The UC is moving into the summer schedule. The next scheduled meeting of the University Committee will be June 5 and 26, July 10, 24, and August 7, 21. Warm regards to Drs. Enrique Figueroa and Robert Schwartz who are retiring from the UC. The UC wishes all of you a safe and productive summer.
UC chair Kris O’Connor reported on the UC Reps meeting, the latest regarding the UW System Math Initiative, and the new system program monitoring policy draft. Chancellor Mone attended to report several updates including UWW and UWWC restructuring and that department chairs are being elected for the College of General Studies. Campus is in the planning phase for the June Board of Regents. The Chancellor spoke with Ray Cross about efforts to close the achievement gap on, for example, first to second year retention.
Congratulations to Dr. Kris O’Connor who was elected to chair the University Committee next academic year. There was discussion of post-tenure review process with the representatives of the divisional committees. Several members of UWM administration presented an overview of the new budget model.
Interim dean Dave Clark attended the UC meeting to answer questions about the meta-major. Academic Staff Committee chair, Sue Cashin, attended to discuss academic staff contracts and titling related to the university colleges restructuring and the issue of College voting rights in non-teaching academic staff. Chair O’Connor reported on communications from the expanded chancellor cabinet’s meeting held yesterday.
Chair O’Connor provided updates on the UW-Colleges restructuring. It was reported that the post-tenure review was discussed at the dean’s meeting today and the importance of following the process was discussed. Divisional committees are clarifying the divisional committee role in the post-tenure review process. Provost Britz attended and provided updates on the restructuring including college leadership, enrollment projections, and capital budget/project updates. Campus administration is working to determine a time for the new budget model to be shared with the UC in the coming weeks.
Chair O’Connor just returned from a meeting today with UW-Waukesha faculty and are arranging a meeting with UW-Washington County faculty later this week to continue the discussion on governance and restructuring. Chancellor Mone attended the UC meeting and updates include that the internal process of appointing an interim dean of the College of General Studies is moving forward. Also, updates on planning for the biennial budget were provided including a discussion of the primary capital priorities. UC member reports included a discussion of the status of planning and implementation for the new budget model, and the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APBC) will be presenting its report on the new budget model at the next faculty senate meeting.
Chair O’Connor met with student leadership to share information about the College of General Studies (CGS) and will attend part of the Regent’s meeting this week. Provost Britz updated the UC on several topics related to the CGS, the upcoming Regents meeting, and an update on recent workload policy discussion.
Chair O’Connor reported talking with the UC chair at UW-Madison about their workload policy. Now that the document establishing the College of General Studies has passed the Faculty Senate, work to establish the Division is moving forward. The chair of the Graduate Faculty Committee (GFC), Dr. Jason Puskar, discussed a plan for restructuring the GFC with the UC.
Chair O’Connor reported on several meetings this past week. The UW Faculty Reps meeting continued discussion about UW-Stevens Point. Chancellor Mone discussed several issues with the UC including the UW-Colleges restructuring. Dr. Nadya Fouad attended to present consideration of a climate initiative on campus around the creation of male allies. Chair O’Connor presented to the UW-Colleges faculty an introduction to UWM policies and procedures at UW-Waukesha and had nearly half the faculty of those colleges attend.
The UC chair will attend the UW faculty reps meeting this Friday. There were updates discussed related to the document establishing the policies & procedures of the UW-system colleges restructuring; the document will come to the next Senate meeting for a vote. The UC chair will meet in the coming week with faculty from the UW-Colleges to begin thinking through the internal (e.g., department and college level) policies and procedures and governance structures. The Provost attended to discuss workload policy with the UC and noted that non-compliance with the 4/30/18 deadline for outside activity reporting may affect the allocated pay plan raise.