CCOET Meeting Recaps

Regular CCOET Meeting
28 October 2015

See also: News coverage by Media Milwaukee
CCOET Meetings Minutes from University Administration

Notes from Rachel Ida Buff,
UWM-AAUP President & CCOET Member

“There are no deals here. There are no protected areas of this campus.”

First, questions were raised about the relationship between the Budget Planning Task Force (hereafter cit as BPTF) and CCOET.  We were told that the BPTF focuses on “smaller cuts” @ the individual unit level and that CCOET, presumably in creating a vision for the entire campus, takes precedence.  It remains unclear to me what happens when an individual unit is targeted for cuts by both bodies.
“Hypothetical” possibilities for cuts/mergers that remain standing after the meeting:

  • graduate school: note that this is not graduate programs, but the administrative unit
  • 3-2 course load. This would be campus wide. Units/individuals would have to make the case for reductions/releases for research or administration. “Workload calculator” under development from Educational Advisory Board
  • Centers, Institutes, and Offices. Here they are seeking “efficiencies” and in some cases, outright closings.
  • Mergers. Of standing colleges and/or departments. Rodney Swain gave an example of possible collaboration between Biological Sciences (L&) and Freshwater Sciences. These should come “from the grassroots”; restructuring within schools and/or colleges.
  • Campus Administration.
  • Student Cultural Centers.
  • Integrative Services. Such as IT and Finance.
  • Furloughs. These apparently save $1 million/furlough day.  In response to a question about “chopping from the top” there was a sense that administrative furloughs have been discussed. Suggestion from a guest @ the meeting: close the campus during winter break
  • Property: selling off-campus property.

Other Conversations of interest:

  • @ one point it was asserted as a possibility that any instructional unit that generates fewer than 1000 credit hours/year and whose revenues constitute less than 50% of expenditures could be eliminated.  While this does not appear in the final list, the statement had clearly been elaborated, possibly by the support team or others in administration
  • Resolution to be workshopped by Support Team and Voted on in the next CCOET Meeting:
    “The CCOETT strongly supports the immediate institution of position control on all administrative, faculty and staff positions for the next two years. (nb: excluding those paid for by segregated fees)
    Senior administrative positions (note:  Associate Deans on up) will remain unfilled during the two year freeze and will be treated as interim appointments.
    All positions that become vacant through resignation, retirement or death will return to central control. Applications to refill positions will have to be justified on the basis of necessity, campus mission and financial impact, specifically in regard to the recruitment, retention and graduation of students.
    Any positions which are allowed to be filled will be published on the CCOETT website with a rationale explaining the reasons for the exception.”