shared governance document
4 May, 2015
Professor Emeritus William A. Craig. faculty document 2557Professor Emeritus Francis J. Nagle. faculty document 2558Professor Emeritus Arthur E. Peterson. faculty document 2559
Chancellor Blank reported on applications, which are up strongly, with 33,000 receivedfrom 5700 high schools, from all 50 states and all Wisconsin counties. This represents an 8%increase over last year and a new record. Applications from underrepresented students ofcolor are up 15% over last year, as are offers of admission to all students of color.Chancellor Blank reported that this year’s faculty awards include two Sloane Fellowships,two elections to the National Academy of Engineering, three Guggenheim Fellowships, andone election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Chancellor Blank called attention to the recently completed economic impact study(available at budget.wisc.edu), which shows that UW-Madison has a $15 billion annualimpact on the state of Wisconsin. For every dollar that the state gives us, we expend $24.Chancellor Blank provided an update on the budget cut. Much is still unknown, includingthe status of Chapter 36. Public authority seems unlikely at this point, but there is still hopefor some budget flexibilities. Status of tenure and shared governance still an open question.UW System has appointed task forces on both issues, with strong representation fromMadison campus. Blank outlined efforts with multiple constituencies, including alumni andbusiness community. On-campus steps, including UW System-approved increase inout-of-state and professional school tuition, across the board budget cuts, and redirection ofnon-state dollars, only cover about half ($53 million) of the anticipated $100 million cut.Chancellor Blank explained the advisory group appointed to look into library consolidation.The report from this information-gathering exercise will go to the Library Committee andshared governance groups and governing bodies. No unilateral action will be taken.Professor Grant Petty (UC member and PROFS president) called attention to a legislativeupdate distributed by PROFS at the door and provided an update on PROFS activities. Pettyencouraged faculty to engage with PROFS through its website and social media.
There were no questions.
5. The minutes of the April 6, 2015, meeting were approved as distributed.There were several questions.AUTOMATIC CONSENT BUSINESS
There was one question about a possible B-Cycle rack addition.
There were several questions and comments about fossil fuel divestment.
There were no questions or comments.
There were several questions and comments, all of which will be incorporated into the next draft of Chapter 6, to be presented to the Senate in Fall 2015.