Monthly Archives: April 2011

Calling on the Board of Regents to lead.

In her latest post on Education Optimists, Prof. Sara Goldrick-Rab steps back a bit from the contentious debate over the public authority proposal (that according to at least some other posts to S&W — e.g,. this one and this one … Continue reading

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Harry Peterson speaks to Rotary Club of Madison about flexibility and public authority.

I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today [April 27, 2011].  The Downtown Rotary has a great tradition of providing a forum for important ideas to be discussed.  I believe this issue certainly qualifies. Kevin Reilly has described how … Continue reading

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This is what the public authority looks like and it isn’t pretty.

One area in which both the proponents and opponents of public authority status (not actually the same as the New Badger Partnership) have been curiously silent is on undergraduate enrollment controls.  Board of regents policy requires that UW-Madison maintain an … Continue reading

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End game for the public authority.

This letter from 12 “back-benchers” in the Assembly GOP caucus spells the end of the public authority proposal as we now know it. Many of these Reps represent marginal districts and their re-election makes the difference between a majority and … Continue reading

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“Re-envisioning State-University relations through the lens of public engagement.”

WISCAPE has issued a publication today that may be of interest to S&W readers. The author rethinks the way universities might reorganize themselves in order to solve societal problems and thereby change the way they present themselves to state government … Continue reading

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Does absolute pay matter? Maybe not. Do pay raises matter? You bet.

Prof. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s blog, the Education Optimists, has been a goldmine of thoughtful and thorough deconstructions of the Public Authority proposal, and she has posed a number of pointed questions about the NBP, many of which have gone more or … Continue reading

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Towards a strong Badger Partnership

I landed upon the shores of Lake Mendota, a wandering international student from India, in search of masters degree in the field of power and energy engineering, having built in my mind an image of a cow-college nestled among the … Continue reading

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Reviewing the bidding on the public authority? And then what?

A few weeks ago, few would have expected that the bottom of the Public Authority proposal would collapse so rapidly, so unceremoniously. The first sign of real stress were a chain of newspaper editorials from around the state criticizing the … Continue reading

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“UW-Madison’s sad and confusing family feud”

A new blog post by Paul Fanlund, editor of the Capitol Times, seems to capture exceptionally well the predicament we all now find ourselves in as a result of the ongoing controversy over the New Badger Partnership: Madison360: UW-Madison’s sad … Continue reading

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94.7% of UW-Madison academic leaders absent from letter backing public authority

The headline of the April 22 entry on the chancellor’s web site for the New Badger Partnership reads “UW-Madison academic leaders back public authority” The article refers to a letter signed by seven department chairs and three directors of schools … Continue reading

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