THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

December 3, 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 1:04 p.m.  The agenda was approved with addition of item VII.B.2.

 

II.                 APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The November 26, 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.

 

IV.              CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST REPORT:  

The budget challenge requires states-personship that may include agreements to contribute short-term cuts for a long-term benefit.  President Lyall is firm that enrollments that exceed the targets are a negative; enrollments, tuition and cuts are all in play.  Controlling enrollments short-term as an urban research University is especially challenging.  With Iowa proposing an 18% tuition hike, UW System will have the lowest tuition in the Big 10.  Structural deficits in prisons and K-12 education may increase pressure for cuts at UWS.  Five years ago the budget was decentralized to the schools and colleges so cuts cannot be absorbed centrally.  UWM’s infrastructure deficiencies and other priorities/solutions will be solicited at the December 13th budget retreat and via broad electronic and other avenues in conjunction with it. 

 

Davida arrived at 2:10 p.m.

The need for more visible faculty involvement in influencing legislators was discussed.  The UC will be pivotal to such communicating strategies involving all stakeholders.  UWM has a much broader profile within the state especially through the college connection.

No decisions have been made regarding the Vice Chancellor for Student and Multicultural Affairs position.  An interim will be appointed and the position, like all other positions, will be thoroughly evaluated.

Increases in faculty pay plans are not certain but we do need to decide what we would do with the compensation plan.  Potential options are to use last year’s model, modify the model or consider a step plan.  UC will discuss at the next meeting.

The Associate Vice Chancellor (to lead the NCA accreditation effort) interviews are in progress. The Provost anticipates asking 2-3 persons to meet with the UC and other key groups late next week.

Wanat indicated that UPG 4.04 is in conflict with Selected Academic and Administrative Policies S-3 “Administrative Status to Faculty Status”

 and is being discussed with the Academic Dean’s Council.

The School of Continuing Education has developed a proposal for a certificate in web technology, which is being discussed by the School of Continuing Education, the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Business Administration as a possible credit offering prior to going to APCC.  The UC is concerned that the School of Continuing Education may be directly involved with offering for credit courses, contrary to their mission.

 

V.                 CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 

A.    Parsons reviewed the letter to Vice Chancellor Battle she drafted at the direction of the UC that requested addition of UC appointed faculty members to the Milwaukee Commitment review group.

B.     Parsons reported on the Milwaukee Trustee Council meeting which reviewed what percentage of the Milwaukee Idea initiatives which are new and preexisting.  Steve Percy estimated that it is approximately 50-50.

Each initiative requires the Dean’s Council to ensure interdisciplinarity with budget requests directed thru the lead Dean.  Some initiative leaders seem uncomfortable with this.  Percy will be joining the Academic Dean’s Council for the Milwaukee related budget discussions.  There is agreement that positive momentum should not be lost with budget cuts.

Foundation donations in support of the Milwaukee Idea initiatives require better tracking.  Strickler suggested the USC model of Boolean bookkeeping to credit units with amounts generated.

C.    Parsons announced that the planning for a useful budget retreat on December 13th is in progress.


VI.              MEMBERS' REPORTS:

A.    Sander questioned the retrievability of grade distributions for the Pick a Prof contract.  Schwartz questioned the usefulness of the self-selected comments.  Lack of uniformity among evaluation tools across campus adds complexity.  Glass noted that students have not availed themselves of the existing faculty evaluation public disclosure initiatives.

     

 

VII.            OLD BUSINESS:

 

A.    Action Item(s):

            None



B.     Discussion Item(s):

 

1.      Review draft of 4.07 Department Chair Duties – Deferred

2.      Discuss UWinteriM Committee of the Whole Discussion – Parsons distributed page 1 of the UWinteriM schedule for 2003, which limits enrollment to 3 credits.  Parsons spoke with Tom O’Bryan and learned that study abroad for more than 3 credits was also listed for the 2002 UWinteriM.  Parsons feels the Academic Planning Committee should consider the study abroad policy separate from summer or UWinteriM issues.  Davida urged consideration of the APCC approval of course credit maxima for UWinteriM. 

VIII.         NEW BUSINESS:

 

A.    Action Item(s):

 

None
           

B.     Discussion Item(s):

None

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

 

None

X.                 ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.