June 8, 2021

School of Social Welfare Dean T. Freiburger reported that the Department of Administrative Leadership is requesting augmentation of their EC for the upcoming academic year. Prof. K. Hassell has agreed to continue to augment the committee for the next year.

Chancellor Mone reported on the BOR meeting on the UWM campus on Friday at which a possible reexamination of the UW System funding formula was announced.  Incoming BOR President Manydeeds and Vice President Walsh indicated that a mid-summer announcement of the composition of the search committee for the new UW System President is expected. The capital budget is currently being debated by the Joint Finance Committee in Madison; this includes the Health Sciences/NW Quad, which represents a $75 million ask. The total budget amount is still unclear but it will impact what is likely to be approved. Policy changes for fall pandemic protocols for a return to f2f instruction are being finalized. It is unclear whether testing will still be required for unvaccinated students and faculty in the fall because of changes in funding; following a discussion of how instructors should handle issues related to vaccination and testing in the classroom Chancellor Mone indicated that he would get back to the UC with guidelines. Chancellor Mone reported on the Froedert Trust gift ($5.75 million) and an upcoming $2 million gift focused on Milwaukee high school students, which will be announced later this week.

UC Chair K. Dolan and Academic Staff Chair K. Esguerra met with the representative of the search and screen firm leading the search for the new chief of police to provide a sense of the campus perspective. Invitations to serve on the campus Search Committee have been sent out. The format of the search as far as public comment and campus input are concerned is still unclear. There was a discussion of lecture capture in classrooms as a pedagogical issue if it is required for courses.

There were no Members’ Reports.

The modality policies for fall semester will be reviewed by the newly created Modality Change Committee; S. Schmidt requested the names of potential committee members from the faculty and from the academic staff side to serve on this committee. Several names were suggested by committee members.

In Old Business UC Chair K. Dolan reported on the UC review of standing committees. The Faculty Ethics Committee discussed the possibility of disbanding at their most recent meeting and concluded that this option should be pursued. D. Misra commented that this committee is especially important for Engineering and the sciences and suggested that Interim Vice Provost for Research M. Harris should be consulted before a final decision to disband the FEC is made. The Academic Policy Committee likewise met and concluded that disbanding might be possible if the approval of the calendar and consulting on policy as it is developed, the primary tasks of this committee, could be shifted to the APBC. A final summary of this UC initiative will be provided later this summer.

The Provost will attend the June 22 meeting.