UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
FACULTY SENATE MEETING
Thursday, February 21, 2002, 2:30 p.m.; Curtin Hall 175
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher called the meeting to order at 2:33 p.m.
I. COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS
The Chancellor first recognized Talia Schank to accommodate Ms. Schank’s class schedule.
1. Student Association: Talia Schank, President
President Schank reported that the Student Association attended the 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference in UW-River Falls and traveled to Washington D.C. with the United States Student Association. Schank announced that the Student Association would help UWM in attempting to regain the GPR budget reduction, but cautioned that the Student Association would not support any actions resulting in increased student tuition. Schank addressed the Milwaukee Commitment and the Student Association’s willingness to work with administration to create a document that maintains accountability. Schank announced four students would be placed on the Milwaukee Commitment Advising Panel.
2. Chancellor Nancy Zimpher updated the Senate on the status of the state budget. The most recent budgetary reduction proposal indicates the Governor understands the importance of UWM’s role in economic stimulus for the state of Wisconsin. While the legislature completes its process UW System and the Chancellor’s office continue to work on restoring budgetary reductions and developing strategies to deal with expected budgetary changes. The Deans and Provost are currently working towards a plan to sequence faculty and academic staff new hires rather then sacrificing positions.
Zimpher reported that the university continues to work on climate issues. New initiatives will incorporate the recommendations from the Report on the Status of Women, the Black and Gold Commission and the yet to be completed Status of faculty and staff of Color survey. The Chancellor will keep the Senate apprised of these developments. The University continues to work on issues of quality assessment, accreditation and further integrating many of the Milwaukee Idea initiatives into the community.
Zimpher reported that the UWM Women’s Basketball is in 2nd place and will be the Horizon League Champions if they win on Saturday and the University of Milwaukee Men’s Basketball has 3 games left and if all are won, they too will be the Horizon League Champions.
2. University Committee Report: Ann Snyder, Chairperson
Professor Snyder gave an overview of the UC’s activities which included:
· Monitoring progress for Search and Screens for two Deans and Vice Chancellors
· Moving both the AQIP procedure and the Disciplinary Policy to the Rules Committee, to be placed on the Faculty/Senate calendar
· Reviewing the current Emeritus Policy and determined the current plan was appropriate
· Reviewing and modifying the pay plan
· Making appointments to Standing Committees
· Providing assistance and information for the Doctoral Program review.
II. UWM FACULTY SENATE RULES COMMITTEE AND UWM FACULTY SENATE MEETINGS FOR SEMEMSTER II, 2001-02
Chancellor Zimpher noted the Faculty Senate Rules Committee dates and times, which had been tentative at the January meeting, were now finalized on the February 21st Calendar.
III. SENATE ROLL CALL
Secretary Murphy called the roll. There were 40 senators and Parliamentarian Robert Krueger present.
IV. AUTOMATIC CONSENT BUSINESS
1. The minutes of the January 24, 2002 Faculty Senate Meeting were approved as distributed.
V. CHANCELLOR’S REPORT
The status of the faculty documents passed were listed under the Chancellor’s Report in the Senate Meeting Calendar.
1. Faculty Document #2275 – Recommendations by the University Committee to change UWM Policies and Procedures 5.43 (Disciplinary Policy). Professor Snyder, Chair of the University Committee, moved the adoption of Fac. Doc. #2275. Professor Snyder provided a brief history of the evolution of the policy. After substantial discussion related to Document #2275, it was moved and seconded to refer Document #2275 to an ad hoc Committee elected by the Senate from a slate nominated by the University Committee. The motion passed with a voice vote.
2. Faculty Document #2324 – Resolution that UWM pursue a traditional NCA accreditation and use the results of the AQIP survey as part of that process. Professor Margo Anderson, Department of History, provided rationale with permission from the Rules Committee. Substantial questions and discussion arose including questions related to the quality, preparation and readiness of the process; the number and make-up of those who took the survey; and the ability of the AQIP model as currently developed to serve the needs of UWM. The motion passed by voice vote.
VII. GENERAL GOOD AND WELFARE
Senator William Holahan raised concerns about the recent nationally publicized departmental rankings and noted some of the criteria used are not material to UWM (e.g. numbers of transfer students). He stated that UWM may not be effectively presenting its case to receive the rankings as published. He recommended the University develop a strategy to better articulate and promote our outstanding programs.
Chancellor Zimpher reported that she has spent many years doing accreditation reports and wants to assure the faculty of her genuine commitment to accreditation and a meaningful accreditation process. It is uncertain if AQIP would get UWM where it wants to go. Regardless of what accreditation process UWM uses, that process will be different than past cycles because even the “traditional” NCA process is changing.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.