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.
The UC Chair provided an update from the Chancellor’s expanded cabinet meeting including the news that the Carnegie Foundation changed the R1 review window from 5 to 3 years meaning UWM will hear sooner about R1 renewal sooner than expected. The chair also reported back on the discussion at the Academic Planning & Budget Committee of the draft document establishing the UW-Colleges schools as a College within UWM. The chair of the Academic Staff Committee, Sue Cashin, discussed governance and contracts aspects of the UW-Colleges restructuring.
Chair O’Connor provided updates to the UW Colleges-restructuring efforts. A drafted new college proposal, organizational chart, and budget was shared and discussed and will be presented to the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APBC) this week. The Provost attended with several updates and there was a longer discussion of the workload policy of the 2-year colleges.
The UC discussed the draft resolution to Ray Cross on the valuing of shared governance along with possibility of inviting Ray Cross to a Senate meeting. There were also updates on how the UW-College restructuring efforts are moving forward.
Chair O’Connor reported on the UW Reps meeting where UW System President Ray Cross stood by his comment disparaging shared governance. A resolution was drafted jointly with AAUP to advance to the Senate for approval demanding Cross re-commit to his pledge to respect and protect shared governance. Updates on the 2-year colleges restructuring revealed UW Whitewater and UWM are the two institutions forming colleges for the 2-year schools that are joining each respective institution. Other universities reported folding the UW colleges faculty into existing department structures. Provost Britz attended to provide updates on the w-year college restructuring, performance-based funding and dean search updates.
Chair O’Connor reported on ongoing work in the governance working group for the 2-year college restructuring. He shared several emerging questions that arose from the group’s review of the UWM Policies & Procedures. Tim Danielson presented the UC with a faculty compensation analysis.
Academic Staff Committee chair Sue Cashin attended to discuss academic staff questions related to the proportion of academic staff with probationary and indefinite status and graduate faculty status. Chair O’Connor updated on the 2-year college restructuring; O’Connor is beginning to outline the document to create a school or college and noted that the creation of the governance documents will be a joint effort between the UC, the administration, and the restructuring working groups.
Chair O’Connor attended a UW-Waukesha meeting today with the Provost to share information about UW-Milwaukee with the Waukesha faculty. Provost Britz attended the UC and provided updates about the UWW and UWWC restructuring efforts. There was a review and discussion of the operating and accountability procedures of the University Committee.
The University Committee welcomed Dr. Kathleen Dolan to the committee. The chair and committee members gave multiple updates on developments since the last UC meeting such as communications from UW-System related to the 2-year colleges. UC members who visited UW-WC and UW-Waukesha in December gave summaries of those visits. Chancellor Mone provided a status update on the 2-year college joining process and noted that the working groups have begun their work. Updates on the Dean searches were provided.