PROFS shared this update with senators and guests at the November Faculty Senate meeting on November 6. The Faculty Senate meets in Room 272 Bascom Hall on the first Monday of the month during the academic year, October-December and February-May.
PROFS recently communicated with faculty regarding the decision by Republican-led Joint Committee on Employment Relations to not approve UW System employee pay raises. Our letter:
On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations met to vote on state employee pay plans. Funding for the pay raises was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tony Evers as part of the 2023-25 state budget. The Republican-led committee declined to vote on the UW System pay plan, withholding UW employee pay raises for the foreseeable future. Our statement:
This afternoon, the Assembly passed three bills that target transgender youth and young adults. PROFS registered against AB 378, legislation that limits the participation of transgender athletes in intercollegiate or intramural sports. Our statement:
Yesterday, PROFS offered testimony in support of Special Session Senate Bill 1 at a public hearing the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technical Colleges. The legislation was proposed by Governor Tony Evers last month and includes several items that will benefit UW-Madison.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Thursday and Friday, October 5 and 6. The open portions of the meeting will be available on Zoom. Regents will also present the Regents Business Partnership Award on Wednesday, October 4.
The Regents participate in committee meetings on Thursday:
- The Audit Committee will hear updates on recently completed audits and the Audit Plan Progress Report and hear an update on cybersecurity, including an update on TikTok and the prohibition of using TikTok on university-owned devices.
- The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will discuss several facilities agreements, including a lease agreement for space to house the Family Medicine Residency program at UW-Madison.The committee will also hear an update on the 2025-31 capital budget plan.
- The Business & Finance Committee will hear reports on program revenue balances and gifts, grants, and contracts. The committee will also hear a presentation from UW-Rivers Falls on financial stability and increased opportunity.
- The Education Committee will hear an update on the implementation of direct admissions and consider four new degree programs, including three at the Wisconsin School of Business.
Regents meet in full session on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday, UW System President Jay Rothman and Regent President Karen Walsh will provide updates, and UW-River Falls Chancellor Maria Gallo will deliver a presentation on how higher education will address the challenges of the greater good in the future. Regents will then move into closed session to discuss personnel evaluations of chancellors and negotiate and confer with counsel certain contractual agreements.
On Friday, the Regents will hear reports and approve committee actions and present the 2023 Staff Excellence Awards. They may also go into an optional closed session.
The update below was shared with more than 100 UW-Madison new faculty members last week.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9. The meeting will be held at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard. Registration to view the meeting remotely is here.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Regents will present the Regents Business Partnership Award to WEC Energy Group. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone will host the Regents at a reception following the award presentation.
The Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:
- The Audit Committee will hear the 2022-23 NCAA Division I Athletics report, consider approval of the FY24 Audit Plan and FY24 Annual Plan for the Office of Compliance and Risk Management, and hear from UWM on the culture and community of compliance.
- The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will consider a lease agreement for the UW-Madison College of Engineering and a transfer of greenhouse ownership agreement at UW-Madison’s Arlington Research Station, and hear several updates, including one from UWM on capital planning and progress.
- The Budget & Finance Committee will hear several reports and consider approval of an application fee increase for UW-Madison undergraduates, a reduction in segregated fees at UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh, and various agreements.
- The Education Committee will consider approval of the annual request from the Vilas Trust Fund to UW-Madison and UWM and several new degree programs, including three at UW-Madison. The committee will also hear the 2023 Annual Report of Faculty Promotions.
The full board will meet in closed session Thursday afternoon before attending a reception at the James and Yvonne Ziemer Nursing Simulation Center. On Friday, the Regents may meet in an optional closed session.