutes, Chair's Reports and other sites of interest are available
on the Senate web site: Senate Chair’s Report will be available on this site by noon on the day of the Senate meeting.

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.


Senate Actions signed off by the Chancellor


Items from Senate Executive Committee Meeting

1.        Various Senates from across the system have been passing resolutions on topics such as:

·         Governor Doyle’s 05-07 Budget proposal

·         Investments & Social Responsibility – referring to the UW System Trust Fund Investments

·         Travel Plans – proposal for using one travel agency for all UW System

·         The Marriage Amendment and

·         Domestic Partner Benefits

Access to copies of the various resolutions is available through the Senate web site at:

Note – It has been discovered that UW System is maintaining a list of campus senates (faculty, academic staff, and student) that have passes resolutions (A) against the Marriage Amendment; (b) in support of Domestic Partner Benefits; and (C) both A & B or in support of the Inclusivity Initiative. This list has been distributed to all Regents and to others by request.


Faculty Reps Meeting – next meeting by teleconference, March 4, 2005


Board of Regents Meeting – February 10 & 11, Madison; next meeting March 10 & 11, Madison

February 10 -

February 11 - 

1.        The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to consolidate the Madison-based administrative offices of two UW System institutions under the leadership of a single chancellor, a move that will strengthen university programs, while saving as much as $1.5 million per year. Regent Guy Gottschalk of Wisconsin Rapids encouraged the system to roll any savings realized from the consolidation back to the core missions of UW-Extension and the UW Colleges. Regent Jose Olivieri added that the two institutions should be encouraged to be creative and to feel free to collaborate.

2.        The good and the bad of the Governor’s proposed budget were presented. See for details.

3.        Extensive accountability measures were proposed by the Board of Regents on Thursday to bring new urgency to achieving diversity in student, faculty and staff populations, while achieving a welcoming climate on campuses throughout the UW System. The full Board heard presentations on the current state of Plan 2008: Educational Quality Through Racial and Ethnic Diversity. It was noted that campuses were charged by the Regents with submitting plans by December that describe how they will reach seven distinct goals. Discussion continues between System Administration and the campuses to finalize the plans by March. Adopting system-wide a diversity accountability report card with measurable goals that will track the progress made by UWSA and the institutions in closing the achievement gap between UW students of color and white students will be done by June 2005. Resolution passed included four points:

·         Institute a systemwide Diversity Award, similar to the Regents Teaching Excellence Award, recognizing excellence in diversity programming or achievement.

·         Working with the Board, the President will refocus the evaluation of Chancellors with respect to their work on diversity and on progress with Plan 2008 Phase II and integration with institutional mission.

·         Subsequent changes to campus Phase II plans must describe their accountability process, including incentives and penalties for success and failure to close the achievement gap.

·         The Education Committee passed a resolution to include gender identity or expression in the UW System policy documents on nondiscrimination.



Legislative Update


1.        AJR-15, a measure to condemn University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill's speech, is on the Assembly agenda for Tuesday, February 22.  The resolution also urges Chancellor Jack Miller to cancel the speech and the Board of Regents to "conduct a review of hiring and tenure procedures to determine if appropriate policies exist to prevent the hiring of and, if necessary, the timely dismissal of faculty failing to meet honorable academic standards of conduct expected by students, parents, and taxpayers."

2.        February 22 - The Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee will hold a public hearing on February 22, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 225 Northwest of the State Capitol.  The Committee will meet to take up three bills:

3.        March 2 - There will be a joint meeting of the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee and Senate Higher Education and Tourism Committee at 10:00 a.m. on March 2 in Room 417 North.

·         The hearing will include invited guests to speak on UW System restructuring plans, credit-transfers, and opportunities presented by higher education consortiums to improve administrative efficiencies.  This will include Rep. Kreibich's proposal to make the 2-year UW Colleges satellites of four-year UW institutions, and UW System President Reilly’s proposal to merge the administration functions of the UW Colleges and UW Extension. 
·         Invited guests will include UW System President Reilly, Wisconsin Technical College System President Dan Clancy, and Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) President Larry Isaak.  Isaak will discuss student exchanges and savings that could be achieved by participation in insurance and procurement contracts negotiated by the Midwest Higher Education Compact.

4.        Bills and Board of Regent positions will be posted at: 






~~~~  Chancellor Mash  ~~~~


Thanks for the way you supported the concept of shared governance during your time here.


We wish you the best in your new role at System.