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February Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is meeting at UW-Madison today and tomorrow, February 2 and 3. All meetings will be held in Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street. Livestream coverage of full board meetings is here.

Regents meet in committee Thursday morning.

  • The Education Committee will consider UW-Superior’s post-tenure review policy, discuss a new UW-Madison bachelor of science degree in education studies, and hear a presentation on UW-Madison educational updates.
  • The Business and Finance Committee will review a proposed Regent policy document on application fees, hear reports on financial management and gifts, grants and contracts, and consider approval of a UW-Madison School of Business Dean’s salary range that exceeds 75% of the UW System President.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will consider approval of two UW-Madison projects, discuss criteria for ranking campus building projects, and hear and update on UW-Madison’s Campus Master Plan.
  • The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee will hear a presentation led by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick on strengthening UW-Madison’s research capacity. The committee will also hear presentations on dairy science at UW-River Falls and community and research collaboration.
  • The Audit Committee will discuss several reports, including the audit plan progress report and reports related to cash handling, purchase cards NCAA compliance, international education, and emergency preparedness.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday, Chancellor Rebecca Blank will discuss the need for reinvestment in UW-Madison and UW System Vice President James Henderson will highlight the alignment between UW System’s academic programs and the state’s workforce needs.

On Friday, UW-Madison will present its Annual NCAA Division I Athletics report and UW System President Ray Cross will provide an update on the state budget process. The Regents will also present the 2017 Diversity Awards.

December Board of Regents Meeting

uw system logoThe University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at the Gordon Dining and Event Center at UW-Madison today, Thursday, December 8. Livestream coverage of the full board portion of the meeting is here.

Regents meet in committee Thursday morning.

  • The Education Committee will consider revisions to the post-tenure review policy introduced earlier this year. The amended policy would require “an independent, substantive review by a dean, the provost or the chancellor, or a designee, with the appropriate administrator making the final assignment of the category reflecting the overall results of the review.” The committee will also consider approval of the post-tenure review policies of six UW System campuses. UW-Madison’s policy was approved by the Faculty Senate in November, but must now be revised to meet the new guideline. The committee will also discuss adoption of an interim post-tenure review policy to be used by campuses that do not have board-approved policies in place by April 7, 2017. The proposed policies are below:
  • The Business and Finance Committee will hear the annual report on faculty turnover, which increased across UW System from an average of 5.9% to 8% in the last fiscal year. UW-Madison had the lowest turnover rate (5.3%), while five campuses experienced faculty turnover rates  greater than 11%. The committee will also vote on the adoption of a statement in support of a pay plan request. 
  • The Audit Committee will discuss the Fiscal 2017 Audit Plan Progress Report and hear an update on the UW System Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline.

The full board meets at 12:30 pm. Items on the agenda include UW-Green Bay’s annual Athletics Report and discussion of report of the UW System Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment.

Students Plan Day of Action in Opposition to Campus Carry

UW-Madison student leaders have planned a day of action on Thursday, December 15 to oppose allowing concealed carry weapons on campus. While a bill allowing campus carry died in committee last session, State Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) said at a campus forum last month that he intents to reintroduce the bill in 2017.

The group is also collecting signatures of students, faculty, staff and parents opposed to campus carry.

PROFS registered in opposition to campus carry last session and offered this statement on the legislation:

 

 

October Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at the Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7. Livestream coverage of the full board portions of the meeting is here.

The regents meet in committee Thursday morning.

The Education Committee will consider new degree programs at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee and changes to faculty personnel rules at UW-Whitewater and UW-Green Bay. UW-Eau Claire will also present its academic master plan.

The Business and Finance Committee will consider several contractual agreements at UW-Madison and hear an update on information security.

The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will discuss new building projects at UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse, consider a lease agreement for UW-Madison College of Letters and Science career services, and hear an update on State Building Commission action.

The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee will accept the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Partnership Program annual report and hear a panel discussion on business and community mobilization in Eau Claire.

The Audit Committee will discuss the Fiscal Audit 2017 Plan progress. The committee will also move into closed session to discuss a personnel issue.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon. UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt will host a presentation, Partners in Wisconsin’s Future, and Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council will discuss UW System’s role as an economic driver in the state. The board will also move into closed session to discuss the naming of a facility at UW-Madison.

On Friday, the board will take action on committee work and hear reports from UW System Board of Regents President Regina Millner and UW System President Ray Cross. They will also consider a resolution (below) on tuition, affordability, and quality.

UW-Madison State Budget Forum

UW-Madison hosted a campus forum on the state budget and its impact on the university on  September 14. The discussion covered the university’s budget landscape and how it has changed over time, the impact of budget cuts, the UW System 2017-19 budget request, and how alumni and friends of the university are being engaged.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW System Board of Regents President Regina Millner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller, and Vice Chancellor for University Relations Charles Hoslet were panelists.

These slides were used during the forum:

Legislative Update

History 

The 2015-17 biennial budget process was difficult – UW System received a $250 million budget cut along with a two-year extension of a tuition freeze. PROFS played a key role in one budget bright spot: funding for the much-needed Chemistry Building project. In prior budget cycles, PROFS led the fight to ensure retirement contributions are taken pre-tax, saving the average faculty member about $1,800 per year and successfully lobbied for domestic partner benefits and first-day health coverage for faculty and staff. Looking ahead:

2017-19 Biennial Budget

While Governor Walker instructed all agency heads to prepare budgets with zero increases, the Board of Regents approved a $42.5 million increase in state funding over the next biennium. The increase will largely go toward initiatives to develop the state’s workforce and improve its economy, a plan called 2020FWD. The governor has also said he might consider performance-based funding increases for UW. Criteria for such an increase might include graduation and post-graduation employment rates.

FWD2020 highlights:

  • $26.1 million for the educational pipeline, with a focus on addressing the state’s workforce needs and increasing the student pipeline.
  • $6 million to improve the university experience, with a focus on creating graduates who are creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.
  • $6.4 million for business and community mobilization, with a focus on bringing together the university, businesses and the greater community.
  • $4 million for operational excellence, with a focus on improvements in targeted performance areas. The budget process is lengthy, beginning with formal introduction early next year and final passage most likely in late June. PROFS will be involved throughout the entire process and communicate regularly with faculty.

Tuition Freeze

Earlier this summer, Governor Walker said he supported an additional one or two-year freeze on University of Wisconsin System tuition, lengthening the current freeze to six years.

Regent Action on Tenure, Shared Governance and Post-Tenure Review

Last year, PROFS regularly communicated with the chair and members of the Regent Tenure Policy Task Force as they developed new tenure policies. We will continue to aggressively advocate on behalf of UW-Madison faculty as the Regents work to approve a post-tenure review policy this fall.

Fall Elections

All Wisconsin Assembly seats and 16 seats on the Senate are on the ballot in November. Republicans hold comfortable margins in both houses, but some pundits believe the Senate could flip parties if a Democratic presidential landslide occurs. A split legislature would have an impact on the upcoming state budget process and could slow Republican legislative efforts such as a proposed ban on fetal tissue research and campus carry.

August Board of Regents Meeting

uw system logoThe University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at UW-Madison’s Gordon Event Center on Thursday, August 18. Livestream coverage of the full board portion of the meeting is here.

Committee work begins at 8:15 am and the full board meets at 11:15 am. All regents will discuss UW System’s strategic framework (2020FWD) and the 2017-19 operating and capital budget requests.

UW System is proposing a $42.5 million increase in state funding over the next biennium. The increase will largely go toward initiatives to develop the state’s workforce and improve the its economy. Governor Walker told all state department heads to submit budget requests with no new funding for 2017-19, but he also said he would consider performance-based funding increases for UW. Criteria for such an increase might include graduation and post-graduation employment rates.

The Education Committee will discuss several new degree programs and hear updates on the post-tenure review policy and math placement test cutoff scores.

The Business and Finance Committee will hear several reports and review three contractual agreements.

The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee will hear a report on the Career Connect Web Portal and an update on UW-Madison’s research efforts.

The Audit Committee will review fiscal 2017 audit plan progress and several reports. The committee will also discuss the Three Lines of Defense Model is a simple and common sense approach for risk oversight.

2020FWD.pdf by Michelle Felber on Scribd