THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

September 10, 2002

Business N456

1:00 pm

 

PRESENT:   Glass, Parsons, Perez, Sander, Schwartz, Strickler

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Parsons called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m.  The agenda was approved as amended.

 

II.                 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The August 27, 2002 minutes were approved as presented.

 

III.               PERSONS WHO WISH TO BE HEARD (Not longer than 15 minutes): There were no persons who wished to be heard.

 

IV.              SPECIAL GUEST:  Anthony Hightower 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Hightower explained that the Office of Equity and Diversity Services (EDS) provides counseling and/or advice to those who have a complaint and brings resolution to those issues when possible.  The office is an advocate for fair and equal treatment.  One of the goals that Hightower has for the office is to clarify the Discriminatory Conduct Policy and implement appropriate timelines for complaint resolution.

 

The University Committee made the following two recommendations for EDS:

           

1.       Clarify and advertise to faculty and staff the duties and responsibilities of the Office of EDS.

2.       Create a standard policy ensuring fair and equal treatment on campus for faculty/staff use when writing grants

 

Hightower announced that an Open House will be held on October 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in 399 Mitchell Hall.

 

V.                 CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT & ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

 

B.                 Parsons attended the APBC meeting.  The draft suggested allocation plan presented by Provost Wanat was discussed.  The major area of concern resulting in discussion regarded the $700,000 proposed for Urban Education.  The allocation plan was approved by APBC with one amendment: move $159,500 from Education Pathways to Basic/applied Research.  Wanat will send a memo of assurance that he will monitor and report to APBC the outcomes of allocations made in the plan.

 

C.                 Parsons attended the Faculty Reps meeting in Madison and reported the following:

 

1.       Cora Marrett reported that the BOR will likely be interested in having a discussion with faculty about the merits of shared governance.  The reasons are that it is repeatedly reported to the BOR that it is difficult to persuade faculty to participate in the process and that shared governance appears to be cumbersome when situations require quick decisions.

 

2.       Regent President Gottschalk’s theme for the year is “Engage Wisconsin”.  The goal is for lifelong learning for everyone in the state.

 

3.       The Reps need to determine what kinds of information the campuses need that allows for them to deal with issues that must be ddressed.

 

4.       President Lyall expressed the need for the Reps’ help in dealing with the concerns over the next faculty pay plan.

 

5.       The BOR adopted a 2003-05 budget equal to the current one but included extra requests for training nurses, training special education teachers, and economic development.

 

6.       Lyall feels the faculty may be asked to increase enrollments without new resources.  Lyall has informed the current BOR that if the System budget is cut again, we must either raise tuition or else cut the number of students accepted.  This same message will be reiterated to the new BOR (assuming the November elections result in changes to the Board).

7.       Lyall stated that traveling SWAT teams (all carrying the same message) may be useful with legislators (who seem to prefer hearing anecdotes rather than statistics).

 

8.       Lyall pointed out that in terms of the campuses, the colleges and two-year campuses are further behind than either UW or UWM.

9.       System is required to define the “performance standard” to meet the demonstrated improvement in retention and graduation rates.  The graduation rate needs to steadily improve toward the 61% goal.

10.   Cora Marrett’s summary of criteria to effectively allocate resources to make a difference:

a.       Provide access and deliver high quality undergraduate and graduate curricula that both advance students and meet the needs of Wisconsin

b.       Develop an educated citizenry able to function in diverse state, national, and world communities

c.       Work with K-12 and technical college systems and create seamless connections K-16

d.       Fostering learning environment that engages students both inside (on campus) and outside (in community), e.g., service-learning, student connections to faculty research projects

e.       Foster research that both expands knowledge base (discovery and creativity), and benefits society (applied), and expand transfer of technology

f.        Stewardship of resources – programs that are effective and efficient – continually improving – programs that therefore pay attention to assessment and modify as a result

11.   Reports from the Campuses:

a.       Several campuses are currently looking at their GER’s.  Some of this is motivated by the dissatisfaction with GER preparation classes on the part of faculty who teach jr./sr. courses to poorly prepared students.

b.       Several campuses are addressing student advising as a means to deal with retention and graduation as well as general student satisfaction.

c.       The Madison Rep reported that their main issues appear to be (a) lack of faculty participation in shared governance; (b) student drinking; (c) some challenges in the interactions between the new Provost and some faculty; and (d) Campus is discussing going from 4 divisions to 5 (Health Sciences).

d.       Concerns with process of faculty evaluation by students.

e.       Several campuses (UWM as well) are looking to upcoming accreditation processes.

 

 

D.                 Parsons attended the Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting.  The Chancellor’s theme for the 2002-03 academic year is “How other folks measure us”.  Provost Wanat and the Deans spoke and each addressed their issues/plans for the 2002-03 year.

 

E.                  Parsons met with the Provost.  Provost is asking the UC to submit 3 names for each of the 5 bulleted points, listed in the Assessment Criteria handout, for the assessment steering committee.  The 15 names need to be submitted following the next UC meeting.  The Notebaart Chair search is starting again. 

VI.              MEMBERS' REPORTS:

A.                 Perez announced that the Rules Committee has set the agenda for the Senate meeting.  The committee has started the process of changing the procedures – timeline.

           

VII.            OLD BUSINESS:

 

A.                 Action Item(s):

1.       Appointments to the following faculty standing committees: Codification (nominees only) – The following two names will be forwarded to the Chancellor’s office: Margo Anderson and William Velez 

                       

2.       Appointment a member to represent the UC on the EBC – Professor Mark Schwartz agreed to serve on the EBC.

 

B.                 Discussion Item(s):

 

            None

 

VIII.         NEW BUSINESS: 

 

A.                 Action Item(s):

 

1.       Appoint one faculty member to the Transportation Subcommittee – A list of names was created for the committee.  Faculty members will be contacted and an appointment will be made at the next scheduled University Committee meeting.

 

2.       Appointments to the Awards & Recognition Committee and the Research Policy Committee – A list of names was created for each committee.  Faculty members will be contacted and appointments will be made at the next scheduled University Committee meeting.

 

3.       Appoint members of the UC to serve on the following committees:  four UC members for the 2002-03 Milwaukee Idea Trustee Council, one UC member for the Learning Technology Round Table, one UC member to the Faculty Consultative Committee for Fiscal Emergencies – Parsons, Glass, Sander, and Perez will serve on the Milwaukee Idea Trustee Council, Davida will serve on the Learning Technology Round Table, and Strickler will serve on the Faculty Consultative Committee for Fiscal Emergencies.

 

4.       Request for augmentation of EPCS Executive Committee – The request for augmentation was approved by consensus. 

  

5.       15 faculty members for the assessment steering committee – The Criteria for Accreditation were reviewed.  A list of all named and distinguished professors will be obtained for the next scheduled meeting.  The UC requested the UC Chair to contact Department Chairs (using the all chairs reflector) for their suggestions.  A list of names will be forwarded to the Provost’s office after the September 17th  meeting of the UC (at the request of the Provost’s office).

                       

                                    Perez left at 3:25 p.m.

 

6.       Rescheduling questions for UC guests – Item dismissed. 

           

B.                 Discussion Item(s):

 

None

 

IX.               PERSONNEL MATTERS: [Closed session according to Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(f)]

 

1.       Report of CEAS

a.       The committee went into closed session at 3:46 p.m.

b.      The committee rose from closed session at 4:10 p.m.

 

Sander left at 4:04 p.m.

 

X.                 ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.