November 20, 2006
Members absent: Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Mark Kinders
Guests: Nan Jordahl, Kathy Schultz, Ian Williams
Call to Order: 2:05 PM
Approval of 10/27/06 Minutes: Motion made by T. Tubré. Seconded by K. Bertelsen. Unanimously approved.
Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom)
Strategic Planning Update
HLC/NCA Self-Study Update
Health Insurance Campaign
Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman)
Minutes from the 11/16/06 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are attached and available at: www.uwsa.edu/acadaff/asreps/agendaminutes.htm.
Legislative Update (M. Kinders)
No legislative update was presented.
Orientation for Academic Staff (N. Jordahl & I. Williams)
Fourth Division Title (S. Egerstrom)
Growth Agenda Resolution (S. Egerstrom)
Performance Review Document (K. Schulz)
Mentoring Discussion (S. Egerstrom)
Handbook Updates (S. Egerstrom)
Adjournment: 3:35 PM. Motion made by G. Link. Seconded by J. Neuhaus. Unanimously approved.
2006-07 University of Wisconsin System Council of Academic Staff
Attendees: Judith Blackstone, UW-Eau Claire, Sheri Arendt, UW-Green Bay, Deborah Veglahn, UW-LaCrosse, Read Gilgen, UW-Madison, Jon Lenichek, UW-Milwaukee, Ann Marie Johnson, UW-Oshkosh, Rebecca Ferguson, UW-Parkside, Carlos Wiley, UW-Platteville, Kimberly Gould Speckman, UW-River Falls, Mike Pagel, UW-Stevens Point, Dennis Shaw, UW-Stout, Donna Dahlvang, UW-Superior, Michael Cohen, UW-Whitewater, Dave Carlson, UW Rock County, Bill Mann, UW-Extension, Donna Silver, UW System Administration, Ron Singer, UW System Administration, Lisa Beckstrand, UW System Administration, Al Crist, UW System Administration, Bob Jokisch, UW System Administration, Bill Steffenhagen, UW-Madison (ASPRO President)
Senior Vice President Cora Marrett and Bob Jokisch joined the meeting at 10:00 following a discussion among Academic Staff Representatives. The session began with the approval of the minutes from the October 12 meeting.
The Academic Staff Reps presented a card to Cora Marrett in appreciation for her comradery. Cora expressed what a privilege it has been to work with this group and the important role academic staff play in ensuring excellence in higher education. Cora also noted the importance in addressing the issues raised in the 2002 Report on Academic Staff.
Dave Carlson noted that he is talking to Chris Sadler of the Faculty
Representatives about a joint meeting of the Academic Staff and Faculty
Reps on May 4th. Dave Carlson also reported that the Academic Staff Reps
discussed the following items in their session from 9:00 to 10:00:
The following UW System institutions have passed resolutions in support
of the Growth Agenda:
The discussion of the Academic Staff Reps also included concerns about details of the plan and there was a general consensus that UW System institutions can't have additional students without additional resources. Cora noted that she would inform the President of their message.
The Academic Staff Reps also discussed the Board of Regents Committee on the LAB Audit on Personnel Practices. They decided that Dennis Shaw from UW-Stout would represent them on the committee. On the issue of collegial coverage, one suggestion raised was to have a policy on this at each campus.
On the issue of Compensation, Cora Marrett noted the dilemma faced by Pres Reilly and the Board of Regents - internal pressure to increase salaries while also pressure to control tuition.
On the election, Academic Staff Reps expressed their disappointment on the marriage amendment but they were pleased with Board of Regents (BOR) resolution on the amendment. Cora Marrett stated that domestic partner benefits are still a priority for the Board of Regents and are supported by the Governor.
Associate Vice President Ron Singer then discussed the Search for Senior
VP for Academic Affairs with the Academic Staff Reps. President Reilly
was interested in getting their input on the process. He informed the
Reps that the search was approved by the Board of Regents. Rebecca Martin,
Provost at UW-Parkside, has been named interim Senior VP. Comments from
the Academic Staff Reps included the following priorities on the search:
The Academic Staff Reps also raised concerns about the Efficiency Group recommendation to transfer the $400,000 in Faculty/Staff development funds to the campuses. They were concerned that if the funds are moved to campuses, they would be cut.
Lisa Beckstrand, Director of Inclusivity Initiative and Academic Planner, then reported on the Climate Study. The Climate Study would be a campus-based study of all areas of diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability status, religious affiliation, and class). Lisa noted Susan Rankin, a national expert in conducting Climate Studies, met with Provosts last month. The Provosts were very positive in response to the presentation. Curently a committee is generating plans for different models of involvement for campuses to determine feasibility, cost, and campus interest. Questions were raised about age and veterans' issues for a climate study. The Academic Staff Reps asked Lisa to share the campus Inclusivity Initiative contacts with them.
Senior Vice President Cora Marrett then updated the academic staff reps
on the upcoming December Board of Regents meeting. The major items on
the agenda include:
On the Academic Staff Leadership Conference, Donna Dahlvang noted that
in their discussions at UW-Superior, they are focusing on a theme of Growth
- UW System growth, personal and professional growth, and Wisconsin economic
growth. They plan to ask President Reilly to speak. Donna asked if a presentation
from a grants writer from Eau Claire would be popular. Comments included
Associate Vice President Al Crist then provided an update on HR Issues.
On the LAB Audit of Personnel Policies, a committee has been appointed
to advise on how to respond to the audit. Regents Loftus, Bartell, Connolly-Keesler,
and Cuene are on the Committee along with
On the Compensation Advisory Committee, Al Crist noted the importance of this issue because of the challenges UW System institutions face in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff. The recommendations on compensation will be brought to the Board in December. The issue of compression and the affect it is having on people deciding to retire was brought up by the Academic Staff Reps.
On Criminal Background Checks, Al Crist stated that they are bringing the policy to the Board of Regents in December. He realized there is not universal happiness on this issue. Concerns raised by Academic Staff Reps included the cost of paying for these background checks and that this was overkill for a very rare problem. Al Crist stated that they are trying to minimize risk and costs ($20 average - $50 maximum), and that there is flexibility for campuses to exclude student employees. The question was also raised on whether criminal background checks needed to be done for all hires, and Al Crist stated that they determined that it was most fair to use for all new hires (with exceptions).
The Academic Staff Reps next met with the Board of Regents Committee regarding Faculty/Academic Staff Disciplinary Process. Those minutes will be posted on the Board of Regents web site.
The meeting ended following further discussion among Academic Staff Representatives.