University Committee Meeting Minutes 2022-04-18
University Committee Meeting MinutesMinutes approved 04/25/2022
UC members present: Babcock, Halverson, Sandgren (chair), Papp, Tejedo-Herrero, Thibeault
Others: Michael Bernard-Donals, Michelle Felber, Lesley Fisher, David Giroux, John Horn, Jane Richard, Jake Smith
Sandgren call the
meeting to order at 1:00.
The minutes of the
meeting of April 11, 2022 were approved by consent with corrections.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, invited Jeff Novak to
give an update on housing. This year they had 600 more students than they
expected in housing, which were accommodated through various options including
using Lowell Center, creating triples and using study rooms. The preliminary
feedback from students in housing is positive. They are working to get some new
housing for students as demand remains high. All housing dining facilities are
moving from ala carte to all you can eat to reduce staff need, lessen waste and
provide better planning. Jeff also discussed the Zoe Bayliss co-op, which was
established in 1955. With the building set to be demolished, they are looking
for other options. Existing space in Phillips Hall is being renovated and was
offered as a possibility.
introduced the ATOM project (Administrative Transformation Operating Model)
project, which is a companion UW-Madison only piece to ATP. Right now, they are
working to give shape to the UW-Madison project as it moves alongside ATP. ATP
is ending the planning stage at the end of April and beginning the architect
Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff, reported on the TOP program. This year they
have 13 accepted contracts, 10 pending and 8 declines. They hope to have 16-20
accepted offers. The partner hiring program is going well. She will be looking
at ways to improve transparency of the HIB policy this fall.
shared a resolution passed by UW-Whitewater about political interference on
Bill Karpus Dean
of the Graduate School, discussed the decline of extramural support awards for
graduate student training (NIH training grants, NIH fellowships, NSF
fellowships, etc.). He discussed with the UC how to incentivize faculty to
assist their graduate students in submitting applications for these.
Provost, discussed the possibility of a new policy for hiring tenured faculty
positions. Applicants would sign a waiver allowing UW-Madison to contact their
former institutions and inquire about formal findings of Title IX, research
integrity or violations of other institutional policies. UC Davis and UC San
Diego have both enacted similar policies and have seen no change in quality in
applications, although application pools have been a bit smaller. The UC had
questions about the details of the policy, but had no objections to a policy
being fully developed.
Chancellor, provided an update on the vice chancellor for finance and
administration, dean of college of agricultural and life sciences and
Chancellor searches. She expects that the student survey results will be
available prior to the end of school. The Public History Project data gathering
phase ends this year. Next fall will be an exhibition at the Chazen as well as
other materials like curriculum. It will be up to the next chancellor to
determine if and how the project continues.
She also discussed
the California court case where a judge ruled against pay for play, but said
you could pay students up to just under $5,000 in additional funding for
academic performance. She expects many schools will do this and institutions
are having discussions about when to pay and using what measures. This
discussion is also happening at UW-Madison although no final decisions have
Sandgren moved to convene in closed session; it was
seconded and approved at 3:07. One tenure clock extension and one leave of
absence were approved.
Sandgren moved to reconvene in open session; it was
seconded and approved at 3:21.
Sandgren adjourned the meeting at 3:27.