|I.||COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS|
|1.||Chancellor Zimpher gave a brief review of the UWS biennial
budget proposal for 1999-2001. Comments included:
• GPR as a source of funding has gone from 52% in 73-74 to 33% in 98-99.
• Department of corrections is requesting twice the amount as the UW System.
• The US average increase in funding in 96-98 was 11.5% while the UW System increase was 3%
• Wisconsin is falling dramatically behind in the Midwest. 17% to 27% increase in other states as compared to 7% in Wisconsin in the 94-98 period.
UW System is requesting $130,000,000 in new funds for new initiatives and UWM is figuring prominently in these. There are six system wide initiatives and one specifically for UWM.
• There is a serious shortage of information technologists in the system and difficultly in recruiting more. Taking off on a program at UWM, UW System is proposing to "grow their own" with a program of student training and employment.
• Advising is a major student concern. UW System is requesting funds for increased advising capacity.
• UW System is requesting funds for a major improvement in library resources. The goal is that every needed book, journal, or electronic resource will be available somewhere in the system.
• Funding of Plan 2008 is requested. Increased scholarships and financial aid with emphasis on diversity is proposed. Diversity of the pool of qualified college applicants will be increased through pre-college programs and other efforts.
• A global initiative will expand foreign language programs and study abroad opportunities. UWM has lead in this effort and proposes to establish an Institute for Global Studies.
• A major initiative to expand assistance to local governments is proposed.
• A major initiative on Urban Environmental Health is specific to UWM . This involves health issues such as asthma, lead poisoning and contamination in fish.
There is a special initiative for UW Madison involving a special fund of $50,000,000 to be matched by $200,000,000 in private funds over the next two biennia.
The budget is in its early stages and changes and prioritization will occur.
|Question: Y. Yannay asked if UW Madison had the matching monies in hand or were they depending on fund raising.|
|Answer: Fund raising will be necessary to accumulate the funds.|
|G. McBride commented that a priority in the advising initiative
should be the access of faculty advisors to student records. She also asked
if there were efforts to ensure that UWM get credit for local internships.
Chancellor Zimpher replied that the Milwaukee Idea would contain a program to make UWM a gateway to the UW System.
|Question: I. Harris asked for identification of "Auxiliary
Answer: Those non academic activities that charge for services etc.
V. Adesso commented that UWM needed to make a better effort to increase its visibility, "to push ourselves."
Chancellor Zimpher replied that UWM did have high visibility in the initiatives.
|Question: G. Schneider asked for a definitive statement
on the status of "revenue base budgeting" versus "revenue targeting". Which
is starting in July? We are getting mixed signals as to what is starting.
Is revenue based budgeting a done deal?
Answer: We are looking at targets at the present. We are discussing revenue base budgeting as a system. The means etc. must be developed. There will be much discussion before any system is put in place.
|2.||R. Ryder reviewed recent activities of the University Committee.
State legislators, Sen. Rosenzweig and Rep. Krug, have been visited in the last two weeks. They say that UWS lobbies for UW Madison but not for the rest of the system. R. Ryder is asking the Faculty Reps. group to put on its agenda a discussion on how the decisions are made as to distribution of UW System lobbying efforts.
There is a concerted effort by most campuses other than Madison and Milwaukee to improve the compensation packages. UWM is being asked to join the rest of the campuses in a resolution requesting that the current request for 5.2% each year of the biennium be increased to 6-8%.The resolution will be circulated to the senate by e-mail and the University Committee will ask for feedback on whether the resolution should be brought before the senate.
|The proposal to change UWM P&P on faculty discipline
has been sent to the codification committee. This committee has communicated
several concerns about the proposed legislation and the UC will meet with
the committee to discuss their concerns. A new draft will be prepared shortly.
The UC has requested that the fAPBC to look at the situation re revenue based budgeting. A committee of the whole discussion on the subject will be prepared for the January meeting.
|Question: K. Hamilton asked how research, grants, etc.
would be handled under revenue based budgeting.
Answer: R. Ryder replied that the UC was concerned about these matters and was keeping a list of such concerns for consideration.
|Question: M. Hossain asked if we could hire a lobbyist
of our own.
Answer: The UC is considering the possibility of pooling resources with PROFS and will set up a committee to explore the question.
|Question: R. Gratz asked if legislation to change the duties
of the Secretary of the University in chapter 1, P&P is in the works.
Answer: R.Ryder replied that such legislation had been sent to the Codification Committee and would be before the faculty at the next faculty meeting.
V. Adesso commented that there is gaining the impression that there is no longer a doctoral cluster due to deviations in treatment of UW Madison in terms of special funding, teaching loads etc. R. Ryder replied that the concern will be brought up to President Lyall and UW System will be asked to address it.
A motion was made and seconded to extend the time for comments and questions by 20 minutes. The motion passed by an unanimous voice vote.
Question: R. Drago voiced concern with the apparent single minded drive to revenue based budgeting and asked if we should not be looking at alternatives instead of concentrating on one system. R. Ryder replied that we would only be looking at the concept of revenue targeting as of July 1999. The Chancellor agreed that we should be looking at alternative budgeting models and stated that we would be discussing more than just revenue based budgeting.
A. Teeter commented that she was very confused. That briefings to the School of Education had indicated that budgeting was a "done deal" and would start in July.
Chancellor Zimpher stated that we are confusing two separate terms: revenue based budgeting and revenue based targeting. It is the latter which will be initiated in July. A. Teeter commented that revenue based budgeting is more appropriate for private institutions who have a different set of restrictions than state institutions. We should be surveying what other state institutions are doing. R. Ryder replied that UWM would be gaining more flexibility in the future. Variable tuition is currently being considered.
R. Ryder stated that due to the desire for a major report on the Milwaukee Idea to be presented to the faculty, the UC is considering requesting that the Chancellor and the Senate Rules Committee change the date for the winter faculty meeting to February 18, 1999 and to have a regular senate meeting on January 28, 1999.
R. Ryder concluded by relinquishing the podium to G. McBride who read a brief statement of appreciation for the Secretary of the University and presented him with a copy of the history of UWM. (Statement appears at end of Senate Minutes.)
|3.||J. Robb, President of the Student Association introduced
Saad Akbar U Khan, Student Senate Pro Tempore, and Talia Shank, Women's
Issues Chair, who gave a presentation on student initiatives.
• The Student Association is developing an extension of the BOSS Program. The escort program will be expanded to cover an area of three (3) blocks from campus.
• A new shuttle service will be created with hours of 7:00 pm to 1:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 pm to 3:00 am on Saturdays.
• They are trying to initiate a limo service with door to door service.
• Improved security with staff training by the Milwaukee Police Department is in development.
• A student mentoring program is being initiated. The concept is that students relate best to fellow students so students as mentors, tutors and counselors are especially effective. It is hoped that students will become the primary recruiters for UWM.
These initiatives are consistent with the Milwaukee Idea and are programs that have proven successful on other campuses in the USA. Comments from the faculty and any additional ideas should be sent to the Student Association by e-mail.
|II.||SENATE ROLL CALL
The Parliamentarian and 39 senators were present. Senators S. Emmons, R. Schwartz, M. Day, C. Lee, D. Barlow, K. Baugrud, M. Gelfer, J. Hall, B. Wishne, R. Steinpreis, and W. Velez were listed as absent.
|III.||AUTOMATIC CONSENT BUSINESS|
|1.||The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of November 19, 1998 were approved with one correction: On page 3 the name of M. Schwartz was misspelled.|
|2.||A memorial resolution for Professor Emeritus Charles Weise, Department of Biological Sciences was read by Professor M. L. Perille Collins, Department of Biological Sciences.|
The Chancellor's report was received.
|1.||Chancellor Zimpher gave a report on the developments Re:
The Milwaukee Idea.
The third plenary session was held on December 9, 1998. The affinity groups reported their progress and listed ideas to come. The first draft of the Milwaukee Idea report with ideas is due on January 3, 1999. The discussion will then become more focused with the ideas bein g widely disseminated and discussed between January 3 and February 3. Meetings and discussions will be held with a wide variety of groups for the purpose of feedback. The next plenary session will be in late January or February. The deadline for the report will be the date of the chancellor's inaugural (Now scheduled for March 26, 1999 in the Klotsche Center.)
The Milwaukee Idea will be linked to the inaugural by a day and a half pre-conference. National speakers will be invited. The result will be the formation of action teams to revue the infrastructure/capacity needed to put the ideas into practice and to blend them into the Strategic Plan and the Program Array Revue. At this time we will begin to get a view of the resource base needed to blend the new with the continuing base operations.
The senators are encouraged to visit the Milwaukee Idea web site and follow the discussions. The final document will come to the senate for review.
|VI.||SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
Nominations of candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded in 1999.
R. Ryder moved/R. Gratz seconded that the senate convene in closed session for the sole purpose of considering the qualifications of and balloting on candidates nominated as recipients of Honorary Degrees from this institution. The motion was made pursuant to Wis. Stats. 1985(1)(f).
Chancellor Zimpher reminded the senate that the motion must be carried by a two thirds majority vote and requires a roll call vote. She invited any faculty member who wished to remain to do so and cautioned everyone that the names of the nominees must be kept confidential until the process is completed, sometime in February or March.
The motion was approved on an unanimous roll call vote: 35 yes, o no, o abstain.
Voting Yes: Senators J. Bowers, F. Eckman, M. Gordon, K. Hamilton, W. Laufer, D. Mbalia, J. Sappenfield, C. Tatham, G. Verdier, M. Collins, S. Hoot, M. Hossain, R. Hutz, S. Mcroy, M. Schwartz, J. Fisher, L. Glass, R. Gratz, B. Hart, G. Mcbride, B. Meyer, R. Ryder, G. Schneider, P. Schot, V. Stoffel, J. Sweetland, P. Teeter, W. Van Horne, J. White, V. Adesso, L. Bradford, R. Drago, S. Lima, J. Moore, P. Shasko
Professor Velguth, Chair of the Honorary Degree Committee presented the names of candidates Ballots (to be signed) were distributed and collected. The senate rose from closed session.
It was subsequently determined that the four candidates nominated had been approved.
|1.||Proposal by the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Staff representation
regarding the changing of representation on several faculty standing committees.
L. Glass, chair of the Ad Hoc committee presented the proposal and outlined
Moved and seconded to pass faculty document 2169.
R. Drago commented that the motion implied a major increase in committee work and that this should be carefully considered. He stated that he would vote for approval as an important gesture in terms of shared governance.
Motion passed by a voice vote.
Moved and seconded that Fac. Doc. 2169 become effective as of January 15, 1999 by appointment by the Chancellor on the basis of nominations by the Academic Staff Committee.
Motion passed by a voice vote.
|2.||Academic Policy Committee recommendation that the 1999-2000
Academic Calendar be amended to change the Commencement date to May 14, 2000.
Moved and seconded to approved Fac. Doc. #2170.
Motion passed by a voice vote.
|3.||Academic Policy Committee Recommendation of the 2000-2001
Academic and Summer Session 2001 Calendar.
Moved and seconded to approve Fac. Doc. #2171.
R. Drago commented that it was his understanding that there would be an evaluation of the UwinteriM session before it was fully established. The reply was that there would have to be a few more sessions before a full evaluation. The 1999 session will be evaluated in March. The proposed calendar for 2000-2001should leave a space for such a session if it is approved.
G. Schneider stated that the shifting of the summer session a full week later towards the fall would present an enormous problem in the School of Education since school teachers would not be able to take classes ending on the last week. She asked why the shift was necessary. E. Christensen answered that the UwinteriM shifted the regular semester by one week and this required a shift in summer session in order to allow for the steam shutdown. G. Schneider asked why there was no provision for a steam shutdown in the 1999-2000 calendar. There was no answer.
J. Sweetland commented that the bulletin has a wrong date for spring break and the UWM Report has the wrong date for the Inaugural, it's time we picked dates and stuck with them.
M.L. Collins asked why the steam shutdown was not on the calendar. She pointed out that the shutdown was very inconvenient to laboratories with autoclaves and animals, etc. She requested that we should consider the needs of science, education, etc.
G. McBride asked if the dates had been passed by the School of the Arts to see if there was any conflict with their program.
R. Drago asked if the senate couldn't put off a decision pending further study of the problems.
Approval of Fac. Doc. # 2171 was tabled and returned to the APC for further study. E. Christensen was asked to have the Academic Policy Committee review the proposed calendar with respect to potential problems and impact on: the steam shutdown; the School of Education; UWinteriM; School of the Arts, and laboratory and animal operations.
|4.||Recommendation by the Academic Program and Curriculum Committee
to change the name of the Early Childhood: Exceptional Needs (EC:EEN) to
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
Moved to approve Fac. Doc. #2172.
Motion passed on a voice vote.
|IX.||GENERAL GOOD AND WELFARE
Chancellor Zimpher stated that there would be a report on the budget and budget models at the next senate meeting.
R. Drago asked that the minutes of the Milwaukee Commitment Committee be made available to the senate.
|There being no further business, the Senate adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
On behalf of the Faculty Senate, I wish to make a recognition which will be too brief -- but we know it will be but the first of many for a friend who will retire soon after long service on the faculty and in the Senate. That service has culminated in several years on the University Committee, including as its chair, and finally as the Secretary of the University. An this is his last meeting of the Faculty Senate as our Secretary. So, George, please accept a token of our gratitude. But, we hope it will be a fitting one. For those who have served with you on the Rules Committee, as I have for three years, we know how much you enjoy sharing stories of UWM's history, to which you have contributed so much. So, George, please accept from your friends in the Faculty Senate this copy of The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee: A Historical Profile, 1885-1992 with out best for more happy hours of reminiscences of "the way we were."
And now, may I ask the Senators en masse to join in thanking George Baker in the way we do -- by rising and giving him a hand in return for all his handiwork here, in this body and on our behalf.