November 26, 2002

Business N456

1:00 pm


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


I.                    CALL TO ORDER AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Parsons called the meeting to order at 1:08 p.m.  The agenda was approved as presented.


II.                 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The November 19, 2002 minutes were approved as amended.


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


Davida arrived at 1:20 p.m.


IV.              SPECIAL GUESTS:  Monica Rimai, Legal Affairs (1:30 p.m.)


Monica Rimai was asked to attend the UC meeting to ensure the legality of the UC Operating Guidelines and the Accountability Procedures. 


Rimai stated that the UC Operating Guidelines and the Accountability Procedures do not violate state law.


Rimai stated that confidentiality, open meetings and open records are a concern to many.  Meetings are held in accordance with the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law statute, which gives the committee flexibility and allows for consideration of individuals’ requests.  Majority of the violations of the open meeting law are in regard to providing proper notification. Outside discussion of material presented during a closed meeting is not a criminal violation.


Rimai stated that everyone should behave with professional discretion in every professional business encounter.  UWM rules and regulations and the AAUP Red Book provide guidelines regarding civility, professionalism and discretion.


The UC unanimously agrees that there is no legal prohibition against anybody to reporting anything discussed in an open meeting.


It was moved and seconded to approve the Accountability Procedures for the University Committee.


Davida expressed concern stating that it is not in the charter of the UC to create disciplinary procedures.


Sander stated that the policies are silent on this issue therefore the UC defaults to Roberts Rules of Order in developing both operating guidelines and also appropriate accountability measures.


The motion passed with a roll call vote: Yes – Glass, Parsons, Perez, Sander, Schwartz, Strickler; No - Davida


A.    Parsons attended the APBC meeting.  The committee completed its overview of the 03-05 budget proposals.  The leaders of each reading team was asked to submit to Ruth Williams a list of the proposals which received an “A” ranking by the team.  The committee will next review all of the “A” rated proposals and determine the total at its meeting on December 5th.

B.     Parsons attended the Alternate Scheduling working group meeting.  The group is reviewing options to better meet the needs of non-traditional students and is reviewing descriptions from Cardinal Stritch and Marquette to compare the programs that they offer.  There are two proposals that have been submitted to the group: 1) Tom O’Brien from L&S has submitted a proposal aimed at those who have never started college but have been out of high school and employed for at least two years.  During the first two years of the proposed undergraduate degree all classes would be offered on a non-traditional schedule. 2) Daryl Radsen from Continuing Education submitted a proposal for degree completion.  The proposal is specific to one or two majors, and the degrees would be conferred by the academic programs collaborating with Continuing Education

C.    Parsons attended the Budget Retreat Planning group meeting.  The group is arriving at a promising format for the Budget Retreat on December 13th.  The attendance of the morning group is expected to be approximately 200 people.  The afternoon session will be held in the Wisconsin Room of the Union.  The session will be like a “town hall” meeting, which anyone can attend.

D.    Parsons received an email from Andy Martin, Chair of the Academic Planning Committee, stating that the committee voted unanimously to have a Committee of the Whole discussion at the December Faculty Senate meeting.  Martin would like to discuss the background information for UWinteriM and has requested a member of the UC attend the next meeting.  Strickler will attend.

VI.              MEMBERS' REPORTS:

A.    Sander provided summaries from the meeting with Tess Arenas, the ADA Advisory Committee meeting, and the IMPT Committee meeting.

B.     Strickler and Glass attended the Board of Visitors meeting.  Discussion included the higher GPAs for UWM athletes compared to non-athlete students.

C.    Glass attended the meeting with university relations team from UW System.  Glass distributed the new brochure that was created by UW System.  UW System is 9% of the state of Wisconsin budget and took 23% of the state budget cuts.  It was stated that in the past, budget cuts have not been across-the-board cuts, and the same will likely be true in the coming budget exercise.


Glass attended the Violent Behavior Task Force meeting.  The task force is going to draft a policy that incorporates S-9 and the current policy from Human Resources.  A group will be constructed to review the policy.




VII.            OLD BUSINESS:


A.    Action Item(s):

1.      Reexamination and approval of Accountability Procedures and clarification and reaffirmation of the UC Operating Guidelines – See IV.

B.     Discussion Item(s):


1.      Review draft of 4.07 Department Chair Duties – The draft document was reviewed. 



A.    Action Item(s):


1.      Create a list or menu of discussion items for the faculty senate based on information coming out of the BOR and UW System via the Faculty Reps (for example tenure issues, quality issues, campus compact, etc.) – The committee created a list including the following 5 items for discussion: 1) What is the meaning of faculty governance?, 2) the use and abuse of email, 3) Mobile faculty club, 4) Divisional Committee training and 5) the use of non-faculty members to teach important courses and conduct research.                                   

B.     Discussion Item(s):


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



X.                 ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.