Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher was introduced by Professor G. McBride and spoke on the state of the university and the development of an initiative entitled " The MilwaukeeIdea." The text of the speech is on the web at:
Subsequent to the speech Chancellor Zimpher replied to several questions from the audience.
Question: How will the focus on serving the community on practical issues
affect the study of the traditional liberal arts on campus?
Answer: The value of liberal arts is understood, but the institution must become more focused. Working together with the faculty we will frame a curriculum suited for UWM.
Question: The time to degree is becoming excessive. Will
we develop a 4 year guarantee?
Answer: We have one which is under subscribed. We must look closely at the needs and wants of the students and respond.
Question: How is your mail filtered. What is your e-mail address?
Answer: I get all of my mail and will continue to do so as long as it is practical. My e-mail address is Zimpher@uwm.edu.
Question: Federal funds are declining. What steps will be taken to maintain
our Research II status.
Answer: It will take an agenda. What's in and out is central to framing our program. There is still a lot of money we haven't effectively gone after. We need to become better focused.
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1. Chancellor Zimpher reported on a variety of items.
The campus is experiencing an enrollment surge. This is the first year since 1992 that UWM has met the enrollment target agreed upon with system. New student enrollment in every ethnic category is up and credit loads are up. Unfortunately new graduate student enrollment is down. We still have a way to go to reach our goals. The regents requested budget has some new monies. UWM is slated to get a large share of system budget for international studies. Urban environmental health is ours.
The Regents are forwarding the proposals for remodeling on Lapham Hall and Klotsche addition. Planning funds are included for planning an addition to Engineering and Math. Sciences.
An ad campaign is moving forward, with a positive response so far. Eichenbaum Hemke & Associates is the firm that is working with UWM.
There will be a fall convocation for new students on October 16 in the Klotsche Arena. The concept is that we need to build a relationship with the students early in their education.
Question: Robert Schwartz asked what the plans for growth would do for
Answer: The humanities are critical for every school /college.
2. R. Ryder, Chair of the University Committee commented on items before the committee.
The University Committee has reviewed the Milwaukee Commitment document and will send correspondence requesting that deans have their faculty review and comment on the document. Feedback from faculty in the schools/colleges will be summarized and relayed to those rewriting the document. Once this feedback is in, the Milwaukee Commitment will be the subject of a committee of the whole discussion in the senate. The draft document is available for review at:
Faculty are encouraged to review the document.
The salary plan is under consideration at system. The system wide committee ( Ryder is UWM's representative ) met on April 20, 1998 and faculty have had no communication since. System will need a salary increase of 8.8% over the biennium to meet peer median. UWM's need is 8.3%. The regents will act on the plan to establish the University of Wisconsin's request to the legislature in November. The University Committee and the Academic Staff Committee will ask President Lyall for the opportunity to provide input.
The University Committee is setting up meetings with local legislators and regents.
The Faculty Disciplinary Procedure is still under consideration. The committee is consulting with the chancellor and will develop proposed legislation. There will be a committee of the whole discussion on the legislation before it is presented for action.
The University Committee will have a column in the UWM Report for the discussion of vital issues.
The Optional Retirement plan is under study. An actuarial study of the plan is due on Jan. 1 1999. A plan is expected to be presented in 1999.
Question: R. Schwartz asked on the status of the disciplinary procedures
Answer: The committee hopes to come to closure in a few months.
Question: R. Schwartz asked on the status of consideration of establishing
a faculty club.
Answer: There is no activity at present.
Question: D. Luce, asked does the Chancellor recognize faculty governance
in regard to disciplinary action.
Answer: The Chancellor will work with the University Committee to develop new legislation in the coming months.
Question: P. Teeter asked the status of the Program Array Review (PAR)
Answer: Provost Watters answered that annual resource planning process is starting up and the program review will be an important factor in the process. There has been no decisions regarding the distribution of funds.
In answer to a question from the audience, R. Ryder stated that the University Committee will ask David Petering to attend future Faculty Senate meetings to report on PAR.
3. Jeff Robb ( President of the Student Association ) listed several priorities of the SA for the current year.
The students wish to pursue a closer relationship with the faculty to work together towards common goals. They will attempt to have active involvement with all faculty committees.
The Student Association will expand the BOSS program and work on self policing to decrease problems with late night events.
The Student Association will conduct a voter registration drive with a goal of 8,000 student voters in November.
II. SENATE ROLL CALL
The Parliamentarian and 44 senators were present. Senators S. Emmons,
R. Fox, R. Hutz,
R. Steinpreis, W. Velez, and J. Wolf were listed as absent.
A quorum of the faculty (73) was not present, therefore the senate was convened.
III. AUTOMATIC CONSENT BUSINESS
1. The minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting of May 5, 1998 were approved as presented.
2. The annual reports for 1997-98 were received from the following faculty standing committees:
Codification Committee 
Computer Policy Committee 
Economic Benefits Committee 
Educational Media Policy Committee 
Senate Subcommittee on Evaluation of Administrators 
3. Report on Faculty Senate Attendance for Semester II, 1997-98 
4. Summary of Faculty Legislation for 1997-98 
5. List of New Faculty Members for 1998-99 and Retired Faculty for 1997-98 
1. Gary Williams, Assistant Vice Chancellor, gave a history of diversity plans at UWM and outlined the process and status of development of the Milwaukee Commitment. The Milwaukee Commitment is a follow-up on to the Milwaukee Initiative I and II. The current draft document is on the web at:
This document was developed after much consultation with focus groups, campus forums and campus governance groups. A second draft will be developed subsequent to feed back on the present draft.
2. T. O'Bryan, Associate Dean, L&S gave a status report on the UwinteriM intersession. Classes will be mainly in the morning between 8:30 and noon. Tuition will be at the fall level per credit hour without segregated fees. Faculty will be paid on the basis of student registrations and will vary linearly from $2600 for a 3 credit course with 8 students to $4525 for a 3 credit course with 15 students to $6025 for a 3 credit course with 25 or more students. It is expected that the session will be self supporting. Course offerings and other information on the UWinteriM is on the web at:
Question: R Schwartz asked what evaluation of the intercession was contemplated.
R. Ryder stated that the University Committee would consider the evaluation and report back to the senate. O'Bryan said that he would discuss the type of evaluation with the University Committee.
M. Hossain asked who set the salary schedule. O'Bryan answered that the Provost set the schedule on the basis of recommendations of a small committee.
R. Weber, Chair of the Academic Program and Curriculum Committee, presented a proposal, Senate Doc# 2157 to change the name of the Health Sciences Program to Health Care Administration.
Motion: (Moved, R. Gratz, Seconded V. Stoffel, to change the name of the Health Care Program (B.S. Degree) to Health Care Administration.
Motion passed on a voice vote.
VI. GENERAL GOOD AND WELFARE
There being no further business, the Senate adjourned at 4:48 p.m.
George S. Baker
Secretary of the University