UC Chair Kathleen Dolan reported 14 of 19 committee vacancies are filled. Remaining vacancies were discussed. K. Dolan attended the Academic Leadership Council meeting; discussed there was a future redesign of school websites, and IT security and the new Multi-Factor Authentication process. Questions were raised by the committee about ease of use when faculty are traveling abroad. K. Dolan will follow up with B. Beck.
Provost Johannes Britz attended the meeting. He reported enrollment is down 3.8%, although has bounced back somewhat from last week. Numbers are down for international students, for returning students, and for CGS; graduate student enrollment is flat. UW-Madison’s PROMISE program may also have affected our numbers. These numbers will be closely monitored.
Provost Britz suggested that Associate Vice Chancellor Dev Venugopalan be invited to a future UC meeting to discuss the HLC report. UWM met all accreditation criteria. During the next cycle the university will concentrate on quality initiatives that involve high impact practices to engage faculty in student retention.
The Faculty Mentoring Program will continue under the supervision of J. Reisel. Reisel said that several new faculty have been assigned faculty mentors. He is soliciting the rest to see if they are interested in participating. An event will be hosted next Friday, with the Provost and K. Dolan attending.
Provost Britz will visit CGS on Friday. Topics to be discussed include linkages with main campus, how bridges can be built between the Waukesha and Washington County campuses, and potential 4-year programs in nursing and engineering.
Tony Evers was at Freshwater Sciences on Friday. There will be more discussion of funding for water-based initiatives next week.
The Provost will work this year to link Deans, Associate Deans and department Chairs together to find ways to engage faculty in retention activities. The Provost will be meeting with eight chairs at a time. There will also be discussion of student transfers, especially from MATC.
This year, the Provost plans to link Associate Deans, Deans, and Department Chairs, to work on ways to enhance faculty engagement with recruitment, enrollment and retention; he envisions a Year of Action for faculty. Topics of discussion will include enhancement of transfers, and identifying high impact practices for recruitment, enrollment, and retention.
The search committee for the Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has been determined, and will meet this week to begin the search process.
K. Dolan will meet with the four new Deans tomorrow, to discuss shared governance.
UC Member Tina Freiburger reported that the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APBC) is starting the budget model process for the next biennium, beginning with step 1 (how much money is in each bucket). Questions to be resolved include: How will it be handled if a school or college is contributing more, but has a decline in enrollment? How will it be handled if a school or college has not had a decline in enrollment?
UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj announced that she will be retiring in the beginning of January. A special election will be held to fill the remainder of her term (January-August 2020).