Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Chronicle mentions ASEC report on restructuring – and a reader replies.

The Chronicle of Higher Education made brief mention of the Capital Times article on the report from the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) Ad Hoc committee on the Research Enterprise.  (Unfortunately, the Chronicle misattributed the report to the faculty, which … Continue reading

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Eric Sandgren on the animal lab violations

For those S&W readers who missed it as well, it has just come to our attention (almost a week late) that the director of the Research Animal Resources Center, Eric Sandgren, offered his perspective on the news coverage of the … Continue reading

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Faculty Senate to vote on a resolution on “Smart Furloughs”.

At their February 1 meeting, the Faculty Senate will vote on a resolution brought by the Department of Physics.  The resolution voices strong support for the “Smart Furlough Bill” (AB 551) introduced by Rep. Kelda Helen Roys.   For those not … Continue reading

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The Academic Staff report on Graduate School restructuring

The first shoe has dropped.   The Academic  Staff Ad Hoc Committee on the Research Enterprise has returned its white paper.   Their charge was “[t]o assess whether the present UW-Madison Research Enterprise structure is capable of addressing current and future … Continue reading

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Encouraging signs concerning the Graduate School restructuring process

Many of us have been waiting with bated breath for (a) the reports of the faculty and academic staff ad hoc committees on Provost Paul DeLuca’s proposal to divest the Graduate School of research functions, and (b) the administration’s response … Continue reading

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Dramatic action in New York — could UW benefit from similar leadership?

Yesterday, the office of Governor Paterson (New York) issued this press release: http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_01151001.html The full text is reproduced below for the convenience of S&W readers.  While we have not had time to digest the details, our impression at first reading … Continue reading

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The administration responds to animal lab citations.

The following letters from the administration provide another perspective on the recently reported animal lab citations: January 4, 2010 To: Deans and Directors From: Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader Re: USDA report on UW-Madison … Continue reading

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Reflections on the NY Times “engagement survey”.

The education supplement of the NY TIMES 1/3/10 included a report on the National Survey of Student Engagement in 1200 college and universities. The Times reported on about 100 (visit this page, scroll down and look for heading ‘Engagement’ in … Continue reading

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The future of public research universities?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published a piece entitled Needed: a National Strategy to Preserve Public Research Universities that should be mandatory reading for those concerned about the future of UW-Madison. Unfortunately, we cannot legally reprint the entire … Continue reading

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Animal research lab violations and the Graduate School restructuring plan.

Those readers who have been following the Graduate School restructuring controversy are  aware that, in response to widespread criticism of the process, all action on the proposed restructuring has been put on hold by the administration pending reports from ad … Continue reading

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