Wednesday, 26 September 2001, 3:00 p.m.

PHOENIX ROOM C, University Union


Presiding Officer: John Lyon, Speaker

Parliamentarian:    Professor Jerrold C. Rodesch


1.     Learning Experience

        Presented by Professor David Littig






September 21, 2001



TO:                  UW-Green Bay Faculty

FROM:            David M. Littig, Chair, University Committee

Subject:            Special Meeting of UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate


At the UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate meeting of 19 September 2001, the report from the Learning Experience Implementation Drafting Committee, which recommends the use of funds for implementing the Learning Experience, was discussed.  The report was drafted during spring semester of last academic year, when the University held different expectations about funding the plan.

As you may know, the Wisconsin State Legislature provided the UW-Green Bay with an additional base budget funding for $500,000 and 8 FTE.  The legislative language on additional funding was not tied to implementing any specific part of the Learning Experience plan.  It was to hire more faculty and academic staff without having to increase student enrollment.  The legislature recognized the high student-faculty ratio at the University and provided funding that would begin the address this problem. 

Another change from the original Learning Experience Initiative was the dropping of an increase of $100 in student tuition as the student contribution to financing the plan.  The significance of this change is that in the original development of the plan, student concerns played a greater role in shaping the plan than if they had not been willing to voluntarily increase tuition.

At the Faculty Senate meeting there was a general discussion about the drafting committee’s report and how the University should allocate the dollars and FTE.  After a lively discussion, the Senate agreed that we should schedule a special meeting of the Faculty Senate for Wednesday, 26 September 2001, to discuss and make some decisions on where we should allocate those dollars. 

We will be asking the Faculty Senate to identify where we should focus our initial implementation efforts among the six major components of the Learning Experience Initiative: High Impact Student Contact, Competency-Based General Education, Citizenship and Professional Practice, Advising, Assessment, and Faculty and Staff Development and Support.

As an attachment I have enclosed the May 16, 2001 copy of the Learning Experience Implementation Drafting Committee’s report and an outline summary of the drafting committee’s plan, “Major Elements of Implementation Plan.”  Both documents were distributed at the Faculty Senate meeting.  The two documents go hand-in-hand.  The second one is an abstract, which highlights the major elements of the first.

It is important for all members of the faculty to read, discuss the documents, and communicate your views to your Faculty Senators.  They need to know your views on this matter.

As you prepare for this meeting, here are some questions you might consider.  (1) Given the resources at hand, which element of the plan increases student retention?  (2) Which element of the plan would, in the short run, academically strengthen the institution?  (3) What would you like to see accomplished on a short run and long term basis with the use of these funds? (4) Will it be feasible to continue to use the funds beyond 2003, for the purpose you propose, even if no additional funds are received in 2003-2005?  (5) In what ways will the plan you want to implement help the position of UW-Green Bay to request additional funds in 2003-2005?

We will begin the meeting by considering adopting of the drafting committee’s report.

Major Elements of Implementation Plan


New Student Seminar

1.      Develop 20 New Student Seminar course sections                             

2.      Each course satisfies an existing general education requirement 

3.      Skills development objectives included in each course

4.      Faculty development opportunities provided for faculty offering seminars


Introduction to College Program

5.      Seminar instructors are also Introduction to College section leaders

6.      All students in a particular Introduction to College section are also enrolled in the same seminar course


Academic Advising

7.      Seminar instructors are also academic advisors for undeclared students

8.      Hire additional academic staff person in advising

9.      Composition instructors serve as advisors for non-declared students in their courses

10.   Advising staff provides workshops and training for advising


General Education Courses

11.  Hire ad hoc instructors to reduce general education course backlog



12.  Hire academic staff member to provide clearing house for internship opportunities



13.  Two academic staff positions from FAIRNIS recommendations

14.  Develop plan for evaluating the program’s success



May 16, 2001


To:       Provost Howard Cohen

From:    Learning Experience Implementation Drafting Committee

Subject: Recommendations for use of funds

The attached appendices detail the Learning Experience Implementation Drafting Committee’s recommendations for using the initial Learning Experience funds. This memo explains our reasoning in selecting projects to be funded, and briefly describes how we envision those projects.

In creating our plans, we assumed UW-Green Bay would receive $250,000 in Learning Experience funds for the 2001-2002 school year and $500,000 in Learning Experience funds for the 2002-2003 school year.

UW-Green Bay originally presented the Learning Experience proposal as a plan to increase student retention, and our students’ initial experiences at UW-Green Bay are surely crucial to any effort to increase retention. Thus, the committee gave high priority to the following:

The committee also gave priority to these items:

The committee anticipates that in the first year (2001-2002), Learning Experience activities would largely center on course development, preparation, and faculty development:







During the second year (2002-2003), the first New Student Seminars will take place. The committee projects 20 sections of the seminar, each capped at 20 students, during Fall 2002. Thus, the seminars (and their concomitant advising) will be available to 400 of the roughly 1,000 new students at UW-Green Bay that fall. Other highlights of the second-year plan, as envisioned by the committee:



Finally, we should point out two difficulties:



Appendix A—Cost Estimates



1. a. $3500 stipend for each of twenty New Student Seminar teachers            $70,000

         for course development and participation in training sessions


     b. Costs of hiring workshop facilitators, purchasing books, etc.                  $10,000


     c. Savings from Intro to College budget because teaching Intro to             ($11,000)

         College will be part of requirement for New Student Seminar



2. Academic Advisor—FAIRNIS—salary + fringe benefits                           $45,000


3. Stipends for composition teachers @ $933/class for 36 classes                  $33,588

    during Fall 2001 semester


4. Advising workshops and training                                                               $  1,000


5. Hiring ad hoc instructors to reduce/eliminate backlog in enrollment             $60,000

    for certain General Education courses


6. Another Academic Staff position from FAIRNIS report                           $41,412


    Total                                                                                                        $250,000


(Note: We also believe work should begin on evaluation of the program’s success, but we believe this will not be a budget item, as it will probably be part of the regular job duties for Debbie Furlong and/or Lucy Arendt.)  


Appendix B—Cost Estimates



1. a. $1500 stipend for each of thirty New Student Seminar teachers—          $45,000

        returning NSS teachers as well as first-timers—for course

        (re)development and (re)training


     b. Hiring workshop facilitators, purchasing books, etc.                               $10,000


     c. Savings from Intro to College Budget because teaching Intro                 ($11,000)

         to College will be part of requirement for New Student Seminar



2. Academic Advisor—FAIRNIS—salary + fringe benefits                            $45,000


3. Stipends for composition teachers at $967/class for 22 classes                   $21,274







4. Advising workshops and training                                                               $ 1,000


5. Academic Staff position from FAIRNIS—hired previous year                  $41,412


6. Ad hoc funds to cover twenty sections for reassignments of New             $80,000

    Student Seminar teachers @ average of $4,000/three-credit class


7. Academic Staff position to coordinate internships                                     $46,000


8. Three new faculty positions                                                                      $180,000


9. New FAIRNIS Position(s)                                                                      $  41,314


Total                                                                                                           $500,000