UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported he will be attending the Budget Model Working Group meetings. Chair O’Connor summarized a draft of a new recruitment policy, passed by the Board of Regents and applicable to all UW System campuses: two questions are now required to be asked of the final candidates by Human Resources, exploring a possible history of sexual violence or harassment. This policy is now out for comment for a three-week period. Another new policy, also passed by the Board of Regents, is for personnel files to remain open for hires within UW System; thus, if someone moves from one campus to another, issues that are addressed in the potential hire’s personnel file will be available for the hiring campus to access through the Human Resources department of the potential hire’s former campus.
The Committee discussed needing a location at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses for faculty to attend faculty and Senate meetings, using distance technology. Policy and Procedure for this is currently being developed by the SecU office, to allow for votes to be counted from Senators attending using distance methods.
Provost Britz attended, and discussed the General Studies Dean search; the Search and Screen Committee is currently under development. Enrollment is down overall, but we are up in transfers, Illinois students, new incoming students, and graduate students. Enrollment is down slightly at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses. The achievement gap among students of color has also been narrowed. Provost Britz also said that there is another round of feedback being provided to the Program Monitoring Task Force on the new policies for program monitoring.
UC member Bettina Arnold reported on the last meeting of the APBC, at which there was a discussion about recruitment, especially of MPS honors students.
UC member Mark Schwartz reported that GFC had their first meeting, at which there was a discussion of fellowships.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he met with AAUP to discuss the merger. UC member John Reisel reported that the Rules Committee met to develop the agenda for next week’s Faculty meeting. Remote sites will be set for faculty from UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County to attend the Chancellor’s plenary next week, prior to the Faculty meeting.
The committee discussed membership for the Dean of the College of General Studies Search and Screen Committee. Laura Otto-Salaj will be the UC representative on the committee.
Happy first meeting of the academic year! UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that for meetings of committees where charters have not yet been officially changed, new members from the new CGS will attend as guests. He also met with members of the College of General Studies to discuss the new Division and hold an election for Divisional Committee members. Three will serve for a full term of three years, two for two years, and two for one year. Ballots were tallied, and Divisional members identified.
UC member John Reisel reported that the Lubar Dean search has a very aggressive timeline – there is a Priority deadline of October 12th for applications. The Committee hopes to complete Zoom interviews with semi-finalists by the end of October, with finalists invited to campus after that.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on discussion at the Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting. The new policy on reference checks passed by the Board of Regents was discussed. IT security continues to be a concern. The Union, Engineering, and Klotsche annex buildings are on the list for consideration in the 2021-22 Capital budget. There will be a debate of state Senatorial candidates on campus on October 8th.
UC Rep Bettina Arnold reported on the APBC meeting, saying the committee is preparing for the start of the academic year.
We were joined by three representatives of the new College of General Studies: Ron Gulotta, Tricia Wessel-Blaski, and Tim Dunn. We discussed the need to change the charters for a number of University-level committees, to allow for inclusion of faculty from the General Studies Division. The purpose of each campus committee was described for the new faculty. Recommendations will be made to each of the committees regarding charter language and timelines for changes to be made. Appointments to some committees will be made for this academic year, with these positions entering the standard campus election process implemented in spring. The goal is to have all charters that need to be changed completed by December, in time for inclusion in the spring election process.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on attending the new Deans orientation. He will be also attending the Board of Regents meeting next week. Member Mark Schwartz reported on the Chairs Retreat.
The committee briefly discussed the Journal Sentinel article about the UW System proposed budget that came out today.
Strategies to fill open committee positions were discussed. Faculty Senate will be asked to volunteer for several committee openings for which senators are preferred.
The UC welcomes Bettina Arnold and John Reisel to the Committee.
Chair report: UC Chair Kris O’Connor will be meeting with AAUP representatives once a month during the academic year. He has been working to garner volunteers for open positions on University committees for this upcoming academic year, especially from the new College/Division. There are about a dozen committees where the charters need to be revised to accommodate the new College/Division.
Provost Britz updated the committee on the UW System Freshwater Initiative, the mid-term accreditation visit (next year), and various other tasks (professional development, mentoring program for junior faculty, Ombuds discussions, the UW System hotline). Searches for Deans of the Lubar School of Business and Health Sciences will also continue this fall. Provost Britz also discussed growing pains in the implementation of post-tenure review. Overall enrollment looks good so far, but we should be prepared for another four years of tuition freeze.
Interim Vice Provost of Research Mark Harris presented on the review process and timeline for Centers and Institutes; he stated that approximately ½ of the Centers and Institutes on campus will have been reviewed by the end of 2018.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on the 7-23-18 Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting. At the meeting, it was presented by Development that we have had the highest amount of employee giving in our history (both number of those participating and amount).
UC member Kathleen Dolan reported on progress of the Health Sciences Dean search. John Reisel reported on progress of the Lubar Dean search. Standing committee appointments from UC were discussed for 2018-2019.
The UC welcomes Devendra Misra and Laura Otto-Salaj to the Committee.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported he is fielding questions from faculty and staff at UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County about the transition. Chancellor Mone discussed the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA), and plans for the campus to host the state Democratic Gubernatorial Debate on July 12.
UC members discussed the Board of Regents meeting, held on campus June 7-8. UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on the Shared Governance Retreat held by UW System President Ray Cross, his attendance at the recent APBC meeting, and the Northwestern Mutual Big Data Initiative with Marquette University.
The UC recognizes and is grateful for the efforts of UC member Dr. Marcia Parsons, who is retiring from UWM at the end of this month.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on a meeting with faculty and staff from UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County, regarding the integration of these campuses with UWM; Chair O’Connor and Secretary of the University Trudy Turner are helping with the transition of faculty and staff. Also, UC members will be attending sessions during the Board of Regents meeting at the Union on June 7-8, 2018.
The UC warmly thanks Dr. Jennifer Doering for her service to the University, as she completed her UC term at our last meeting.