October 1, 2019

Provost Johannes Britz attended, and provided several updates. He will meet this week with representatives from SARUP to discuss the search for a new Dean. State Rep. Robin Vos and State Sen. Alberta Darling came to campus on Monday, and met with Chancellor Mark Mone and Provost Britz.

Provost Britz is developing a newsletter-style update for Academic Affairs that he will share with faculty and staff in the next several weeks. GER status and challenges regarding departmental compliance with GER assessment requirements were discussed. Provost Britz said that fall semester enrollment is down 3.7% overall. He is examining contributing factors in order to develop strategies to address them. Enrollment of WI residents, international students, and transfer student numbers are lower than in previous semesters. He will meet with representatives from MATC to discuss barriers to transfers of technical college students. Also being examined are pathways that have contributed a significant number of students to UWM, such as high schools having a history of students enrolling here. Questions were asked about loss of students to other UW System schools and University of Minnesota. He sees enrollment as key to addressing future budgetary issues.

UC Chair Kathy Dolan reported that Provost Britz asked her for feedback on the Academic Affairs newsletter-style update he is writing.

UC Member Tina Freiburger reported that the Academic Planning and Budget Committee met to discuss the new budget model and implications of this semester’s enrollment decline on future departmental budgets. UC discussed how budgetary shortfalls will be distributed across schools and colleges. A goal of enhancing student financial aid was also discussed.

K. Dolan will follow up on her verbal invitation to UW System President Ray Cross with a written invitation to attend a Faculty Senate meeting, in order to determine the date he will travel to campus. Dolan will ask the Rules Committee to generate topics of interest to our campus for his discussion with Faculty Senate.

UC Member Mark Schwartz presented drafts of two documents for discussion: 1) a budget for Milwaukee Organization Representing the Faculty Senate (MORFS) at UW-Milwaukee, and 2) a collaboration agreement between MORFS and Public Representation Organization of the Faculty Senate (PROFS) at UW-Madison.

September 24, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported that the Post-Tenure Review policy changes passed the Faculty Senate. She attended the Faculty Representatives meeting in Madison last week. There was a session with Ray Cross, in which the composition of the Search Committee for the UWGB Chancellor was discussed – there are five Regents, two faculty, one university staff, one academic staff, and one community member. Only one faculty member suggested by the representative UC committees was selected to be a part of the search committee. R. Cross also said the budget would be released mid-October, and said that in the next budget cycle, he will request money for employee compensation and begin a conversation about areas of need in the System over the long term. K. Dolan invited R. Cross to a Faculty Senate meeting, and he accepted.

K. Dolan attended the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet meeting on Monday. Katie Mioke reported that UWM is 3.8% down in enrollment; final numbers will be available in October. Seven campuses are down in enrollment, while Green Bay, Madison, Parkside, Eau Claire, LaCrosse all have increased enrollment. Tom Luljak presented on a new policy regarding advertising on campus. The Title and Total Compensation Project continues – job titles and descriptions have been created, and now mapping of incumbents to titles and descriptions will take place. Emphasis is on non-faculty positions. David Gilbert said that UWM Foundation and the UWM Alumni Association will merge. Provost Johannes Britz reported that the next round of budget meetings with all units on campus.

K. Dolan also met with Chancellor Mone, and discussed the GER review and family leave policies for campus faculty.

Dean of Students Adam Jussel attended to discuss the services provided by the Dean of Students Office. He described several buckets of services offered/areas covered by the DoS Office: 1) Student misconduct, 2) student support [intervening with students of concern (primarily mental health issues)], 3) crisis response (e.g. threats of an active shooter), 4) everything else (e.g. students and parents voicing concerns about the university and campus life). He is looking for continuing feedback about how the DoS Office is doing and wants the number of reports they get to increase; he believes there are events that are going unreported. A goal is for him to be out in the community doing proactive work on behalf of the university. He is also trying to empower faculty to take control of their classrooms, and document efforts with them. He discussed the Small Emergency Grant funds that have been provided over the past two years ($360k); the funding lapsed, and the DoS Office is looking for more funding. Areas of concern include significant student financial needs (e.g. student emergency grants, food pantry) and campus culture. Dean Jussel is looking for invitations from departments to talk about student services; he also hopes to meet with many student organizations.

Academic Staff Chair Leigh Wallace attended. ASC meets regularly over the academic year and has met once this year so far. They have begun the academic year by reviewing over chapter 104 (i.e. indefinite, fixed term, probationary status). ASC has also requested departmental workload policies for instructional academic staff to get a sense of differences across campus, and to make sure they are consistent with university policy. They are also examining ways for staff to enhance academic learning environments and are looking through policies to make sure ASC members are familiar with policies and to see if any changes are needed. The ASC is also planning to examine AS committees to see if they are all still relevant. ASC has not had issues filling senator positions, academic staff appear willing to serve. Representatives from CGS are still needed on ASC, so the committee is being promoted to encourage participation by CGS staff in the AS elections in spring.

CGS Dean Simon Bronner attended, and discussed the changing mission of CGS and UWM affiliation. He said he is working hard to learn the UWM shared governance system. Discussions of both faculty and instructional staff workload within the CGS are ongoing. Dean Bronner asked about CGS structure and the utility of the CGS steering committee, which may be a holdover from the UW Colleges structure. UC discussed options for structure given examples from schools at the main campus. Dean Bronner would like campus to consider expansion of the UWM brand to one that is more regional, rather than solely urban.

UC Member John Reisel reported that the Economic Benefits Committee met and discussed the Title and Total Compensation study and the status of the Employee Benefits Survey. A long-term benefit strategy to keep us competitive will be recommended by the committee in spring. The Open Enrollment period is October.

September 17, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported she is attending the first Faculty Representatives meeting later this week. Topics to be discussed include the UWGB Chancellor search and committee membership; access of Emeritus faculty to campus IT resources, and the sabbatical approval process. K. Dolan also met with the ASC this week.

Vice Chancellor Dev Venugopalan provided an update on our 4-year assurance review for accreditation – we were rated as meeting all core components of the accreditation criteria. VC Venugopalan said we can improve on Gen Ed assessment, which is monitored by APCC; many Gen Ed courses do not report assessment information. As UWM is designated Open Pathway, UWM needs to submit a quality initiative proposal this fall – this initiative is supposed to demonstrate significant scope and impact on academic quality and student success. Attention will be paid to activities enhancing 6-year graduation rates and first year retention (e.g. mentoring, tutoring, supplemental instruction) and ways to increase participation rates in these activities, especially among underrepresented minority students. The Provost’s Office will assess and encourage faculty participation in retention.

UC Member Tina Freiburger reported that at the APBC meeting, there was a discussion of how schools and colleges that charge fees instead of tuition (e.g. Business, SOIS, online courses across all schools/colleges) will be taxed next year by central administration. Fringe benefit charges will also be charged back to schools and colleges as well. Schools and colleges can spend their carry forward budgets.

UC Member John Reisel reported that SSEA met and elected Jeffrey Sommers as chair for this year.

UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that GFC elected Aaron Schutz as chair of the committee for 2019-20. GFC discussed changes to the Academic Approval Matrix. Former subcommittees are now full committees, so they report directly to the Faculty Senate, instead of GFC.

Changes to Post-Tenure Review is the main item on the agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting later this week, which will follow the Chancellor’s Plenary.

Dean of Students Adam Jussel and Academic Staff Senate Chair Leigh Wallace will attend next week’s meeting.

September 10, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported that she had her first one-to-one meeting with the Provost. The Provost stressed that this is the year to engage faculty in student retention by highlighting high impact practices.

K. Dolan reported that all faculty standing committee vacancies have been filled.

Chancellor Mark Mone attended the meeting. He reported that there will be a celebration at the Panther Arena on Thursday, marking the end of the very successful funding campaign. Funds raised will be used primarily for student scholarships and advancement of research. Some portion of the funds will be used for partnerships and community engagement. All the speakers at the event will be members of the campaign cabinet.

Chancellor Mone described highlights that will be presented in the September, 2019 Plenary, including UWM’s continuing R1 status, undergraduate research engagement and the successful fund-raising campaign. He will also address challenges resulting from the drop in enrollment. He will address the campus plan to deal with the drop including programmatic innovations and rebranding. He will stress the vital role faculty have in this process.

UC Member Julia Snethen reported that the Space committee meeting had been cancelled. The Rules committee met and set the Faculty Senate agenda. Rules suggested that the UC formally invite Ray Cross to attend a Senate meeting.

UC Member John Reisel reported that the Behavior and Facilities working group is developing an access and use policy.  They intend to produce a pamphlet explaining the already existing policies, and plan to suggest additional training for building chairs. J. Reisel also attended the PAC meeting. SAAP S-47 will be on the Senate agenda as Automatic Consent. The MAGE (Male Advocacy for Gender Equality) group also met.

UC Member Tina Freiburger reported that the APBC will meet this week.

September 3, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported 14 of 19 committee vacancies are filled. Remaining vacancies were discussed. K. Dolan attended the Academic Leadership Council meeting; discussed there was a future redesign of school websites, and IT security and the new Multi-Factor Authentication process. Questions were raised by the committee about ease of use when faculty are traveling abroad. K. Dolan will follow up with B. Beck.

Provost Johannes Britz attended the meeting. He reported enrollment is down 3.8%, although has bounced back somewhat from last week. Numbers are down for international students, for returning students, and for CGS; graduate student enrollment is flat. UW-Madison’s PROMISE program may also have affected our numbers. These numbers will be closely monitored.

Provost Britz suggested that Associate Vice Chancellor Dev Venugopalan be invited to a future UC meeting to discuss the HLC report. UWM met all accreditation criteria. During the next cycle the university will concentrate on quality initiatives that involve high impact practices to engage faculty in student retention.

The Faculty Mentoring Program will continue under the supervision of J. Reisel. Reisel said that several new faculty have been assigned faculty mentors. He is soliciting the rest to see if they are interested in participating. An event will be hosted next Friday, with the Provost and K. Dolan attending.

Provost Britz will visit CGS on Friday. Topics to be discussed include linkages with main campus, how bridges can be built between the Waukesha and Washington County campuses, and potential 4-year programs in nursing and engineering.

Tony Evers was at Freshwater Sciences on Friday. There will be more discussion of funding for water-based initiatives next week.

The Provost will work this year to link Deans, Associate Deans and department Chairs together to find ways to engage faculty in retention activities. The Provost will be meeting with eight chairs at a time. There will also be discussion of student transfers, especially from MATC.

This year, the Provost plans to link Associate Deans, Deans, and Department Chairs, to work on ways to enhance faculty engagement with recruitment, enrollment and retention; he envisions a Year of Action for faculty. Topics of discussion will include enhancement of transfers, and identifying high impact practices for recruitment, enrollment, and retention.
The search committee for the Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has been determined, and will meet this week to begin the search process.

K. Dolan will meet with the four new Deans tomorrow, to discuss shared governance.

UC Member Tina Freiburger reported that the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APBC) is starting the budget model process for the next biennium, beginning with step 1 (how much money is in each bucket). Questions to be resolved include: How will it be handled if a school or college is contributing more, but has a decline in enrollment? How will it be handled if a school or college has not had a decline in enrollment?

UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj announced that she will be retiring in the beginning of January. A special election will be held to fill the remainder of her term (January-August 2020).

August 27, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported that she and Secretary of the University Trudy Turner attended the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet meeting this week, and summarized highlights of the meeting. Provost Johannes Britz invited K. Dolan to a meeting with all the Deans and Associate Deans, to discuss priorities for the coming year. This year, the Provost’s office will emphasize the important role faculty play in student success, retention, and recruitment. Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement Joan Prince noted that she coordinates the Free Speech forum and will be announcing topics and speakers soon. Chief Enrollment Officer Katie Miota reported that enrollments are down campus-wide; there have been a record number of applications and admits, but lower yield. UW-Madison and UW-LaCrosse are UWM’s main competitors. The Freshwater Collaborative is still in the proposal phase. Governor Evers is coming to campus on Thursday to tour the School of Freshwater Sciences and discuss the Freshwater Collaborative. Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen discussed changes in how enrollment will affect budgeting in future years.

K. Dolan also met with Chancellor Mark Mone, who emphasized the message that faculty are an underutilized resource for recruiting and retention, and are important leaders in governance. He will emphasize the importance of faculty and staff governance in his fall plenary speech. K. Dolan will be encouraging increased faculty participation in governance and service, by speaking this week with newly hired faculty, and newly tenured faculty (with UC Member John Reisel). She is also planning to attend the Chairs and Directors meetings to discuss governance with faculty in the Schools and Colleges. K. Dolan and T. Turner will attend an orientation for new Deans and Associate Deans on September 4th to discuss shared governance.

UC Member Bettina Arnold reported that the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean Search and Screen Committee will meet for the first time next week.

UC Member John Reisel reported that the Provost’s weekly update was a bit confusing this week in that names of new Instructional Academic Staff and Faculty were combined. He confirmed that there are 22 new faculty on campus. The Faculty Mentoring Program will reach out to new faculty.

UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that he met with the PROFS (UW-Madison) lobbyist. The PROFS organization is enthusiastic in helping support MORFS at UWM.

College of Health Sciences Dean Timothy Behrens requested an extension for the Executive Committee augmentation of the Department of Health Informatics for 2019-20 by Roger Smith. The Committee approved this request by consensus.

The Committee worked to fill vacancies on the following committees: APBC, APCC, AAFEC, Codification, Divisional, Faculty Senate, GFC, Graduate Review, Graduate Fellowship, Honorary Degrees, International, Library, PEC, and Undergraduate Program Review. K. Dolan will contact the suggested individuals. The UC also provided recommendations for individuals appointed by the Chancellor to the ITPC.

The Provost will meet with us next week.

August 20, 2019

The UC welcomes new Members Tina Freiburger and Julia Snethen; their terms officially began this week.

The regular schedule for the coming year includes a monthly meeting with the Chancellor, twice monthly meetings with the Provost and monthly meeting with the Chair of the Academic Staff Committee, Leigh Wallace. The Provost attends on the first and third Tuesday of the month, the Chancellor on the second Tuesday, and the AS Chair on the fourth Tuesday.

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan is working with outgoing Chair Kris O’Connor to fill remaining standing committee vacancies. Assignments were made for UC Members to represent the UC on various university standing committees. John Reisel will continue on the Policy Advisory Committee. Mark Schwartz was elected to the Graduate Faculty Committee so will continue to represent the UC on that committee. T. Freiburger will serve on the Academic Planning and Budget Committee. Laura Otto-Salaj will continue to serve on the Affirmative Action in Faculty Employment Committee. Bettina Arnold will serve on the Search Committee for the Dean of Social Welfare. J. Snethen will serve on the campus Space Planning Committee.

K. Dolan suggested there is a need to remind faculty of the need for participation in faculty governance, so will send an email to the faculty encouraging them to volunteer for committee service. K. Dolan will also attend the UWM Mentoring Program’s reception for newly tenured faculty on Friday, September 13th, and will encourage them to participate in faculty governance. K. Dolan, Trudy Turner, and Dev Venugopalan will be meeting with the four new Deans (Lubar, SARUP, CHS, CGS) on September 4th, and will invite each of them to attend a future UC meeting. Dean of Students Adam Jussel will also be invited to attend a future UC meeting.

M. Schwartz provided an update on MORFS. Last week, he spoke with Jack O’Meara from UW-Madison’s PROFS about budgeting for lobbying.

August 13, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported he met with the Chancellor last week. O’Connor made several faculty appointments to committees. He is also working on the annual report.

Chancellor Mark Mone reported that the Board of Regents proposed and passed performance- and outcomes-based funding for the budget, rather than capacity-building that was proposed by campus. UW System has responded by putting together block grants for capacity-building. All UW System capital projects, such as the Chemistry building for UWM campus, are under careful scrutiny. The chemistry building is the largest capital project ever funded in the UW System. Campus will hire a project manager to oversee all capital projects on campus, including the Chemistry building, Klotsche Center annex, and the Union.

Chancellor Mone also gave a preview of his plenary, to be held on September 19th. The Chancellor will update the campus on strategic directions and the best way to move forward with initiatives.

Following the last Board of Regents meeting, there was a discussion of continued funding for integration of the 2-year campuses.

UC Member Mark Schwartz presented several documents that have been developed, associated with the new faculty organization MORFS (Milwaukee Organization Representing the Faculty Senate). Academic year 2019-20 was approved in May by Faculty Senate as a period during which faculty interest in membership would be explored. Issues discussed include: the need to develop concrete descriptions of how this organization will benefit faculty, the relationship of MORFS to UW-Madison’s PROFS and a potential MOU with PROFS, specific outcomes that could be addressed by MORFS, and the need for a marketing plan.  If approved in this form, the UC would serve as a conduit for membership in MORFS.

As this was the last meeting of the 2018-19 year, the UC thanks outgoing UC Chair Kristian O’Connor and UC Member Devendra Misra for their service to the university.

July 30, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor is making progress in finding individuals to serve on governance committees. He will be working on Divisional Committees, the FAGC and the FRRC this coming week. The Provost will have a retreat for new Deans on August 19 and 20 and a retreat for Department Chairs on August 20 and 21. Incoming UC Chair Kathy Dolan will have an introductory meeting with the new Deans in September. PSOA Dean Scott Emmons reported that Professor Ray Fleming will be the Chair in the Department of Art and Design.

The Chancellor reported that there will be additional base funding for integration of the two-year colleges. He also reported that UWM is working with an architectural firm to produce plans for the engineering building.

School of Education Dean Alan Shoho discussed augmenting the Executive Committee of the Department of Administrative Leadership.

UC Member Mark Schwartz reported on progress in establishing MORFS. He will meet with a member of Legal Affairs to discuss various issues.

The committee continued reviewing the PTR policy. The committee discussed the relationship of the Deans, the faculty member and the Executive Committee in the formulating the remediation plan. The document will be sent to the Codification Committee.

UC Member John Reisel will attend the Codification Committee to discuss changes to P and P 4.05 (2)(C).

July 9, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported on standing committees for the upcoming year. Names were generated to potentially fill vacancies on APBC, FAGC, FRRC, and the Divisional Committees.

The Deans of the Lubar School of Business, College of General Studies, and College of Health Sciences will be invited to attend a future UC meeting and discuss faculty governance.

UC Chair O’Connor attended the Budget Model Support Team meeting. Discussed at the meeting were: budget model formula and anticipation of future funding, and a comparison of schools and colleges; the marginal tuition model; and the level of improvement needed to result in increases for future budgets. Tine Freiburger will be the UC rep to the APBC next year.

UC Member Mark Schwartz requested that UC consider ways in which connections can be made between MORFS and departments.

The Committee considered proposed edits to Post-tenure review policy (UWM Doc. 3083). Changes still need to be made to clarify timelines. Once UC is finished editing the document, it will be forwarded to Faculty Senate for consideration.