Representatives from Equity and Diversity Services (EDS) and UWM legal affairs attended to deliberate on drafted changes to policy No. S-47 and No. S-47.5 There will be no meeting of the University Committee on November 28th, because the committee will be having its annual meeting with the Journal Sentinel editorial board next week. The UC will resume meeting December 5th.
The University Committee (UC) chair attended and reported on the UW Regents meeting last week. Chancellor Mone attended the meeting and primarily discussed the status and process of UW-WC and UW-Waukesha with UWM. Members of the UC will be attending on-site meetings with both campuses in December. The UC will be canceling the 11/28 meeting in order for the UC to meet with the editorial board of the Journal Sentinel.
The Chair will be going to the UW-Colleges senate meeting on Dec 1st and the Regents meeting this Thursday. Provost Britz discussed distributing the pay plan memo to campus, likely this week. Provost Britz meets tomorrow with UWS provosts to discuss the UW-Colleges proposal. Sue Cashin, chair of the UWM Academic Staff Committee shared the concerns of the Academic Staff regarding the joining of UW-Waukesha and UW-West Bend with UWM. The resolution passed by UW-Whitewater senate calling for a blue ribbon study of the UW-Colleges dismantling was endorsed by the University Committee on behalf of the UWM Senate. Chair O’Connor will transmit this to the Board of Regents ahead of Thursday’s Regents meeting.
The Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Tim Danielson discussed the pay plan with the UC. The splits between solid performer and merit between the original proposed by administration, the version revised by the UC, and the version proposed by the Economic Benefits Committee was debated. The Provost stayed on to continue discussion about the proposal and plan for UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha campuses noting that an appointment will be made to the steering committee in the near future to represent UWM on that committee. Discussion continued after the Provost departed.
Since the last UC meeting, the chair attended the Chancellor’s expanded cabinet meeting. There was discussion of workload between the faculty representative of UW-Colleges and the UC chair. Dr. Larry Kuiper attended for a conversation about international student recruitment. The pay plan was further discussed. UC representatives to the dean searches on campus indicated the searches are moving forward.
The Provost joined the UC to discuss the proposal for UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha to become part of UWM. Dean Peters from CEAS requested and was granted augmentation of the BME Executive Committee. Discussion then continued regarding the aforementioned proposal.
The Chair attended the Board of Regents meeting. Most of the meeting was spent on closed session items with the Chancellor. Discussed the policy and procedure around voting privileges for academic staff.
Chair O’Connor is attending the Board of Regents meeting later this week. Provost Britz updated us on additional details surrounding the budget plan process. The UC accepted the DACA resolution discussed in the Senate. The resolution will be forwarded to the Rules committee for inclusion in the next Senate meeting.
Chair Kris O’Connor updated the committee on the most recent state budget. Dr. Nigel Rothels updated the UC on the history, programming, data, and outcomes of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Dean Stan Stojkovic requested and was granted augmentation of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Executive Committee. The UC reviewed and provided feedback on the selection process for chancellors and UW-System senior leadership being revised by the Regent Administrative Work Group.
Provost Britz updated the UC on the budget, the freedom of speech panel event being held next week, updates on campus administrative searches, enrollment and retention rates, the pay plan, performance based funding, sabbatical support, and dean leadership development. The Chair of the Academic Staff Committee updated the UC on policy updates pertaining to contracts, titling, and distinguished Academic Staff criteria.