University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 02/21/2022
UC members present: Babcock, Sandgren (chair), Tejedo-Herrero, Thibeault
Others: Jane Richard, Jake Smith, Lesley Smith, Greg Bump
Sandgren call the meeting to order at 1:30.
The minutes of the meeting of February 7, 2022 were approved by consent.
PROFS staff Jack O’Meara and Michelle Felber, and PROFS chair Professor Michael Bernard-Donals, reported on a meeting with Representative Sheila Stubbs. They also reviewed some recently introduced bills, among the topics PROFS registered in favor and against: allowing that ethnic studies requirements can be fulfilled through a course on the constitution or the bill of rights; reviewing tuition reciprocity agreements; increasing UW-Madison’s flexibility in investing and finances; constructing a new engineering building; and prohibiting certain relationships between university research and “foreign missions of China.”
Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, reported on a revival of the work in developing an overall and departmental strategic plan. This work was started just prior to the pandemic and was on hold.
Karl Scholz, Provost, remarked on the record number of admissions applications in the last round- over 60,000— including a 12% increase in first time applicants. Professor Lori Lopez (a member of the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee) is reviewing data from departmental diversity reports and how to present the trends broadly. Dane County is dropping the COVID-19-related masking order as of March 1. There were a few questions.
Karen Massetti-Moran, Total Rewards Director, and Patrick Sheehan, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Office of Human Resources gave an update on the Title and Total Compensation Project (TTC). TTC was implemented in November 2021 and affected 16,000 employees. They are resolving or have resolved over 300 issues like missing titles, incorrect compensation, mismatch of duties, etc., and over 500 formal and informal appeals.
Sandgren moved to convene in closed session; it was seconded and approved at 2:52. One academic staff hire of a former tenure-track faculty member was approved.
Sandgren moved to reconvene in open session; it was seconded and approved at 3:10.
Sandgren adjourned the meeting at 3:11.