Chair’s Report for May 10, 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.


► Changes due to length of agenda and end of semester:

-          During debate, Senators may speak only twice to any motion or amendment. Each speaking term is limited to five (5) minutes. The Chair will add names of those wishing to speak to a speaker's list upon recognition.

-          Everyone wishing to speak to an issue will be allowed to speak once before second-round speaking terms begin.

-          Debate on a given issue will be limited to 30 minutes. If at the end of 30 minutes the body is not ready to conclude debate, the Chair will entertain a motion to either postpone further debate to the end of the current meeting or refer the item to a committee.


► Senate Chair rulings (any senator may challenge these rulings):

-          The term "main motion" used on the name tags in reference to "Moving the Previous Question", stopping debate, and if passed, immediately voting on the "main motion" refers to the motion under discussion at the time someone moves the Question. Therefore, if one "moves the previous question" during the debate on an amendment and the motion to move the question passes, debate on the amendment stops and an immediate vote is taken on the amendment under discussion.

-          With respect to the previously distributed details of making a "motion to Reconsider": (a) in the absence of a recorded vote, as long as another senator can verify that a person voted on the prevailing side, that person may "move to reconsider"; (b) only those who originally have the right to vote on a motion (and who voted on the prevailing side), have the right to bring that motion back up for "reconsideration"; (c) a reconsideration can occur either on the same day or the next day on which business occurs in the session – that means the next Senate meeting.


Senate Actions signed off by the Chancellor

1.        Senate Membership

2.        Senate and University Committees; College Faculties

3.        Selection and Evaluation of Administrators

4.        Roll Call Vote Bylaws

5.        Academic Staff Review of Performance

6.        University General Education Committee

7.        Comprehensive Salary Plan 2005-2006

8.        Dual Degree – Geological Engineering

9.        Clarification on Voting in Personnel Actions

10.     Post-Tenure Review Salary Adjustments

11.     Chair Administrative Review

12.     Authorization to Implement Women’s Studies Major

13.     Procedures for Recruitment of Unit Directors


Names of those appointed to Chancellor Search & Screen Committee reported in University Bulletin  this week.


Faculty Reps Meeting via teleconference, Friday, April 29

1.     Faculty Senate at LaCrosse established academic review committee to establish academic effects of proposed budget cuts.

2.     In discussion on Professorial Productivity Raises, wondered if any way to package the idea for legislative support rather than use pay plan for funding. Stevens Point looking at developing pool of funds to use – some coming from Chancellor’s discretionary funds and other salary funds. Some would like to see type of funds from legislature for something other than merit. LaCrosse set aside money to address compression and now have virtually NO compression problem on campus. Other campuses shared experiences with fighting compression. Will bring up the topic at the System President’s Advisory committee for compensation.

3.     Budget Process update. Joint Finance going into executive session. UW System budget coming up early to mid May in discussions. Number 1 issue from System is pay plan. System suggested as of now and Timberlake to ask, with Governor’s approval, for 2% increase as of July 05, 2% increase July 06, followed by 1% in April 07 for unclassified staff. President of system says we need at least that and also asked for additional money to be added towards end of biennium for market adjustment money, something around 5% at the end of the biennial period – this is more iffy. Money for market adjustment would be applied to making sure we retain people and recruit the best people.

= Principles the WI Senate is using for operating – one is NO tax increase, one is NO fee hike – a problem if tuition is considered a fee hike. Also limit the rate of revenue growth, no new bonding for annual operations, cap transfers to general fund at 1% of general fund, structural deficit to be greatly reduced, and include property tax freeze. Finance process screeched to halt as principles set were immediately violated.

= Credit transfer with technical colleges coming up as proposal where credit transfer is mandated. Concern as this relates to Chapter 36 and the role of faculty in academic program decisions. Also proposed changes in retirement plan – adjusting retirement age to 59.5 and changing annuity plans. System has been told domestic partner benefits will ‘not see the light of day’ in the budget.

4.     Open Meeting laws with Chris Ashley from UW System Legal Counsel – faculty member has the right to request an open meeting when it involves tenure; same right is not available for any other types of decisions. Position taken – is up to committee chair and committee to invite who they want to the closed part of any meeting. Next - discussed the use of signed ballots in closed session and the need to record the results.

5.     Routing complaints against faculty – briefly discussed how the process works on various campuses.


Board of Regents Meeting at Stout, May 5th & 6th

1.     See Day One Summary: and Day Two Summary: for details.


Legislative Update – Portions from the Legislative Update prepared by UW System staff

1.        The Colleges and University Committee will meet to consider AB 239 a bill by Representative Kreibich to cap tuition at 3% on Tuesday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. in room 225-Northwest. An additional GPR appropriation of $23.8 million in year one and an increase over that amount of an additional $21.8 million in year two of the biennium would be required to replace lost tuition revenue if the bill were passed. Without an appropriation, the bill would mean a cut in revenue to campuses of more than $20 million per year. The bill can be found at:

2.        The Assembly Budget Review Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, in 328-Northwest to discuss AB-186, which requires all contractual services purchased by state executive branch agencies to be performed within the United States. The bill may be found at:

3.        The Senate will take up the bill proposing to add another student member to the Board of Regents.
SB-121 will be taken up Tuesday, May 3.

4.        SB 187 (Leibham) was introduced to prohibit a student who has been convicted of certain drug crimes to be eligible for the WHEG grant. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education and Tourism. SB 187 can be found at:

5.        Rep. Steve Wieckert has introduced AR-14, a resolution that asks the Wisconsin Technical College System and the UW System to collaborate to reduce the nursing shortage and reduce the shortage of other health care occupation professionals. AR-14 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities. The resolution may be found at:

6.        AB 387 (Hundertmark) has introduced a bill to expand the nursing student loan program to include nurse educators. The bill can be found at:

7.        Federal Government Update: Agreement was reached by Republican congressional leaders on a budget resolution for FY2006. Passage is expected. The resolution includes a $100 increase, to $4,150, in the maximum Pell Grant, forgives the $4.3 billion shortfall in the program, and maintains the Perkins Loan program. The resolution also directs Congress to cut $7 billion from student loan programs or find similar savings through Higher Education Act reauthorization. Savings would be directed toward deficit reduction. The budget is not binding and sets broad parameters for how much money the federal government may spend in a given year. Appropriations bills must be passed by Congress to finance the FY 2006 operations, which begin on October 1.