November 12, 2019

UC Chair Kathleen Dolan attended yesterday’s 2030 Think Tank meeting. At that meeting, the members identified data they will need to collect in order to make recommendations. They are reviewing universities that are members of the University Innovation Alliance, to see if there are ideas that could be implemented here. K. Dolan asked UC for input and suggestions.

Chancellor Mark Mone attended. He gave a preview of his remarks for the upcoming Academic Staff Senate and Faculty Senate meetings:
1) Discussion of the momentum of larger fundraising campaign, and development of a bridge campaign to carry us to the next major fundraising campaign and fund the new research vessel;
2) Summary of strategic directions and description of the composition and mission of Think Tank 2030;
3) UWM and UW System budgets;
4) The retirement of Ray Cross. Composition of the search committee was discussed; there are no faculty or staff on the committee, and only one (non-traditional) student. The UC questioned the Chancellor on the candidate characteristics for which the search committee might be looking.

The UC also had questions about the pay plan and timing; Chancellor Mone responded that the pay plan has yet to be added to the meeting agenda of the Joint Commission on Employee Relations. Chancellor Mone also attended a meeting of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) in San Diego last week. Challenges for higher education were discussed. The Chancellor chairs the 21st Century Work Force Trends segment of the Urban Serving Universities track.

UC Member Bettina Arnold reported on the R1 working group. They are looking for information on the number of full-time faculty on campus.

UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj reported on the AAFE committee. They have been discussing how to tailor materials to help with faculty recruitment and have been reviewing materials from other universities.

UC Member Julia Snethen reported on the Campus Space and Planning Committee, which allocates space for activities across campus. The committee is chaired by K. Surerus.

UC Member John Reisel reported that the EBC cancelled its meeting.

UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that MORFS membership forms continue to be submitted.

At the next Faculty Senate meeting, there will be a suspension of the rules to consider the resolution to add faculty to the System President search committee.

Provost Johannes Britz and Academic Staff Committee Chair Leigh Wallace will attend the next UC meeting.