With public discussion of the New Badger Partnership proposal now picking up steam, we recommend to our readers several non-UW-Madison documents that, whether you embrace their main conclusions or not, shed more light on the political and economic forces shaping the future relationship between the University of Wisconsin and the State.
One is a report by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), which bills itself as “Wisconsin’s Free Market Think Tank” :
In addition, the University of Wisconsin System website has a page called A Growth Agenda for Wisconsin: Growing People, Jobs, Communities. Of particular note on that page are two documents:
- Case Statement: New Strategies for Economic Recovery and Renewal
- A New Compact: Principles for Progress and Prosperity: Forging a new compact between Wisconsin and its Public University by Charles Pruitt (President, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, 2009 – present) and Jay Smith (President, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, 2000-2002)
While the above documents have been mentioned and/or linked to in diverse places over the past weeks, including on the chancellor’s own website for the New Badger Partnership, the PROFS website, and some media reports (many of which are collected here), they may have escaped the attention of at least some S&W readers.
We invite readers to study the above documents and share their thoughts in the comments section below. In particular, we wonder what readers think of this statement taken from the WPRI report:
Making the UW System less reliant on taxpayer funding and more reliant on other sources of revenue could make it more responsive to the Wisconsin economy. If students and their parents are more invested in paying for their own education, the UW would need to be much more responsive to their needs and the demands of employers around the state.