Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 02-23-17Approved 3-2-17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Mallory Musolf; Robert Newsom; Kevin Niemi, Chair; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Michael Bernard-Donals, Laurent Heller, Jason Jankoski, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:01 p.m.
The minutes of February 9, 2017, were approved with one correction.
Chair Kevin Niemi reported that the two ad hoc committees, Academic Staff Degree Requirements and Category B Salary Compression were wrapping up. A leadership breakfast was held yesterday February 22 that provided campus updates from Chancellor Blank, Provost Mangelsdorf, Vice Chancellor Hoslet and Vice Chancellor Mailick. The Chancellor spoke about the state budget proposal and ways to raise revenue for the campus. Marsha Mailick shared what she was doing on the research side including an office to assist with putting together large grants. Research expenditures have been declining over the past three years. Also mentioned was an increase in applications for admissions, and the growth in summer term. The capital budget from the governor doesn’t include any projects for UW-Madison, but does include some maintenance money.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported the Academic Staff Institute will be held next week with just over 200 people registered. She met with Wayne Guthrie this week. Heather talked to Wayne about current issues she sees with human resources on campus. Bruno is working with her on a project to include limited appointees with classified backup appointments in academic staff governance.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
The Provost talked about the capital budget. None of the projects for UW-Madison were recommended, even those that would be funded by auxiliary money. For these projects, the state would take on the debt needed to build the building, and the debt would be repaid by the University. In addition, there is some money available for maintenance, but it is unclear how much at this point.
In regards to performance metrics, there are concerns about them as well as the fact that they would be in state statute.
Guest: Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff
Michael reported that the results of the Discretionary Compensation Fund are currently being collected. He will share them with ASEC when they are available.
The Hostile and Intimidating Behavior working group is continuing to push forward on three initiatives: a website, liaisons and educational campaign. Michael will begin to reach out to the liaisons that have been identified. Once they are assembled, there will be training and a Community of Practice established. The educational campaign working group will design the curriculum. They are scheduled to meet in a couple of weeks for the first time. The website will go live sometime this spring with a limited release of the address to ASEC and other groups. Following feedback from those groups, the website will be advertised widely.
The Family Leave Ad Hoc Committee is being co-chaired by Patrick Sheehan and Lindsey Stoddard Cameron. They are beginning to collect peer data including leave policies on this campus. They expect to have a policy outlined by the fall.
In regards to bias reporting, the current system is in the Dean of Students office. When reports are received from faculty or staff, they are sent to Patrick Sheehan. There is work being done to provide additional infrastructure to handle the reports before advertising this tool to faculty and staff.
Guest: Laurent Heller, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
UW-Madison is still working on analyzing the budget bill. Laurent is pleased to see that the lapse for the current biennium is covered in the bill. There is concern that the proposed workload measurement doesn’t include their entire portfolio of work. For the capital budget, there will likely be $80-100 million for UW System renovations and maintenance.
A pay plan is included in the budget. It proposes a 2% adjustment in September of 2018 and another 2% in May of 2019. State employees would receive their raises through the pay reserve. UW System received $11 million for the raises with the rest coming from savings to be realized by the UW System for self-insurance.
The Academic Benchmarking Consortium creates benchmarking data on staff levels for administrative and student services positions. It would allow UW-Madison to compare itself with other similar institutions.
• March Assembly Agenda
Kathi Kilgore will attend the meeting to provide a budget update. There may also be some changes to ASPP in regards to notification of dismissal.
• Topics for Provost
Titling and Total Compensation Study
Meeting adjourned at 4:13 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff