Welcome to Common Council

Welcome from Common Council Chair

Common Council is the representative body of academic staff, faculty, and university staff in UW-Stevens Point shared governance. Shared governance has traditionally played a strong role on the UW-Stevens Point campus. All university personnel (academic staff, faculty, and university staff) play an important role in recommending policies to the administration in many areas; academic activities are specifically faculty and academic staff's area of responsibility. Chancellor Patterson has demonstrated a commitment to strong shared governance, the success of which depends upon the administration's openness to listening to and consulting with university personnel, and university personnel's willingness to participate in this important responsibility.

All university members are encouraged to attend and participate in shared governance.

Common Council membership, 2016-2017 

The Constitution of the Common Council is the overarching document of university personnel shared governance.

Constitution of the Common Council

Below are meeting schedules for Common Council and Executive Committee and a compiled listing of meeting schedules for committees, councils, and subcommittees facilitated by Common Council.

Common Council and Executive Committee meeting schedules, 2016-2017

Shared governance compiled committee/subcommittee schedules, 2016-2017

Common Council faciliated committees, councils, and subcommittees meeting agendas are located at:

2016-2017_Consolidated-shared-governance-meeting-schedules, second semester
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Executive Committee
The members of the Executive Committee of the Common Council include the chair and vice chair of the Common Council, the chair-elect (i.e., incoming chair), the past chair (for one year after term of chair), and the chairs of the standing committees.  The main functions of the Executive Committee are to discuss items coming before the various committees and to act as a liaison between the Common Council and administration.  The Executive Committee is not a decision-making body, but can bring items to the Common Council for discussion.  The Executive Committee may act on behalf of the Common Council and its standing committees when appropriate consideration and action by the council and/or its standing committees is not feasible.  Action by the Executive Committee in this regard is reported to the Common Council at its next 

2016-2017 Executive Committee members include:

  • Ken Menningen, Chair, Common Council (2016-2018)
  • Lisa Theo, Vice Chair, Common Council (2016-2018)
  • Annie Wetter, Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
  • Jenny Resch, Chair, Academic Staff Council
  • David Ozsvath, Chair, Curriculum Committee
  • Cathy Scheder, Chair, Diversity Council
  • Nerissa Nelson, Chair, Faculty Council
  • Alice Keefe, Chair, General Education Committee
  • Nathan Wetzel, Chair, Graduate Council
  • Kristi Roth, Chair, Information Technology Council
  • Laura Ketchum-Ciftci, Chair, University Affairs Committee
  • Tim Wright, Chair, University Personnel Development Committee
  • Lisa Nelson, Co-chair, University Staff Council
  • Jack Champeau, Chair, Constitution and Handbook Revision Subcommittee
  • Nanci Simon, Secretary to the Common Council

The Constitution and Handbook Revision Subcommittee is a permanent subcommittee of the Executive Committee and may be constituted according to the authority granted to the Executive Committee (Article 10.2.A., Constitution of the Common Council).

An issue or resolution may be brought to the Common Council through a number of approaches.  For information regarding how to bring an issue through governance click here.

Standing Committees
Common Council standing committees are the primary means in obtaining input and giving detailed consideration to issues. Membership on standing committees is not restricted to members of the Common Council; all university personnel are eligible to serve on standing committees subject to personnel category.
Standing committees report to Common Council for final action; standing committee minutes are provided to Common Council for information in agenda materials.
Please note, some issues are reported to the Common Council "for information" and are considered final (e.g., Curriculum Committee course revisions) pending the request of any member of the Common Council for the information item to be changed to "for action." 

Specific information for each shared governance standing committee is available under the "Committees" tab.

Interested in serving in shared governance?
Shared governance committees, councils, and subcommittees are filled either through election or by appointment; committee, council, subcommittee membership specifics are specified in the Constitution of the Common Council. If interested in serving, please send an email message to Common.Council.Office@uwsp.edu.

Below are committees in which shared governance members participate, but committees are
facilitated by Common Council: (Please click on the committee name for current year membership.)

The Budget Review and Advisory Committee* is not a standing committee of the Common Council. The Budget Review and Advisory Committee is a specially nominated committee to assist the chancellor, the line officers, and deans with advice and information concerning the campus budget and to provide broad campus input into budget decisions. The purpose of the committee is to review the campus budget and consider changes and reallocations as necessary to address budget mandates that come from UW System and the legislature, and adjustments that would be in the best interest of the clientele we serve. Specifically, the committee gives advice when data shows that it is in the university's best interests to shift resources to meet growing and changing demands. Those who serve on this committee maintain confidentiality when addressing potential budget impacts that may affect personnel.

The Budget Review and Advisory Committee reports to the chancellor and Executive Committee of the Common Council. Members provide information of a general nature to their respective governance units to keep them apprised of issues that the committee is addressing. They may not, however, provide confidential information regarding individuals or units possibly impacted by recommendations.

*To access Budget Review and Advisory Committee information, go to the Budget Office website, click on "sign-in" in the upper right hand corner (please note, this will require you to have a UW-Stevens Point login). "Budget Intranet" will appear as an option in the left listing. Click on "Budget Intranet" and then "Budget Review and Advisory Committee."  For questions or additional needed information related to the Budget Review and Advisory Committee, please contact the Business Affairs Office, 715-346-2641.

The Strategic Planning Committee is not a standing committee of the Common Council. The Strategic Planning Committee fosters connections between the campus community and the Chancellor's Cabinet as regards the development and implementation of the strategic plan. The committee's responsibilities include monitoring ongoing planning processes, assessing progress, and making recommendations about the plan to the Chancellor's Cabinet. The purpose of the committee is to support and advance planning at all levels of the institution. The committee also will identify and recommend institutional-level key performance measures, assess institutional progress, and produce an annual report about progress on the plan.  The Strategic Planning Committee site is located at:  https://campus.uwsp.edu/sites/acadaff/collaboration/spc/
For questions or additional needed information related to the Strategic Planning Committee, please contact the Academic Affairs Office, 715-346-4686.

The Parking Advisory Board  is not a standing committee of the Common Council. The Parking Advisory Board is an advisory board that represents the interests of students and university personnel in the guidance of the university's parking auxiliary fee, parking programs, policies, contracts, and budgets of parking services. The membership is diversified to include students, academic staff, faculty, and university staff, as well as a member of the Parking Services professional staff. There are also two non-voting members of the Parking Advisory Board (i.e., Campus Reservations and Dining and Summer Conferences representatives).  The Parking Advisory Board is advised by the Director of Parking Services and facilitated by the Student Government Association. The Parking Advisory Board mySGA site is located at: https://committees.uwsp.edu/sga/pab. Parking Advisory Board agendas are posted outside of the Student Government Association office (lower level DUC) in compliance with Wisconsin Open Meetings law. For questions or additional needed information related to the Parking Advisory Board, please contact the Student Government Association, 715-346-4592.

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University Handbook

The University Handbook contains the essential policies, procedures, and general information regarding employment at UW-Stevens Point. The contents include a wide range of topics dealing with UW-Stevens Point and the UW System operations.  The Academic Affairs Office maintains the University Handbook.
For questions or additional needed information related to the University Handbook, please contact the Academic Affairs Office, 715-346-4686.

University Handbook Revision Instructions