THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
October 2, 2001
PRESENT: Ann Snyder (Chair), Michael Day, John Friedman, Laurie Glass, Marcia Parsons, and Dave Schultz
GUESTS: Graduate Dean William Rayburn, Provost John Wanat and Associate Provost Leslie Schulz
I. Ann Snyder called the meeting to order at 1:10 pm. The Agenda was approved as presented and suspended to accommodate Dean Rayburn’s remarks.
II. Approval of the September 25 minutes – Deferred
III. Report on the status of the Graduate School – Dean William Rayburn – 1:10 p.m.
Dean Rayburn reviewed the status of the Graduate School’s extramural funding. Rayburn stated that we are currently meeting our goal of a 15% increase each year in overall funding, but that number did not accurately represent funds being generated to cover indirect expenses. Increasing our percentage of indirect expense must become a higher priority at UWM. He noted that UWS is one of the few Systems which funds research through use of GPR funds.
Rayburn shared his concerns about TA stipends, but explained that without increased indirect expense funds etc. that the Graduate School had no other avenue to secure additional funds. He pointed out that other universities, which have been more successful in generating competitive TA stipends, augment their stipends through foundation funds.
Rayburn gave an overview of UWM’s technology transfer program. In the first year, UWM submitted 16 projects and was currently up to 22 submissions. Of those 22, 11 were not accepted for patenting, four are currently under review and the remaining seven were accepted for patent. This program has exceeded expectations, having 1 in 3 submissions accepted. The creation of a subsidiary, WISYS, of WARF gives the UW System access to WARF’s technology expertise.
IV. Provost Report: Provost John Wanat and Associate Vice Chancellor Leslie Schulz – 2:10 pm
Wanat and Schulz summarized the proposed Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). This project will offer an alternative to the traditional accreditation model, providing a quality- based assessment approach to the accreditation review. This project is an experimental model from which UWM could remove itself at any juncture and return to the traditional model. The Provost asked that the UC support participation in the first stage of the process, which is a self-survey to be conducted in November. Additional discussion followed surrounding the survey questions, implementation of the survey and how the results would be used in the review process.
The UC asked the Provost what the institutional plans were for addressing the shortfalls in TA stipends. The Provost responded that he would request a set of sequences to assess how to best increase the stipends. The use of Fellowship awards to offset stipends was also discussed. A lengthy discussion followed and the Provost assured the committee that TA stipends were a high priority for administration.
Classroom usage and scheduling was discussed. The Provost stated that the current model of classroom assignment was being developed in response to the increased demand for classroom space. The Academic Affairs staff is meeting with Deans and Associate Deans to work on how best to address institutional space needs. A benefits statement will be developed that will outline the pros and cons of any final recommendations. Expanded use of web-based instruction and off campus space acquisition is also part of this study.
The Provost distributed a proposed Telecommuting Policy, recommended by the Academic Staff Senate, and asked the UC to review and comment on how this policy might impact space usage and program needs.
The status of the L&S and Development search and screen committees was discussed. Both search and screens will be provided with search firm support.
At the end of the Provost’s report the UC continued discussion on AQIP and agreed to support entering into the first phase of the study. As part of this support, the committee will request faculty representation, recommended by the UC, on the working committee that will select the additional survey questions.
V. CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT & ANNOUNCEMENTS - Deferred
VI. MEMBERS REPORTS - Deferred
VII. OLD BUSINESS:
A. Action Items(s):
1. Committee Assignments – Deferred
B. Discussion Item(s):
1. TA/RA Stipends – Discussed during Provost Report
VIII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Action Item
1. Proposed Senate Resolution in light of the September 11, 2001 Event.
After lengthy discussion it was moved and seconded that the motion be withdrawn from the Senate Rules Committee. Motion passed with one abstention.
B. Discussion Item
1. Classroom instruction – support and structure – Discussed during the Provost Report.
IX. PERSONNEL MATTERS: - At 3:50 p.m., in accordance with Wis. Stats 19.85 (1) (f), it was moved, seconded and unanimously approved on a roll call vote to move into closed session. The committee rose from closed session at 3:55 p.m.
X. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:56 p.m.