Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 09-08-16Approved 9-22-16
2:00 – 3:45 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Robert Newsom; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Rebecca Blank, Nick Ewoldt, Matt Mayrl
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m.
The minutes of September 1, 2016, were approved.
Guest: Rebecca Blank, Chancellor
Chancellor Blank began by talking about the budget. The Board of Regents approved their budget request at the August Board of Regents meeting. It calls for a $92.5 million increase over the previous biennial budget: $50 million from a lapse and $42.5 million in new funding. The governor indicated he is willing to consider new funding tied to some performance measure. They have also submitted a $450 million capital budget. There were not any maintenance dollars in the last biennium. Maintenance funding is the most important part of the capital budget.
The Board of Regents is asking for additional flexibilities including the ability for UW System to issue its own bonds and borrow for buildings for projects with a clear revenue stream.
There are two things not included in the request that will happen at a later date: tuition and state pay plan. For tuition, there is a freeze proposed for the first year and a possible increase in the second year. For compensation that would distributed across there the board, there is currently talk about a 1% increase in each year of the biennium. The Board of Regents may ask for a greater increase.
The UW Foundation and Wisconsin Alumni Association is running a 72-county UW-Madison alumni campaign.
The chancellor reviewed the compensation funds available for the current fiscal year. There is $3.5 million for staff and $2 million for one-time payments. These one-time payments will be given for work above and beyond the job description. This is the first time UW-Madison is offering one-time bonus payments. The one-time payments can be given to anyone regardless of funding source.
In regards to campus climate, the Provost Office has put together a list of resources to hold campus discussions on climate. The chancellor would like everyone to hold these conversations. In order for the climate to change, the institution needs to involve a large number of people on campus who have not yet been part of the conversation.
Vice Chair Bruno Browning reported that the Committee on Women in the University would like to report to the Assembly in November. Michael Bernard-Donals has requested names for an Ad Hoc Committee on Parental Leave. Heather will send out a call to all academic staff.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported that more than 300 academic staff had submitted their names for the Division of Continuing Studies classes. The announcement for the Professional Development grants will be sent out next week, and the Budget Committee met for the first time.
Summer Term Steering Committee: Deb Shapiro reported that the committee has been doing committee work during their meetings and plan to finalize a report by mid-November.
• October Assembly Agenda
ASEC discussed who could discuss Canvas at the Assembly. The Essential Learning Outcomes resolution is tabled for the time being. A resolution regarding the University Diversity Statement will be on the agenda.
• Assistant Scientists and FLSA data
There are approximately 30 assistant scientists currently below the new minimum FLSA salary threshold. The total number of assistant scientists is 270.
• Diversity Statement
Patrick Sims has asked ASEC and the Assembly to endorse the statement. Heather Daniels will bring a draft resolution for the next meeting.
• Amazon Pick Up Point
ASEC reviewed and discussed the letter sent to the Chancellor by the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
• Topics for Provost
Bathroom Committee update
Metrics for State Budget
After-action review of Discretionary Compensation Fund pay adjustments
Motion to Convene in Closed Session Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c), and (f) to discuss nominations to Search and Screen Committee for Dean of School of Business (Crandall). Seconded. Approved.
Motion to Convene in Open Session (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
• Motion to nominate John Surdyk for the Dean of the School of Business Search and Screen Committee (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
Meeting adjourned at 3:36 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff