University Committees

University Committees are a mixture of students, faculty, and staff that work together to make decisions and look at things that effect the campus as a whole. To look at issues that do not effect just students or just faculty and staff, but in areas where they are both present.

Academic Policy and Programming

  • Establish the goals and objectives of the University curriculum
  • To examine and evaluate the overall curriculum of the University for possible improvements, to recommend revisions, and to initiate suggestions for study and action.
  • To examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for new minors, majors, general education diversity courses and any other new academic programs.
  • To examine and promote the development of new, experimental, and innovative curricular programs and offerings.
  • To examine and recommend to the Faculty Senate proposals for substantial changes in majors and sub-majors.
  • To approve the plan for assessment of General Education submitted by the Assessment Committee. The Assessment Committee will assess General Education every ten years. The next assessment will begin in the 2002-2003 academic year.
  • To write the final report of the assessment of general education and provide recommendations to Faculty Senate. The consideration of General Education at UW-River Falls will have three components: an assessment of our success in meeting the goals established for General Education the last time this program was reviewed and revised, a study of the goals for General Education, and a determination of any changes needed in the current General Education Program. Based on the outcome of its study and input from Faculty Senate, the AP&P Committee will evaluate the current goals, objectives, and structure of the General Education program at UW-River Falls and consider the need for changes to it. The AP&P Committee may recommend changes to the goals objectives and structure of the General Education Program. The AP&P Committee will develop clear, objective, and assessable criteria for General Education courses and a mechanism by which courses can be added to or deleted from the General Education Program.

Academic Standards

  • To develop and recommend academic policies in the following areas: admission, drop-add, graduation requirements, pass-fail, probation, retention, scholastic standards, student academic load, student program changes, transfer, re-entry, and withdrawal.
  • To recommend procedures for the implementation of academic policies.
  • To interpret academic policies upon the request of the Provost & Vice Chancellor and/or the Registrar.
  • To hear appeals relative to academic policy implementation.

Advising

  • To examine and develop innovative and/or experimental programs for advising students deemed at risk.
  • To evaluate periodically the student academic advising system and recommend changes that will increase the system's effectiveness.
  • To recommend policies for implementing new advising programs and improving current ones.
  • To serve in an advisory capacity for activities that involve academic, career, and personal counseling.
  • To encourage recognition of the importance of advising as a part of faculty responsibility and to recommend and revise procedures for evaluating faculty participation in advising.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

  • To provide pertinent information, feedback and advice on drug issues to the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators.
  • Assessment
  • To examine the University's assessment effort in light of the select mission and nature of UW-River Falls.
  • To propose changes in the assessment effort to the Faculty Senate, when necessary.
  • To identify sources of necessary resources for assessment efforts.
  • To provide Faculty input into University reports on assessment.
  • To assess General Education every ten years. The next assessment will begin in the 2002-2003 academic year. The Assessment Committee will recommend instruments, methods, timetable and design for the general education assessment to the AP&P Committee. The AP&P Committee will approve or disapprove the Assessment Committee's Plan. Once approved, the Assessment Committee will coordinate the collection of data needed for the assessment. The Assessment Committee will tabulate their results and give them to the AP&P Committee.

Assessment

  • To examine the University's assessment effort in light of the select mission and nature of UW-River Falls.
  • To propose changes in the assessment effort to the Faculty Senate, when necessary.
  • To identify sources of necessary resources for assessment efforts.
  • To provide Faculty input into University reports on assessment.
  • To assess General Education every ten years. The next assessment will begin in the 2002-2003 academic year. The Assessment Committee will recommend instruments, methods, timetable and design for the general education assessment to the AP&P Committee. The AP&P Committee will approve or disapprove the Assessment Committee's Plan. Once approved, the Assessment Committee will coordinate the collection of data needed for the assessment. The Assessment Committee will tabulate their results and give them to the AP&P Committee.

Athletics

  • Review and remain current on the policies prescribed by the NCAA and the WIAC.
  • Approval of the final recommendations as to how the money received from the Student Senate is to be budgeted.
  • Review of budgeted funds, statements, gate receipts, and expenditures of the Athletic Department. Review the audit report.
  • Must approve unbudgeted, unscheduled athletic events which involve University intercollegiate athletic teams.
  • Promote athletic programs and develop relations with other institutions.
  • Recommend policies for the improvement of the athletic programs and facilities of the University. Increase involvement in the areas of responsibility in athletic programs.
  • Recommend to the Chancellor candidates for appointment as faculty representatives to the WIAC.
  • Assist the Chancellor of the University, the Athletic Director, and the Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance in interviewing and recommending personnel for coaching positions.
  • Review equity issues involving men's and women's athletics.

Audit and Review

  • Audit budgets of the different departments of the University
  • To review these expenditures

Calendar

  • Construct the academic calendar for the university.
  • When constructing the calendar, the committee shall make the following considerations
    • One semester of credit consist of approximately 750 minutes of class time plus appropriate work outside of class, not including final exams.
    • The scheduling of a study day is required between the last day of regular classes and the first day of final exams every semester. Any day of the week except Sunday may be designated as the study day.

Curriculum

  • To provide a university wide forum for the critical reading and response to new course proposals and all changes in all existing course proposals.
  • To facilitate the resolution of differences between colleges where duplication of course content occurs.
  • To provide continuity and guidance regarding course proposal format.
  • To provide continuity and guidance regarding the amount of detail in course proposals.
  • To maintain a standardized form to be used for all course proposals and accompanying transmittal form.

Disability Advisory

  • Provide pertinent information, feedback and advice on disability issues to the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators.

Enrollment Management

  • Establish enrollment targets and develop implementation plans to achieve the enrollment targets
  • To submit a progress report to the Long-range Planning Committee annually

Faculty Salary

  • Develop, continuously evaluate, recommend, and inform the faculty of policies and procedures relating to salary and salary increases
  • Develop, continuously evaluate, recommend, and inform the faculty of policies and procedures relating to personnel evaluation and recommendations which pertain to salary and salary increases.

Faculty Welfare Personnel Policies

  • To develop, continuously evaluate, recommend, and inform the faculty of policies and procedures relating to
    • Equity and compliance
    • Appointments and dismissal (academic year, summer, and extension)
    • Promotions and determination of rank
    • Personnel evaluations and recommendations
    • Tenure
    • Sick leaves, leaves of absence, faculty development leaves, etc.
    • Faculty working conditions
    • Fringe benefits.
  • To consider and recommend such additional guidelines and/or policies as may be conducive to faculty welfare.
  • To consult with the Executive Council of the Student Senate on items of mutual interest involving evaluated aspects listed above.
  • To provide to any member of the unclassified staff consultation and advice on the application of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter UWS 8, Unclassified Staff Code of Ethics.
  • To develop policies and procedures which shall, at a minimum, provide
    • Standards concerning the use of University facilities and personnel in connection with outside activities
    • Standards concerning absence from regular duties for the purpose of engaging in outside activities
    • Guidelines identifying types or categories of outside activities which may result in a material conflict of interest
    • For such reports of anticipated outside activities as are necessary to insure compliance with .i.UWS 8.04.
  • To develop and monitor the use of an instrument to report outside interests and activities of faculty and academic staff as required under UWS 8.025.

Instructional Improvement

  • To initiate and conduct such activities that might be of general value to the faculty in order to enhance teaching and learning.
  • To work cooperatively with the Faculty/Academic Staff Development Board to implement specific programs consistent with duty a., such as helping to plan the programs for fall and spring faculty development days.

Instructional Learning Technology

  • To facilitate on-going campus discussions that examine technology issues in the context of teaching and learning.
  • To identify and promote related faculty development opportunities.
  • To review and recommend policies with respect to allocation, implementation, use, assessment and support of instructional and learning technologies.
  • To evaluate the overall effectiveness of campus support and delivery of Instructional and Learning Technology resources.
  • To recommend priorities for the allocation of University Instructional and Learning Technology resources.
  • To evaluate its own duties and membership as needed to reflect the rapid changes in instructional and learning technologies.

International Programs

  • To periodically review
    • UW-River Falls academic standards for students participating in international study programs.
    • UW-River Falls standards for faculty leadership and student selection in international study programs.
    • Existing study abroad/international programs to ensure that they are consistent with the Committee's, University's, state's and federal standards.
    • And make recommendations pertinent to brochures and the materials which describe international study opportunities available to UW-RF students.
    • Recommend, and encourage internationalization of the curriculum.
    • Standardized student and faculty training, orientation, and information to include issues related to study abroad legal liability, insurance coverage, emergency situations, personal expense responsibilities, and other concerns.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Concerns

  • To provide pertinent information, feedback and advice on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues to the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators.

Library

  • To promote student and staff use of the library.
  • To recommend major library policy regarding circulation and purchasing.
  • To develop needed special programs and activities to improve library use by graduate faculty and students.
  • To suggest and seek non-tax financial support for the library.
  • To orient new faculty to the library.
  • To communicate library problems, procedures and policies to the University community and communicate problems with the library to library staff and other responsible officials.

Long Range Planning

  • Annually review the status of the University's long-range plan and determine the need for a new 5-year long-range plan or the need to revise the existing 5-year long-range plan by adding or revising strategic goals, objectives, and actions to the existing plan.

Multicultural Advisory

  • Recommend recruitment and retention policies and programs which encourage the participation of students of racial and ethnic groups under represented in the university's undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Seek ways to encourage faculty and academic staff development focused on multicultural issues.
  • Assess reports and information on the campus climate as it relates to multicultural issues and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
  • Review the status and progress of the University's strategic diversity initiatives and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Establish communication links with the multicultural student organizations so that committee members stay aware of campus issues and events.
  • Provide guidance on policy decisions related to multicultural issues to the Faculty Senate.
  • Seek ways to encourage infusion of multicultural content into the University curriculum and courses.

Nontraditional Advisory

  • Provide pertinent information, feedback and advice on nontraditional student issues to the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators.

Parking

  • Provide a means of appeals process for university parking tickets
  • To provide ideas and solutions to create a more favorable parking situation on campus and in the community.

Program Review

  • Review academic programs on campus
  • To recommend solutions or ideas to better them

Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention

  • To examine and develop new, innovative, and/or experimental programs for the identification and recruitment of potential students and the retention of existing students.
  • To recommend policies for implementation of new recruitment and retention programs.
  • To coordinate with the External Relations Committee in the examination and recommendation of methods for making the public aware of the academic programs offered at UW-River Falls, as well as the strong commitment to teaching and academic excellence on the campus.

Space Management

  • Periodically during the course of an academic year, the committee will meet to discuss space requests and space management issues that have long-range implications or that may require improvement projects.
  • Annually, the committee will review instructional facility utilization and recommend corrective actions to the Chancellor accordingly. These actions will be incorporated in the next year's course scheduling.
  • Biannually, the committee will play a critical role in helping determine the University's priorities for space use and building projects.
  • The committee will review all campus space plans and development plans and submit review comments back to the Campus Planner. Revised Plans will be forwarded to the Chancellor for consideration and approval.

Status of Women

  • Provide pertinent information, feedback and advice on gender issues to the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators.
  • Stay aware of gender issues and offer timely advice and suggestions
  • Maintain good lines of communication with the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and the campus community.
  • Exercise a coordinating function for various gender initiatives, e.g., facilitating communication between groups already addressing gender issues
  • Exercise an oversight function by informing the Chancellor, Provost & Vice Chancellor and other administrators about where progress is needed on specific initiatives, including Reach for the Future Action Plans addressing gender issues.
  • Encourage communication from the campus community (.i.e., students, staff, faculty, departments and units) to the Commission about gender issues, so concerns can be directed to other appropriate groups or addressed by the Commission itself.

University Budget

  • Serve as an advisory body to the Chancellor on budget-related matters, including the University biennial budget and the annual operating budget.
  • Review current budget allocations and make recommendations relative to overall financial goals and objectives.
  • Review current budget policies and make recommendations relative to changes and improvements.
  • Serve as the advisory body to consult with the Chancellor concerning fiscal emergency as detailed in local implementation of UWS 5.04.

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