University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 10/2/2017
Approved minutes for September 25, 2017 Approved October 2, 2017, as amended
UC members present: Bowers, Litovsky, Ventura, Wanner (chair), Warfield
UC member absent: Amasino
Others present: S. Smith, G. Downey, H. Daniels, J. OMeara, M. Felber, J. Richard, A. Mednick, M. Bernard-Donals
Anja Wanner called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. L&S Associate Dean Greg Downey provided an update on the Thompson Center. Governance and administration details will be operationalized through a change proposal, to be considered by the L&S APC in October and the UAPC in November. The minutes of the meeting of University Committee Meeting Minutes 2017-09-18, were approved. Terry Warfield and Jack O'Meara both reported no news on the administrative hiring working group.
Dean of Continuing Studies Jeff Russell, accompanied by Summer Term Director Soma Chakrabarti and Summer Term Assistant Director Aphra Mednick, reported on summer term developments. (Russell also brought a draft revision of FPP Chapter 11 for UC review. OSOF will create a marked up version for a future meeting.) Ample and wide-ranging discussion ensued, particularly about online courses, budget model incentives, outside student enrollment, and credit transfers back in. The UC asked the summer term committee to investigate and analyze pros and cons of shifting existing teaching load to summer. Secretary of the Faculty Steve Smith reported that online dual role blanket waiver form will go live as soon as approval routing is completed.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick reported her office is benchmarking with peers following on last year's IRB survey. She also reported that the administrative move of the ED/SBS IRB from L&S to the OVCRGE is done. As there was no physical move, campus interactions should be the same. Search for director of that IRB has indicated three finalists. Mailick reports a strong pool of both internal and external candidates. Discussion of expectations of an IRB director, as well as IRB staff, and the role of Legal Affairs in the IRBs. Ample discussion throughout, including some discussion of Animal Resources Center, which is only a "center" for historical reasons. Agreement that ARC should be moved into Office of Compliance.
Warfield moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded and passed at 1:50 p.m. The UC discussed committee membership with the VCRGE and grievances, discipline, and due diligence with the provost and the vice provost for faculty and staff. Warfield moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 2:34 p.m.
Vice Chancellor for University Relations Charlie Hoslet provided additional detail on the state budget, particularly on performance based funding, innovation fund, and independent audit, and touched on other fall legislative items, including free speech, campus carry, and higher education reform. Hoslet also reported on federal issues, including the FY18 omnibus funding package and the likely end of the Perkins Loan program, and new guidance on Title IX. Hoslet distributed a handout on the rollout of Badger Promise and directed attention to madison.wisc.edu, a recruitment tool promoting Madison as a great place to live. Discussion throughout.
The UC discussed and approved a document clarifying the role of academic staff as graduate student advisors and reviewed a revised resolution on sustainability, both for Senate consideration. Warfield moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded and approved at 3:01 p.m. The UC considered and unanimously approved two dual role waiver requests. Completing his perfect closed-session record for the day, Warfield moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and approved at 3:09 p.m. and as soon as the door was opened, Wanner adjourned the meeting.