Academic Staff Council Meeting: Wednesday, November
Kathleen Olsen, Mike Stifter, Larry Testa, Sarah Egerstrom, Sue Walton,
Steve Luebke, Gretchen Link, Tony Bredahl and Mark Kinders
Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 3:02 PM
The UW System is still waiting to see how the gubernatorial change will
affect any of the Board of Regents appointments. Although not necessarily
all will be replaced, the System could possibly have 6 new Regents.
Specific numbers are to be determined, but more budgets cuts are expected:
System Administration is participating in an exercise that plans for a
5 percent reduction in funding
A 5 percent reduction in funding would result in approximately a $1 million
cut for UWRF. This type of reduction would be devastating to our
campus – could result in elimination of 27 positions and several hundred
There is some discussion about an 8 percent increase in tuition to offset
Doyle’s budget should be submitted by mid January/February
There is definitely a sense of urgency among campuses to resolve these
issues. The UW System has a strategic plan in place for dealing with
More information about legislative and budget concerns may be discussed
at the Chancellor’s Council meeting on November 14th from 2:00-5:00 PM.
Participated in the Compensation Advisory Committee Meeting and had the
following to report:
There is a discrepancy in pay scales between the UW System and our
peer institutions outside the system. As a System, salaries are significantly
below the averages seen at our competitors. For example, full professors
at UW-RF are paid approximately $10,000 less than their peers at institutions
outside the UW System. Also, our academic staff (category A) have
salaries that are approximately 17% below market in comparison to salaries
across the system (Madison and Milwaukee included in this figure). It may
be realistic for academic staff members to expect a 3 percent increase
in salary next year.
Tony will have more to report at the next meeting – he travels to Madison
With whom does a classified staff member file a grievance against an academic
John Spielman (Human Resources) should be notified of the complaint.
However, there is a lot of “gray area” regarding this matter and the Academic
Staff Council may at times be the appropriate channel to use when filing
Next week, Tony and Sue are attending a governance meeting sponsored by
the Leadership Center to explain why Academic Staff exist and what roles
they play on our campus.
Meeting adjourned at 3:44 PM