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.