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.
The Chancellor met with the UC to discuss several items. There have recently been two listening sessions held related to the joining of the Washington County and Waukesha colleges to UWM. A UC member will attend joint meetings, to be held this week and next, at the two UW-College campuses. Fundraising efforts for the capital campaign are progressing well. The status of the performance based funding initiative was discussed. The UC formally acknowledged the many contributions made over the past 46 years of service by retiring UC member Dr. Swarnjit Arora, and the UC wishes him well on his retirement. Please note that the UC will not meet over the semester break. The next UC meeting will be 1/9/18. On behalf of the UWM University Committee, we wish the faculty, staff and students of UW-Milwaukee a safe and happy New Year.
Chair O’Connor met last week with faculty representatives of the two-year colleges to discuss faculty governance structures for structuring how these institutions will join UWM. The Provost noted updates to the dean searches, the status of pressing issues on the forefront of the two-year colleges joining with UWM, and discussed setting up a joint meeting in spring between the deans and the University Committee to explore shared governance in a time of change. Associate Vice Chancellor Dev Venugopalan discussed the differences between a branch campus and additional location in relation to the Higher Learning Commission – a decision that will influence the eventual structure of governance and operations. Questions on operationalizing the pay plan exercise for solid performer and merit were discussed. Refinements to policy S-47 continued to be discussed.