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Faculty governance has traditionally played a strong role on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. While curriculum is the faculty's major area of responsibility, faculty plays an important role in recommending policies to the administration in many other areas as well. Our chancellor has demonstrated a commitment to strong faculty governance,
the success of which depends upon the administration's openness to listening to and consulting with the faculty, and the faculty's willingness to participate in this important responsibility.
 

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FACULTY SENATE
Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes directs the faculty and academic staff to determine its own organization to participate in institutional governance. The Constitution of the Faculty Senate specifies the Faculty Senate as the primary governance representative body. An additional body under the statutes representing the academic staff is the Academic Staff Council.
 
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee members include the chair and vice chair of the Faculty Senate, the chair-elect (the incoming chair of the Faculty Senate), the past chair for one year after the term of chair, and the chairs of the standing committees. The main function of the Executive Committee is for the chairs of the standing committees to discuss with each other the items that are coming before their committees. The Executive Committee also acts as a liaison group between the Faculty Senate and administration. For example, it is common for the chancellor and the provost to attend executive committee meetings to ask for input, to inform the group of upcoming campus issues, and to report on University of Wisconsin System activities and initiatives. While the Executive Committee is not a decision making body (it is not charged with bringing action items to the Senate floor), it can bring items to the Senate floor for discussion.
  

2014-2015 Executive Committee members include:

Randy Olson, Chair, Faculty Senate
to be elected, Chair-elect (2015-2017), Faculty Senate
to be determined, Vice Chair, Faculty Senate
Ken Menningen, Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
Jenny Resch, Chair, Academic Staff Council

Paulette Rogers, Co-chair, Classified Staff Council (non-voting)
David Ozsvath
, Chair, Curriculum Committee
Steve Hill, Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee
Mary Bowman, Chair, General Education Committee
Nathan Wetzel, Chair, Graduate Council
to be elected, Chair,  Information Technology Council
Kym Buchanan, Chair, University Affairs Committee
Helena Alden, Chair, University Personnel Development Committee
Nanci Simon, Secretary to the Faculty Senate  
 
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 II, Section 7(f), Constitution of the Faculty Senate).
 
 
HOW TO BRING AN ISSUE THROUGH FACULTY GOVERNANCE
An issue or resolution may be brought to the Faculty Senate through a number of approaches. For information regarding how to bring an issue through governance click here.
  
 
STANDING COMMITTEES
To carry out its duties, Faculty Senate committees seek input and give detailed consideration of the issues. Membership on these committees is not restricted to members of the Faculty Senate. All committees report to the full FacultySenate for final action. However, some issues reported to the Facutly Senate for information are considered final, unless the Faculty Senate decides to vote on the issue (example: acceptance of new courses).
  
Standing committees whose chairs are elected by the faculty and whose members are appointed by the chair:  
Academic Affairs Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, and University Affairs Committee.
  
Standing committees whose members are elected by the faculty and whose chairs are elected by the members: 
General Education Committee, University Personnel Development Committee, and Information Technology Council.
  
Standing committees whose members and chair are elected by a specific group of faculty/academic staff:
Academic Staff Council and Graduate Council.  

Information regarding governance standing committees is available under the Committees tab for each specific standing committee.
    
 
BUDGET REVIEW AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
The Budget Review and Advisory Committee is not a standing committee of the Faculty Senate. The Budget Review and Advisory Committee is a specially nominated committee of the senate 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 membership of the committee may be found in the Constitution of the Faculty Senate (Article XVII).
  
The Budget Review and Advisory Committee reports to the chancellor and Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. 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".   
  
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Strategic Planning Committee is not a standing committee of the Faculty Senate.  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 on the plan, and making recommendations abou 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 onthe plan and produce an annual report about progress on the plan.

The membership of the committee may be found in the Constitution of the Faculty Senate (Article XVIII).
 
UNIVERSITY HANDBOOK
The University Handbook contains the essential policies, procedures, and general information which affect faculty and academic staff employment at UW-Stevens Point. The contents include a wide range of topics dealing with UW-Stevens Point and the UW System operations.
   

INTEREST IN SERVING ON FACULTY GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES
Faculty and academic staff are encouraged to express an interest in serving on any of the governance committees that include members appointed by the chair of the committee. Other governance standing committees are either filled through election or with members specified by the constitution. Please send an email message to Faculty.Senate.Office@uwsp.edu if you are interested in serving on one of these committees.