Press coverage of the restructuring controversy

(Last updated Feb. 2, 2010)

Links to all relevant articles in the press, including some recent national coverage, are collected here in chronological order for the convenience of readers.

Grad school to reform
by Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Monday, October 12th, 2009

In response to what University of Wisconsin Chancellor Biddy Martin called the “single greatest complaint” she has received thus far as … view story »

Talk now, restructure later
by Badger Herald Editorial Board, published Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Last semester, Chancellor Biddy Martin set forth a proposal to reshape the undergraduate experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The plan was ambitious, controversial … view story »

UW graduate school proposal would separate dean’s roles
by Ryan Hebel (Daily Cardinal), published Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

UW-Madison provost Paul DeLuca is looking to restructure UW-Madison’s graduate school, but some faculty and staff are concerned about the proposal’s budget, specifics and transparency…. view story »

Grad school restructuring: Why it is far from simple
by Signe Brewster (Badger Herald), published Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

University of Wisconsin officials recently unveiled a plan to restructure the graduate school after significant … view story »

Grad school talks persist
by Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Faculty and administrators voiced concern over the cost and effectiveness of implementing … view story

Questions remain in grad school restructuring
by Lydia Statz (Daily Cardinal), published Sunday, October 18th, 2009

UW-Madison officials continue to debate Provost Paul DeLuca’s plan to restructure the graduate school, and will hold another town hall meeting Friday for further discussion. DeLuca proposed the restructuring to help the school comply with complex federal and safety regulations, but many professors and administrative officials have raised concerns over the cost and effectiveness of the plan…. view story »

UW cash 3rd in nation: Research spending increases while grad proposal sparks talk
by Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Monday, October 19, 2009

The University of Wisconsin announced another jump in research expenditures this year — as well as the earning of another top three national ranking for research institutions —amid contentious talks about the proposal to significantly restructure the graduate program … view story

UW proposes lofty new position to oversee research
by Deborah Ziff (Wisconsin State Journal), published Thursday, October 22, 2009

UW-Madison leaders say they need to create a new position to handle the university’s vast research enterprise, sparked in part by run-down animal facilities that could have cost the school millions in federal funding…. view story

Faculty to look at grad reform
Resolution under consideration would oppose DeLuca plan

By Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Friday, October 23, 2009

The University of Wisconsin Faculty Senate will consider a resolution to formally oppose Provost Paul DeLuca Jr.’s plan to significantly restructure the graduate school and research enterprise, according to a document obtained by The Badger Herald. … view story

Grad school reform poorly presented but worthwhile
By Qi Gu (Daily Cardinal), published Sunday, October 25, 2009

Grad-school reform has recently become the talk of Madison. Front-page stories and town-hall series have thrust provost Paul DeLuca’s proposal into the public eye. Currently Martin Cadwallader, dean of the grad school, is in charge of both graduate education and university research. DeLuca’s plan would add a vice chancellor to take up the research part. While this appears to be a feasible idea, the provost failed to justify it to the entire UW-Madison community.
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Grad school reform still faces criticism
By Ryan Hebel (Daily Cardinal), published Sunday, October 25, 2009

UW-Madison faculty, staff and students continued to scrutinize Provost Paul DeLuca’s graduate school restructuring proposal at his fifth and final town hall meeting Friday, while Chancellor Biddy Martin offered several reassurances.
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Restructuring town hall draws hundreds
By Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Monday, October 26, 2009

The last of five town hall meetings for the proposed restructuring of the graduate school brought hundreds of faculty and community members to the Humanities building Friday.
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Proposed UW-Madison shake-up prompts opposition
by Deborah Ziff (Wisconsin State Journal), published Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some UW-Madison faculty members are opposing a plan that would shake up the university’s internal structure by creating a new office to oversee research…view story

Keep grad school restructuring talks open
By Erik Paulson (Badger Herald), published Thursday, October 29, 2009

I’ve been to two town hall meetings on reorganizing the research enterprise at UW, and like other commentators, I don’t get it. Not only do I not get how the changes are going to fix some of the problems we’re facing on running our research programs but I also don’t get why so much of the faculty is so fearful of this proposal…. view story

UW faculty bristle at plan for new office to oversee research
By Todd Finkelmeyer  (Capital Times), published Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hector DeLuca has seen his share of contentious campus issues since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school in 1951. There were the Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and the heated debates over merging UW-Madison and the Wisconsin State Universities into the University of Wisconsin System in the early 1970s….view story

DeLuca’s runaway train
by the Badger Herald Editorial Board, published Monday, November 2, 2009

Ever wonder why the word “railroading” came into use to describe a plan or idea being pushed ahead too quickly or forcefully? Just picture the scene in “Back to the Future Part III”, where Doc Brown’s tricked-out locomotive goes soaring over the edge of a cliff after the time machine disappears in flaming tire tracks…..view story

Faculty Senate delays grad school reform
by Jennifer Zettel (Badger Herald), published November 3, 2009

After voicing their opinions without restraint Monday, the Faculty Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to slow down implementation of Provost Paul DeLuca Jr.’s proposal to restructure the University of Wisconsin graduate school….view story

Faculty Senate approves resolution to oppose graduate school reform
by Ryan Hebel (Daily Cardinal), published November 3, 2009

UW-Madison’s Faculty Senate almost unanimously approved a resolution Monday opposing any action to restructure the graduate school until a thorough, shared governance process is completed….view story

Campus Connection: Martin apologizes to UW-Madison faculty
by Todd Finkelmeyer (Capital Times), published November 3, 2009

Biddy Martin apologized to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Faculty Senate Monday evening for the way in which her administration rolled out a proposed reorganization of the Graduate School…view story

U. of Wisconsin Faculty Puts Brakes on Graduate-School Reorganization
by Peter Schmidt (Chronicle of Higher Education), published November 3, 2009

The Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison has voted overwhelmingly to urge the administration there to slow down a proposed reorganization of the institution’s Graduate School that would change how the campus handles research….view story

DeLuca and Martin no Harold Hill
by Zach Schuster (Badger Herald), published Wednesday, November 11, 2009

At the start of the musical “The Music Man,” riders on a train discuss salesman Harold Hill’s modus operandi. “Now he doesn’t know the territory. Doesn’t know the territory? What’s the fellow’s line? Never worries about his line.” This brief exchange helps explain why the Faculty Senate voted Thursday night to slow the process of restructuring of the graduate school’s research operations….view story

Restructuring no longer dire
by Kyle Mianulli (Badger Herald), published Sunday, January 17, 2010

Provost Paul DeLuca Jr. recently told the University of Wisconsin community that the graduate school program and connected research enterprise was in a state of crisis., but recent federal reviews suggest the situation is in fact less dire…..view story

Report says no need to restructure UW’s research enterprise
by Todd Finkelmeyer (Capital Times), published Friday, January 22, 2010

An ad hoc committee examining a proposal by the University of Wisconsin-Madison administration to restructure the university’s highly successful research enterprise released its final report to The Capital Times late Thursday night.  In a nutshell, the Academic Staff Ad Hoc Committee on the Research Enterprise found that while some changes could be made to make things run more smoothly, there is no evidence to support the administration’s contention that an organizational restructuring is the answer……view story

Graduate School restructuring may be unnecessary
by Lydia Statz (Daily Cardinal), published Monday, January 25, 2010

An academic staff committee released a report Wednesday stating their belief that the proposed restructuring of the graduate school is unnecessary.
The ad hoc committee was created to review a plan submitted by Provost Paul DeLuca that would create a new office to manage UW-Madison’s research operations. Currently, research grants and procedures are managed within the graduate school.
The report concluded that while some changes may be necessary, the proposed restructuring would not solve the current problems in the system.
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Grad school not in doomsday scenario
By The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board, published Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The academic staff ad hoc committee recently released a report analyzing the current state of UW-Madison’s graduate school and the Administration’s restructuring proposal. Written by seven members of a world-class research institution, the report’s conclusion was fitting: Show us more evidence.
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3 Responses to Press coverage of the restructuring controversy

  1. David says:

    In regard to the story in the WSJ on 10/22, it may be sign of the desperate political (or p.r.) state of the (research) proposal that DeLuca feels compelled to use the most blatant scare tactics, “11th Hour!”, “mid-air collision!” as the mechanism to sell this proposal. He has abandoned discussing the actual purpose(s) of establishing the division and is relying on Disaster! Calamity!
    Perhaps the Division can be used to foil Terrorist Attacks!?

  2. Tom Chrowder says:

    It’s quite interesting that Provost DeLuca points to the consequences of his own funding decisions over many years which culminated in substandard animal facilities and threatened loss of AAALAC accreditation for the School of Medicine and Public Health as evidence that the current administrative research infrastructure is inadequate.

  3. FYI: I just posted a story on this topic at

    The academic staff ad hoc committee’s report is out. That group sees no need for a restructuring. Paul DeLuca was not available for immediate comment. If I can track him down later in the day, I’ll add his quotes to my post.

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