February 4, 2020

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan had a 1:1 meeting with the Provost. She also attended the Faculty Representatives meeting. The group requested a meeting with the finalists for the UW System President. The System governance website will be refreshed. There was a discussion of UW policy 1254. Currently, there is considerable disparity in the way in which annual evaluations are conducted on different campuses. There was a TTC presentation. One of the suggestions was the use of title Teaching Professor. The use of the title will be up to the discretion of each campus. The System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs gave a presentation on new advising initiatives. There is considerable tension on campuses regarding budget cuts. There was a report on the System Benefits survey. There were 18,000 participants. The majority of respondents were happy with benefits offered, but about half complained about pay. Fundamental benefits, including retirement and health will not change. Other additional benefits are being considered.

K. Dolan reported that the 2030 Think Tank group continues to meet and discuss potential changes. There will be a presentation at the March Senate meeting.

K. Dolan reported that all vacancies on committees have been filled.
Provost Johannes Britz attended. He reported that enrollment of students returning in the spring is good. Also, there will be a replacement of one member of the Board of Regents. The Provost will update the board on the Freshwater Initiative.

Provost Britz reported that the finalists for the position of HBSSW Dean will be on campus later in February. A director for Connected Systems has been appointed. Sabbaticals were approved by System. Also, the Provosts meeting is this week. There will be a discussion of pending budget cuts at this meeting.

UC Member Julia Snethen reported that the Rules Committee will meet this week.

UC Member Bettina Arnold reported that there are three finalists for the position of HBSSW Dean. The R1 working group will continue to meet.

UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj has volunteered to attend the morning ceremony for Spring Commencement.

UC Member John Reisel reported that the SSEA is meeting with Associate Deans.

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