In the chairs reports, John Reisel provided a Legislative update from the Faculty Reps meeting: There have been more than 400 bills introduced in the Legislature, and likely several will not be discussed. Some bills might impact the university systems. One bill proposes that WI join the consortium of states for online education. The bill re-introducing shared governance might not be discussed. Conceal and carry on campuses likely won’t go forward. Also discussed was the Governors plan to move public employee health plans to a self insured (government run) program rather than contracted to the private insurance industry. Also, the UW system tenure policy is going forward to the Education Committee of the Regents. John also reported the banana cream pie was exceptionally good at the Faculty Reps lunch.
The work of the CCOET committee is coming to completion and the final report will be submitted to the sponsors next week. A draft can be found at https://uwm.edu/budget/ccoet-draft-interim-report/