THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

October 8, 2002

Business N456

1:00 pm

 

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

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Parsons called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.  The agenda was approved as presented.

 

II.                 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The October 1, 2002 minutes were approved with amendments.

 

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

 

IV.              CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT & ANNOUNCEMENTS:  |

A.                 Parsons met with Provost Wanat.

B.                 Parsons attended the APBC meeting.  Dean Thurman met with the committee and introduced the following 4 themes for the School of Education:

1)   Deepen partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools – May begin a partnership with Shorewood, 75% of School of Education faculty work
      in public schools

2)      Increasing students and faculty diversity – minorities are claiming UW-Milwaukee is not a friendly environment

3)      Strengthening the use of technology – school has a hard time replacing equipment and currently use 189 funds

4)      Increasing fund raising actions – the school has a $2 million goal

 

Thurman stated that the School of Education declined to participate in the $35 million grant.

 

The plan for the $600 thousand dollars remaining from the 02-03 budget will be used in searching for 12 or 14 new positions which includes faculty, advisors and data management.

 

At the next scheduled APBC meeting, the committee will begin reviewing the 2003-05 budget proposals.

 

C.     Parsons participated in the Faculty Reps teleconference meeting. 

 

(1)    The Faculty Reps were introduced to Christine Flynn Saulnier, the newest member of Academic Affairs, who will serve as a liaison to the Faculty Reps. Saulnier came from Boston University and was a practicing social worker who received her Ph.D. from Berkeley.  Her expertise is in program and curriculum development.  One of her focuses will be to help fully integrate Service-Learning.

 

(2)    The Faculty Reps were asked to help set the agenda for the year.

 

According to Vice President Cora Marrett, there are two residual issues: shared governance and the faculty’s role in “Engage Wisconsin”.

 

The following issues were suggested and discussed by the Faculty Reps:

 

l.         Budget.  Marrett pointed out that the state requirements limit flexibility and suggested addressing the budget in two ways:


System wide:
Faculty groups need to visit legislators, but not until a decision is made on what messages are to be conveyed. (e.g., articulating the critical role of the University in the present economic environment.)  A key issue for each campus to articulate in anecdotal examples is how programmatic flexibility is tied to the ability to set tuition.

 

Individual Campuses:  It was suggested that the on-campus budget process be used as a way to engage in trust building so each campus could lobby with one voice.(there is urgency in this topic)  Merritt appointed a subcommittee to work with her office on integrating messages brought back from the campuses.  (an example of successful “lobbying” of the legislative committee whose job is to cut the budget – Dept. of Transportation used the argument that people won’t be able to get to work if the state doesn’t keep up the roads for cars and buses).  Examples unique to each campus which demonstrate their contribution to community/statewide well-being need to be articulated clearly/concisely at the local campus level.  Some kinds of examples might include: programs which promote sustain economic growth/stability, programs that train nurses, teachers, and other professionals needed by the local and state community, etc.

 

2.      Quality – Campuses need to assist the Board of Regents (BOR) in understanding that the stakeholders in the quality issue are both faculty and students and that quality is about process as much as it is about outcomes (share best practices among campuses).  It was suggested that BOR should conduct a few campus visits to talk to faculty and students on the view of “quality”.

 

The presentation that will be made to BOR enumerating measures of quality points out that the indicators of interest to parents and students (jobs  after graduation, amenities in the dormitories, etc.) are quite different from faculty indicators.

 

3.      Tenure - UW System has promised to provide a report to the BOR about tenure.  The BOR wants to hear from the Faculty Reps regarding the issues that need to be addressed. (e.g., What are the conditions for granting tenure?)  The BOR are concerned about the lack of clarity within campuses and within departments.  The following standards are unclear to BOR:  What is service?; Why is it that some departments weigh only research?

The BOR want an action Policy and campuses want a Process.  The BOR don’t understand the role of the various committees who review the   cases for tenure.

 

The Faculty Rep from Stevens Point stated that on that campus teaching is the top consideration for tenure and “research” is broadly interpreted.

Marrett stated that the 3 area approach (teaching, research, service) is often quite disconnected.  Marrett appointed a subcommittee to collect/study various models.

The Faculty Rep from Whitewater said that the Whitewater campus is moving to standards-based tenure criteria.  Several campuses reported shifting away from the emphasis on teaching and toward an emphasis on learning.  This creates challenges about how to assess student understanding and student-based outcomes will have to be included.

 

Parsons urged the UC to suggest a mechanism for UWM to articulate what this campus feels is important for UWM and BOR to understand about

the importance of tenure and the tenure process.

 

(3)    The October BOR Meeting at Whitewater

 

1.      Education Committee
Wisconsin has a newly formed chapter of Campus Compact and this will be presented to the Education Committee.  Campus Compact is a national program based out of Brown University.  Several private Wisconsin institutions of higher education have formed this chapter; Parkside is the campus leading UW System engagement with the Wisconsin chapter. This connects to Pres. Gottschalk’s “Engage Wisconsin” slogan.  Civic Engagement is critical.  This Campus Compact is a way of engaging faculty and students in community service and service learning.

Whitewater will present its data on disability/diversity and success.  Due to budget cuts within the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the department is cutting back money for students in campus programs.

 

2.      Business and Finance Committee
The committee will address the issue of campuses not being staffed to deal with the rapid shifts in federal funding guidelines and new regulations. The issue of understaffed infrastructure on local campuses was introduced at the September BOR meeting.  The Board’s concerned because theirs is the final accountability endorsement for reports on grant spending prepared by these understaffed local campus offices.  The Business and Finance Committee scrutinized one UW program regarding the financial feasibility of an athletic training program. 

(4)    PK-16 Task Force
UW System is committed to high-quality and seamless progression through all levels of education in Wisconsin.  Both the federal and state governments want PK-16 planning.  Sharing (teacher preparation) needs to be included in the planning.  UWS is concerned that there must be greatly increased mentoring of teachers by content area faculty members.

There are two issues: getting teacher preparation up to standards and UW faculty mentoring teachers.

This is issue it brought to the Faculty Reps because the success of teacher preparation and of mentoring depends upon faculty outside the Schools of Education.  UW System is concerned about content mentoring and not teaching methodology.  All faculty are being asked to be catalysts to improve teacher training.

 

 

(5)    Report by David Miller (Vice President in charge of University Relations, state government relations and development issues)
There is a disconnect between what the campuses are doing in service-learning and internships and the public perception of what we’re doing.  The BOR and the legislators need to inform the public of the following: tuition is needed to pay bills and student aid is needed to guarantee access.  The public doesn’t realize the effects of reallocation or base budget cuts and that the campuses are doing more with less.  The Wisconsin Idea has to be renewed in partnership with the public.

Another important fact is that the politicians don’t receive only the economic justification for the UW system (jobs), but also the non-material/liberal arts mission.  The external message is economic and the internal message is non-material.  UWS has to help the economy grow in order to have the resources to do the humanizing mission.  UWS must come up with messages that stress the breadth of preparation needed.

 

V.                 MEMBERS' REPORTS:

 

A.                 Perez announced that the Faculty Senate meeting is cancelled due to lack of time sensitive business items.  The Rules Committee referred the Black and Gold endorsement by the Deans and the UC to APBC due to the word “invest” that was stated three times.

Discussion occurred regarding cancellation of the Faculty Senate meeting.

B.                 Sander encouraged any and all members who want to gain knowledge of the budget to attend the budget hearing meetings that were announced via email. 

 

VI.              OLD BUSINESS:

 

A.                 Action Item(s):

None

B.                 Discussion Item(s):

 

1.      Continued discussion of selection process for the NCA accreditation steering committee – The UC determined that no action would be taken until hearing from Provost Wanat.  Once the accreditation coordinator is determined, a final email will be sent requesting additional names to serve on the subcommittee.

VII.            NEW BUSINESS:

 

A.                 Action Item(s):

 

1.      Augmentation of the SOIS Executive Committee – Parsons received a request from James Sweetland, Interim Dean for SOIS, requesting augmentation of the executive committee.  Parsons will invite Sweetland to meet with the UC to further discuss the request.                                   

B.                 Discussion Item(s):

1.      Request from Tom Luljak for UC Chair to speak to the Space and Facilities Committee - Parsons received a letter requesting that as Chair of the University Committee she speak to the Space and Facilities Committee.  Parsons will notify Luljak that the UC determined consultation with the Deans, Division heads and University Relations Committee may be more appropriate.

2.      4.07 Department Chair Duties – The draft document will be revised by the UC and continued discussion will occur at the next scheduled meeting.

            Perez left at 3:25 p.m.

 

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

 

None

IX.              ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 3:39 p.m.